Veterinary Public Health Institute

Team

Research Interests

Animal, food, public, and One Health surveillance

Knowledge creation to support decision making in health

Complex systems approaches to understanding populations, population health and applications to surveillance

Epidemiology

Animal welfare

Research projects:

Bayesian approaches for combining and interpreting the results of event detection algorithms from many varied real time data sources

Development and application of text-mining tools for the use of pathology data inepidemiological surveillance of animal diseases

Assessing behavioural patterns and complexity within and across laying hens in an aviary system

Identifying the gaps, drivers and need for One Health Surveillance

COST Action: Network for Evaluation of One Health

Advancing One Health Surveillance Strategies

Professional activities:

Board of Directors of the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS)

Leader: One Health Surveillance Working Group of the International Society for Disease Surveillance

Conference organizing committee and/or abstract reviewer: International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS), International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE)

Journal reviewer: Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Transboundary and Emerging diseases, Biomed Central Public Health, Journal of Infection in DevelopingCountries and others

 

Education

2003               

PhD in Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, CA

1981               

DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon SK, CA

Employment

2013- present 

Research group leader, Veterinary Public Health Institute, University of Bern

2011-2013      

Assistant Professor in veterinary epidemiology, Dept. of Pathobiology, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St Kitts

2003-2011      

Epidemiologist, Food Safety and Animal Health Division, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton AB, CA

1981-2003      

Mixed (mostly food) animal practice in Western Canada

  • International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS)
  • Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
  • NCSS short course in statistics
  • ECVPH Residents course on animal health surveillance
  • PhD course Epidemiology and Biostatistics