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Susan Cork


Department Head
Ecosystem and Public Health (EPH)

Degrees and Board Certification: 

BVSc (Massey), BPhil(vet), PhD, PG Diploma Public Policy (Victoria), CBiol. MRSB, MRCVS

Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-6522
TRW 2D17


Dr Cork joined the Faculty in 2008 as founding Head of the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr Cork spent five years with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture where she held a number of policy and management positions. Dr Cork completed her Veterinary degree (Massey University) in 1987 and returned to complete a PhD in 1994. During her PhD she provided diagnostic support for wildlife in partnership with the New Zealand Department of Conservation. In 1995 Dr Cork accepted the position of veterinary laboratory manager in Bhutan, this was part of an EU funded project to strengthen veterinary services in Asia. In 2003, after 6 years in the UK working in academia, she returned to New Zealand to join the Government Service and obtained a Diploma in Public Policy from the School of Government, Victoria University. In 2014 Dr Cork completed a 6 month sabbatical at the National Centre for Animal Health in Bhutan. Her special interests are in global health, animal health policy, veterinary public health and wildlife diseases.

Teaching : 

VTM 440 – Public Health and Risk Assessment
VTM 462 – Foreign Animal Diseases
VTM  583 – Ecosystem and Public Health – 4th year electives
VTM 690- Directed Studies (Postgraduate) in Disease/Vector Ecology, Risk Assessment and Animal Health Policy  (on request)

Research / Scholarly Activities: 

Disease ecology/Vector borne diseases/Animal Health Policy & Risk Assessment 

Selected Publications

Zuliani, A., Massolo, A., Lysyk, T.,Johnson, G., Marshall, S.,Berger, K., Cork, S.C (2015) Modelling the northward expansion of Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera Ceratopogonidea) under future climate scenarios Plos One, 10 (8) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130294

Galosi, L., Farneti, S., Rossi, G., Cork, S.C., Ferrero, S., Magi, G.E., Petrini, S., Valiani, A., Cuteri, V., Attili, A.R (2015) Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, serogroup 0:1A, infection in two Amazon parrots (Amazona aestiva and Amazona oratrix) with high hepatic iron levels (Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46 (3) 588- 591

Sanson, R., Dube, C., Cork, S., Frederickson, R., Morley, C (2014) Simulation modelling of a hypothetical introduction of foot-and-mouth disease into Alberta,  Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 114 (2014) 151–163

Kameka, A., Haddadi, S., Kim, S., Cork, S.C., Abdul-Careem, F (2014) Induction of innate immune responses following infectious bronchitis corona virus infection in the respiratory tract of chickens Virology. 450-451; 114- 121.

Cork, S.C. & Halliwell, R (2012) The Veterinary Field and Laboratory Manual, Second Edition (ISBN987-1-908062-09-3) A technical handbook for veterinary field staff and laboratory technicians in developing countries. Nottingham University Press.

Rawdon, T.G., Tana, T., Thornton, R.N., McKenzie, J.S., Stanislawek, W.L., Kittelberger, R., Geale, D., Stevenson, M.A., Gerber, N., Cork, S.C (2010) Surveillance for avian influenza virus subtypes H5 and H7 in chickens and turkeys farmed commercially in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 58(6), 292-298.

T Zheng, B Adlam, TG Rawdon, WL Stanislawek, SC Cork, V Hope, BM Buddle, K Grimwood, MG Baker, JS O’Keefe and QS Huang (2010) A Cross sectional survey of influenza A, and management practices in small scale backyard poultry flocks in two regions of New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 58(2), 74-80.

Cork, S.C. & Checkley, S (2010) Globalization of the food supply and the spread of disease (20 pp), Chapter 1, in Krause, D., Hendrick, S (Eds) Zoonotic Pathogens in the Food Chain, CABI, UK.   

Cork, S.C (2010) Epidemiology of pathogens in the food supply (30 pp), Chapter 2, in Krause, D., Hendrick, S (Eds) Zoonotic Pathogens in the Food Chain, CABI, UK.

Graduate Program Affiliations : 
Veterinary Medical Sciences
Research personnel and trainees : 

Dr Sangay Rinchen – Graduate Student (Risk Assessment/Policy) –Policy Options for addressing Rabies in Cattle in Bhutan