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Dr Philip Skuce

(BSc Hons, PhD)

Job Title:
Principal Scientist


Contact Number:
0131 4455 111

Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ

Job Role

Philip is a Principal Scientist in Parasitology (Disease Control department), where he leads the liver fluke research programme.

He is also Moredun Livestock Policy Lead and SEFARI Knowledge Exchange Sector Lead for Livestock.


Philip has worked at Moredun for over 25 years on various aspects of sustainable control of helminth parasites (worms & fluke) in livestock. His research interests are in parasite diagnostics, detection in the environment, vaccination studies and the detection and management of anthelmintic resistance.

Philip also has interests in conservation grazing, the impact of climate change on helminth parasite epidemiology and the impact of endemic disease on the carbon footprint of livestock production. He sits on the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) Steering Group, with specific responsibility for liver fluke and anthelmintics and the environment working groups.

Current Research

Philip’s current research interests focus on diagnosis of fluke in the live animal and detection of fluke stages in the environment. He also has research interests in determining fluke risk associated with conservation grazing and agri-environment schemes as well as wider environmental aspects of practical and sustainable liver fluke control.

See the SEFARI website for more details.

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