Antimicrobial use practices of veterinary professionals

This project will explore the uptake of antimicrobial stewardship programs among animal health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. We would consider an April 2022 or July 2022 start.

Start date

1 October 2022


4 years

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey

Funding information

Funding will cover University tuition fees at the UK rate for three years and a stipend for three years at RCUK levels (£15,000 per year). 


This is an exciting fully funded PhD studentship opportunity exploring antimicrobial use practices and the uptake of antimicrobial stewardship programs by animal health professionals.

It is well recognized that a substantial volume of antimicrobials is consumed by the animal industry for therapeutics and prophylaxis. In most countries, animal health professionals including veterinarians and para-veterinarians are responsible for prescribing and administering antibiotics in both companion and food animals. As such animal health professionals play a crucial role in ensuring the appropriate use of antimicrobials. Several aspects related to decisions on antibiotic use and uptake of antimicrobial stewardship programs are not well understood. The investigation will explore these aspects in two countries in sub-Saharan Africa as a basis for developing relevant strategies for antimicrobial use practices and the uptake of antimicrobial stewardship programs.

The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary research project in collaboration with investigators from a broad range of expertise in the United Kingdom, the United States, and partner institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The student will be based at the University of Surrey and the research work may involve limited travel to Africa.

Overall, the student will gain significant experience in the use of behavioural science and epidemiological approaches and qualitative and quantitative methods to solve problems relevant to animal and public health.

The project will provide the student with a valuable opportunity to interact and work with international partners, gain field experience, and appreciate the local contexts while working together with colleagues to create real world impact. 

Eligibility criteria

This is an interdisciplinary project cutting across the disciplines of epidemiology, psychology, behavioural sciences, and public health.

Applicants with a degree in biomedical sciences or related subjects are welcomed if they have a strong interest in behavioural sciences. Public health, behavioural science, medical and veterinary graduates are encouraged to apply. A masters degree or equivalent research experience in a related subject is desirable. Experience in behavioural science or epidemiological approaches and qualitative methods is useful but not essential.

You must have an IELTS test score (6.5+ overall and at least 6.0 in each category) if English is not your first language.

Funding available for UK students.

How to apply

Please apply for this PhD through the School of Veterinary Medicine PhD applications portal (click on the “Apply” tab).

Applicants are requested to provide a personal statement or cover letter speaking to their interest and ability to undertake PhD studies, and to provide at least two reference letters from previous academic supervisors or employers.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Abel Ekiri to discuss the project informally prior to making an application.

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Contact details

Abel B. Ekiri
01 VSM 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 688779

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