Laura Higham

Thesis title: Cost effective mitigation of antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance

Contact details



Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute, Easter Bush Campus

Post code
EH25 9RG


Global Academy Primary Supervisor: Prof. Dominic Moran

Global Academy Co-Supervisor: Dr Lisa Boden

University of Glasgow Co-Supervisor: Prof. Ruth Zadoks

Research summary

Laura is a PhD student at the Global Academy studying antimicrobial use and animal welfare in agricultural supply chains. With a particular interest in actionable sustainability solutions in food supply chains, she is using farm data from a commercial broiler integration and applying a linear programming multi-criteria decision tool to determine the supply chain standards and policies associated with sustainable antimicrobial use and animal welfare outcomes.


Laura is a 2008 veterinary graduate from the R(D)SVS and holds an MSc in international animal health (distinction). Her dissertation characterised and compared animal health outlets and their drug dispensing practices in the Rift Valley of Kenya (part 1, part 2). She is currently a veterinary consultant in sustainable livestock production at the Food Animal Initiative (FAI), advising food businesses on antimicrobial stewardship and animal welfare, and is also the founder and director of the social enterprise, Vet Sustain, championing sustainability in the veterinary professions.