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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Dorien Braam

Dorien Braam

Supervisor: Prof James Wood


Having worked with the UN, INGO’s and government across Asia and eastern Africa focusing on forced migration, disaster displacement, human rights and shelter, I returned to academia with a MSc in International Animal Health (Edin), focusing on animal health in conflict and disasters. For my PhD in Veterinary Medicine I will study the prevalence of zoonoses - diseases transmitted between animals and humans - in displaced populations, addressing some of the most pressing global challenges of the next decade: climate change, displacement and emerging infectious diseases. Disease transmission between wildlife and livestock, the increased risk of zoonoses in areas where people and animals with weakened immune systems live closely together, and the emergence of infectious diseases among naive host communities are areas that need to be increasingly researched. Gaining a better understanding of disease prevalence and dynamics, control and prevention will support institutional responses.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

Zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance, PPR and Rabies control and eradication


  • Epidemiology
  • Zoonoses
  • Displacement

Key Publications

“Integrating resilience in South Asia”, Forced Migration Review (2015) 49, pp 64-5. (Translated into French, Spanish, and Arabic). Available at:

Praxis Labs for Norwegian Refugee Council (2015): Community Resilience and Disaster Related Displacement in South Asia. Available at: