Dr Camille Bellet DVM, MPH, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow Livestock & One Health


Personal Statement

Trained as a veterinary practitioner and epidemiologist, I specialised in public health and animal farming. After graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Paris, 2004-2009), I have developed an interest in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, public health and policy (MPH, Pasteur Institute and French National Institute for Science Technology and Management, 2010-2011). During this time, I conducted a six-month project in Cambodia in collaboration with the Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD, Montpellier), focusing on small-holders in the bovine sector and the prevention and control of foot and mouth disease. After completing my master studies, I joined the French Food Safety Agency (ANSES) in Paris as a project manager to coordinate a two-year EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) project on animal health and welfare risk assessment. Subsequently, I joined the Food General Directorate (DGAL) of the French Ministry of Agriculture to work with the European Commission on the modernisation of the French poultry meat inspection.

In 2013, I was awarded a three-year grant by the EU Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for Research Excellence to undertake my doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham. My PhD focused on the prevalence, risk factors, attitudes and impacts associated with chronic helminthiases in cattle in England and Wales. This transdisciplinary project considered both the epidemiology of worm infections and broader societal and cultural factors to offer a comprehensive analysis of how the system of cattle worm control operates in the UK. The research drew on epidemiology, statistical modelling and on different areas of the social sciences, especially epistemology, sociology and the governance of farmed animal health.

I completed my PhD in July 2017 and was a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool, until June 2020. I am now an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool and a Wellcome Trust research fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester.

My research sits at the intersection of medical humanities, animal studies and science and technology studies (STS). I have an interest in various topics related to the history and sociology of animal health, diseases, and health care in farming, human-nonhuman animal relations, and the politics of veterinary science and technology. My current Wellcome Trust research project explores the integration of new digital sensing technologies in farming and the reorganisation of farmed animal healthcare in France and the UK.

Prizes or Honours

  • Financial support to attend a conference (1200 euros) (SAPHIR young scientist program (H2020 project), 2018)