Department: Pathobiology & Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Sustainable Food Systems, Food Safety, Antimicrobial Resistance

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Kurt’s teaching and research encompasses Veterinary Public Health (VPH). His interests lie in the long-term sustainable utilisation of animals and their products, and how a One Health approach can achieve this goal. His research focuses on animal welfare, antimicrobial usage as well as trade and food safety, and how these can be affected by emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, particularly at the livestock-wildlife interface.

Kurt graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and has worked as a large animal veterinarian in Britain and a senior veterinary technical supervisor (official veterinarian) for the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand. Kurt joined the RVC in February 2022, prior to this he was a Lecturer of Veterinary Public Health at the University of Liverpool, where he was also the coordinator for the 3rd year of the BVSc programme and a Lecturer of Dairy Cattle Health and Production at Massey University in New Zealand where he was also course coordinator for the fourth-year dairy cattle paper and point of contact for VPH teaching.

He completed his masters of veterinary science degree in Conservation Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 2020, and completed an EBVS Residency with the European College of Veterinary Public Health in Food Safety in July 2022. He is a 'Visiting Professor' of Veterinary Public Health at the University of St George's (SGU) in Grenada, Affiliate Faculty member of Washington State University (WSU) and has provided experitise on VPH curriclium design at various global HEIs.

  • Welfare of Animals at Slaughter
  • Food Safety
  • Abattoir surveillance
  • Quality Assurance of Animal products
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS), Usage (AMU) and Resistance (AMR)
  • Zoonotic disease and emerging infectious disease.
  • Foodborne Disease
  • The wildlife-livestock interface 
  • Veterinary Education

A full list of rearch output is available here, particular highlights are displayed below:


  • Arden, K., Gedye, K., AngelinBonnet, O., Murphy, E., & Antic, D. (2022). Yersinia enterocolitica in wild and peridomestic rodents within Great Britain, a prevalence study. Zoonoses and Public Health, 00, 1–13. 
  • Arden, K., Antic, D., & Michalopoulou E. (2022). The change in perceived ‘importance’ and ‘usefulness’ of veterinary public health during final-year rotations of veterinary students at the University of Liverpool. Developing Academic Practice, 2022, 1–15.


Kurt contributes to content development and delivery to a wide range of students at the Royal Veterinary College. He provides teaching on:

  • Veterinary public health and zoonotic disease to undergraduate veterinary students (BVetMed) and biological science students (BSc).
  • Food safety and abattoir teaching to undergraduate students (BVetMed).
  • Veterinary public health topics to students on the MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health and MSc One Health.

Kurt also participates in the supervision of BSc, BVetMed and MSc student research projects and is module convenyor for Veterinary Public Health (LVM006).

He is a Fellow of Advance HE (Higher Education Academy).

Kurt has many years’ experience as a production animal clinician

Kurt has participated as expert panelist on the Royal Society of Chemistry's podcast discussing One Health, Antimicrobial Resistance and the environment (RSC)

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