Professor George Gunn

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

I am an SRUC Professor of Population Medicine and Zoonoses, an SRUC Research Team Leader and Head of Veterinary Epidemiology based at SRUC, Inverness.

My current focus includes livestock disease control with an overarching interest in population medicine and the dynamics of infectious inter-herd diseases and zoonoses. Uniquely I use my background in large animal veterinary practice combined with experience working alongside livestock keepers with outbreak investigation studies and clinical pathology expertise to investigate how effective disease control should best be implemented. It was my increasing involvement in academia that led to a team moving from SAC Consulting to SRUC Research in 2005: the balance away from consultancy in favour of research.

A project manager working at national and international levels, I am current Director of the EPIC partnership and part of the management teams for the concluding EC ParaTB Tools Project and Defra surveillance review. I have extensive experience of working with industry and helped initiate several cattle disease programmes, including HI-Health, PCHS and Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS).

I am increasingly involved in senior level policy development. With others I have pioneered new approaches which combine epidemiology with socioeconomic factors to examine how infectious diseases fit within the biological, economic and social context of farming and the food marketing chain.

I am called upon for national and international consultancies. I am a visiting professor in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow; a specialist in veterinary epidemiology for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; and a Diplomat at both the European College of Veterinary Public Health and the European College of Cattle Health Management. To add to this I frequently act as an external examiner - for example at institutions including the Universities of Edinburgh and Utrecht.

I am regularly invited to speak at international meetings and conferences and have:

  • Personal Chair in Population Medicine and Zoonoses
  • RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Epidemiology
  • MSc Analytical Epidemiology, University of Guelph
  • MRCVS BVMS University of Glasgow

Selected Publications

  • Stott, A.W., Humphry, R.W. and Gunn, G.J. (2010) Modelling the effects of previous infection and re-infection on the costs of bovine viral diarrhoea outbreaks in beef herds. Veterinary Journal 185, 138-143. (disease modelling, micro-economics)
  • Gubbins, S., Szmaragd, C., Burgin, L., Wilson, A., Volkova, V., Gloster, J. & Gunn, G.J. 2010. Assessing the consequences of an incursion of a vector-borne disease. Identifying feasible incursion scenarios for blue tongue in Scotland.  Epidemics (in press) (infectious disease modelling)
  • Weldegebriel, H.T., Gunn, G.J. & Stott, A.W. 2009. Evaluation of producer and consumer benefits resulting from eradication of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) in Scotland, United Kingdom. Preventative Veterinary Medicine 88, 49 – 56 (macro economics)
  • Heffernan, C., Misturelli, F., Nielsen, L., Gunn, G.J. & Yu, J. 2009.  Analysis of Pan-European attitudes to the eradication and control of bovine viral diarrhoea. Veterinary Record 164, 163 – 167 (socio-psychology)
  • Lewis F.I., McKendrick I.J., Murray, F. and Gunn, G. J. (2009) Bayesian inference for within herd prevalence of Leptospira interrograns serovar Hardjo using bulk milk antibody testing.  Biostatistics, 10(4), 719-728. Full Text