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Controlling mastitis in dairy cows

PhD defence, Monday 8 June 2020. Alice Puk Skarbye.

2020.06.08 | Sunitha Satkunam

Alice Puk Skarbye

During her PhD studies, Alice Puk Skarbye researched strategies to control mastitis in dairy cows. Mastitis is udder inflammation and primarily results from a bacterial infection. It is a major issue in the dairy industry where it causes economic losses, increased antibiotic usage, impaired food safety and reduced animal welfare. Alice Puk Skarbye studied how to prevent transmission at milking and how to manage infected cows without antibiotic treatment.

The new research findings contribute to knowledge on transmission of bacteria causing mastitis, measures to improve hygiene during milking and alternatives to manage infected cows without use of antibiotics.

The PhD study was completed at department of Animal Science, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time:  Monday 8 June 2020 at
Place: To be announced
Title of PhD thesis: Operational mastitis management – with focus on infection dynamics and evaluation of treatment strategies
Contact information: Alice Puk Skarbye, e-mail: alice@skarbye.dk, tel.: +45 31 71 15 64
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Päivi Rajala-Schultz, Department of Production Animal Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland
Professor Volker Krömker, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Senior researcher Mette S. Herskin (chair), Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Søren Østergaard, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor:
Researcher Mogens Agerbo Krogh, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, Aarhus University is physically closed. Therefore, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.scitech@au.dk, and receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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