Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Stuart is a lecturer in wild animal health and the deputy course director for our Masters programmes in Wild Animal Health and Biology. His main interests are in the relevance of disease processes to conservation, and how this changes as existing populations become more fragmented.
2018-date Lecturer in Wild Animal Health, RVC
2017-2018 Temporary Lecturer in Dairy Medicine, RVC
2013-2017 PhD, RVC
2012-2013 Masters Student RVC
2007-2012 Veterinary surgeon working in UK farm animal practice
2017 PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology, RVC
2015 Master of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, University of Edinburgh
2013 Master of Science in Veterinary Epidemiology, RVC
2001 Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College London
My PhD work fieldwork was undertaken in the Kalahari desert of South Africa at the Kalahari Meerkat Project. Here I looked at targeting individuals for vaccination based upon their social position. I was interested in whether by targeting important individuals in the transmission network, disease levels could be controlled more efficinetly than with blanket vaccination.
This recent RVC podcast sums up a lot of my career to date and my interests....https://www.rvc.ac.uk/research/podcasts/52-dr-stuart-patterson
1. 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, 86: 442–450. doi:10.1111/1365-
2. Clarke, C., Patterson, S. J., Drewe, J. A., van Helden, P. D., Miller, M. A. & Parsons, S. D. C. 2017. Development and evaluation of a diagnostic cytokine-release assay for Mycobacterium suricattae infection in meerkats (Suricata suricatta). BMC Veterinary Research, 13, 2.
Stuart is currently the Deputy Course Director for the Wild Animal Biology and Wild Animal Health MSc degrees, and the pathway leader for our MSci in Wild Animal Biology, a 4-year integrated course 9https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/msci-wild-animal-biology). As well as these courses he runs a Zoo Tracking rotation for the BVetMed students, and contributes to communication skills training on the veterinary course.
The aim of our research is to investigate whether understanding of susceptibilities and social networks in meerkats can be used to selectively target individuals for interventions, and thus enhance disease control.