Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Polly is a PhD student working on the project "Understanding the drivers, incentives and economic impact of Foot and Mouth Disease control in Kenya".
After graduating from Edinburgh Vet School in 2007 Polly worked as a vet in mixed practice. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked between small animal practice, as a scientific editor and in a variety of charity roles in Latin America and Africa. In 2011 she started a three year residency in clinical research at Rossdales Equine Hospital, completing the RVC distance learning MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health. Subsequently she worked at Brooke, an iNGO that works to improve the welfare of working equids in low and middle income countries. Her role was mainly in the research team, supporting a range of epidemiological and socioeconomic projects.
The economic impact and control incentives for FMD are poorly understood and likely to vary across livestock systems. FMD vaccines are commonly used for disease control but the success of campaigns depends largely on farmers’ willingness to participate and pay for the vaccine. This project will use quantitative and qualitative methods to understand motivations and barriers for accepting disease control policies, including vaccination.