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Following graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007, I worked in mixed practice in the Midlands for 18 months. I joined the Univeristy of Edinburgh in 2009 as a research assistant and then as a PhD student working on the Infectious Diseases of East African Livestock (IDEAL) project, a cohort study investigating the outcomes of calves during their first year of life. Following completion of my PhD I spent a short amount of time in mixed practice in Perth before re-joining the University of Edinburgh in 2013 as a lecturer in the Farm Animal Practice.

In 2019 I started working within EPIC, the Socttish Government's Centre for Expertise in Animal diseaes outbreaks. Within that consortium my work concentrates on the development of surveillance methods for both endemic and exotic disease outbreaks in Scottish livestock. I'm interested in the estimating the on-farm impact of management of disease, and the development of stakeholder driven management plans that work for farmers. 

I teach on the integrated clinical course for production animals, specifically on suckler herd management and sheep lameness and iceberg diseases. I also teach evidence based medicine to final year clinical students. I supervise a number of student research projects every year. I am co-director of the final year for the vet course.

I have an on-going collaboration with LUANAR, the vet school in Malawi, and am currenlty working with a group fo vet students there on the epidemiology of African Swine Fever. This is a project we are doing with the Malawian Government. We are particularly interested in developing a better understanding of how local epidemics of ASF develop, and we are working with the government to support the use of the animal health data that is collected by animal health officers in the country.



Administrative Roles


  • UG teaching staff
  • Student support
  • Farm Animal Teaching
  • Co-director of final year



Year 4

Farm Animal integrated clinical course

Professional & Clinical Skills 4

Year 5

Final Year Rotations

Student Selected Component 2

Organisation and student support

All Years

Professional Development



Research students

LUANAR 4th year veterinary students: 4 projects investigating the epidemiology of ASF in Liongwe district, Malawi

Catherine Corbett, RDSNS, SSC2 project: Attitudes, Knowledge and Practices regarding Rabies, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jordan Harries, RDSVS, SSC2 project: The effect of udder confirmation on lamb growth

Emily Heaton, R(D)SVS, SSC2 project: The perception of farmers of a commercial accreditation scheme for Maedi Visna.

Vikki Shepherd,  R(D)SVS, SSC2 project: Investigation into the association of recycled bedding on mastitis incidence on a dairy farm, COMPLETED

Ellie Cowton, R(D)SVS, SSC2 project: Identification of risk factors for vaginal prolapse in ewes in South East Scotland, COMPLETED

Anne McMillan, R(D)SVS, SSC2 project: The association with Johnes disease in cattle and Crohne's disease in humans COMPLETED

Alicia Laniak, R(D)SVS, SRC project: Phytogenic Products used as an Alternative to Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Livestock Animals (library project) CURRENT

Jennie Hunt, R(D)SVS, SRC project: Zoonotic disease in cattle in Cameroon. CURRENT

Sophie Porter, R(D)SVS, SRC project: Mismothering in gimmers.

Amanda Foo, R(D)SVS, SRC proejct: The use of thermal imaging equipment for early detection of lameness in cattle.

David Bell, R(D)SVS and SRUC: Preventing Respiratory Disease in Dairy Calves. PhD Supervisor.

Andrew Gibson, R(D)SVS and Mission Rabies: Rabies vaccination and reduction in disease in Goa, PhD external supervisor


Current Research Interests

Surveillance methods using data sets collected for other purposes

Iceberg diseases in sheep


Neonatal survival of calves and lambs

Research Interests


Risk factor analysis

Cohort / longitudinal studies

Infectious disease outcomes


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

External positions

External Examiner, Univ Surrey, University of Surrey, Sch Vet Med

1 Sep 2020 → …

Executive committee, THe Sheep Veterinary Society

30 Sep 2001 → …


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