Dr Jos Houdijk

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

Animal nutritionist with an interest in nutritional sensitivity of animal production, health, disease and environmental footprint. Research areas include:

  • plant based parasite control strategies
  • nutritional sensitivity of periparturient immunity to parasites
  • animal health and climate change
  • feedstuff evaluation for pigs and sheep
  • environmental change impacts on ovine parasitism
  • gut microbiota and enteric health in weaned pigs

PhD Students

  • Ketema Tolossa Gutu - Anti-parasitic properties of selected indigenous Ethiopian plant(s) as alternative parasite control strategy in livestock
  • Jolinda Pollock - Gut Microbiota and Enteric Health in Weaned Pigs
  • Sokratis Ptochos - Environmental change impacts on sheep parasitism


  • MSc Animal Science, Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands
  • PhD “Effects of non-digestible oligosaccharides in young pig diets”, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences / Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands, 1998