Future Farming - Epidemiology Research Unit
I am interested the One Health Perspective of epidemiology - my particular research interests are in the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases and zoonoses
I qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Liverpool in 1980 and after working in companion animal practice for a several years I took up the position of Veterinary Officer with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in St Lucia. The 2 ½ years I spent in this role ignited my interest in ticks and tick-borne diseases, epidemiology and livestock health and production in the Tropics.
I completed the MSc in Tropical Animal Production and Health at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine; my MSc thesis was on the epidemiology of Rift Valley fever.
Subsequently I worked in Vanuatu as a Government Veterinary Officer and in St Lucia where I worked on a college farm which was used to instruct tertiary level students in all aspect of agriculture. Here I worked in a team to establish small-scale poultry, sheep, pig and fish enterprises.
I returned to the UK in 2002 and completed an MSc in Epidemiology in 2005 (University of London) and PhD in 2010 (University of Liverpool).
Prior to joining the ERU in June 2017, I worked on five applied research projects in veterinary epidemiology (the protozoan parasite Neospora caninum and the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica) and public health (influenza sero-epidemiology and gastrointestinal disease surveillance).
“The development of spatial models for fascioliasis in England and Wales using Geographic Information Systems”
Future Farming Systems
Epidemiology Research Unit
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