Prof Alasdair Cook
Alasdair “Alex” Cook is a veterinary epidemiologist with more than 25 years national and international experience in livestock animal health in Government, academic and development environments. He joined the new School of Veterinary Medicine in January 2013. Previously, he worked in the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) where he was a senior member of staff engaged in leading research and surveillance programmes as well as part of the senior management team formulating strategy and implementing change. His interest in epidemiology grew from working in farm animal veterinary practice in the UK and in preventive veterinary medicine. A decade of overseas experience in Yemen, Zambia and Mexico working with poor rural communities underlined the important role that veterinary epidemiology plays in supporting animals in sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation. A professional life engaged with and leading multi-disciplinary teams makes Alex a natural proponent of the One Health perspective.
Alex's research interests are primarily in the epidemiology and control of zoonotic diseases, especially foodborne zoonoses. He also has a strong interest in surveillance and the impact of endemic disease on farm animal welfare and productivity. He is a firm believer in a multi-disciplinary team approach to research, engaging with molecular biologists, microbiologists and socio-economists to name but a few. Since joining Surrey, Alex has been working with the 5G Innovation Centre and the Business School in creating innovate digital solutions to animal health issues. He has been a principal investigator/ project leader on projects funded agencies including Defra, EC, AHDB-BPEx and the Wellcome Trust. Recent awards include funding from the British Council and FAPESP for an early career researcher workshop in São Paolo State, Brazil, on the theme of One Health, and a contract from Defra to join other providers in supporting surveillance of farmed livestock health in England through post-mortem examinations.
Alex is module leader for Animals in Society II that introduces concepts in epidemiology and veterinary public health, which takes place during the second year of the BVMSci degree. He is also the leader of the epidemiology module in the MSC in Veterinary Microbiology.
Alex is Head of the Department of Veterinary Epidemiology & Public Health and is a member of the School's Senior Management Team. He is engaged in developing research and teaching in the areas of epidemiology and veterinary public health in the new School.
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