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Dr Kirsty Kliem

Dr Kirsty Kliem
  • Co-Head of Department of Animal Sciences (with Dr Caroline Rymer).
  • Module convenor and contributor, teaching topics including undergraduate animal science in practice, animal Nutrition, and animal health and disease.
  • Research on improving the health quality of primarily milk and dairy products (but also monogastric-derived food products and ruminant-derived meat).
  • Research on nutritional physiology of domestic animals, and the effect of nutritional intervention on animal health.
  • Supervision and academic tutoring of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Member of the SAPD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Self-Assessment Team for Athena Swan.

Areas of interest

Research interests include:

  • Improving the health quality of milk and dairy products (primarily improving the fatty acid profile) by changing the dairy cow diet.
  • Investigating the effect of the dairy matrix on the absorption of dairy fat.
  • Effect of dietary interventions on the health and welfare of the dairy cow.
  • Development of biomarkers in milk for the detection of dairy cow disease.
  • Presence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in livestock.
  • In vitro digestion assessment of animal feeds (particularly fatty acid digestion).

Postgraduate supervision

  • Primary supervisor: Victoria Ham (PhD: Improving benchmarking techniques to support 21st century dairy farming)
  • Second supervisor: Nurul Fitri Sari (PhD: Additives of plant origin as modulators of rumen methane production); Ahmed Musheer Abdulrahman (PhD: Evaluation of fermented sunflower meal in broiler chicken diets).


In addition to module convening and classroom teaching, my interests include:

  • Enhancing undergraduate experience through teaching practical laboratory and research skills
  • Supervising laboratory-based undergraduate independent research projects and postgraduate students.
  • Increasing awareness of employment opportunities via contacts/visits with relevant employment sectors.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Animal Science, University of Reading, 1998
  • PhD, University of Reading, 2010
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Accredited Animal Scientist (R. Anim. Sci.)
  • Active member of the British Society of Animal Science (former member of Council, Trustee and Chair of the Accreditation and Membership Committee).
  • Editor (Quality of Animal Products section) for the journal “Animal”.
  • Associate Editor for the journal “Lipids”.
  • Member of Food standards Agency Register of Experts for Animal Feeds.
  • Peer reviewer for Animal, Journal of Dairy Research, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Livestock Production Science, Journal of Agricultural Science, Lipids.
  • External and internal PhD examiner.


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