Dr Harriet Auty

I am a veterinary epidemiologist with interests in the dynamics, impacts and control of livestock diseases, particularly vector-borne diseases and zoonoses. I qualified as a vet from University of Liverpool in 2004 and after a stint in general practice moved to University of Edinburgh for a PhD on the epidemiology and ecology of vector-borne zoonoses in Tanzania.

In 2011 I started at the SRUC Epidemiology Research Unit in Inverness as an EPIC fellow, working particularly on outbreak response and policy liaison. In 2020 I moved to University of Glasgow where I am a senior lecturer in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. I continue to be involved in EPIC and co-lead topics 1 and 3.

My main areas of research in EPIC are:

  1. Disease outbreak response such as risk assessment, contingency planning and provision of scientific advice
  2. Liaison with policy makers at Scottish Government
  3. Veterinary surveillance
  4. Providing veterinary and epidemiological input for models of disease.

I am a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. I also continue to be involved in other projects on vector-borne zoonoses, both in Scotland (Lyme disease) and in Tanzania (trypanosomiasis).


Linking human tick bite risk with tick abundance in the environment: A novel approach to quantify tick bite risk using orienteers in Scotland. Ribeiro, R, Eze, JI, Gilbert, L, Macrae, A, Duncan, A, Baughan, J, Gunn, G & Auty, H 

Assessing the Likelihood of High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza Incursion Into the Gamebird Sector in Great Britain via Designated Hatcheries. M. Fujiwara, H. Auty, I. Brown and L. Boden

A Tool for Prioritizing Livestock Disease Threats to Scotland. P.R. Bessell, H.K. Auty, H. Roberts, I.J. McKendrick, B.M.C. Bronsvoort and L.A. Boden

EPIC, Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise in Animal Disease Outbreaks: A Model for Provision of Risk-Based Evidence to Policy. LA. Boden, S. Voas, D. Mellor and H. Auty

The Risk of Foot and Mouth Disease Transmission Posed by Public Access to the Countryside During an Outbreak HK Auty, D Mellor, GJ Gunn, LA Boden

Assessing the Economic Impact of Vaccine Availability When Controlling Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks. T Porphyre, KM Rich, HK Auty

Animal Health Surveillance in Scotland in 2030: Using Scenario Planning to Develop Strategies in the Context of “Brexit”. LA Boden, H Auty, A Reeves, G Rydevik, P Bessell, IJ McKendrick

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

Assessing the potential for Bluetongue virus 8 to spread and vaccination strategies in Scotland. PR Bessell, KR Searle, HK Auty, IG Handel, BV Purse, BM Bronsvoort

Scenario planning: The future of the cattle and sheep industries in Scotland and their resiliency to disease. LA Boden, H Auty, P Bessell, D Duckett, J Liu, C Kyle, A McKee, L Sutherland, J Reynolds, BM Bronsvoort, IJ McKendrick

Scenario planning as communicative action: Lessons from participatory exercises conducted for the Scottish livestock industry. DG Duckett, AJ McKee, L Sutherland, C Kyle, LA Boden, H Auty, PR Bessell, IJ McKendrick

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

Epidemic potential of an emerging vector borne disease in a marginal environment: Schmallenberg in Scotland. PR Bessell, KR Searle, HK Auty, IG Handel, BV Purse, BM Bronsvoort

Impact of temperature, feeding preference and vaccination on Schmallenberg virus transmission in Scotland. PR Bessell, HK Auty, KR Searle, IG Handel, BV Purse, BM Bronsvoort

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

Working at the science-policy interface. L Boden, H Auty, P Goddard, A Stott, N Ball, D Mellor

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