Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Kelsey is a postdoctoral researcher in the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group (VEEPH). Her research integrates a variety of epidemiological approaches to understand the introduction, spread, and control of infectious disease in agricultural populations.
Kelsey received her BSc in Forensic Science and Biology from Trent University (Canada) in 2014. She subsequently received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada) in 2017. Kelsey's PhD research used network analysis and mathematical modelling to describe the potential for disease spread in the horse population, and to examine the effectiveness of disease prevention and control strategies.
Kelsey joined the RVC as a postdoctoral researcher in September 2017. Her current research, funded by The Alborada Trust, explores horse owners’ awareness, perceptions, and preparedness towards an exotic disease incursion into the UK. The project team includes Dr Jackie Cardwell (Royal Veterinary College), Professor Josh Slater (University of Melbourne), and Dr Sarah Rosanowski (City University of Hong Kong).
Kelsey’s research integrates quantitative and qualitative approaches to understand the risk of infectious disease introduction and spread in populations, and to identify optimal prevention and control strategies. A large component of Kelsey's work includes the translation and communication of research findings to general audiences to support awareness and evidence-based decision making. Specific research interests include:
- Infectious disease dynamics
- Biosecurity (disease prevention and control)
- Disease preparedness
- Evidence based decision-making
- Mixed methods and interdisciplinary approaches
Spence KL, Rosanowski SM, Slater J, and Cardwell JM. (2019). Preliminary insight into horse owners' perceptions of, and attitudes towards, exotic diseases in the United Kingdom. BMC Veterinary Research 15(1):338. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-019-2120-5
Spence KL, Slater J, Rosanowski SM, and Cardwell JM. (2019). A cross-sectional study of horse owners' awareness and perceived risk of exotic diseases in the United Kingdom. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 169(1). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2019.104706
Spence KL, O’Sullivan TL, Poljak Z, and Greer AL. (2019). Descriptive analysis of horse movement networks during the 2015 equestrian season in Ontario, Canada. PLOS ONE 14(7): e0219771. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219771
Spence KL, O’Sullivan TL, Poljak Z, and Greer AL. (2018). A longitudinal study describing horse demographics and movements during a competiton season in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Veterinary Journal. 59(7):783-790. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6005130/pdf/cvj_07_783.pdf
Spence KL, O’Sullivan TL, Poljak Z, and Greer AL. (2018). Using a computer simulation model to examine the impact of biosecurity measures during a facility-level outbreak of equine influenza. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. 82(2):89-96. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5914078/pdf/cjvr_02_89.pdf
Spence KL, O’Sullivan TL, Poljak Z, and Greer AL. (2018). Estimating the potential for disease spread in horses associated with an equestrian show in Ontario, Canada using an agent-based model. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 151:21-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2017.12.013
Spence KL, O’Sullivan TL, Poljak Z, and Greer AL. (2017). Descriptive and network analyses of the equine contact network at an equestrian show in Ontario, Canada and its implications for disease spread. BMC Veterinary Research 13(1):191. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-017-1103-7
Greer AL, Spence KL, and Gardner E. (2017). Understanding the early dynamics of the 2014 porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreak in Ontario using the Incidence Decay and Exponential Adjustment (IDEA) model. BMC Veterinary Research 13(1):8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-016-0922-2