I am interested in the use of quantitative methods to inform animal-health policy decisions. I am a veterinary surgeon and have prior to joining academia owned, managed and worked in a companion animal clinic in South West England. After joining Edinburgh University I worked on a DEFRA funded VTRI fellowship exploring the economic analysis of foot and mouth disease exit strategies.
Foot and mouth disease is a disease of primary economic importance both as a direct consequence of its effects on agricultural productivity and for its indirect influence on the wider economy. This 4-year project investigated how choices made during an epidemic and the post epidemic exit-phase impact on the economic consequences of the disease. The work used techniques from epidemiology, economics, and simulation modelling.
In eera my work involves statistics, epidemiology and economics. I work on disease of livestock and companion animals in both the tropics and the UK.