Alan graduated from University of Liverpool in 1993 with degrees in veterinary science and molecular biology. After a one year internship in Small Animal Medicine at University College Dublin, he returned to Liverpool to complete his PhD in 1998 on the evolution of feline calicivirus, an important cause of oral and respiratory disease in cats. Since then he has developed novel ways of using “next generation” sequence data and analysis to understand the biology of infectious diseases. Recent pathogens published on include feline calicivirus, canine parvovirus and foot and mouth disease virus.
In parallel to this work, and with BSAVA, Alan helped establish the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network. SAVSNET collects large volumes of companion animals electronic health data from cross the UK from veterinary practitioners and diagnostic laboratories. These are collated centrally, and used for research and surveillance. Recent projects include demographics, babesiosis, antibacterial use and vaccination. Quarterly surveillance reports are now published in the Veterinary Record, and SAVSNET is now generating real-time data on diseases seen in practice in the UK (www.savsnet.co.uk).