Having started my career as a UK mixed and farm animal vet I then specialised in veterinary epidemiology and public health. Working in Europe, Africa and Central Asia I have worked as a researcher and consultant performing practical research for disease control. I have extensive knowlege of government veterinary services having been the Chief Veterinary Officer for Jersey, British Channel Islands. I currently work as a Senior Scientist for ILRI, based in Tanzania. My particular strengths are epidemiology, animal health economics and veterinary policy, with a lot of experience in food safety and foot-and-mouth disease.