ECBHM - Diplomate's details - Nicholas Lyons






Short curriculum
Nick qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge in 2005 having gained a MA in Pathology (Immunology) in 2002. On leaving Cambridge he went to University College Dublin to complete an internship in large animal medicine which was a predominantly bovine position but with a significant equine component. This led to a residency in dairy cow health and production split between the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Shepton Vet Group, a specialist dairy practice in rural 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 herd health in large dairy herds. 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 the epidemiology of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease in Kenya focussing on the field evaluation of vaccines and assessing disease impact among large-scale farms. During this time he passed his examinations to become a diplomat of the ECBHM. He currently works at the Pirbright Institute as a research fellow in veterinary epidemiology. His current research interests include novel methods of surveillance for FMD in endemic settings and the field evaluation of livestock vaccines (focussing on FMD and Lumpy Skin Disease). He has also recently been involved in projects on Bluetongue and Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR). In addition to his role at Pirbrgiht, he does part time consultancy for the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) and is a regular trainer on “real-time” courses training EU and Kenyan government veterinarians on various aspects of FMD.