The Sci-Files – 08/18/2019 – Jaimie Strickland and Matt Kuhn – Cow Immunity and Nutrition

Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes

On this week’s The Sci-Files, your hosts Chelsie and Danny interview Jaimie Strickland, DVM and Matt Kuhn, DVM.

Cows have impressive immune systems compared to humans, yet they tend to get sick more often around the time of calving. The causes of this are still being uncovered, but changes in the metabolism of the omega fatty acids, like fish oils, appear to be a contributing factor. Matt’s research focuses on understanding why these changes occur around calving and what we can do to prevent it. Matt graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Animal Science (’13) and began his Ph.D. while finishing his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine also at MSU (DVM ’18). He has been a part of the Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology program for three years and continues his research into improving the health of livestock.

Jaimie is a Ph.D. student in the Meadow Brook laboratory in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she studies dairy cow nutrition and health. Her research focuses on how vitamins may help improve dairy cow health and reduce antibiotic use. She works with both cows on the farm and their cells in the lab in order to test the effects of vitamins on things like inflammation and oxidative stress. Jaimie is also passionate about science communication and hopes to improve her ability to share her love of cows with the public.

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