Synopsis: Dr Martin Nielsen is an assistant professor in equine parasitology at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky.
He has published more than 20 scientific research papers, a book chapter, and more than 100 abstracts, poster presentations, health column answers and lay articles.
He was awarded the Young Elite Scientist Award from the Danish Research Council in 2009.
Born in Denmark, Nielsen completed his veterinary degree at The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark in 2001. Renowned parasitologist Dr Peter Nansen was based there and Nielsen found it easy to fulfill his interest in parasite research with his first student projects.
Nielsen’s videos fall into one of three categories: short videos addressing common misconceptions about parasite control; longer educational videos outlining important concepts in parasite control; and videos that inform viewers about current findings, research needs and the importance of UK’s equine research herds.
“As a university researcher, I have an obligation to communicate about my area of research to the public. I am constantly searching for the most efficient way to do so. In this day and age, it seems obvious to communicate about these things on social media,” Nielsen said.
“I hope to get some useful information into the hands of horse owners, farm managers and equine veterinarians — and to build some awareness about some of the work we do at the Gluck Center.
“I wanted to try to address common misconceptions and myths in equine parasite control. In this series, I’ll address one myth or misconception at a time and in 45 seconds or less, I will explain why it is exactly that — a myth or misconception. These will be interspersed with a few longer videos providing more background information and highlighting recent research findings.”