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Prof. George Gunn

I am an SRUC Professor of Population Medicine and Zoonoses, an SRUC Research Team Leader and Head of Veterinary Epidemiology based at SRUC, Inverness.

My current focus includes livestock disease control with an overarching interest in population medicine and the dynamics of infectious inter-herd diseases and zoonoses. Uniquely I use my background in large animal veterinary practice combined with experience working alongside livestock keepers with outbreak investigation studies and clinical pathology expertise, to investigate how effective disease control should best be implemented.

A project manager working at national and international levels, I am a former Director of the EPIC partnership and part of the management teams for the concluding EC ParaTB Tools Project and Defra surveillance review. I have extensive experience of working with industry and helped initiate several cattle disease programmes, including HI-Health, PCHS and Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS).

I am increasingly involved in senior level policy development. With others I have pioneered new approaches which combine epidemiology with socioeconomic factors to examine how infectious diseases fit within the biological, economic and social context of farming and the food marketing chain.

I am called upon for national and international consultancies. I am a visiting professor in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow, a specialist in veterinary epidemiology for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomat at the European College of Cattle Health Management. To add to this I frequently act as an external examiner - for example at institutions including the Universities of Edinburgh and Utrecht.

Publications

Standardizing output-based surveillance to control non-regulated cattle diseases: Aspiring for a single general regulatory framework in the European Union. L. Costa, E.L. Duarte, T. Knific, J.J. Hodnik, A. Roon, C. Fourichon, X. Kolec, G. Schaik, G. Gunn, A. Madouasse, J. Berezowski, I. Santman-Berendsd

Editorial: Proceedings of the 2nd ISESSAH Conference 2018. D. Raboisson, B. Ahmadi, M. Peyre, H. Hogeveen, G. Gunn and Jonathan Rushton

Framework for Estimating Indirect Costs in Animal Health Using Time Series Analysis. AS Barratt, KM Rich, JI Eze, T Porphyre, GJ Gunn, AW Stott

A framework for estimating society's economic welfare following the introduction of an animal disease: The case of Johne's disease. AS Barratt, MH Arnoult, B Vosough Ahmadi, KM Rich, GJ Gunn, AW Stott

Combining Slaughterhouse Surveillance Data with Cattle Tracing Scheme and Environmental Data to Quantify Environmental Risk Factors for Liver Fluke in Cattle. GT Innocent, L Gilbert, EO Jones, JE McLeod, G Gunn, IJ McKendrick, SD Albon

Analysis of bovine viral diarrhoea virus: Biobank and sequence database to support eradication in Scotland. GC Russell, DM Grant, S Lycett, C Bachofen, GL Caldow, PD Burr, K Davie, N Ambrose, GJ Gunn, RN Zadoks

Vulnerability of the British swine industry to classical swine fever. T Porphyre, C Correia-Gomes, ME Chase-Topping, K Gamado, HK Auty, I Hutchinson, A Reeves, GJ Gunn, MEJ Woolhouse

Determinants of biosecurity behaviour of British cattle and sheep farmers—A behavioural economics analysis. L Toma, AW Stott, C Heffernan, S Ringrose, GJ Gunn

How commercial and non-commercial swine producers move pigs in Scotland: a detailed descriptive analysis. T Porphyre, LA Boden, C Correia-Gomes, HK Auty, GJ Gunn, MEJ Woolhouse

Using national movement databases to help inform responses to swine disease outbreaks in Scotland: the impact of uncertainty around incursion time. T Porphyre, LA Boden, C Correia-Gomes, HK Auty, GJ Gunn, MEJ Woolhouse

An ex-ante economic appraisal of Bluetongue virus incursions and control strategies. A Fofana, L Toma, D Moran, GJ Gunn

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