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Kathryn (Kate) Owers

University of Sydney student and Asia-Bound Scholarship recipient

Kate is a final year honours student from the University of Sydney completing a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience. Kate is visiting Cambodia to conduct research for her honours project that aims to investigate foot and mouth disease (FMD) reporting within Cambodia and avenues for improvement to benefit smallholder village biosecurity. FMD is a significant transboundary animal disease affecting rural smallholder production by reducing animal production and quality, impacting on the livelihood of farmers and reducing trade opportunities. By investigating FMD reporting to central DAHP, this project seeks to understand more about the impact of FMD on smallholder farmers, villages and Cambodia. Assessing the knowledge, attitude and practice of farmers and village animal health workers (VAHWs) will allow evaluation of the actions of farmers & VAHWs when reporting FMD to authorities. From this information Kate will make recommendations to improve the flow of information from farmer to central DAHP to increase the understanding of FMD in Cambodia to inform control and eradication efforts.
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