I received a liberal arts degree (AB) from Dartmouth College, USA and then trained as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Queensland in Australia. After qualifying, I practised as a large animal veterinarian in Northern Ireland and Australia. I subsequently completed a PhD in veterinary epidemiology (of racehorse fatalities) at the University of Melbourne and then went on to become both a RCVS specialist and European Diplomate in veterinary public health (with a focus on population medicine). I also have a Masters of Laws in medical law and ethics from the University of Edinburgh which has enabled me to explore legal issues in areas of intellectual property, bio technology and ethics and contingency planning for infectious disease outbreaks.
My current position within EPIC is as a post-doctoral researcher and Principal Investigator, working as a “knowledge broker” to provide Scottish Government policymakers with rapid access to emergency scientific advice and analyses to prepare for and respond to emergency exotic and novel animal disease outbreaks. This work includes translation and communication of science as effective and ethical evidence for policy, emergency outbreak response and management, risk assessment and communication and horizon scanning and scenario planning work to facilitate strategic thinking about risk and long-term future resilience. I also collaborate with EPIC colleagues across the whole of the consortium to lead and deliver the EPIC Knowledge Exchange (KE) and public engagement strategy.
In my spare time, I am a Council Member and Chair of the Credentials Committee of the European College of Veterinary Public Health which is responsible for resident training/ knowledge exchange to promote integrated, multidisciplinary approaches towards improving human and animal public health.
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