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John Mee

Research Officer - Veterinary

Research Interests

Dairy cattle: Herd health, Calf health, Calf welfare, Dairy cow welfare, Lameness, Biosecurity, Dystocia, Congenital defects, Trace elements, Johne’s disease, Fertility performance, Reproductive therapies, Salmonellosis, Schmallenberg, Contract rearing. 
Beef cattle: Calf health, Congenital joint laxity and dwarfism (CJLD), Herd health, Tick-borne diseases 
Sheep: Lamb mortality, Ewe and lamb peripartuient behaviour, Tick-borne diseases, Mineral nutrition.

Current Projects

Dairy:

  • Effects of Schmallenberg virus on dairy herd health, fertility and milk production.
  • Epidemiology and aetiology of bovine abortion and perinatal mortality
  • Bovine intestinal atresia in Irish dairy and beef herds
  • Placental pathology and bovine fetopathy
  • Trace elements requirements of dairy cows
  • Tissue and blood trace element concentrations and calf mortality
  • Genetic and non-genetic congenital defects in Irish dairy herds.
  • Predictive machine learning models of calving assistance and difficulty in dairy heifers and cows
  • ProWelCow – risks and recommendations for welfare of Irish dairy cows
  • Bio-exclusion and bio-containment programmes for Irish herds
  • Predictive value of maternal serum titres in the diagnosis of Salmonella fetopathy
  • Investigation of the epidemiology of Johne’s disease using social network analysis (SNA).
  • PCR and next generation sequence analysis of tick-borne pathogens in Irish ruminant livestock, risk factors and control strategies
  • Characterisation of contract rearing in Ireland and associated biosecurity and animal disease risks and outcomes

Beef:

  • Bovine intestinal atresia in Irish dairy and beef herds
  • Epidemiology and aetiology of perinatal mortality in beef suckler herds
  • PCR and next generation sequence analysis of tick-borne pathogens in Irish ruminant livestock, risk factors and control strategies

Sheep:

  • Ewe and lamb behaviour and lamb mortality during the periparturient period – effects of genotype and management
  • PCR and next generation sequence analysis of tick-borne pathogens in Irish ruminant livestock, risk factors and control strategies
  • Mineral deficiencies in Irish sheep flocks

Education

European Registered Specialist in Bovine Health Management (2004) European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
National Registered Specialist in Bovine Health Management (2014) Veterinary Council of Ireland.
National Specialist in Bovine Perinatology (under application).
PhD (1991) National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.
MVM (2013) National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.
DipECBHM (2004) European College of Bovine Health Management, Munich, Germany.
MVB (1984) National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.
Sabbatical scientist (1999) University of Melbourne and the Victorian Institute of Animal Science, Melbourne, Australia.
Sabbatical scientist (1998) Dairying Research Corporation, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Professional Membership

Society membership:

American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP)
Animal Health Ireland (Chair of Biosecurity Technical Working Group, Member of Calf Health TWG), (AHI)
British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA)
Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland (CAVI)
European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM)
European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP)
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Veterinary Ireland (VI)

Editorial Board membership:

Animal Reproduction Science, Irish Veterinary Journal (Deputy Editor), Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Scientific World Journal and Veterinary Science Development (Section Editor), Moorepark Open Day Book.

A more complete list of Dr. Mee's publications is available at: 

Google Scholar or Pubmed

The following is a recent selection of the publications by John and co-authors classified by topic.

Calving and Calf Health: 

Stillbirths - Immune and inflammatory biomarkers in cases of bovine perinatal mortality with and without infection in utero. Journal of Dairy Science, (2017), 100: 1408-1416. Jawor, P, Stefaniak, T. and Mee, J.F.  
Abortion - Bovine abo rtion/stillbirth investigation: a practitioner-focused approach. Proceedings of the 29th World Buiatrics Congress, Dublin, (2016), p. 93-96. Mee, J.F. 
Calving - Calving management – veterinary consultancy. Proceedings of the XXI Congresso Anembe de Medicina Bovina, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2016), p. 103-111. Mee, J.F. 
Dystocia - Risk factors for calving assistance and dystocia in pasture-based Holstein-Friesian heifers and cows in Ireland. The Veterinary Journal, (2011) 187: 189-194. Mee, J.F., Berry, D.P. and Cromie, A.R. 
Calf health - Farm Health and Productivity Management of Dairy Young Stock. Wageningen Academic Publishers Book, The Netherlands, (2010) pp.1-208. Boersema, S-J., Cannas da Silva, J., Mee, J.F. and Noordhuizen, J.

Herd Health and Welfare:

Herd health - Disease screening profiles and colostrum management practices on 16 Irish suckler beef farms. Irish Veterinary Journal, (2015), 68 (1):1.O’Shaughnessy, J., Earley, B., Barrett, D., Doherty, M., Crosson, P., de Waal T. and Mee, J.F. 
Welfare -ProWelCow: implications of herd expansion for dairy cow welfare. Veterinary Ireland Journal, (2015), 5: 425-428. Boyle, L., Marchewka, J., Mee, J.F., and O’Driscoll, K. 
Lameness - Perceptions about the causes, treatment and prevention of lameness in a pasture-based dairy industry. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, (2016), Wageningen, The Netherlands, p.37. Marchewka, J., Mee, J.F. and Boyle, L. 
Nutrition - Impacts of nutrition pre-calving on periparturient dairy cow health and neonatal calf health. Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition (2014), 37-59. Mee, J.F.

Infectious diseases: 

Schmallenberg - Schmallenberg virus: predicting within-herd seroprevalence using bulk-tank milk antibody titres and exploring individual animal antibody titres using empirical distribution functions (EDF). Preventive Veterinary Medicine, (2017), 143: 68-78 Collins, A, Grant, J., Barrett, D., Doherty, M., Hallinan, A. and Mee, J.F. 
Johne’s disease - A novel approach to the epidemiology of paratuberculosis – Social network analysis (SNA). Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja (2015), 137 (S1): 111. Sanchez-Miguel, C., Crilly, J. and Mee, J.F. 
Salmonellosis - Predictive value of maternal serum agglutination test titres in identifying Salmonella Dublin culture-positive abortions. Veterinarska Stanica (2011), 42 (S1): 7. Sanchez-Miguel, C., Crilly, J., Grant, J. and Mee, J.F. 
Neosporosis & Leptospirosis - Are we misdiagnosing many Neospora and Leptospira-positive bovine aborted and stillborn foetuses using fetal serology? Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2016), 51(S2): 116. Mee. J.F., Sanchez-Miguel, C, Nosov, M. and Gilmore, J. 
Parasites - Controlling nematodes in dairy calves using targeted selective treatments. Veterinary Parasitology (2015), 209, 221-228. O’Shaughnessy, J., Earley, B., Mee, J.F., Doherty, M., Crosson, P., Barrett, D., and de Waal, T. 
Biosecurity - Bioexclusion of diseases from dairy and beef farms: Risks of introducing infectious agents and risk reduction strategies. The Veterinary Journal, (2012), 194: 143-150. Mee, J.F., Geraghty, T., O’Neill, R. and More, S.

Reproductive Physiology and Performance:

Declining fertility - How can we reverse declining dairy cow fertility? Proceedings of the Congress on Controversies & Consensus in Bovine Health, Industry and Economics, Berlin, Germany, (2015), p. 38-40, Mee, J.F. 
Reproductive disorders - Risk factors for reproductive disorders (metritis, endometritis, cystic ovaries, anovulation, low conception rate, embryonic mortality) in dairy cows. Cattle Practice, (2014), 22: 42-53. Mee, J.F. 
Management systems - Reproductive issues arising from different management systems in the dairy industry. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, (2012) 47: 42-50. Mee, J.F. 
Hormonal protocols - Hormonal protocols vs heat detection – is the debate concluded or should we still be concerned? Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja (2015) 137 (S1): 207-219. Mee, J.F.

Invited international oral conference & workshop presentations (2007-2017):

  • World Buiatrics Congresses (WBC): Sapporo, Japan (2017), Dublin (2016), Cairns, Australia (2014), Lisbon, Portugal (2012), Santiago, Chile (2010), Budapest, Hungary (2008), (all plenary keynotes)
  • World Veterinary Conference (WVC): Prague, Czech Republic (2013)
  • European Association for Animal Production (EAAP): Stavanger, Norway, (2011)
  • European Buiatrics Forum (EBF): Marseilles, France, (2009)
  • European Congress on Bovine Health Management: Liege, Belgium, (2011)
  • European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR) Annual Conferences: Lisbon, Portugal, (2016), Helsinki, Finland, (2014), Dublin, (2012)
  • European Veterinary Surveillance Network (EVSN): Backweston, (2014, 2015)
  • Aeicbas Biomedical Congress: Porto, Portugal, (2015)
  • AEMV-UTAD International Lecture Series: Vila Real, Portugal, (2017)
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP)Annual Conference: Charlotte, USA, (2008)
  • Anembe Congreso Internacional de Medicina Bovina: Santiago de Compostela, Spain, (2016)
  • Argentinian Buiatrics Association: Tandil, Argentina, (2010)
  • British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) Annual Conferences: Southport, (2015), (awarded best oral presentation prize); Hinckley, (2014), Killarney (2008)
  • British Society of Animal Science (BSAS): Liverpool, UK, (2007)
  • Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland (CAVI) Annual Conferences: Mullingar, (2015), Fermoy, (2010), Tullamore, (2009), Limerick, (2007)
  • Congress on Controversies & Consensus, in Bovine Health, Industry & Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany, (2015)
  • Congreso Internacional de Medicos Veterinarios Zooteenistas Especialistas en Bovinos de la Comarca Lagunera: Coahuila, Mexico, (2013)
  • Dairy Research Communication and Extension Event: Guelph, Canada, (2013)
  • Diergeneeskunde Annual Symposia: Ghent, Belgium, (2008)
  • Healthy Calf Conferences: Ontario, Canada, (2016)
  • Institute of Permanent Education in Veterinary Medicine (IPV): Ghent University, Belgium, (2008)
  • International Conference on Farm Animal Reproduction: Limburg, The Netherlands, (2007)
  • International Congresses of the Hungarian Association for Buiatrics: Budapest, (2015), Eger, (2010), Hungary
  • International Farm Animal Congress of XLVets: Cork, (2013)
  • International Symposium on Calf Mortality: Reyjkavik, Iceland, (2008)
  • International Workshop on Calving Management and Calf Health: Palazzolo dello Stella, Italy, (2011)
  • International Workshop on CJLD: Backweston, (2011)
  • Iranian Veterinary Association Annual Congress: Tehran, Iran, (2010)
  • Jornadas da Associaco Portuguesa de Buiatria: Ilhavo, (2013), Aviero, (2007), Portugal
  • Konferencja Weterynaryjna, Uniwersytet Warminsko-Mazurski w Olstynie: Ciechanowiec, Poland, (2014)
  • Nottingham Cattle Fertility Annual Conference: Nottingham, UK, (2013)
  • Polish Academy of Sciences Seminar on Welfare in Farm Animals: Magdalenka, Poland (2016)
  • Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences Annual Congress: Wroclaw, Poland, (2012)
  • PPP-Symposia: Zurich, Switzerland, (2014), Eger, Hungary (2010)
  • Proveto Bovine Echografie & Fertiliteit Conferences: Zuivelboerderij Den Elder, (2008), Arnhem, (2007), The Netherlands
  • SAC Veterinary Practitioner CPD Events: Dumfries, St Boswells, Perth and Aberdeen, Scotland (2015)
  • SAC VIO Harmonisation Symposia: Perth, Scotland, (2015)
  • Simposium Lechero Internacional: Aguascalientes, Mexico, (2012)
  • South Western Ontario Annual Dairy Symposium: Woodstock, Canada, (2013)
  • Studienamiddag: Veepeiler Rund: Ghent University, Belgium, (2016)
  • University of Nottingham Annual Feed Conference: Nottingham, UK, (2013)
  • University Veterinary Hospital (UVH) Annual Conference: UCD, Dublin, (2011)
  • VET Trust Annual Conferences: Stirling, Scotland, (2015, 2007)
  • Veterinary Laboratory Services (VLS) Annual Scientific Seminars: Backweston, (2010, 2009)
  • Western Canadian Dairy Symposia (WCDS): Alberta, Canada, (2012)
  • Wroclaw University Annual Conferences on Cow and Calf Health: Wroclaw, Poland, (2011-2017)

Offered oral and poster presentations at national & international conferences & workshops (2007-2017):

  • World Association for Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Annual Conference.
  • World Buiatrics Congresses.
  • World Veterinary Conference.
  • International Conference on Lameness in Ruminants.
  • International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals.
  • International Congress on Animal Reproduction.
  • International Congress of the Hungarian Association for Buiatrics.
  • International Dairy Federation International Symposium on Minerals & Dairy Products.
  • International Farm Management Association Annual Congress.
  • International Society for Animal Ethology Annual Conference.
  • International Stillbirth Alliance Annual Conference.
  • International Symposium on Advances in Milking.
  • International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics.
  • International Workshop on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level.
  • European Association for Animal Production.
  • European Buiatrics Forum.
  • European Conference on Precision Agriculture.
  • European Congress on Bovine Health Management.
  • European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction.
  • European Society of Veterinary Entomology Annual Congress.
  • European Veterinary Parasitology Annual Conference.
  • European Veterinary Surveillance Network Annual Conference.
  • Agricultural Research Forum.
  • All-Island State Veterinarian’s Annual Conference.
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
  • Anembe Congreso Internacional de Medicina Bovina.
  • Animal Health Ireland Annual Conferences.
  • Association for Veterinary Teachers and Research Workers Ireland & UK.
  • Australian Association for Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
  • British Cattle Veterinary Association.
  • British Society of Animal Science.
  • Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland.
  • Congress on Controversies & Consensus, in Bovine Health, Industry & Economics.
  • Irish Grassland Association Annual Conference.
  • Irish Society for Veterinary Parasitology Annual Conference.
  • Jornadas da Associaco Portuguesa de Buiatria.
  • Middle European Buiatrics Congress.
  • Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

Mentoring postgraduate students:

Aine Collins, MRCVS - Effects of Schmallenberg virus on dairy herd health, fertility and milk production. (University College Dublin)

Dwayne Shields, BAgSci - Ewe and lamb behaviour and lamb mortality during the periparturient period – effects of genotype and management (co-supervised with Tim Keady)  

Rhona Norquay, BVetMed - Epidemiology and aetiology of perinatal mortality in Scottish beef suckler herds (University of Glasgow)  

David Krol, DVM - Role of infectious agents in stillbirths in Polish dairy herds (Wroclaw University)

Hans van Loo, DVM - Epidemiology and pathology of bovine abortion in Belgium (University of Ghent) 

Thomas Mock, DVM - Risk factors, necropsy findings and genetic analysis of perinatal calf mortality in Swiss dairy farms (University of Bern)

To be recruited (2017) - Characterisation of contract rearing in Ireland and associated biosecurity and animal disease risks and outcomes (University College Dublin)

To be recruited (2017) - PCR and next generation sequence analysis of tick-borne pathogens in Irish ruminant livestock, risk factors and control strategies (co-supervised with Barbara Good) 

John also mentors undergraduate veterinary students from the School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD as part of their CEMS.

Lecturing students:

Module Leader & lecturer on the Bachelor in Dairy Business Degree (School of Agriculture, UCD)
Lecturer on the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course (School of Agriculture, UCD) Invited lecturer on the Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine Degree course (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)
Invited lecturer on the Bachelor in Agricultural Science Degree course (Waterford Institute of Technology) Invited lecturer on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cattle & Small Ruminant Health (Faculty of Vet. Science, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary)
Invited lecturer on the Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD) Invited lecturer on the Postgraduate Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK).
Invited lecturer on the QQI Fetac 6 Ruminant Nutrition Course (Teagasc, Moorepark Research Centre) 
Invited lecturer for the Veterinary Students Society (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)