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Dr Katie Adam


Postdoctoral Research Fellow



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Katie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on interdisciplinary animal health projects. The Diagnostic Innovation and Livestock (DIAL) project aims to support the development of novel, rapid diagnostic tests to encourage sustainable antibiotic use in farm animals. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) project on the development of an integrated neonatal survival and sustainable antibiotic plan will enable beef and sheep farmers to reduce mortality of newborn lambs and calves.

Katie trained as a veterinary surgeon at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh and holds a master’s degree in in Aquatic Medicine from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science.  She has worked in clinical veterinary practice and as a field epidemiologist, researching endemic animal diseases in Scottish agriculture and aquaculture.  These experiences developed her interest in the social, political and economic impact of livestock disease, and the application of the social sciences to improve animal health.

In 2015, she completed her PhD at the Royal Veterinary College on the future of farm animal practice in the UK in a changing veterinary business landscape.  She then carried out postdoctoral work on vets' and farmers' motivation for disease control on farms as part of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme, before taking up her current role in December 2017.

Research Interests

Antimicrobial resistance Systems of Innovation Regulation of Medical Devices Veterinary service delivery Mixed methods research in social sciences Participation Knowledge exchange Zoonoses

Research Overview

Katie's current research aims to facilitate the development of rapid diagnostic tests to help veterinarians and farmers make decisions around antimicrobial use in farmed animals in the UK. Scientific, public and political concern regarding antimicrobial resistance is increasing, and improved diagnostic decision making is a critical step to delivering more effective use of antibiotics in animal health. 

The main objectives of the research are to:

​  - identify barriers and enablers to the development of novel diagnostics to address antimicrobial resistance in livestock.

  - assess the regulatory and governance support needed to encourage diagnostic innovation.

  - understand the key factors for ensuring uptake and developing successful markets for rapid diagnostics.

The research is part of a larger project to understand how diagnostics can be used to optimise the use of antibiotics across farming systems. This major collaborative award, covering both the UK and Tanzania, is led by the University of Exeter (Principal Investigator: Professor Henry Buller) with the University of Edinburgh, Innogen Institute, and the University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Medicine. This is an interdisciplinary investigation bringing together social, veterinary and innovation sciences. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the cross-council initiative ‘Tackling antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting’ involving the seven research councils in partnership with other UK funders.

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Adam, K. E., & Gunn, G. J. (2017). Social and economic aspects of aquatic animal health. Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz, 36(1), 323–329. https://doi.org/10.20506/rst.36.1.2632

Adam, K., Baillie, S., & Rushton, J. (2015). Retaining vets in farm animal practice: a cross-sectional study. The Veterinary Record, 176(25), 655. https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103170

Adam, K., Henry, C., Baillie, S., & Rushton, J. (2014). Challenges Facing Rural Farm Animal Veterinary Enterprises in the UK (pp. 133–149). https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620140000004006

Adam, K., & Brülisauer, F. (2010). The application of food safety interventions in primary production of beef and lamb: A review. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 141, S43–S52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2009.12.020