PhD Opportunity – Hobby Farming: Human-Animal Intimacies, Disease Management and Antimicrobial Resistance on Smallholder Farms, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Project Description

This project is offered as part of the Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in AMR: https://www.findaphd.com/search/PhDDetails.aspx?CAID=3755

This PhD will examine the relationships of hobby farmers with their animals and with animal disease, with a distinct focus on antimicrobial use and resistance. Questionnaires detailing general livestock management as well as delving into details of hobby farmers’ relationships with their animals will be designed and carried out. Antimicrobial use on a number of farms, most likely in South West England, will be delineated using quantitative recording of on-farm antimicrobial use. Establishment of patterns of antimicrobial resistance on hobby farms and comparison to current data being collected on dairy farms as well as within the companion animal population (especially dogs) within a similar geographic region (via the OH-STAR project) will be completed. Establishment of factors associated with resistance patterns will be completed using risk factor analysis. Qualitative data collection (semi-structured interviews and focus groups) will be used to investigate the relationships between hobby farmers and their livestock as well as the awareness and understanding of resistance by hobby farmers, and comparison with extant literature on farmers. These different data streams will be brought together using triangulation principles in order to provide a well-rounded understanding of the part hobby farming may play in the development of antimicrobial resistance and transmission between animals and humans in a One Health context. This project may appeal to students with cross-disciplinary interests in veterinary sciences, social sciences, epidemiology and microbiology. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership at Bristol which will provide additional training opportunities and local student cohort activities.

Apply here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/

As part of your application, you need to choose: Faculty of Health Sciences under the ‘Faculty’ section, and a Clinical Veterinary Science (PhD or MSc by Research) under the ‘programme choice’ section. Additionally, under the ‘Research Details’ section, please indicate that you are applying for a Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in AMR Research funded project and give the project title and names of the supervisors. Please visit the Veterinary School website for general information: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vetscience/study/postgraduate/

 

Source: Hobby Farming: Human-Animal Intimacies, Disease Management and Antimicrobial Resistance on Smallholder Farms at University of Bristol on FindAPhD.com

It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn