I studied veterinary medicine at Cambridge University, after qualifying in 2008 I worked in clinical farm animal practice for several years before undertaking my PhD at the University of Nottingham in molecular veterinary epidemiology. From 2013 - 2018 I held the post of Clinical Lecturer in Sheep Health and Production at University of Nottingham before moving to University of Liverpool as Senior Lecturer and now Reader in Livestock Health and Welfare. My research and teaching has always focused primarily on ruminants and the production limiting diseases that impact upon their management, welfare and profitability. As principal investigator I lead several national and international research projects with a dedicated team of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. We collaborate widely with fellow academics in South America and New Zealand as well as with industry stakeholders, farmers and veterinarians to address topics of common concern such as paratuberculosis and antibiotic resistance.