Recipients conduct research at the University of Calgary, University of Guelph, Ghent University, University of Milan
The National Mastitis Council (NMC) named Ellen de Jong, University of Calgary, Hannah Woodhouse, University of Guelph, Valentina Monistero, University of Milan, and Bruno Silva, Ghent University (Belgium), as the 2021 NMC Scholars. These graduate students earned an expense-paid trip to attend the 2021 NMC Annual Meeting, Jan. 25-28, in Dallas.
De Jong earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wageningen University (the Netherlands). Her excellent thesis work on dairy cattle hoof lesions led her to an oral presentation at the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, where she won second place. These results helped her launch her doctorate degree program at the University of Calgary where she received a $20,000 milk quality scholarship. De Jong’s current research is looking at mastitis control and mastitis treatments, with an aim to quantify consequences of selective mastitis treatment protocols on various farm parameters, as well as identify barriers to prudent use of mastitis treatments. Currently, she serves as president of the university’s Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student Association
Monistero received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Milan, and started pursuing a doctorate degree in 2018 at the University of Milan in veterinary and animal sciences. Her research focuses on expression of antibiotic resistance genes in Staphylococcus aureus. Monistero collaborated with researchers worldwide to investigate the strong association of bovine staphylococcal genotypes with their antimicrobial and virulence patterns. She used molecular analysis to assess the impact of diverse Staphylococcus aureus genotypic clusters on milk quality and cow health. Furthermore, Monistero was the primary contributor to a study that looked at the dynamics of herd-level Streptococcus uberis infections.
National Mastitis Council is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For more information, go to: www.nmconline.org.