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Enabling wider uptake of pain relief provision for calves

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In livestock production, calves experience pain from many different sources. In particular animals may experience pain associated with routine farm procedures such as horn removal and castration. Both farmers and vets report these procedures as being highly painful for calves, and research work has firmly established clear welfare benefits to the provision of systemic post-procedural analgesia, in addition to effective acute minimisation of pain via local anaesthesia. Yet despite the widespread appreciation that these procedures are painful and the ready availability of relatively cheap pain relief options, most calves in the UK currently undergo these procedures without any ongoing pain relief.

This project aims to improve the understanding of the factors that either prompt farmers to use pain relief or are alternatively barriers to uptake. The ultimate goal is to identify routes (overcoming barriers, enhancing enablers) to improve the uptake of use of systemic analgesics associated with routine, painful, calf procedures. This goal would be achieved through a series of social science studies addressing this issue; including large scale surveys, in-depth interviews with farmers and ultimately the design and preliminary testing of a Knowledge Transfer package aimed at increasing use of pain relief provision in the UK cattle industry.

The successful applicant will be based at Roslin Institute, Easter Bush just outside Edinburgh, Scotland and registered with University of Edinburgh.

Applicants should have a BSc in Animal Science, Animal Behaviour, Veterinary Science, or a related discipline. Applicants must have a valid UK driving licence. Previous experience in designing and implementing social science studies is desirable.

Funding Notes

The stipend will be set at UKRI recommended levels for a 3.5 year-period and the studentship is funded to pay domestic tuition fee levels for UK/EU students. The student will receive an annual student stipend of £14,777 (£15,009 in 2019/20).This studentship will fund to pay the tuition fees at home fees rate only. International students must provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover the higher international student tuition fee level (approximately £16,740 per year would be required).

How good is research at SRUC - Scotland’s Rural College in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science?
(joint submission with University of Edinburgh)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 57.37

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