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Dr. Jan Birch completed her PhD in Veterinary Physiology at the University of Cambridge, based at The BBSRC Babraham Institute as an Animal Health Trust scholar. Her doctoral studies and specialist research interests are in reproduction, lactation and growth.  Over the past 30 years, she has had a career as an academic: lecturing, managing degree programmes, and developing and validating industry-aligned qualifications in the animal and equine sciences.  She has also undertaken industry-linked, applied research (engaging and supervising undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students), initially based at The University of Liverpool, School of Veterinary Sciences, Leahurst and latterly as Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer Manager for University Centre, Reaseheath.  This industry-linked, applied research experience includes partnership building, project development and grant writing for numerous collaborations between industry, the voluntary sector and academia. She also has extensive experience in the charities sector having held senior management, Trustee and independent consultant posts with responsibilities for education, research, project development and funding strategies.  In addition, Jan has a special interest in dissemination and knowledge transfer (‘making applied research accessible to wide audiences’) including conference organisation.

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