Veterinary Public Health Institute


Dr. Salome Dürr


Department of Clinical Research und Public Health (DCR-VPH)

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Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, 3097 Liebefeld, Gebäude Agroscope U 157
Postal Address
Universität Bern, VPHI
Schwarzenburgstrasse 155
3097 Liebefeld

Research Interests

Development and application of infectious disease models to inform strategy preparedness programs, evaluate control strategies or plan disease elimination

Canine rabies surveillance, control and elimination in endemic countries

Investigation of free roaming domestic dog populations

Enhancement of preparedness for highly infectious animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease or classical swine fever

Research projects:

Estimation of potential spread and impact of canine rabies in Australian Aboriginal communities by novel simulation model approach, Swiss National Science Foundation supported project, collaboration with The University of Sydney

Retrospective evaluation of emergency vaccination for the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak of 1965/66 in Switzerland using a simulation model

Ensemble modeling and to support emergency disease management, supported by Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) Program, collaboration with Colorado State University, Pennsylvania State University, Linköpings Universitet, Massey University, Australian Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, University of Nottingham

Professional activities:

Associated Editor Frontiers Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics

Reviewer for Preventive Veterinary Medicine, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Frontiers Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, PLoS ONE, International Journal of Tropical Disease and Health, Acta Tropica




Professional degree veterinary science, University of Bern, Switzerland


Doctoral thesis (Dr. med. vet) in rabies control and surveillance in N’Djaména, Chad, Swiss Tropical Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland and Centre de Support en Santé Internationale, N’Djaména, Chad


Diploma Swiss Official Veterinarian


Diploma Diplomate European College of Veterinary Public Health


Lecturership in epidemiology (Habilitation), University of Bern


2017 - ongoing

Assistant professor veterinary epidemiology, Veterinary Public Health Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland

2015 - 2016

Group leader clinical epidemiology, Veterinary Public Health Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland

2013 - 2015            

Postdoctoral fellow (Swiss National Science Foundation), development of rabies simulation model, The University of Sydney, Australia


Postdoctoral research assistant, Resident European College of Veterinary Public Health Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland


Veterinarian in small animal practices in Switzerland


  • European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH)
  • Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM)
  • Swiss Forum for Epidemiology and Animal Health (EpiForum)
  • Vétérinaire Sans Frontière Suisse (VSF)
  • Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity of the University of Sydney (MBI)

Undergraduate lecturing Vetsuisse Faculty Bern and Zurich

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (year 1)
  • Veterinary Public Health I (year 2)
  • One Health (year 4, elective)
  • Supervision Master Students

Postgraduate lecturing

  • PhD summer course on epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Training ECVPH Residents (workshop on infectious disease modeling)
  • Supervision of ECVPH Residents