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Professor George Gunn

A framework for estimating society's economic welfare following the introduction of an animal disease: The case of Johne's disease

George Gunn

 +44 (0)1463 246066

Epidemiology Research Unit,

An Lòchran,

Inverness Campus,




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.

A project manager working at national and international levels, I am a past 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.

More information about my work can also be found here.

Research Papers (DOI)

Leading Ideas

  • Agriculture
  • Livestock Diseases
  • Rural Economy

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.2 - Livestock Production, Health, Welfare, and Disease Control
  • 2.2.2 Evaluation of livestock health
  • 2.2.6 Animal disease epidemiology

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