Pharmaceutical company funds research it sees as an “essential step forward” for its current and future vaccine development programme and of “enormous value to vets in practice”.
A new PhD research position has recently commenced at the University of Liverpool. Funded by MSD Animal Health, this position is based within the department of infection biology of the Institute of Infection and Global Health.
Veterinary surgeon Maria Afonso, who qualified from the University of Porto, Portugal, will study the role of known and yet-to-be identified pathogens in infectious respiratory disease in dogs and cats.
David Sutton, global technical director at MSD Animal Health said: “This four year study is important to the industry as it will add to our specific understanding of canine and feline infectious respiratory diseases. Knowing more about the specific pathogens involved is an essential step forward for our current and future vaccine development programme and will be of enormous value to vets in practice.”
Maria added: “I am an advocate of medical advancement and innovation through scientific research and have always had an interest in pursuing a career in science.
“In my opinion infectious respiratory diseases are often under-valued in clinical environments and can lead to severe problems, particularly in multi-animal households. I am therefore thrilled to be a part of such an interesting project and about being guided and taught by top researchers in this field.”
Maria has relocated to the UK and will work under the supervision of Dr Alan Radford, senior lecturer in the department of infection biology.