Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Natalie is a current PhD student in the Department of Pathobiology & Population Sciences. Her PhD project is on bird flu transmission and social network analysis in Bangladesh, in collaboration with several local partners and supervised by D. Pfeiffer and G. Fournié.

Natalie graduated as a veterinarian from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Toulouse (France) in 2007. After having locuumed as a small-animal vet in France for one year she joined a Nestle Purina R&D Centre where she collaborated with nutirtionists to carry out nutritional trials and worked as a GP clinician in charge of the health and welfare of the company's pets.

After four years at Nestle, it was time to move on and explore the world and the various opportunities open to vets apart from clinical work. It is an internship at the Institut Pasteur de Phnom Penh (Cambodia) where she carried out a risk analysis on Japanese encephalitis, that convinced her that the next step would be to do the MSc veterinary epidemiology course at the RVC.

After successfully completing her MSc in 2014 she started a PhD on bird flu transmission in Bangladesh, supervised by D.Pfeiffer and G. Fournie.


Natalie's field of interest are still growing but they involve zoonosis and disease modelling.

Natalie's PhD involves understanding how live bird market networks in Bangladesh can promote amplification and dissemination of viruses throughout the poultry value chain. Her PhD is part of a larger ZELS-funded project that will also aim at understanding the rational behind trading practices and inform policy makers accordingly on how to prevent virus spread and dissemination.

Natalie spent one year working as a GP small-animal vet and 4 years working as a GP responsible for the health and welfare of pets housed catteries and kennels of a large petfood company.

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