Prof Nigel French

MAF Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health
Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences

+64 6 356 9099 ext. 81188

Prof Nigel French

Biographical Information

My main research interests are molecular epidemiology and risk research: food and environmental pathogens, particularly Campylobacter, E. coli, Cryptosporidia and Salmonella. I also focus on animal welfare: colic and sporting injury in horses, lameness in cattle, and ectoparasites in cattle and sheep.

I'm a graduate of the University of Bristol UK (BVSc and MRCVS in 1987), University of London UK (MSc in Epidemiology, 1993) and was awarded a PhD for my work on flystrike in sheep in 1993 (University of Bristol). I'm also a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Public Health and visiting Professor at the Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow, UK.

My employment history includes being a lecturer in Epidemiology (University of Liverpool), lecturer in Farm Animal Studies (University of Bristol) and Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology (University of Bristol). I was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship in 1999 and a Personal Chair in Veterinary Epidemiology, University of Liverpool, in 2002. Prior to joining Massey, I was Head of the Defra Epidemiology Fellowship Unit.

For more information about Nigel's work, see


Veterinary epidemiology, risk assessment, public health