Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Safe and Sustainable Food

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Betty is a postdoctoral researcher in the Veterinary Epidemiology Economics and Public Health group.

Originally from  Luxembourg, Betty moved to the UK in 1999 for her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. In 2008, after graduating with a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology, on the epidemiology of sheep ectoparasitic diseases, from Bristol University, she started to work as an epidemiologist for the former Veterinary Laboratories Agency (now APHA). She then moved to Munich to start a first postdoctoral project looking at prevalence and risk factors of MRSA-ST398 transmission from pig farms in a rural area.

After her second postdoctoral project in public health in  Munich ended, Betty moved back to the UK to take up a post as a postdoctoral researcher in the VEEPH group at the RVC in September 2013.

Betty is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose motivation is to improve the health and welfare of livestock (and humans).

Betty's research interests include the epidemiology of infectious diseases in livestock and public health, animal health surveillance and economics. Ongoing and completed projects Betty has been involved in at the RVC include:

  • An AHDB Dairy funded study looking at the effects of Johne's Disease on milk production and reproductive traits at 1st and 2nd lactations, with Javier Guitian.
  • A study looking at barriers to efficient poultry production in SE Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) .
  • The Fleming Fund (Wellcome Trust) funded scoping study: An analysis of the animal/human interface with a focus on low and middle income countries to tackle global Antimicrobial Resistance, with Jonathan Rushton.
  • The Swedish Government funded report: Animal health in development cooperation - its role for poverty reduction and improved nutrition, with Jonathan Rushton.
  • The World Bank funded, led by the OIE, project looking at the economic cost of Antimicrobial Resistance project, with Jonathan Rushton.
  • The EU funded animal health surveillance project, RISKSUR ( with Dirk Pfeiffer, Barbara Haesler and Jonathan Rushton. The project, which ended in the autumn of 2015, developed and validated conceptual and decision support frameworks and associated tools for designing efficient risk-based animal health surveillance systems. Within this project Betty also carried out an economic evaluation of potential surveillance strategies for the control of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea in England. 

Selected publications: 

Bisdorff B. et al(2016) Active animal health surveillance in European Union Member States:Gaps and opportunities. Epidemiology and Infection 12: 1-16. 

Bisdorff, B. et al. (2012) MRSA-ST398 in livestock farmers and neighbouring residents in a rural area in Germany. Epidemiology and Infection 140, 1800-1808.

Bisdorff, B. & Wall, R. (2008) Sheep blowfly strike risk and management in Great Britain: a survey of current practice. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 22, 1-6.

Bisdorff, B. & Wall, R. (2008) Control and management of sheep mange and pediculosis in Great Britain. Veterinary Parasitology 155, 120-126.

Bisdorff, B. & Wall, R. (2006) Blowfly strike prevalence in domestic rabbits in South West England and Wales. Veterinary Parasitology 141, 150-155.

Bisdorff, B., Milnes, A. & Wall, R. (2006) Prevalence and regional distribution of scab, lice and blowfly strike in sheep in Great Britain. The Veterinary Record 158, 749-752. 

Betty contributes to the delivery of directed learning sessions and seminars for the BvetMed course.  She also assesses OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) and provides one-on-one statistical support for students undertaking research projects.

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