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Bristol Vet School expanding its research capability

21 May 2019

Bristol Veterinary School (BVS) is going through a period of exciting change, driven by the implementation of a new Research Strategy and the development of unique, state-of-the-art research facilities.

Two new overarching research themes – Population Health and Global Food Security – have been established, articulating existing research strength across the School and aligning with leading expertise across the University. These themes give the School the interdisciplinary critical mass to address key national and global challenges across the veterinary sciences and One Health research. Within these themes, BVS has a long-standing reputation for research programmes in Animal Welfare & Behaviour (AWB), Infection, Inflammation & Immunotherapy (I3) and Clinical Research. In recent years we have also built a well-funded research programme in One Health approaches to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and have made substantial investments in platform technologies and allied data science expertise underpinning our research and impact.

Recent and ongoing investments have strengthened our ‘farm-to-fork’ research capability. The new “John Oldacre Centre for Sustainability and Welfare in Dairy Production” is being realised through a £1M investment to our established commercial and teaching farm, enabling 24/7 behaviour, health and welfare tracking of every cow in the facility linked to feed, emissions, production and meteorological monitoring. The recently opened £1.2M poultry facility, co-sponsored by the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), provides farm-equivalent environments for experimental work with similar levels of monitoring. Our existing experimental containment facilities are at a level permitting work with aerosol and faecal-orally transmitted pathogens and commensals and have been strengthened by the investment of £5M in the state-of-the art Translational Biomedical Research Centre equipped with surgical facilities and 3T MRI for live or post-mortem imaging. In the clinical sphere, there has been a progressive building programme which includes new small animal and equine surgery buildings, purchase of additional equine first opinion capacity, expansion and upgrading of the University’s dairy farm and post mortem facilities, and new strategies for developing clinical services.

In order to harness these exciting opportunities, we are now looking to expand our critical research mass in our priority areas through strategic hiring of excellent researchers and research leaders. These posts will both complement our programmes and spearhead new lines of collaborative research, innovation and impact. This post therefore represents one of a cluster of six new BVS faculty positions and one Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship which are being advertised together. These posts are focussed on welfare, sustainability and sensor science to establish critical mass for our nascent John Oldacre Centre (three posts), the strengthening of our I3 and AMR research portfolios (two posts), and appointment of a Director of Clinical Research Infrastructure to institute a step-change in utilisation of our clinical caseload:

Animal Sensing Biometrics  Further details and how to apply

AMR  Further details and how to apply

Animal Welfare Science  Further details and how to apply

Clinical Research Infrastructure  Further details and how to apply

Vaccinology & Immunotherapy  Further details and how to apply

Dairy Production Science  Further details and how to apply

Closing date for all applications  3 July 2019

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