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Dr Maria Costa

Dr Maria Costa

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Maria Costa

 +44 01463 246 084

Scotland’s Rural College
West Mains Road


Maria works as a veterinary epidemiologist (species-expert for pigs) at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) since 2020. Her main interests are pig health and welfare, with a focus on its interconnections with veterinary public health. Maria’s main interests are animal health and welfare, with a particular focus on its interconnections with veterinary public health. She combines data analysis and visualization with her veterinary expertise to generate and interpret useful information for farmers, stakeholders and national authorities. Maria’s academic background and her current training as a resident of the European College of Porcine Health Management help her to bridge the gap between pig research and the pig industry.

Maria’s roles and responsibilities are:

Engaging with the Scottish and UK pig industries, administering existing health schemes with the support of the industry, and developing and leading new initiatives for the benefit of the Scottish pig sector. Involvement in the SRUC livestock disease surveillance intelligence centre and participation in EPIC as a pig-species specialist. 

Leading Ideas

  • Plant and Animal Health

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • 2.2.2 Evaluation of livestock health
  • 2.2.6 Animal disease epidemiology