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Resident in Bovine Health Management (with Masters in Veterinary Medicine)

Residency in Bovine Health Management with Maters in Veterinary Medicine
Closing date for applications: 25 June 2023
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About the Opportunity:

Are you interested in production animal welfare? Are you interested in different approaches to dairy calf rearing?

The University of Glasgow, School of Biodiversity One Health and Veterinary Medicine seeks a competent veterinary graduate with farm animal experience to enrol as a post-graduate student to undertake a clinical residency training and research Masters degree. Across the residency the successful applicant will have increasing responsibility for the delivery of routine veterinary herd health services (beef and dairy), herd problem investigation visits and primary care of individual animals (on farm and referred). They will study towards the European Diploma in Bovine Health Management and complete a Masters in Veterinary Medicine through clinical research investigating dairy calf health and colostrum management in ‘Cow with Calf’ systems and artificial dairy rearing systems. The position lasts four years (renewed annually, subject to satisfactory progress). The initial stipend is £24,717 (PAYE / TAX exempt), increasing to £26,217 by the fourth year plus £1500 CPD allowance per annum.

Research Project

'Comparing colostrum status and calf and dam health parameters from ‘cow with calf’ and conventional dairy systems'

In traditional dairy systems, calves are removed from their mothers soon after birth.  Public pressure and welfare concerns have prompted some dairy farms to explore a ‘cow with calf’ (CwC) dairy system whereby dairy calves are left with their mothers for up to 6 months, during which time the cow is also milked for human consumption. There may be health and welfare advantages and disadvantages to CwC systems compared with traditional dairy systems; some work has begun to study these, but no work has compared disease incidence and failure of passive transfer (FPT) in the UK. This project aims to compare calf colostrum status via serum IgG concentrations from CwC and conventional rearing systems. Additionally, farmer recorded calf morbidity and mortality and the incidence of dam health parameters in the first three months of life / post calving will be compared between the two systems.

For informal enquiries please contact: Kathryn Ellis ( or Katie Denholm (

Please ensure you upload your CV as part of the application process.

Closing date for applications: 25 June 2023

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