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Dr Rob Kelly

Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice

Education/Academic qualification

2011Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
The Epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis and liver fluke co-infection in Cameroon, Central Africa
2014Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of Glasgow
2003Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool
2006Master of Science, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Veterinary Parasitology

Professional Qualifications

2016Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA
2009Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, MRCVS

Biography

After graduating from the University of Liverpool, with an MSc in Veterinary Parasitology, I firstly worked in mixed animal practice in the UK. I have also been involved with various clinical, research and knowledge exchange livestock projects in Latin America, North and sub-Saharan Africa. I then went on to complete a part-time PhD in tropical epidemiology with the Roslin Institute. The 3.5 year project was based in Cameroon investigating parasitic and zoonotic diseases of cattle reared by pastoral herdsmen and small holder dairy farmers. After working as a livestock clinician at the University of Glasgow, gaining Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, I returned to Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2016.

I am currently a lecturer in Farm Animal Practice at the R(D)SVS, where I continues to combines my interests in population medicine and understanding the impact of livestock infectious diseases to impliment sustainable control programs.

Research Interests

I am a veterinary clinical academic, with a mixed background in clinical practice, education and field-based research. The focus of my work is assessing the impact of livestock infectious diseases and implementing pragmatic health interventions to improve livestock health. In particular, I have experience in assessing the performance of diagnostic tests in naturally infected populations to understand the epidemiology and impact of infectious diseases. I am also passionate about using technology-enhanced learning to improve clinical outcomes and widen participation access in health education globally. In future, I seek to collaborate on projects to improve the health and food security of livestock rearing communities in resource-limited settings.

Current Research Interests

INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF LIVESTOCK

  • Impact of parasites and other co-infections on health and infectious disease control. 
  • Assessing the performance of diagnostics, preventative and control measures.

ONE HEALTH

  • Assessing the impact and improving control of zoonotic diseases.
  • Community education and knowledge exchange.

INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN HEALTH AND EDUCATION

  • Blended learning methods.

Research Groups

Clinical Research Associate:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Epidemiology, Economics and Risk Assessment. 

Collaborative Activity

  • Farm Animal Clinical Sciences (SCPAHFS), School of Veterinary Medicine,  University of Glasgow, UK.
  • School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, UK. 
  • Veterinary Parasitology, Institute of Infection & Global Health/ School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, UK.

Research students

BVM&S SRC projects (R(D)SVS):

  • Claudia Talbot: The epidemiology of cyathostomin species in a naturally infected population of Scottish horses between 2015-16. 2019-onwards. 
  • Camille Glazer: Epidemiology of gastrointestinal helminths in canine populations in Blantyre, Malawi. 2019-onwards. 
  • Julia Dahm: Transmission of fleas in small holder livestock communties in Malawi. 2018-onwards. 
  • Emily Freeman: Influence of viral and bacterial co-infections on bTB prevalence in African cattle. 2018-onwards. 
  • Jennie Hunt: Zoonotic diseases in pastoral and dairy cattle in Cameroon. 2016-18.
  • Tessa Cornell: Bovine trypanosome infections in the Vina Division, Cameroon. 2014-16. 
  • Jean-Marc Bagninbom (external): Epidemiology of Rift Valley Fever in cattle in Cameroon. 2013-16.

MSc projects:

  • Emily Freeman (MScR supervisor with N Sargison, R(D)SVS, UK): Dynamics of gastrointestinal helminth co-infections in Kenyan livestock and wildlife. 2019-20. 
  • Lina Gonzalez (MSc Infectious Diseases and One Health, project supervisor with M Bronsvoort R(D)SVS, UK): Epidemiology of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhoagic Fever in cattle in Cameroon. 2018-19.  

PhD projects:

  • Francesca Shepherd (PhD co-supervisor with Spiradoula Athanasiadou (SRUC) & Alastair Macrae): Development of strategies to replace anthelmintic use in livestock. 2018-21. 

Teaching

UNDERGRADUATE

BVM&S in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

  • Year 3: Professional and clinical skills 3
  • Year 4: Farm Animal subjects, professional and clinical skills 4
  • Year 5: Final year core and selective clinical rotations (Farm animal subjects)
  • All Years: Professional development and personal tutor.

BSc in Agricultural Sciences

  • Year 1: Microbe-animal interactions. 

POSTGRADUATE

  • MVetSci in Advanced Clinical Practice: Farm animal course coordinator. 
  • MSc in Global Food Security and Nutrition: Exam board chair. 
  • Edinburgh Teaching Award: EdTA mentor (AFHEA & FHEA)

Administrative Roles

CLINICAL SERVICES:

  • Farm Animal Practice and Hospital. 

SCHOOL:

  • UG and PG teaching staff
  • Farm Animal Teaching
  • Co-chair Career Support Committee

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