Desvars, Amelie

Amélie Desvars-Larrive

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Working Groups: WG1, WG3, WG4
Scientific Expertise: Epidemiology
Contribution: My knowledge on infectious disease epidemiology, including knowledge on susceptible species, route of transmission, domestic and wild animal reservoirs and hosts, as well as potential environmental reservoir will be helpful in understanding and defining biosecurity measures that could be realistically implemented in different type of production systems (WG1) but also in the assessment of the risk of disease introduction (WG3). I also have experience in (systematic) review and evaluation processes, which will be helpful in WG1 (Task 1.1) and WG3 (Task 3.1). Furthermore, I have great experience in data management, data analysis, and data visualization and will gladly support the Action in those tasks. My experience in teaching and in knowledge transfer to farmers will support WG4. Finally, I am experienced in international and transdisciplinary approaches and collaborations, which will, I hope, help to achieve the objectives of the Action.
Motivation: I think the Cost Action CA20103 fits perfectly to my field of activity, in particular my research related to risk of disease introduction and emergence and risk related to animal movements. The Cost Action CA20103 will also enable me to improve my teaching material for the veterinary students. Moreover, I think this action goes beyond my knowledge and the highest benefit I see for me professionally, will be the knowledge that I will gain from the different activities within the CA20103 and the expansion of my network in the field biosecurity. The CA20103 will also improve my understanding of how raising awareness to enhance biosecurity, not only in farms, but also at national and international level. This knowledge is directly applicable and shareable in my daily work (with farmers, national public health institutions, international colleagues, and students). Therefore, I am highly motivated to be an active member of the Action.
Scientific Background: I am a veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in infectious animal diseases, including zoonotic diseases. I have 10 years of experience in field epidemiology, working with livestock and wildlife. I am currently an assistant professor in Infection Epidemiology in the Unit Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni), Austria, with a special focus on livestock diseases, zoonotic diseases, use of transport data to implement data-driven surveillance and control strategy, risk of animal disease introduction and emergence at farm and national level. During the COVID-19 outbreak, I have led a project aiming to collect, curate, validate and code data on COVID-19 government interventions implemented worldwide (collaboration with WHO) and in the assessment of the effectiveness of these measures. I am also teaching biosecurity to veterinary students at the Vetmeduni Vienna. I have experience in data management and analysis.