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Academic awarded Plowright Prize for cattle disease research
Dr Herman Barkema has been named winner of the Plowright Prize 2021/2022/

Dr Herman Barkema uses epidemiology to study disease pathogenesis, prevention and control.

Renowned adacemic Dr Herman Barkema has been named winner of the RCVS Knowledge Plowright Prize 2021/2022 for his research on mastitis, Johne's disease and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr Barkema, a professor in epidemiology of infectious diseases from the University of Calgary, will receive his award at Royal College Day on Friday, 8 July 2022. 

A globally recognised leader in human and animal health, Dr Barkema uses epidemiology to study pathogenesis, prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases, focusing on dairy cattle. 

His work involves creating, putting into place and assessing disease control methods on dairy farms that are affordable and sustainable. Currently, he is conducting leading-edge studies in reducing the use of antibiotics to treat mastitis in lactating cows. 

Chris Gush, executive director of RCVS Knowledge, said: “The Plowright Prize judging panel were incredibly impressed with Dr Barkema’s dedicated work in bovine mastitis, Johne’s disease, and antimicrobial resistance.

“His holistic and multidisciplinary work will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the welfare of dairy cows, as well as antimicrobial resistance, which is a growing global issue for animals and humans worldwide.

“We are delighted to fund vital research in the area of infectious disease in memory of Walter Plowright, benefiting animals, the public and society worldwide.”

Dr Barkema said added: “I am honoured receiving this prestigious award. It is not only recognition for myself, but for all of the dedicated people I work with. I am fortunate to work with a large interdisciplinary and collaborative research team. Thank you very much to RCVS Knowledge for this award.”

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Moredun Foundation Award opens for applications

The 2022-2023 Moredun Foundation Award (MFA) is now open for members, with up to £2,000 available for successful applicants.

The MFA honours the contribution that education, teamwork, life experience, and travel have made to the understanding of cattle health and welfare. Through its charitable endeavours, Moredun offers its members the opportunity to pursue projects that support personal development.

The prize is open to a wide range of project applications, including those that include producing educational tools, conducting a small research project, or studying farming methods in other nations. For more information and to apply, visit