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Nick Taylor


Veterinary Epidemiologist

Nick Taylor graduated in Veterinary Science in Britain in 1983 and was awarded a postgraduate Masters in Tropical Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Nick has extensive expertise in the combination of veterinary epidemiology, disease control and animal health economics and provides consultancy expertise to DEFRA, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Department for International Development (DFID). He has gained broad experience in Vietnam, Turkey, Oman, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tanzania, Armenia and the UK.

After some time in UK veterinary practice Nick became interested in overseas work. He spent three years working in a village project in Bangladesh, that involved setting up and running a ‘front line’ rural clinic with community animal health workers and providing livestock extension, mainly among women, concerned with small ruminants and poultry. Later, Nick spent two years working in Oman on a project developing goat and sheep production and then four years working within the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, assisting in the establishment of a central epidemiology and information section, with the overall task to formulate disease control strategy, including cost / benefit analyses of disease control strategies.

Nick has been based at VEERU since 1997. Nick works as a teacher, researcher and consultant. He has taught quantitative veterinary epidemiology and disease modelling on MSc and ad hoc courses, supervises postgraduate students and has designed and taught international training courses in veterinary epidemiology, data management and analysis in Asia and Africa.

In Vietnam, Nick has contributed to a capacity-building initiative by the EU Strengthening of Veterinary Services Vietnam-project. He provided training in Basic Epidemiology for provincial veterinary officers and took part in stakeholder consultation studies on the options for control of classical swine fever and a feasibility study on the establishment of disease free zones in Vietnam. In 2005, Nick tutored four training workshops in Surveillance, Investigation, Control and Prevention of Avian Influenza for provincial veterinary officers as part of the WB/FAO Avian Influenza Emergency Recovery Project.


In Armenia, Nick assisted the post-soviet veterinary services in carrying out an assessment of the brucellosis situation and provided advice on the future control of the disease.


Nick was heavily involved in the foot and mouth disease epidemic in UK during 2001, working with the field epidemiology team in Cumbria and then carrying out detailed analyses of data from that epidemic, focusing on learning lessons about strategy choices. He also carried out a review of the use of mathematical modelling in disease control policy formulation, with special reference to the UK FMD epidemic of 2001.


Other work in UK has included an epidemiological survey of antibiotic resistance in pigs and poultry, research into the application of biosecurity on stock farms, and scientific review to inform policy on control of bovine TB and rabies.


Nick is currently working on a Wellcome Trust funded project looking at using a value chain approach to risk analysis and control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Vietnam.

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