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One Health (Infectious Diseases)

MSc | Diploma

Course Experts (RVC)

Professor Richard Kock: Module Leader and Course Co-Director

Chair in Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases, Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases.

Richard KockRichard is a dedicated wildlife veterinarian, researcher and conservationist and has been working with International colleagues to promote the One Health/Ecohealth paradigm for the past decade. He qualified as veterinarian in 1980, obtaining his bachelors, masters. veterinary and doctoral degrees at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. From 1983-2010 he was attached to the Zoological Society of London. Working in zoological medicine from 1983-1990, then was seconded to the Kenya Wildlife Service in Nairobi to start a new Veterinary Unit 1991-1998. This initiative is now a model in the region with a department at KWS with 72 permanent staff. Throughout this time he provided support to health and conservation initiatives in the region and in building networks and veterinary capacity.

From 1999 – 2005 he was seconded to a regional body, African Union Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources to work on rinderpest and other transboundary animal diseases in wildlife and livestock and including zoonotics. This involved disease research on wildlife species throughout Africa. In 2001 he identified and ensured diagnosis of the last outbreak (affecting buffalo) of rinderpest which led to control of the last globally known focus and its eradication. He was awarded an FAO international medal in recognition of his work. 2006-2010 he returned to the UK to work on regional projects including work in Nepal, India, East Africa and Central Asia.

In January 2011 he took up a chair in Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases at the RVC. He is working on saiga antelope disease in Kazakhstan, wildlife disease and ecohealth initiatives in Africa, and on drivers of emerging diseases. He is engaged in undergraduate and MSc teaching and on global capacity building initiatives. He served as a committee member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission committee 2004-2008 and has been co-chair of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group 2004-present. He is a recognised Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

Dr Mandy Nevel: Module Leader (Joint with Michael Miles) and Course Co-Director

Senior Lecturer, Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases.

Mandy NevelMandy Nevel obtained a BSc in Animal Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Leeds in 1988 and qualified as a veterinarian in 1992 at the RVC. She went into farm animal practice for three years and returned to the RVC to complete her PhD in reproductive physiology of the sow. She completed a postdoctoral term at the University of Saskatoon, Canada, researching reproductive-nutritional interactions in the sow. She then worked for a pharmaceutical company for four years in livestock vaccine development.

Mandy returned the RVC in 2003 as a Veterinary Investigation Officer where she established a Veterinary Laboratories Agency Surveillance Centre within the RVC. Her interests remain in livestock disease and reproduction. She is involved in MSc and undergraduate teaching.

Dr Jackie Cardwell: Module Leader

Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology, Department of Production and Population Health

P1010173Jackie qualified from The University of Cambridge in 1994. She spent six years in mixed general practice, during which time she developed an interest in preventive and evidence-based medicine. In 2000 she joined the Epidemiology Unit at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. There she was responsible for equine infectious disease surveillance, the provision of advice and support to practitioners dealing with equine infectious disease outbreaks and the clinical care of a large herd of Welsh Mountain ponies. She also worked on risk assessments for the investigation of potentially zoonotic equine infections and the development of a syndrome-based decision-tree approach to surveillance for incursions of exotic equine infectious diseases into the UK.

In 2007 she completed her PhD on the epidemiology of Inflammatory Airway Disease in National Hunt racehorses, encompassing tracheal endoscopy, multilevel modelling and molecular laboratory work. Throughout her PhD she continued to provide locum cover for local small animal practices and an RSPCA wildlife hospital. Jackie joined the RVC Epidemiology Division in 2008. Her main research interests lie in infectious and zoonotic disease epidemiology and companion animal clinical epidemiology. Jackie is the Co-Course Director for the MSc CIDA course and the Co-Module leader for the Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation Module/Specific Topic which is taught on Thursdays with the MSc Vet Epi students.

Dr Jonathan Rushton: Module Leader

Senior Lecturer in Animal Health Economics, Department of Production and Population Health

Dr Jonathan RushtonJonathan is an agricultural economist who specialises in the economics of animal health and livestock production. He has a first degree in natural sciences (Cambridge) and a Master's in agricultural economics (Reading) which included a year's research in India. His doctorate was carried out at the Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Research Unit, Reading. The PhD researched the role of livestock in mixed farming systems of India and Kenya developing household and herd simulation models from the field data collected.

Dr Rushton's work experience has included animal health and livestock research and development projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America through working with FAO, EU, DFID, IICA, ILRI, DANIDA, GTZ and USAID. More recently he has been involved in FAO's global programme on the control of avian influenza where he leads the socio-economics inputs. His key interests are the role of livestock in the livelihoods of poor people worldwide, impact of livestock diseases, the use of participatory methodologies in veterinary epidemiology and the marketing of agricultural products.

Julian Drewe: RVC Module Choice Development Leader

Lecturer, Department of Production and Population Health

Damer BlakeJulian is a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine. He is particularly interested in finding out how diseases transmit between wildlife, domestic animals and humans.

 He graduated from the RVC in 2001 and then spent two years working in a mixed practice in Norfolk. Patients included farm animals, horses, pets and exotic animals. He spent an interesting year working as a locum vet in the UK and South Africa in private practices, a wildlife hospital, in industry and in a zoo.

During 2004 he undertook the MSc in Wild Animal Health at the Institute of Zoology in London, and completed my RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine at the same time. It was during this time that he developed a particular interest in diseases of wildlife and the impacts that infectious diseases may have on animal populations.

 From 2005 to 2009 he did a PhD at the University of Cambridge where he studied the role of social interactions in the transmission of tuberculosis between wild meerkats. This research involved a substantial fieldwork component which he undertook in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.

He started at the RVC in February 2009 and became a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine in the field of Wildlife Population Health in 2010.

Dr Damer Blake: Module Leader

Lecturer, Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases

Damer BlakeDamer is a lecturer in Molecular Parasitology. His research interests are focused on protozoan parasites and pathogens of poultry using genetics and molecular biology.

Damer graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Wye College (University of London) in 1997. Following an MSc in pig production, he completed a PhD in bacterial genetics, both at the University of Aberdeen. After the completion of his PhD in 2001 he took up a post at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) working on avian coccidiosis caused by the protozoan Eimeria species. During his time at IAH he carried out fundamental and applied genetics-led research, contributing to the Eimeria genome sequencing consortium, developing reverse-genetics strategies for use with Eimeria, designing a series of new molecular diagnostic tools and using genetic mapping as a step towards development of a new generation of cost-effective anticoccidial vaccines. In 2010 Damer was appointed Lecturer in Molecular Parasitology at the RVC.

Mrs Maria Johnson

RVC Programme Course Coordinator

Maria JohnsonMaria is the course coordinator for the highly successful Vet Epi programme and ran an earlier infectious disease MSc at RVC. Her new role in One Health is central to the link between the administration, students and the academic staff for this innovative new paradigm in health and project in education, ensuring the programme runs smoothly and efficiently. She is based at the Camden site of the Royal Veterinary College..

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