Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Ecosystems Health, Safe and Sustainable Food

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Dirk graduated from Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany in 1984 with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine. He went on to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the same university in 1986. Following this Dirk went on to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin, which involved fieldwork in Kenya, Somalia, Malaysia and Thailand.

In 1987, Dirk moved to Massey University, New Zealand to complete a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and remained there for 11 years, where he became a Lecturer in Production Medicine and Epidemiology in 1992 and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology in 1996. Dirk joined the Royal Veterinary College in 1999 as a Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology. Dirk is also an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor at the China Animal Health & Epidemiology Centre, Qingdao, China. Since June 2015, Dirk has been fulfilling the part-time role of Chief Epidemiologist of the UK Government's Animal & Plant Health Agency from 2015 to 2017. Dirk joined City University of Hong Kong's newly established Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine & Life Sciences on November 1, 2016 as Chair Professor for One Health, but will maintain a 20% appointment at the Royal Veterinary College.

Membership of Advisory Committees and Expert Panels: Chair of Animal Health Surveillance Governance Board for England and Wales, UK (from 2015 to 2016); European Commission's DG SANTE Surveillance Task Force (from 2009-2016); Member of editorial board of the international scientific journal BMC Veterinary Research (since 2005); Associate editor of the international scientific journal Spatial and Spatiotemporal Epidemiology (since 2009); International Advisory Committee for Review of Food Safety and Biosecurity Programmes of Singapore's Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (since 2002); Chair of AHVLA review surveillance panel (2012); Chair of Epidemiology and Wildlife Risks sub-group of Defra's bovine tuberculosis Science Advisory Body (from 2008 - 2013); Member of epidemiology sub-group of OIE/FAO Network on Avian Influenza (OFFLU), Paris, France (from 2008); Member of Research Sub-committee of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London, UK (from 2011-2015); Member of International Scientific Peer Review Panel for National Institute of Animal Health for National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan (2011)

Dirk’s research has been widespread and varied, but with a special emphasis on translation of science into policy, evidence-based veterinary medicine, analytical epidemiology, advanced multivariate techniques, spatial and temporal analysis of epidemiological data, development of animal health information systems, computer modelling of animal disease, and field ecological research methods.

Dirk has co-authored 269 peer-reviewed publications associated with an ISI WoS h-index of 41 and Scopus h-index 45 (as of January 2019).

Current funding as principal investigator: £1.7 Mill for a BBSRC/DfID funded project entitled 'Controlling and monitoring emerging zoonoses in the poultry farming and trading system in Bangladesh: an interplay between pathogens, people, policy’. In addition, he holds various other smaller grants totalling about about £500k.

Past funding: approximately £10.5Mill research funding as principal investigator  for various projects, including risk-based surveillance, biosecurity on beef cattle farms in the UK, development of HPAI H5N1 risk reduction strategies for Asian and African countries, MRSA in companion animals, African swine fever epidemiology in Europe and Africa, antibiotic usage in pig production, development of a global animal and production atlas and development of predictive spatial risk models for Rift-valley fever in Africa.


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Patterson,S., Drewe,J.A., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Clutton-Brock,T.H. (2017): Social and environmental factors affect tuberculosis related mortality in wild meerkats. J Anim Ecol.

Fournié,G., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Bendrey,R. (2017): Early animal farming and zoonotic disease dynamics: modelling brucellosis transmission in Neolithic goat populations. Royal Society Open Science, 4(2).

Meyer,A., Zamir,L., Ben Yair Gilboa,A., Gelman,B., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Vergne,T. (2017): Quantitative Assessment of the Risk of Release of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus via Export of Bull Semen from Israel. Risk Analysis,

Guinat,C., Vergne,T., Jurado-Diaz,C., Sanchez-Vizcaino,J.M., Dixon,L. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Effectiveness and practicality of control strategies for African swine fever: what do we really know? Vet Rec.

O'Connor,A.M., Sargeant,J.M., Dohoo,I.R., Erb,H.N., Cevallos,M., Egger,M., Ersboll,A.K., Martin,S.W., Nielsen,L.R., Pearl,D.L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez,J., Torrence,M.E., Vigre,H., Waldner,C., Ward,M.P. (2016): Explanation and Elaboration Document for the STROBE-Vet Statement: Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology - Veterinary Extension. Zoonoses Public Health.

O'Connor,A.M., Sargeant,J.M., Dohoo,I.R., Erb,H.N., Cevallos,M., Egger,M., Ersboll,A.K., Martin,S.W., Nielsen,L.R., Pearl,D.L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez,J., Torrence,M.E., Vigre,H., Waldner,C. and Ward,M.P. (2016): Explanation and Elaboration Document for the STROBE-Vet Statement: Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology-Veterinary Extension. J Vet Intern Med 30, 1896-1928.

Sargeant,J.M., O'Connor,A.M., Dohoo,I.R., Erb,H.N., Cevallos,M., Egger,M., Ersboll,A.K., Martin,S.W., Nielsen,L.R., Pearl,D.L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez,J., Torrence,M.E., Vigre,H., Waldner,C. and Ward,M.P. (2016): Methods and Processes of Developing the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology - Veterinary (STROBE-Vet) Statement. Zoonoses Public Health.

Sargeant,J.M., O'Connor,A.M., Dohoo,I.R., Erb,H.N., Cevallos,M., Egger,M., Ersboll,A.K., Martin,S.W., Nielsen,L.R., Pearl,D.L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez,J., Torrence,M.E., Vigre,H., Waldner,C. and Ward,M.P. (2016): Methods and Processes of Developing the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology - Veterinary (STROBE-Vet) Statement. J Vet Intern Med 30, 1887-1895.

Sargeant,J.M., O'Connor,A.M., Dohoo,I.R., Erb,H.N., Cevallos,M., Egger,M., Ersboll,A.K., Martin,S.W., Nielsen,L.R., Pearl,D.L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez,J., Torrence,M.E., Vigre,H., Waldner,C. and Ward,M.P. (2016): Methods and processes of developing the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology – Veterinary (STROBE-Vet) statement. Journal of Swine Health and Production 24, 315-325.

Cardwell,J.M., Van Winden,S., Beauvais,W., Mastin,A., De Glanville,W.A., Hardstaff,J., Booth,R.E., Fishwick,J. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Assessing the impact of tailored biosecurity advice on farmer behaviour and pathogen presence in beef herds in England and Wales. Prev Vet Med 135, 9-16.

Bisdorff,B., Schauer,B., Taylor,N., Rodriguez-Prieto,V., Comin,A., Brouwer,A., Dorea,F., Drewe,J., Hoinville,L., Lindberg,A., Martinez Aviles,M., Martinez-Lopez,B., Peyre,M., Pinto Ferreira,J., Rushton,J., Van Schaik,G., Staerk,K.D., Staubach,C., Vicente-Rubiano,M., Witteveen,G., Pfeiffer,D. and Haesler,B. (2016): Active animal health surveillance in European Union Member States: gaps and opportunities. Epidemiol Infect, 1-16.

Sargeant,J.M., O'Connor,A.M., Dohoo,I.R., Erb,H.N., Cevallos,M., Egger,M., Ersbøll,A.K., Martin,S.W., Nielsen,L.R., Pearl,D.L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez,J., Torrence,M.E., Vigre,H., Waldner,C. and Ward, M.P. (2016): Methods and processes of developing the strengthening the reporting of observational studies in epidemiology-veterinary (STROBE-Vet) statement. Journal of Food Protection 79, 2211-2219.

Vergne,T., Fournie,G., Markovich,M.P., Ypma,R.J., Katz,R., Shkoda,I., Lublin,A., Perk,S. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Transmission tree of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) epidemic in Israel, 2015. Vet Res 47, 109.

Sargeant,J.M., O'Connor,A.M., Dohoo,I.R., Erb,H.N., Cevallos,M., Egger,M., Ersboll,A.K., Martin,S.W., Nielsen,L.R., Pearl,D.L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez,J., Torrence,M.E., Vigre,H., Waldner,C. and Ward,M.P. (2016): Methods and processes of developing the strengthening the reporting of observational studies in epidemiology - veterinary (STROBE-Vet) statement. Prev Vet Med 134, 188-196.

Fournie, G., Tripodi, A., Nguyen, T.T., Nguyen, V.T., Tran, T.T., Bisson, A., Pfeiffer, D.U. and Newman, S.H. (2016): Investigating poultry trade patterns to guide avian influenza surveillance and control: a case study in Vietnam. Scientific Reports 6, 29463.

Sindato,C., Stevens,K.B., Karimuribo,E.D., Mboera,L.E.G., Paweska,J.T. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Spatial Heterogeneity of Habitat Suitability for Rift Valley Fever Occurrence in Tanzania: An Ecological Niche Modelling Approach. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(9): e0005002.

Jones,B.A., Betson,M. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Eco-social processes influencing infectious disease emergence and spread. Parasitology, 1-11.

Guinat,C., Wall,B., Dixon,L. and Pfeiffer, D.U. (2016): English Pig Farmers' Knowledge and Behaviour towards African Swine Fever Suspicion and Reporting. PLoS One 11, e0161431.

Guinat,C., Relun,A., Wall,B., Morris,A., Dixon,L. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Exploring pig trade patterns to inform the design of risk-based disease surveillance and control strategies. Scientific reports 6, 28429.

Knight-Jones,T.J., Gubbins,S., Bulut,A.N., Stark,K.D., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sumption,K.J. and Paton,D.J. (2016): Mass vaccination, immunity and coverage: modelling population protection against foot-and-mouth disease in Turkish cattle. Scientific Reports 6, 22121.

Henning,J., Pfeiffer, D.U., Stevenson,M., Yulianto,D., Priyono,W. and Meers,J. (2016): Who Is spreading avian influenza in the moving duck flock farming network of Indonesia? PLoS One 11, e0152123.

Guinat, C., Gogin, A., Blome, S., Keil, G., Pollin, R., Pfeiffer, D.U., Dixon, L., 2016. Transmission routes of African swine fever virus to domestic pigs: current knowledge and future research directions. Vet Rec 178, 262-267.

Nathues,H., Fournie,G., Wieland,B., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Stärk,K.D.C. (2016): Modelling the within-herd transmission of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in closed pig herds. Porcine Health Management 2, 1-14.

Sangwan,A.K., Jackson,B., De Glanville,W., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Stevens,K.B. (2016): Spatial analysis and identification of environmental risk factors affecting the distribution of Indoplanorbis and Lymnaea species in semi-arid and irrigated areas of Haryana, India. Parasite Epidemiology and Control.

Vergne,T., Korennoy,F., Combelles,L., Gogin,A. and Pfeiffer, D.U. (2016): Modelling African swine fever presence and reported abundance in the Russian Federation using national surveillance data from 2007 to 2014. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology.

Guinat,C., Relun,A., Wall,B., Morris,A., Dixon,L. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Exploring pig trade patterns to inform the design of risk-based disease surveillance and control strategies. Scientific reports 6, 28429.

Thanasarasakulpong,A., Poolperm,P., Tangjitjaroen,W., Varinrak,T., Sawada,T., Pfeiffer,D. and Sthitmatee,N. (2016): Comparison of the effect of two purification methods on the immunogenicity of recombinant outer membrane protein H of Pasteurella multocida serovar A:1. Vet Med Int 2016: 2579345.

Guinat,C., Gubbins,S., Vergne,T., Gonzales,J.L., Dixon,L. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2016): Experimental pig-to-pig transmission dynamics for African swine fever virus, Georgia 2007/1 strain. Epidemiol Infect 144(1), 25-34.

Stevens,K.B. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2015): Sources of spatial animal and human health data: Casting the net wide to deal more effectively with increasingly complex disease problems. Spatial and Spatiotemporal Epidemiology 13: 15-29.

Pfeiffer,D.U. and Stevens,K.B. 2015: Spatial and temporal epidemiological analysis in the Big Data era. Prev Vet Med.

Molia, S., Traore, I., Kamissoko, B., Diakite, A., Sidibe, M.S., Sissoko, K.D., Pfeiffer, D.U., 2015. Characteristics of commercial and traditional village poultry farming in Mali with a focus on practices influencing the risk of transmission of avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Acta Trop.

Sindato, C., Pfeiffer, D.U., Karimuribo, E.D., Mboera, L.E., Rweyemamu, M.M. and Paweska, J.T. (2015): A Spatial Analysis of Rift Valley Fever Virus Seropositivity in Domestic Ruminants in Tanzania. PLoS One 10, e0131873.

Vergne,T., Gogin,A. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2015): Statistical exploration of local transmission routes for African swine fever in pigs in the Russian Federation, 2007-2014. Transbound Emerg Dis.

Fournie,G., Kearsley-Fleet,L., Otte,J. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2015): Spatiotemporal trends in the discovery of new swine infectious agents. Vet Res 46, 114.

Porphyre,V., Betson,M., Rabezanahary,H., Mboussou,Y., Zafindraibe,N.J., Rasamoelina-Andriamanivo,H., Costard,S., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Michault,A. (2015): Taenia solium porcine cysticercosis in Madagascar: Comparison of immuno-diagnostic techniques and estimation of the prevalence in pork carcasses traded in Antananarivo city. Vet Parasitol.

Patanasatienkul,T., Sanchez,J., Rees,E.E., Pfeiffer,D. and Revie,C.W. (2015): Space-time cluster analysis of sea lice infestation (Caligus clemensi and Lepeophtheirus salmonis) on wild juvenile Pacific salmon in the Broughton Archipelago of Canada. Prev Vet Med.

Metras,R., Jewell,C., Porphyre,T., Thompson,P.N., Pfeiffer,D.U., Collins,L.M. and White, R.G. (2015): Risk factors associated with Rift Valley fever epidemics in South Africa in 2008-11. Scientific reports 5, 9492.

Knight-Jones,T.J., Bulut,A.N., Gubbins,S., Stark,K.D.,Pfeiffer, D.U.,Sumption,K.J. and Paton, D.J. (2015): Randomised field trial to evaluate serological response after foot-and-mouth disease vaccination in Turkey. Vaccine 33, 805-811.

Lopez-Alvarez,J., Elliott,J., Pfeiffer,D., Chang,Y.M., Mattin,M., Moonarmart,W., Hezzell,M.J. and Boswood,A. (2015): Clinical severity score system in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease. J Vet Intern Med 29, 575-581.

Bronner,A., Morignat,E., Gay,E., Vergne,T., Fournie,G., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Calavas, D. (2015): Iso-population partition: An innovative epidemiological approach to mapping and analyzing spatially aggregated data. Prev Vet Med.

Costard,S., Zagmutt,F.J., Porphyre,T. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2015): Small-scale pig farmers' behavior, silent release of African swine fever virus and consequences for disease spread. Scientific Reports 5, 17074.

Molia,S., Boly,I.A., Duboz,R., Coulibaly,B., Guitian,J., Grosbois,V.,Fournie,G. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2015): Live bird markets characterization and trading network analysis in Mali: implications for the surveillance and control of avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Acta Trop.

Fournie,G., Jones,B.A., Beauvais,W., Lubroth,J., Njeumi,F., Cameron,A. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2014): The risk of rinderpest re-introduction in post-eradication era. Prev Vet Med 113(2): 175-184.

de Glanville,W.A., Vial,L., Costard,S., Wieland,B. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2014): Spatial multi-criteria decision analysis to predict suitability for African swine fever endemicity in Africa. BMC Vet Res 10(1): 9.

Upjohn,M.M., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Verheyen,K.L. (2014): Helping working equidae and their owners in developing countries: Monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based interventions. Vet J 199(2): 210-216.

Knight-Jones, T. J., A. N. Bulut, S. Gubbins, K. D. Stark, D. U. Pfeiffer, K. J. Sumption and D. J. Paton (2014): Retrospective evaluation of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine effectiveness in Turkey. Vaccine.

Sindato, C., Karimuribo, E.D., Pfeiffer, D.U., Mboera, L.E., Kivaria, F., Dautu, G., Bernard, B. and Paweska, J.T. (2014): Spatial and temporal pattern of rift valley Fever outbreaks in Tanzania; 1930 to 2007. PLoS One 9, e88897.

Costard,S., Fournie,G. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2014): Using risk assessment as part of a systems approach to the control and prevention of HPAIV H5N1. Ecohealth 11(1), 36-43.

Sinkala,Y., Simuunza,M., Muma,J.B., Pfeiffer,D.U., Kasanga,C.J. and Mweene, A. (2014): Foot and mouth disease in Zambia: Spatial and temporal distributions of outbreaks, assessment of clusters and implications for control. The Onderstepoort journal of veterinary research 81(2), 6pp.

Blehaut,T.R., Hardstaff,J.L., Chapman,P.S., Pfeiffer,D.U., Boag,A.K. and Guitian,F.J. 2014: Spatial, demographic and clinical patterns of Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in the dog population of Southern England. Vet Rec.

Pascual-Linaza,A.V., Martínez-López,B., Pfeiffer,D.U., Moreno,J.C., Sanz,C. and Sánchez-Vizcaíno,J.M. (2014): Evaluation of the spatial and temporal distribution of and risk factors for Bluetongue serotype 1 epidemics in sheep Extremadura (Spain), 2007–2011. Preventive Veterinary Medicine.

Mur,L., Martinez-Lopez,B., Costard,S., de la Torre,A., Jones,B.A., Martinez,M., Sanchez-Vizcaino,F., Munoz,M.J., Pfeiffer,D.U., Sanchez-Vizcaino,J.M. and Wieland,B. (2014): Modular framework to assess the risk of African swine fever virus entry into the European Union. BMC Vet Res 10, 145.

Sinkala, Y., Simuunza, M., Pfeiffer, D.U., Munang'andu, H.M., Mulumba, M., Kasanga, C.J., Muma, J.B., Mweene, A.S., 2014. Challenges and Economic Implications in the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from the Zambian Experience. Veterinary medicine international 2014, 373921. .

Pfeiffer, D.U., 2014. From risk analysis to risk governance - Adapting to an ever more complex future. Vet Ital 50, 169-176.

Vergne, T., Guinat, C., Petkova, P., Gogin, A., Kolbasov, D., Blome, S., Molia, S., Pinto Ferreira, J., Wieland, B., Nathues, H., Pfeiffer, D.U., 2014. Attitudes and Beliefs of Pig Farmers and Wild Boar Hunters Towards Reporting of African Swine Fever in Bulgaria, Germany and the Western Part of the Russian Federation. Transbound Emerg Dis.

Guinat, C., Reis, A., Netherton, C.L., Goatley, L., Pfeiffer, D.U., Dixon, L., 2014. Dynamics of African swine fever virus shedding and excretion in domestic pigs infected by intramuscular inoculation and contact transmission. Vet Res 45, 93.

Rodriguez-Prieto, V., Vicente-Rubiano, M., Sanchez-Matamoros, A., Rubio-Guerri, C., Melero, M., Martinez-Lopez, B., Martinez-Aviles, M., Hoinville, L., Vergne, T., Comin, A., Schauer, B., Dorea, F., Pfeiffer, D.U., Sanchez-Vizcaino, J.M., 2014. Systematic review of surveillance systems and methods for early detection of exotic, new and re-emerging diseases in animal populations. Epidemiology and infection, 1-25.

Pfeiffer,D.U., Otte,M.J., Roland-Holst,D. and Zilberman,D. (2013): A one health perspective on HPAI H5N1 in the Greater Mekong sub-region. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 36(3), 309-319. doi:10.1016/j.cimid.2012.11.005.

Horby,P., Pfeiffer,D. and Oshitani,H. 2013: Prospects for emerging infections in East and Southeast Asia 10 years after severe acute respiratory syndrome. Emerging Infectious Diseases 19 (6).

Upjohn,M.M., Attwood,G.A., Lerotholi,T., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Verheyen,K.L. (2013): Quantitative versus qualitative approaches: a comparison of two research methods applied to identification of key health issues for working horses in Lesotho. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 108, 313-320.

Nigsch,A., Costard,S., Jones,B.A., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Wieland,B. (2013): Stochastic spatio-temporal modelling of African swine fever spread in the European Union during the high risk period. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 108, 262-275.

Costard,S., Mur,L., Lubroth,J., Sanchez-Vizcaino,J.M. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2013): Epidemiology of African swine fever virus. Virus Research 173, 191-197. 

Costard,S., Jones,B.A., Martinez-Lopez,B., Mur,L., de la Torre,A., Martinez,M., Sanchez-Vizcaino,F., Sanchez-Vizcaino,J.M., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Wieland,B. (2013): Introduction of African Swine Fever into the European Union through Illegal Importation of Pork and Pork Products. PLoS One, 8, e61104.

Dean,R.S., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Adams,V.J. (2013): The incidence of feline injection site sarcomas in the United Kingdom. BMC Veterinary Research, 9, 17.

Fournie,G., Guitian,J., Desvaux,S., Cuong,V.C., Dung,D.H., Pfeiffer,D.U., Mangtani,P. and Ghani,A.C. (2013): Interventions for avian influenza A (H5N1) risk management in live bird market networks. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, U S A.

Jones,B.A., Grace,D., Kock,R., Alonso,S., Rushton,J., Said,M.Y., McKeever,D., Mutua,F., Young,J., McDermott,J. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2013): Zoonosis emergence linked to agricultural intensification and environmental change. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA.

Liverani,M., Waage,J., Barnett,T., Pfeiffer,D.U., Rushton,J., Rudge,J.W., Loevinsohn,M.E., Scoones,I., Smith,R.D., Cooper,B.S., White,L.J., Goh,S., Horby,P., Wren,B., Gundogdu,O., Woods,A. and Coker,R.J. (2013): Understanding and managing zoonotic risk in the new livestock industries. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Metras,R., Baguelin,M., Edmunds,W.J., Thompson,P.N., Kemp,A., Pfeiffer,D.U., Collins,L.M. and White,R.G. (2013): Transmission potential of Rift Valley fever virus over the course of the 2010 epidemic in South Africa. Emerging Infectious Diseases 19, 916-924.

Loeffler,A., McCarthy,A., Lloyd,D.H., Musilova,E., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Lindsay,J.A. (2013): Whole-genome comparison of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC22 SCCmecIV from people and their in-contact pets. Veterinary Dermatology 24, 538-e128.

Beauvais,W., Fournie,G., Jones,B.A., Cameron,A., Njeumi,F., Lubroth,J. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2013): Modelling the expected rate of laboratory biosafety breakdowns involving rinderpest virus in the post-eradication era. Preventive Veterinary Medicine

Pfeiffer, D.U., 2013. Epidemiology caught in the causal web of bovine tuberculosis. Transbound Emerg Dis 60 Suppl 1, 104-110;

Jones,B.A., Sauter-Louis,C., Henning,J., Stoll,A., Nielen,M., Van Schaik,G., Smolenaars,A., Schouten,M., Uijl, I. den, Fourichon,C., Guatteo,R., Madouasse,A., Nusinovici,S., Deprez,P., De Vliegher,S., Laureyns,J., Booth,R., Cardwell,J.M. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2013): Calf-Level Factors Associated with Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia – A Multi-Country Case-Control Study. PLoS One 8(12), e80619.

Fournié,G., Beauvais,W., Jones,B.A., Lubroth,J., Ambrosini,F., Njeumi,F., Cameron,A. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2013): Rinderpest virus sequestration and use in posteradication era. Emerging Infectious Diseases 19(1): 151-153. doi:10.3201/eid1901.120967.

Stevens,K.B., Gilbert,M. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2013): Modeling habitat suitability for occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 in domestic poultry in Asia: A spatial multicriteria decision analysis approach. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, 4, 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.sste.2012.11.002.

Soares Magalhães,R.J., Zhou,X., Jia,B., Guo,F., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Martin,V. (2012): Live Poultry Trade in Southern China Provinces and HPAIV H5N1 Infection in Humans and Poultry: The Role of Chinese New Year Festivities. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49712. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049712.

Metras,R., Stevens,K.B., Abdu,P., Okike,I., Randolph,T., Grace,D., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Costard,S. (2012): Identification of Potential Risk Factors Associated with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Subtype H5N1 Outbreak Occurrence in Lagos and Kano States, Nigeria, During the 2006-2007 Epidemics. Transbound.Emerg.Dis. 2-4-2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1865-1682.2012.01322.x.

Métras,R., Porphyre,T., Pfeiffer,D.U., Kemp,A., Thompson,P.N., Collins,L.M. and White,R.G. (2012): Exploratory space-time analyses of Rift Valley fever in South Africa in 2008–2011. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 6(8): e1808. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001808.

Fournie,G., Guitian,J., Desvaux,S., Mangtani,P., Ly,S., Cong,V.C., San,S., Dung,d.H., Holl,D., Pfeiffer,D.U., Vong,S. and Ghani,A.C. (2012): Identifying live bird markets with the potential to act as reservoirs of avian influenza A (H5N1) virus: A survey in Northern Viet Nam and Cambodia. PLoS One 7, e37986. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037986.

Cave,N.J., Allan,F.J., Schokkenbroek,S.L., Metekohy,C.A.M. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2012): A cross-sectional study to compare changes in the prevalence and risk factors for feline obesity between 1993 and 2007 in New Zealand. Prev. Vet. Med.

Gilbert,M. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2012): Risk factor modelling of the spatio-temporal patterns of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAIV) H5N1: A review. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 3, 173-183.

Metras,R., Collins,L.M., White,R.G., Alonso,S., Chevalier,V., Thuranira-McKeever,C. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2011): Rift Valley fever epidemiology, surveillance, and control: what have models contributed? Vector. Borne. Zoonotic. Dis. 11, 761-771.

Martin,V., Pfeiffer,D.U., Zhou,X., Xiao,X., Prosser,D.J., Guo,F. and Gilbert,M. (2011): Spatial distribution and risk factors of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in China. PLoS Pathogens 7, e1001308. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1001308.

Mur,L., Martinez-Lopez,B., Martinez-Aviles,M., Costard,S., Wieland,B.,Pfeiffer, D.U. and Sanchez-Vizcaino,J.M. (2011): Quantitative risk assessment for the introduction of African swine fever virus into the European Union by legal import of live pigs. Transbound. Emerg. Dis. doi: 10.1111/j.1865-1682.2011.01253.x

Martin,V., Zhou,X., Marshall,E., Jia,B., Fusheng,G., Francodixon,M.A., De Haan,N., Pfeiffer,D.U., Soares Magalhaes,R.J. and Gilbert,M. (2011): Risk-based surveillance for avian influenza control along poultry market chains in South China: The value of social network analysis. Prev. Vet. Med. 102, 196-205.

Waret-Szkuta,A., Ortiz-Pelaez,A., Pfeiffer,D.U., Roger,F. and Guitian,F.J. (2011): Herd contact structure based on shared use of water points and grazing points in the Highlands of Ethiopia. Epidemiol. Infect. 139, 875-885.

Marce,C., Ezanno,P., Seegers,H., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Fourichon,C. (2011): Within-herd contact structure and transmission of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis in a persistently infected dairy cattle herd. Prev. Vet. Med. 100, 116-125.

Upjohn,M.M., Shipton,K., Pfeiffer,D.U., Lerotholi,T., Attwood,G. and Verheyen,K.L. (2011): Cross-sectional survey of owner knowledge and husbandry practices, tack and health issues affecting working horses in Lesotho. Equine Vet. J. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2011.00442.x.

Abernethy,D.A., Menzies,F.D., McCullough,S.J., McDowell,S.W., Burns,K.E., Watt,R., Gordon,A.W., Greiner,M. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2011): Field trial of six serological tests for bovine brucellosis. Vet. J. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.03.008.

Mastin,A., Alarcon,P., Pfeiffer,D., Wood,J., Williamson,S., Brown,I. and Wieland,B. (2011): Prevalence and risk factors for swine influenza virus infection in the English pig population. PLoS. Curr. 3, RRN1209.

Corner,L.A., Gormley,E. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2011): Primary isolation of Mycobacterium bovis from bovine tissues: Conditions for maximising the number of positive cultures. Vet. Microbiol. doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2011.10.016.

Stevens,K.B. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2011): Spatial modelling of disease using data- and knowledge-driven approaches. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 2(3): 125-133. doi:10.1016/j.sste.2011.07.007.

Holt,H.R., Alarcon,P., Velasova,M., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Wieland,B. (2011): BPEX Pig Health Scheme: a useful monitoring system for respiratory disease control in pig farms? BMC Veterinary Research 7:82. doi:10.1186/1746-6148-7-82.

Mariner,J.C., Hendrickx,S., Pfeiffer,D.U., Costard,S., Knopf,L., Okuthe,S., Chibeu,D., Parmley,J., Musenero,M., Pisang,C., Zingeser,J., Jones,B.A., Ali,S.N., Bett,B., McLaws,M., Unger,F., Araba,A., Mehta,P. and Jost,C.C. (2011): Integration of participatory approaches into surveillance systems. Rev. sci. tech. Off. int. Epiz. 30 (3), 653–659.

Métras,S.R., Soares Magalhaes,R.J., Hoang Dinh,Q., Fournié,G., Gilbert,J., Do Huu,D., Roland-Holst,D., Otte,J. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2011): An assessment of the feasibility of a poultry tracing scheme for smallholders in Vietnam. Rev. sci. tech. Off. int. Epiz. 30 (3), 703–714.

Pfeiffer,D.U., Otte,M.J., Roland-Holst,D., Inui,K., Tung,N. and Zilberman,D. (2011): Implications of global and regional patterns of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 clades for risk management. The Veterinary Journal 190, 310-316. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2010.12.022.

Marce,C., Ezanno,P., Seegers,H., Pfeiffer,D.U. and Fourichon,C. (2011): Predicting fadeout versus persistence of paratuberculosis in a dairy cattle herd for management and control purposes: a modelling study. Veterinary Research 42(1), 36. doi:10.1186/1297-9716-42-36.

Collins,L.M., Asher,L., Pfeiffer,D.U., Browne,W.J. and Nicol,C.J. (2011): Clustering and syn

Dirk teaches Epidemiology mainly at postgraduate level, including teaching of specialist courses at advanced level.

He has produced the following teaching videos:

Pfeiffer,D.U. (2015): Predictive value of a diagnostic test result. VET Talks video lecture. 

Pfeiffer,D.U. (2015): Diagnostic sensitivity and specificity. VET Talks video lecture.

One Health: An introduction by Professor Dirk Pfeiffer 

Dirk has authored, edited or co-authored the following textbooks or textbook chapters:

Pfeiffer,D.U. (2010): Introduction to Veterinary Epidemiology. Wiley-Blackwell. 132pp. (out of print but copyright has been returned to the author and the text is therefore now available for free download here)

Pfeiffer,D.U. (2009): Analysis of spatial data. Chapter 26. In I.R. Dohoo, W. Martin and H. Stryhn (eds): Veterinary epidemiological research. 2nd ed. AVC Inc., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Pfeiffer,D.U., Robinson,T.P., Stevenson,M., Stevens,K.B., Clements,A.C.A. and Rogers,D. (2008): Spatial analysis in epidemiology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 208pp.

Pfeiffer,D.U. (2008): Animal tuberculosis. In P.D.O.Davies, P.F. Barnes and S.B. Gordon (eds) Clinical tuberculosis. 4th ed. Hodder Arnold, London, UK, 519-528.

Kaneene,J.B. and Pfeiffer,D.U. (2006): Epidemiology of Mycobacterium bovis. In C.O. Thoen, J.H. Steele and M.J. Gilsford (eds): Mycobacterium bovis infection in animals and humans. 2nd ed. Blackwell Publishing, Ames, Iowa, USA, 34-48.


Dirk has also designed and taught international training courses in veterinary epidemiology, risk analysis and spatial analysis in Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Malawi, Mongolia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam and United Kingdom. He has been one of the coordinators of a two year Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians in China since 2011. 

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