Esteemed international award presented to cattle scientist

August 14 / 141

Dr Josh Aleri (middle) received  the Gustav Rosenberger Award in recognition of his early career excellence.
Dr Josh Aleri (middle) received the Gustav Rosenberger Award in recognition of his early career excellence.

Dr Josh Aleri has been presented with the Gustav Rosenberger Award at the World Buiatrics Congress in Cairns.

The Gustav Rosenberger Award is an international grant presented annually to the most outstanding early career veterinarian in the bovine science industry.

Dr Aleri said receiving the grant was an extremely overwhelming and humbling experience because the award was highly prestigious.

“This award reflects my efforts and hard work of improving human livelihoods through cattle research and education … [and it] also reflects the commitment and dedication of all my mentors in the veterinary profession in Kenya and Australia,” he said.

Dr Aleri is a veterinarian from Kenya undertaking a PhD project with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences on dairy health and welfare.

His research project is based within the Animal Welfare Science Centre as part of the Beef and Dairy Cattle Welfare research group.

Dr Aleri’s research focuses on the potential benefits of identifying and incorporating immune response traits associated with improved health into dairy cattle selection and breeding programs in Australia.

Dr Aleri said he has always had an affinity with cattle.

“They’re very special animals,” he said.

“They can talk to you without even speaking and I think I’ve developed that way of communicating with them that makes my work easier.”

Professor Andrew Fisher, Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine said Dr Aleri's talent was recognised when he was awarded an international scholarship to come to the University of Melbourne.

“Dr Aleri is one of the outstanding cattle veterinary scientists of his peer group,” said Professor Fisher.

Dr Aleri said the award and grant of $14,500 would help him access further training as a cattle scientist.

The Gustav Rosenberger Award was created as a tribute to Dr Gustav Rosenberger, a renowned   cattle veterinarian and scientist and co-founder of the World Association for Buiatrics.

The award has only been granted 13 times since its inception in the early 1990s.

Dr Aleri’s research was recently featured on Studio Bovine:

http://www.studiobovine.com/en/?videoId=526768&language=en

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