Integrating innovative TECHnologies along the value Chain to improve small ruminant welfARE management

TechCare’s People: Heather McDougall!

Heather completed a BSc in Zoology at Edinburgh University and developed a keen interest in parasites. She was lucky enough to work as a summer student at Moredun after graduating, where she assisted on some of the early TST trails before going on to a Research assistant post maintaining cultures of parasitic worms that infect cattle as well as assisting in a number of large-scale vaccine trials in cattle and sheep. She completed her PhD in 2011, which focused on identifying hidden antigens in the Liver fluke Fasciola hepatica. Heather grew up on a hill farm in rural Perthshire where her family farm 1200 Blackface ewes and 90 cows. At home, she is married to Stuart, a sheep farmer, and has two daughters Ailsa (8) and Iona (6) who love helping out with their 350 sheep. To relax she loves to bake or get outside and walk.  Heather is very interested in how implementing novel technologies could assist farmers and help identify disease before it becomes a problem.