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Edgar Manzanilla

Principal Research Officer / Head of Pig Development Department

Research Interests


  • Ingredients evaluation and feeding systems
  • Nutrition, microbiota and immune system interaction
  • Prudent antimicrobial use
  • Epidemiology and data analysis


Current Projects

Biosecure - Enhanced and cost-effective biosecurity in livestock production.

FARM-CARE – Farm interventions to control antimicrobial resistance. 

AMU-Farm - Antimicrobial use on farms in the IoI: a multi-actor, user-centered approach to measuring and changing behaviour. 

PIGFEED -  Introducing new feeding programs and facilities for Irish finishing pigs.

BM-FARM - Biomarkers and Microbiome in Farms for Antimicrobial Resistance Management.

TPPM - Development of a Swine Simulation Economic Model

ZincO - Examining the impact of the removal of zinc oxide and Antibiotics on the porcine faecal microbiome

AMURAP – Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Animal Production



  • Dipl. of the European College of Porcine Health and Management (ECPHM)
  • Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM), University of California, Davis
  • PhD, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Master in Animal Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Veterinary Medicine, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Professional Membership

  • European Association of Porcine Health and Management (EAPHM)
  • European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN)
  • Editor for Livestock Science and the Irish Veterinary Journal.
  • European Innovation Partnership (EIP, European Commission) FG on animal husbandry (reduction of anti-biotic use in the pig sector); FG on Benchmarking; and FG on new feeds for pigs and poultry.