We seek to understand the health and welfare of animals and their people, in populations and communities, the distribution and spread of diseases, and the determinants of these factors.

The Department of Livestock and One Health aims to understand, the epidemiology of health and disease in populations and communities, the selection and spread of antimicrobial resistance, the determinants of pathogen distributions in space and time, and how, in our rapidly changing world, these may change in the future.

We work across the spectrum on interactions between animals and humans, from farm animals and zoonotic diseases to behavioural interactions. Human and animal welfare is our key priority. We are responsible for Livestock, epidemiology and veterinary public health teaching including our two large working farms

We also offer first opinion and referral clinical care via our Farm animal practice.

Staff in the Department of Livestock and One Health

Our challenges

One Health

Using a One Health approach we consider the overlap of, and interaction between, human health, animal health and the environment. Researchers in our department have a particular focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the human- animal bond, food sustainability and the effects of climate change on animal diseases.

Equine welfare

Our research covers equine, companion and production animal welfare using epidemiological, observational, experimental and sociological research techniques to better understand health and disease.

Research-led teaching

We disseminate one health messages in our research-led, clinical and non-clinical teaching of health and welfare across all species to undergraduate and post-graduate students.