Dr Rachel Clifton BA VetMB PhD MRCVS

Dr Rachel Clifton

School of Biosciences
Research Fellow

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School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Rachel Clifton is a Research Fellow in the School of Biosciences. She is interested in the persistence of bacterial pathogens and understanding bacterial communities. Her current research is focused on footrot in sheep, the most common cause of lameness in sheep in the UK. Rachel is also interested in the translation of research findings into practice, and is using qualitative methods in order to better understand how to facilitate uptake of best practice recommendations by agriculture students and veterinary students.


  • BA – University of Cambridge 2007
  • VetMB – University of Cambridge 2010
  • PhD – University of Warwick 2017


Dr Rachel Clifton graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2010 and spent 3 years working in first opinion veterinary practice. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD at the University of Warwick to study the role of Fusobacterium necrophorum in ovine footrot. She subsequently spent a year working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick before taking up the post of Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.


Research Interests:

  • Molecular epidemiology of bacterial pathogens
  • Bacterial persistence and transmission
  • Health and welfare of farm animals
  • Using qualitative methods in animal health research


  1. Green L. E., Clifton R. (2018). Diagnosing and managing footrot in sheep: an update. In Practice, 40 (1), 17-24.
  2. Clifton R., Green L.E. & Purdy K.J., (2018) Development and validation of a multiple locus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) scheme for Fusobacterium necrophorum. Veterinary Microbiology, 213, 108-113.
  3. Clifton R., Green L. E., (2017). Footrot in sheep: key messages from recent research. Livestock, 22 (3), 150-156.
  4. Clifton R., Green L. E., (2016). On the treatment, control and elimination of ovine footrot: a comparative review. CAB Reviews, 11 (053), 1-9.
  5. Clifton R., Green L. E., (2016). Pathogenesis of ovine footrot disease: a complex picture. Veterinary Record, 179, 225-227.

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