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Dr Aaron Reeves

Research Interests

Aaron Reeves

I am a quantitative veterinary epidemiologist, with a particular interest in modelling the dynamics of infection and disease in animal populations.  I have designed and developed a number of epidemiologic modelling applications and related tools, all of which my students, collaborators, and I have employed in simulating the spread and control of various exotic diseases in domestic animal populations.

At SRUC, my work focuses on large, intensely data-driven problems in population health of terrestrial and aquatic species.  Among my activities are the following:

  • I am heavily engaged in the activities of EPIC, the Scottish Government’s Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks, for which I curate all of the major data sets pertaining to farm demographics, animal movements, and animal health used by researchers throughout EPIC and elsewhere in Scotland.
  • I am the lead scientist on activities conducted by the Epidemiology Research Unit (ERU) pertaining to aquaculture and population health in Scotland’s salmon industry.
  • I am also one of the lead scientists on a new effort to establish a canine cancer registry in Scotland, which will have applications for both human and companion animal health.

I joined SRUC after 19 years in a variety of positions at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, most recently as a Research Scientist in the Department of Clinical Sciences within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Current and former funders of my work include the Scottish Government; the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; the United States Department of Agriculture; the United States Department of Homeland Security; and the Pan-American Health Organization – Pan-American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University.  My Ph.D. work in Clinical Sciences with a concentration in Veterinary Epidemiology was completed in 2012, also at Colorado State University.


I developed an advanced (postgraduate-level) course in epidemiologic simulation modelling, which I have taught in a variety of venues since 2007.  I have also presented lectures in a variety of courses in biology and epidemiology.

Selected Publications

  • Humphry, R.H., Reeves, A., and Gunn, G.J.  2018.  Strategies for screening young stock for antibodies – optimising numbers to test, cut-points, & predictive values for bovine viral diarrhoea virus.  Scientific Reports 8:9532,
  • Boden, L.A., Auty, H., Reeves, A., Rydevik, G., Bessell, P., and McKendrick, I.J.  2017.  The use of scenario planning to explore the resilience of future animal health surveillance activities in Scotland while incorporating uncertainty from the ‘Brexit’ decision.  Front. Vet. Sci. 4:201.
  • McReynolds, S.W., Sanderson, M.W., Reeves, A., Sinclair, M., Hill, A.E., Salman, M.D..  2014. Direct and indirect contact rates among livestock operations in Colorado and Kansas.  J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc. 244:1066–1074
  • Patyk, K.A., Helm, J., Martin, M.K., Forde-Folle, K.N., Olea-Popelka, F.J., Hokanson, J.E., Fingerlin, T., Reeves, A.  2013.  An epidemiologic simulation model of the spread and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) among commercial and backyard poultry flocks in South Carolina, United States.  Preventive Veterinary Medicine 110: 510-524
  • Dubé, C., Sanchez, J., Reeves, A.  2011.  Adapting existing models of highly contagious diseases to countries other than its country of origin.  OIE Scientific and Technical Review 30 (2): 581-589
  • Reeves, A., Salman, M.D., Hill, A.E.  2011.  Approaches for evaluating veterinary epidemiologic models: verification, validation, and their limitations.  OIE Scientific and Technical Review 30 (2): 499-512
  • Harvey, N., Reeves A., Schoenbaum, M.A., Zagmutt-Vergara, F.J., Dubé, C., Hill, A.E., Corso, B.A., McNab, W.B., Cartwright, C.I., Salman, M.D.  2007.  The North American Animal Disease Spread Model: A simulation model to assist decision making in evaluating animal disease incursions.  Preventive Veterinary Medicine 82: 176–197

Dr Aaron Reeves

Quantitative Epidemiologist

Address: Future Farming Systems
Epidemiology Research Unit
Plot 10, An Lòchran
Inverness Campus

Telephone: 01463 246068