Short CV/Education and training

  • Diplom degree from the Veterinary School in Zurich, Switzerland

  • Postgraduate qualifications from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, and from Massey University, New Zealand

  • Head of research on infectious diseases and zoonosis, as well as methodological questions with respect to risk analysis, observation and assessment of animal health

  • Work within the government, private and science sectors in several countries

  • Currently professor of veterinary public health at the Royal Veterinary College, UK

  • Head of the infectious disease and immunity research group at the Royal Veterinary College, UK

  • Experienced manager of international scientific research projects

  • Co-editor of the journal Epidemiology and Infection

Selected publications

  • Stärk, K.D.C. et al.: Concepts for risk-based surveillance in the field of veterinary medicine and veterinary public health: A review. In: BMC Health Services Research 6, 2006. p.20.

  • Hadorn, D., Stärk, K.D.C.: Evaluation and Optimization of Surveillance Systems for Rare and Emerging Infectious Diseases. In: Veterinary Research 39, 2008. p. 57.

  • Stärk, K.D.C.: Cross-disciplinary collaboration for the protection of public health: A need to over-come the barriers. In: Cattle Practice 16(2), 2008. pp. 95-98.

  • Stärk, K.D.C., Nevel, A.: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats of pig health monitoring systems currently implemented in England. In: Veterinary Record 165(16), 2009. pp. 461-465.

  • Stärk, K.D.C.: Risks of animal-derived food in a global market – are we ready for the challenges? In: Veterinary Journal 184, 2010. pp. 121-123.

  • Pitt, T., Stärk, K.D.C.: Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus with special emphasis on community settings. In: Epidemiology & Infection 138, 2010. pp. 593-594.

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the executive committee, European College of Veterinary Public Health

Additional qualifications

  • DipECVPH (Population Medicine), 2001

  • PhD (Massey University), 1998

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Experience in reorganising administrative, laboratory and university units

  • Interest in organisational development and strategic planning


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