Sophie Edenborough - No antibiotics ever - an option for the UK poultry industry?
I’m 27 years old from South Shropshire where I have spent the majority of my life. I studied at the University of Bristol where I obtained a degree in Anatomical Science with Veterinary Anatomy before returning home following my graduation.
I have spent the last 5 years working for Liquid Mineral Services, and whilst not originally from a farming background I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the industry so far and have developed a passion for agriculture. During these 5 years I also obtained a Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, but such was my desire to continue working in agriculture that I did not take up the opportunity for a career change.
To begin with I worked on the dairy side of the business assisting farmers in mineralising their cows through our Liquid Mineral systems. In the last few years I have set up the poultry division of the business and it is from this that I became interested in and wanted to investigate further my chosen study topic. Through my job I have been involved in implementing a water treatment system as part of a complete program that was developed in America to aid a reduction in the use of antibiotics. It is because of this that I want to travel to other parts of the world to investigate other methods of achieving the same aim.
Outside of work, I am a keen horse rider and compete at a national level in the discipline of show jumping. I am very lucky to have the support of my parents Phil and Jane, as well as my brother Chris and all my colleagues at Liquid Mineral Services. I am hugely grateful to The Three Counties Agricultural Society for sponsoring me through the Nuffield Scholarship.