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Frank Ruedisueli

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine

Role

Frank Ruedisueli teaches on BSc, FdSc and MSc courses in Animal and Equine Sciences, including Veterinary Nursing. He lectures in subject specialisms including veterinary parasitology and microbiology, animal disease and immunology as well as nutritional health.

Career overview

Frank studied Animal Science at the University of Wageningen, where he specialised in Tropical Animal Health and Parasitology for his MSc, with particular interest in tick-borne diseases.

Frank began work as a project scientist at the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition where his current interest in veterinary dermatology first developed. He then went on to join the University of Lincoln and was instrumental in the development and validation of BSc Bio-veterinary Science and was the Programme leader for the initial 6 years of the course. Teaching responsibilities have included for example Veterinary parasitology, microbiology and anatomy; immunology, equine disease, diagnostics and equine reproductive physiology. He has most recently worked at the University of Nottingham, Department of Microbiology, lecturing in virology.

Research areas

Recent projects include:

  • Tick Borne Disease
    University of Lincoln, Department of Biological Sciences, UK
    Alternative tick control: herbal efficacy against Haematophagic Parasites (HTC); effects of Bracken control on Ticks and Tick-borne disease; Tick-borne disease prevalence in wild and domesticated hosts.
  • Anti-microbial Sensitivity to Silver treatment
    University of Lincoln, Department of Biological Sciences
    Antimicrobial sensitivity of MRSA, E.coli, P.aeroginosa, D.congolensis; Development of a novel topical treatment to bacterial skin infection (Battles LincolnTM).
  • Parasitology database development
    TIK: Tick Identification Key, PIC: Parasites Images Collection
    University of Lincoln, Department of Biological Sciences

Other research interests include:

  • Dermatology: non-invasive barrier function measurements and epidermal lipids
  • Skin microbiology: Dermatophytes and D.congolensis
  • Functional Nutrition: in-vitro probiotic and herbal supplement testing

Post graduate research:

  • The detection of Cowdria ruminantium in Amblyomma variegatum ticks using monoclonal anti-bodies. Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Isolation of TSP-receptor protein from Babesia bovis infected red blood cells involved in causing Cerebral Babesiosis. CSIRO, Division of Tropical Animal Production, Longpocket Laboratories, Brisbane, Australia.

Opportunities to carry out work towards an MPhi/PhD in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Frank has collaborated on projects on the control of ticks and tick-borne diseases on the North Yorkshire Moors and Quantock hills. He has also worked on commercial projects for the development of mud fever treatment.

Publications

  • Treating mud fever in horses. Ruedisueli FL, Veterinary Record, 2011, 168 (18), 490
  • Investigating the transfer and viability of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in standard vetbed and medibed in vitro. Ruedisueli, FL, abstract presented at annual congress of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Birmingham, UK, 2006
  • The anti-microbial efficacy of Tolnaftate containing fibres on Malassezia pachydermatis in vitro. Ruedisueli FL, abstract presented at annual congress of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Birmingham, UK, 2005
  • The anti-microbial efficacy of Tolnaftate containing fibres on T. equinum and M. canis in vitro. Ruedisueli FL, poster at annual congress of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology, Tenerife, Spain, 2003
  • Effects of zinc and linoleic acid supplementation on the skin and coat quality of dogs receiving a complete and balanced diet. Marsh KA, Ruedisueli FL, Coe SL, Watson TDG,  Veterinary Dermatology, 2000, 11 (4), 277-284
  • The effect of dietary supplementation with zinc and linoleic acid on the transepidermal water loss of dogs. Ruedisueli FL, Cross MJ, Finlan HA and Watson TDG, Skin Research and Technology, 1999, 5 (2) 110, 1999
  • The effect of shampoo treatment on the skin pH and transepidermal water loss of dogs. Ruedisueli FL and Watson TDG Poster at the International Symposium on Bioengineering and Skin, Boston, USA, 1998
  • The measurement of skin pH in normal dogs of different breeds. Ruedisueli FL, Eastwood NJ, Gunn NK and Watson TDG in (Ed) KW Kwochka, T Willemse and C von Tscharner, Butterworth-Heinemann, Advances in Veterinary Dermatology Vol.3,  Oxford, 1998, 521-523

Press expertise

  • Mud fever in horses
  • Ticks and tick-borne diseases
  • Worming in horses
  • Parasitology