Dr Nick Lyons


Senior Epidemiology Consultant

H ailing from rural Somerset, UK, Nick qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge in 2005 having gained a MA in Pathology (Immunology) in 2002. After Cambridge he went to University College Dublin to complete an internship in large animal medicine leading to a residency programme in dairy cow health and production split between the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Shepton Vet Group, a specialist dairy practice in Somerset, UK. During his residency he did externships at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of California – Davis to gain additional experience of managing the health of large dairy herds.

With this background in herd health, a strong interest in epidemiology developed so after a year in farm animal practice in Hampshire, he returned to the RVC to do an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2010. Thereafter he did a PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Kenya focussing on quantifying disease impact and the field evaluation of vaccines. During this time he passed his examinations to become a diplomat of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM).

Following his doctorate, he became a research fellow in veterinary epidemiology at the Pirbright Institute in 2015. There, he undertook several research projects related to novel surveillance methods, the field evaluation of disease interventions (including vaccination), and the economic impact of livestock diseases. He has also done advisory work for large-scale dairy farms on biosecurity and FMD control.

Since 2012, he has also done occasional work for the European Commission for the Control of FMD (EuFMD) based within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This involved leading the training of European government veterinarians in outbreak investigation and providing endemic countries with advice on disease control. This culminated in being based at FAO headquarters in Rome in 2018-19 where he managed “Pillar III” of the EuFMD work plan which supported the global FMD control strategy through the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP-FMD).

Nick started working with Ausvet in October 2019. He is interested in all infectious livestock diseases, mainly experienced working with FMD but also Lumpy Skin Disease, Peste des Petits Ruminants, Sheep and Goat Pox, and Crimean-Congo Haemmorhagic Fever. Through previous projects, Nick has worked in several different countries mainly in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Middle-East but with occasional projects in Asia, Europe and West Africa. He has a strong interest in the field evaluation of livestock vaccines through both intervention and observational approaches.

In his spare time he enjoys hiking between pubs and fishing.

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