Towards eradication of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae from the UK pig herd
Veronica Brewster - Royal Veterinary College
Duration - 2009-2014
Veronica graduated from Hartpury College in 2004 with a degree in animal science and after a short stint in an she left for Kenya. In 2006 she started work as a research assistant at the RVC working on several livestock projects including M. hyopneumoniae and paratuberculosis, before beginning my PhD in 2009. She has always enjoyed doing research work on pigs, especially diseases and hopes to remain in the industry when she completes her PhD.
Project Aims and Objectives
To develop and validate immunohistochemistry (IHC) as a diagnostic tool for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. To determine the impact of enzootic pneumonia-like (EP-like) lesions on post trimming carcass weight. To undertake a feasibility assessment on the eradication of M. hyopneumoniae.
Potential Benefit to Industry:
The immunohistochemical test developed during this thesis will provide the industry with sensitive and specific test not currently available in the UK. The project also provides an updated estimate on the effect that EP-like lesion have on reducing slaughter weight and highlights that EP is still an economically relevant and important disease.