Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Pathogen Flow in Ecosystems, Sustainable Food Systems, Food Safety, IRLFS (Research Programme)

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Pablo's research and teaching focuses on the economics of animal health.His interest lie in mapping and assessing governance of livestock food systems; in understanding the economic drivers associated with the emergence, prevention and control of animal diseases; in evaluating their economic burden for the different people in the food chain; and in the development of economic decision support tools for disease control to help to improve food safety, food security, and to optimize production processes and animal welfare. Pablo is also involved in food safety teaching to undergraduate veterinary students.  



Pablo graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2005 by the University of Cordoba, Spain. He undertook a MSc in veterinary epidemiology at the RVC and, subsequently, worked in the epidemiology division of the same institution for two years before starting his PhD in September 2009. For his PhD he investigated the epidemiological and economical impact of porcine post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome in England. In addition, his research also focused on the investigation of pig farmers' decision-making process for disease control. He graduated from his PhD in 2012. He then started a post-doctoral research fellowship in food systems at the RVC and at the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). He investigated the livestock value chains operating in Nairobi, Kenya, and their role in emergence of food safety risks and in the city’s food security. He also continue developing economic models to assess disease impact and effectiveness of interventions for other animal diseases, such as Schmallenberg and PRRS.  In 2016, he joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as a veterinary epidemiologist, where he provided epidemiological support on the design and analysis of livestock disease surveillance, and for outbreak investigations. In particular, he provided support to the European Union reference laboratory for Avian Influenza and TSEs, and in the development of antimicrobial resistance research projects. In 2017, he started a position as Lecturer in Animal Health Economics at the RVC.

Research interest lie in:

  • Mapping and assessing governance of livestock food systems;
  • Understanding the economic drivers associated with the emergence, prevention and control of animal diseases;
  • Assessing the economic burden of animal disease for the different people in the food chain (e.g. Avian Influenza and AMR)
  • The development of economic decision support tools for disease control to help to improve food safety, food security, and to optimize production processes and animal welfare.
  • One Health economics

Pablo currently participate in the supervision on 3 PhD students.






  • Pablo Alarcon, Adam Brouwer, Divya Venkatesh,  Daisy Duncan, Chrysostomos I. Dovas, George Georgiades, Isabella Monne, Alice Fusaro, Adam Dan, Krzysztof Smietanka, Vassilios Ragias, Andrew C. Breed, Taxiarchis Chassalevris, Gabriela Goujgoulova, Charlotte K. Hjulsager, Eoin Ryan, Azucena Sánchez, Eric Niqueux, Niina Tammiranta, Siamak Zohari, David Stroud, Vladimir Savic, Nicola S. Lewis, Ian H. Brown. (2018). Comparison of 2016–17 and Previous Epizootics of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 Guangdong Lineage in Europe. Emerging Infectious Disease journal. 

































Pablo contribute to development of material and teaching delivery to a variety of students at the Royal Veterinary College. He provides teaching on:

  • Animal health economics to undergraduate veterinary students
  • Food safety and Veterinary Public health teaching in abattoirs to undergraduate veterinary students
  • Animal health economics to the students in the MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and MSc One Health
  • Provide support to distant learning MSc students

Pablo also participates actively in the supervision of BSc and BVetMed research projects and MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and MSc One Health dissertations.

  • Antibiotic usage on dairy farms in GB: improving data capture and exploring drivers

    The aims of this PhD were to determine the accuracy of antibiotic usage data being recorded by dairy farmers on farm, identify factors influencing accurate recording, assess the drivers and barriers to record and share such data and to explore the economic cost of recording. Antibiotic usage (ABU) has become recognised as the main driver for the selection and spread of antibiotic resistance (ABR) within the human and livestock sectors.

  • Early-life determinants of performance and the Economics of Thoroughbred breeding

    The project aims to improve understanding of the impact of Thoroughbreds’ early-life health and management on later-life racing performance and the financial viability of Thoroughbred breeding enterprises.

    Findings from the project will align with key priorities from the Thoroughbred industry’s welfare strategy. Firstly, by increasing transparency around the fate and welfare of Thoroughbreds bred for racing during their early-life stages, and secondly by informing strategies to reduce musculoskeletal disease and injury and improve industry retention and economic viability.

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) One Health Poultry Hub

    With integrated streams of social, economic, biological, mathematical and policy-led research, we are co-producing detailed knowledge on the biological, structural and socio-economic factors that shape networks of chicken production and distribution. The RVC-led UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub brings together leading laboratory, clinical, veterinary and social scientists, as well as skilled communications experts, programme support staff and external stakeholders.  

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