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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Katriina Willgert

Katriina Willgert

Graduate Student - Supervisor Dr Andrew Conlon


I am a veterinarian particularly interested in zoonotic diseases and veterinary public health. I have previously worked in a range of environments, including clinical veterinary practice, the private animal health sector and intergovernmental agencies. In addition, I gained an MSc in Control of Infectious Disease in Animals from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010. My earlier academic research has focused on prevention and control of infectious diseases, such as bluetongue virus and avian influenza, aiming to evaluate current control strategies and how they can be optimised.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Supervision

I am especially interested in how infectious disease research can contribute to evidence-based decision making both at a clinical and national level. My PhD research focuses on infectious disease dynamics at the human-animal interface, looking at control of bovine tuberculosis in endemic countries.


  • Epidemiology
  • Public health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Zoonoses

Key Publications

Voorhees IEH, Glaser AL, Toohey-Kurth K, Newbury S, Dalziel BD, Dubovi EJ, Poulsen K, Leutenegger C, Willgert KJE, Brisbane-Cohen L, Richardson-Lopez J, Holmes EC, Parrish CR, 2017. Emergence, Spread and Disease Associated with the H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus in the USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23: 10.3201/eid2312.170246.

Willgert KJE, Webster V, Wright A, Nevel A, 2014. Risk factors of lameness in sows in England. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 113: 268-272.

Dhollander S, Belsham GJ, Lange M, Willgert K, Alexandrov T, Chondrokouki E, Depner K, Khomenko S, Özyöruk F, Salman M, Thulke H, Botner A, 2014. Assessing the potential spread and maintenance of foot-and-mouth disease virus infection in wild ungulates: general principles and application to a specific scenario in Thrace. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, doi:10.1111/tbed.12240.

Willgert KJE, Schroedle B, Schwermer H, 2011. Spatial analysis of bluetongue cases and vaccination of Swiss cattle in 2008 and 2009. Geospatial Health, 5: 227-237.