Welcome to this blog – the first in a series that I will write over the next year. I am a veterinary epidemiologist based at SRUC in Inverness. Over the years my work has focused on a number of pathogens, but I admit to somewhat of an obsession for trypanosomes – parasitic organisms that cause serious disease in humans and animals, and the tsetse that carry them.
Nairobi is a city
of juxtapositions, informal iron sheet housing sits in the shadow of expensive
apartment buildings, expensive SUVs slow down to let cows, goats and the occasional
pig to cross the road and international supermarkets share a street with informal
This bustling city
is an example of rapidly urbanising areas across the globe where a dynamic food
system is striving to feed a growing population. There are many challenges in
the formation of sustainable, secure and safe food systems and the concept of One
Health is a tool that can help us in our quest to solve them.
always loved all kind of animals and, since I have a memory, my biggest dream
was to become a vet and to help all the animals in any way I could. My dream
came true in 2006, when I graduated from vet school. I practised as a vet for 8
years at my own small animals veterinary clinic, where I acquired a great
interest in animal welfare. A few years later, I moved to Scotland to study a
master in applied animal behaviour and animal welfare at The University of Edinburgh,
which later led to my PhD.
proudly, one of those persons who like to surprise others with rare facts that
not many people know, so I enjoy enormously when people ask me about my PhD.
What I enjoy the most is to see their faces when I tell them that I study
dementia in cats. As a veterinary surgeon myself, I consider that I am not
easily impressed, but I must confess that I was really shocked the first time I
heard about aged cats getting Alzheimer’s disease-like symptoms. I thought that
disease was uniquely human.
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