Dr Darren Shaw

Reader in Comparative Epidemiology


I graduated from Sheffield University in 1990 with a BSc in Zoology and Genetics, and completed my PhD in 1994 at the Zoology Department, Cambridge University on the distribution of macroparasites in naturally fluctuating populations. I spent 3½ years at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Gent, Belgium and 18 months at the Centre for Research into the Epidemiology of Disasters at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. In 2000 moved up to Edinburgh University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. In 2004 I took up a position in Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology and am now a Senior Lecturer.





Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge Distribution of macroparasites in naturally-fluctuating host populations Bachelor of Science, University of Sheffield

Responsibilities & affiliations

UG teaching staff


Director of PostGraduate Taught (PGT) programmes

R(D)SVS & The Roslin Institute


Exam Board Convenor - Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed)

Exam Board Convenor - MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law

Exam Board Convenor - MSc Veterinary Epidemiology

Other administrative duties:

PhD Examinations – external examiner:

  • December 2013: Rob Critchlow “Ecological patterns and predictors of parasite sharing among domestic and wild mammals” (University of Glasgow)
  • June 2015: Hannah Lester “Anthelmintic resistance in equine parasites: an epidemiological approach to build a framework for sustainable parasite control” (University of Liverpool)

PhD Examinations – internal examiner:

  • September 2008: Darryn Knobel “Aspects of dog ownership and canine rabies control in Africa and Asia”
  • August 2015: Jessica Flood “Foot-and-mouth disease epidemiology in relation to the physical, social and demographic farming landscape”
  • March 2016: Geoffrey Mainda “Molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial (AMR) and Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in dairy herds of central Zambia”

Undergraduate teaching

Year 3

Student Research Component

Year 4

Student Research Component

Year 5

Final Year Rotations

Student Research Component

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Conservation Medicine

Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance for Conservation Medicine

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