Jolinda Pollock


  • PENICUIK, SRUC Veterinary Services, Veterinary and Analytical Laboratory, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan

    EH26 0PZ Midlothian

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


I am the Microbiology Team Leader at SRUC Veterinary Services.  We provide a comprehensive diagnostic service for livestock, companion animals and wildlife, carrying out passive veterinary disease surveillance for the Scottish Government.  

We are also a research active team, focussing predominantly on phenotypic and genotypic analyses of important veterinary bacterial isolates, with particular focus on epidemiology, virulence, zoonotic potential and antimicrobial resistance.


Our team regularly work on both commercial and research projects, alongside our routine diagnostic work.

I also act as an advisor, collaborator and principal investigator for research projects.

Current Projects:

  • Co-Investigator (2023-present)
    The fungal milk microbiome of dairy cattle and its implications on mastitis.
  • Co-Investigator (2022-present)
    The wound microbiome in companion animals.
  • Principal Investigator (2020-present)
    Epidemiology of Klebsiella mastitis isolates in dairy cattle.
  • Principal Investigator (2020-present)
    Atypical Escherichia coli septicaemia and meningitis cases in 3-6 month old dairy calves.

Completed projects:

  • Principal Investigator (2019-2021)
    Milk microbiota in dairy cattle under different drying off protocols.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (2018-2020)
    Antimicrobial resistance at the human-animal interface in Uganda. 
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (2016-2018)
    Antimicrobial resistance dynamics on a British commercial pig farm. 
  • PhD Student (2012-2016)
    Gut microbiota dynamics in weaner pigs.



Research interests

  • Veterinary bacteriology and mycology
  • Farm animal disease surveillance
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Farm animal microbiomes


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Gut microbiota dynamics in the weaner pig in response to experimental Escherichia coli challenge and dietary manipulation, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2017

Bachelor, BSc (Hons) Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010


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