Veterinary Public Health Institute


Dr. Salome Dürr


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

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Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, 3097 Liebefeld, Gebäude Agroscope U 157
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:

  • Community Based Surveillance in Switzerland and Chad , funded by the Food Safety and Veterinary Office and Wolfermann-Nägeli Foundation, in collaboration with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the National Laboratory Chad
  • The impact of domestic dog ecology on the spread and control of infectious diseases, in collaboration with The University of Sydney, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, National Laboratory Chad, International Livestock Research Institute Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests Bhutan, Local Government Indonesia
  • The use of Sobol Sensitivity Analysis on an epidemiological rabies model, in collaboration with The University of Sydney and the ETH Zurich
  • Prevalence study and modeling to inform control programs for footrot in Switzerland
  • 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
  • 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, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, PLoS ONE, Zoonses and Public Health, International Journal of Tropical Disease and Health, Acta Tropica, Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Vaccine, Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
  • Member Education Committee ECVPH
  • Member executive board of the Intermediate Staff Association (Mittelbau) of the Vetsuisse Faculty




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


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