Into the mind of a dairy farmer: A multimethod study to induce sustainable worm control behaviour by communication strategies

Fiona Vande Velde
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Virologie, Parasitologie en Immunologie
Fiona Vande Velde was born in Girona, Spain, on 15 October 1988. She obtained a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences, New Media and Society from Ghent University in 2013. In a consortium with CEPEC at the Department of Communication Sciences and the Laboratory of Parasitology within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (PARACOM), she conducted qualitative, quantitative and experimental research towards improved communication strategies for a responsible use of anthelmintic drugs in ruminants,. The PhD-project was funded by Flanders’ Agency for Innovation through Science and Technology (IWT - FWO). Fiona Vande Velde is first author or co-author of 6 papers published in peer reviewed journals. She has presented at national and international congresses, particularly on the subject of dairy farmers’ behaviour of sustainable gastrointestinal nematode control.
Academische graad
Doctor in de Diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. Dr. E. Claerebout Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. L. Hudders Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, UGent Dr. J. Charlier Kreavet, Kruibeke, Belgium Prof. Dr. V. Cauberghe Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, UGent
Prof. Dr. J. Dewulf Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Chairperson of the Examination Committee Dr. D.J. Bartley Moredun Research Institute, Penicuik, Scotland, UK Prof. Dr. P. Vyncke Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, UGent Dr. E. Wauters ILVO, Melle, Belgium Prof. Dr. A. Decloedt Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent

Korte beschrijving

Gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) infections are a common constraint in pasture-based dairy herds and cause a decrease in animal health, productivity and farm profitability. Current control practices to prevent production losses of GIN infections in livestock depend largely on the use of anthelmintic drugs. However, due to the intensive use of these drugs, the industry is increasingly confronted with nematode populations resistant to commonly used anthelmintics. This emerging anthelmintic resistance (AR) in cattle emphasizes the need for sustainable control approaches. The uptake of diagnostic methods for sustainable control could enable more informed treatments and reduce excessive anthelmintic use. However, farmers have been slow in adopting guidelines for sustainable control. Accordingly, in order to successfully implement such control strategies, and to change the behaviour of farmers, their current perceptions and behaviours need to be well comprehended and translated into effective communication strategies.


Maandag 18 juni 2018, 16:30
Aula UGent, Volderstraat 24, 9000 Gent

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