Dr. Prescott obtained a VetMB as well as a PhD from the University of Cambridge in England. He has worked since then at the Ontario Veterinary College as a bacteriologist. He is currently researching Clostridium perfringens, the cause of necrotic enteritis in broilers. In an effort to understand immunity to this infection, important immunogens have been identified which, when used to vaccinate chickens, have enhanced immunity in broilers. Work has also been done to characterize the unique features of the strains of C. perfringens involved in necrotic enteritis. Currently there are two research associates and one technician working in his laboratory, but has had numerous graduate students in the past. Some of Dr. Prescott's previous students have continued in research, while others are working in industry or in education. Outside Guelph, Dr. Prescott collaborates with the Scottish Agricultural College as well as Arizona State University and Iowa State University. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, the Canadian Poultry Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council are currently supporting his research. Click here to view Dr. Prescott's webpage. Publications
- Assessment of attenuated Salmonella vaccine strains in controlling experimental Salmonella Typhimurium infection in chickens.
- Assessment of attenuated Salmonella vaccine strains in controlling experimental Salmonella Typhimurium infection in broiler chickens.
- Sequence of two plasmids from Clostridium perfringens chicken necrotic enteritis isolates and comparison with C. perfringens conjugative plasmids. 2012.
- The successful experimental induction of necrotic enteritis in chickens: A critical review. 2012
- Identification of accessory genome regions in poultry Clostridium perfringens isolates carrying the NetB plasmid.
- Oral immunization of broiler chickens against necrotic enteritis with an attenuated Salmonella vaccine vector expressing Clostridium perfringens antigens.
- Genetic diversity of Clostridium perfringens isolated from healthy broiler chickens at a commercial farm.