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Antimicrobial use practices of veterinary professionals

   School of Veterinary Medicine

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  Dr Abel Ekiri  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This is an exciting fully funded PhD studentship opportunity exploring antimicrobial use practices and the uptake of antimicrobial stewardship programs by animal health professionals.

It is well recognized that a substantial volume of antimicrobials is consumed by the animal industry for therapeutics and prophylaxis. In most countries, animal health professionals including veterinarians and para-veterinarians are responsible for prescribing and administering antibiotics in both companion and food animals. As such animal health professionals play a crucial role in ensuring the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Several aspects related to decisions on antibiotic use and uptake of antimicrobial stewardship programs are not well understood. The investigation will explore these aspects in two countries in sub-Saharan Africa as a basis for developing relevant strategies for antimicrobial use practices and the uptake of antimicrobial stewardship programs.

The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary research project in collaboration with investigators from a broad range of expertise in the United Kingdom, the United States, and partner institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The student will be based at the University of Surrey and the research work may involve limited travel to Africa.

Overall, the student will gain significant experience in the use of behavioural science and epidemiological approaches and qualitative and quantitative methods to solve problems relevant to animal and public health.

The project will provide the student with a valuable opportunity to interact and work with international partners, gain field experience, and appreciate the local contexts while working together with colleagues to create real world impact.  

This opportunity is open to UK applicants starting in October 2022.


Dr Abel Ekiri (BVM, MS, PhD, DACVPM), Lecturer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey

Prof Jane Ogden (PhD), Professor in Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Surrey

Entry requirements

This is an interdisciplinary project cutting across the disciplines of epidemiology, psychology, behavioral sciences, and public health.

Applicants with a degree in biomedical sciences or related subjects are welcomed if they have a strong interest in behavioral sciences. Public health, behavioral science, medical and veterinary graduates are encouraged to apply. A master’s degree or equivalent research experience in a related subject is desirable. Experience in behavioral science or epidemiological approaches and qualitative methods is useful but not essential.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 or above (or equivalent qualification from other agencies) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Please apply for this PhD through the School of Veterinary Medicine PhD applications portal (click on the “Apply” tab).

Applicants are requested to provide a personal statement or cover letter speaking to their interest and ability to undertake PhD studies, and to provide at least two reference letters from previous academic supervisors or employers.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Abel Ekiri ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss the project informally prior to making an application.

Funding Notes

Funding will cover University tuition fees at the UK rate for three years and a stipend for three years at RCUK levels (£15,000 per year).
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