Mieghan Bruce  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr. Mieghan Bruce
    BSc, BVMS, MSc, PhD

    Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology

    About me

    I am a Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology at Murdoch University, Australia. My research interests focus on integrating epidemiologic, economic and social dimensions of food systems for improving human nutrition and health. This has involved developing methodology to quantify the contributions of the different pathways from livestock health interventions to child nutritional outcomes in Tanzania. My PhD entitled The impact of brucellosis in Albania: a systems approach was undertaken at the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), University of London

    Prior to joining Murdoch, I worked at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool exploring methods to establish the Global Burden of Animal Disease. In 2015, I was awarded an IMMANA Postdoctoral Fellowship through the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. During this time I collaborated with an interdisciplinary team from the University of Sydney on project funded by ACIAR. I have also worked as a researcher at the Royal Veterinary College, UK and as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization and EU development projects identifying the costs and benefits associated with the control of livestock and zoonotic diseases. I worked for more than ten years in clinical veterinary practice and volunteered with Vets Beyond Borders for the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health project in India.

    Teaching area

    I am responsible for teaching epidemiology in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences. I coordinate and teach VET392 One Health with Ihab Habib and Bethany Jackson and VET546 Advanced Topics in Veterinary Science.

    I am the Academic Chair for the Masters in Veterinary Science (Veterinary Surveillance) M1121, and I am the Unit Coordinator for: VET641 Principles of Epidemiology; VET642 Practical Applications of Epidemiology; VET699 Epidemiological Studies: Design and Analysis; VET649 Veterinary Studies Masters Research Dissertation

    I also coordinate and teach Public Health and Epidemiology (VET656) for the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs.


    Awards and grants


    2015: I was awarded a US$55,000 fellowship grant from with the Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions project through the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.

    2009: US$7,500 clinical research grant with Bayer Animal Health


    2010: Dogs Trust Award for Best MSc Veterinary Epidemiology Student at Royal Veterinary College

    2010: MSc Veterinary Epidemiology Project Prize

    1995: Murdoch University’s Half Blue Award

    Events and speaking engagements

    2016 Agriculture, Health and Nutrition Academy, Ethiopia: Plenary Co-Presenter and ANH101 Learning Lab Coordinator

    2016 London International Development Centre Seminar Series: Invited Speaker

    2015 Veterinary Conference of the Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK: Invited Speaker

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    I am currently supervising four PhD students:

    Hao Tang (China): Economic and social viability analysis of avian influenza (H7N9) control strategies in the Yangzi river delta region, China – Primary supervisor (70%)

    Emad Aziz (Iraq): Epidemiology of brucellosis in humans and small ruminants in Kurdistan, Iraq – Co-supervisor (20%)

    Jiangyong Zeng (China): Epidemiology of Brucellosis in Yaks in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China – Co-Supervisor (20%)

    João Sucena Afonso (UK) Methods and metrics for the assessment of the Global Burden of Animal Disease – Co-Supervisor (10%)

    I have previously supervised Masters student:

    Maire Hanin (2016) Abortions and brucellosis in small ruminants in Albania : Study on management procedures and financial consequences, Masters in One Health – Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary College



    • Bruce, M., Young, J., Masters, D., Refshauge, G., Thompson, A., Kenyon, P., Behrendt, R., Lockwood, A., Miller, D., Jacobson, C., (2021), The impact of lamb and ewe mortality associated with dystocia on Australian and New Zealand sheep farms: a systematic review, meta-analysis and bio-economic model, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 196, , .
    • Al Hamada, A., Habib, I., Bruce, M., Barnes, A., Robertson, I., (2021), Seroconversion to brucella spp. And toxoplasma gondii in sheep and goats in dohuk province, iraq and its association with pregnancy loss, Animals, 11, 3, pages 836 -.
    • Hamada, A., Bruce, M., Barnes, A., Habib, I., Robertson, I., (2021), Costbenefit analysis of a mass vaccination strategy to control brucellosis in sheep and goats in northern iraq, Vaccines, 9, 8, .
    • Tang, H., Shen, C., Zou, L., Cai, C., Edwards, J., Bruce, M., Wang, Y., Robertson, I., Huang, B., (2021), Value chain analysis of yellow broiler industry in Guangxi, China to inform H7N9 influenza control strategies, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 190, , pages 105238 -.
    • Limon, G., Ulziibat, G., Sandag, B., Dorj, S., Purevtseren, D., Khishgee, B., Basan, G., Bandi, T., Ruuragch, S., Bruce, M., Rushton, J., Beard, P., Lyons, N., (2020), Socio-economic impact of Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreaks and control measures: An analysis of Mongolian outbreaks in 2017, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 67, 5, pages 2034 - 2049.
    • Jacobson, C., Bruce, M., Kenyon, P., Lockwood, A., Miller, D., Refshauge, G., Masters, D., (2020), A review of dystocia in sheep, Small Ruminant Research, 192, , pages 106209 -.
    • Zahedi Abdi, A., Ryan, U., Rawlings, V., Greay, T., Hancock, S., Bruce, M., Jacobson, C., (2020), Cryptosporidium and Giardia in dam water on sheep farms An important source of transmission?, Veterinary Parasitology, 288, , pages 109281 -.
    • Tiwari, H., Bruce, M., O'Dea, M., Robertson, I., (2019), Utilising group-size and home-range characteristics of free-roaming dogs (FRD) to guide mass vaccination campaigns against rabies in India, Vaccines, 7, 4, pages -.
    • Secombe, C., Bruce, M., Lester, G., (2019), The relationship between bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cytology and airway hyper-reactivity in a population of Australian horses presented for poor performance., Australian Veterinary Journal, 97, 9, pages 343 - 350.
    • Armstrong, A., Bruce, M., Adams, R., Kulendra, E., Pease, T., Perry, K., (2019), Injuries involving the central tarsal bone in nonracing dogs: Short-term outcomes and prognostic factors, Veterinary Surgery, 48, 2019, pages 524 - 536.
    • Habib, I., Lam, W., Sodagari, H., Irons, P., Bruce, M., (2019), Beliefs, Attitudes and Self-Efficacy of Australian Veterinary Students Regarding One Health and Zoonosis Management, Animals, 9, 8, pages 544 -.
    • Hyndman, T., Marschang, R., Bruce, M., Clark, P., Vitali, S., (2019), Reptarenaviruses in apparently healthy snakes in an Australian zoological collection, Australian Veterinary Journal, 97, 4, pages 93 - 102.
    • Zeng, J., Robertson, I., Ji, Q., Dawa, Y., Bruce, M., (2019), Evaluation of the economic impact of brucellosis in domestic yaks of Tibet, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 66, , pages 476 - 487.
    • Abd El-Wahab, E., Hegazy, Y., El-Tras, W., Mikheal, A., Kabapy, A., Abdelfatah, M., Bruce, M., Eltholth, M., (2019), A multifaceted risk model of brucellosis at the humananimal interface in Egypt, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 66, 6, pages 2383 - 2401.
    • Hitziger, M., Aragrande, M., Berezowski, J., Canali, M., Del Rio Vilas, V., Hoffmann, S., Igrejas, G., Keune, H., Lux, A., Bruce, M., Palenberg, M., Pohl, C., Radeski, M., Richter, I., Abad, C., Salerno, R., Savic, S., Schirmer, J., Vogler, B., R?egg, S., (2019), EVOlvINC: Evaluating knowledge integration capacity in multistakeholder governance, Ecology and Society: a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, 24, 2, pages 36 -.
    • Ruegg, S., Rosenbaum Nielsen, L., Buttigieg, S., Santa, M., Aragrande, M., Canali, M., Ehlinger, T., Chantziaras, I., Borinai, E., Radeski, M., Bruce, M., Queenan, K., Hasler, B., (2018), A systems Approach to evaluate one health Initiatives, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 5, 9 March 2018, pages 1 - 18.
    • El-Tras, W., Bruce, M., Holt, H., Eltolth, M., Merien, F., (2018), Update on the status of leptospirosis in New Zealand, Acta Tropica, 188, , pages 161 - 167.

    Rushton, J.; Bruce, M. (2017) Using a One Health approach to assess the impact of parasitic disease in livestock – how does it add value? Parasitology, 144(1): 15-25, DOI: 10.1017/S0031182016000196

    Picchioni, F., Aurino, E., Aleksandrowicz, L., Bruce, M., Chesterman, S., Dominguez-Salas, P., Gersten, Z., Turner, C., Kalamatianou, S., & Yates, J. (2017) Roads to interdisciplinarity – Working at the nexus between food systems, nutrition and health. Food Security, 9(1): 181-189 DOI: 10.1007/s12571-017-0658-2

    Peck, D. & Bruce, M. (2017) Economic efficiency and equity of government policies on brucellosis: comparative insights from Albania and the United States of America. OIE Rev Sci Tech 36(1)

    Fauron, A.; Bruce, M.; James, D.; Owen, M. & Perry, K. (2017) Surgical Stabilisation of Concomitant Canine Medial Patellar Luxation and Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease: Effect of Fixation Method on Postoperative Complication Rate and Clinical Outcome. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology 30(3): 209-218

    Perry, K.; Adams, R.; Andrews, S.; Tewson, C. & Bruce, M. (2017) Impact of Femoral Varus on Complications and Outcome Associated with Corrective Surgery for Medial Patellar Luxation. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology 30(4): 288-298

    Rutherford, L.; Beever, L.; Bruce, M.; and ter Harr, G. (2017) Assessment of Computed Tomography Derived Cricoid Cartilage and Tracheal Dimensions to Evaluate Degree of Cricoid Narrowing in Brachycephalic Dogs. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound [Early View]:1–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/vru.12526

    Machalaba, C., Smith, K. M., Awada, L., Berry, K., Berthe, F., Bouley, T. A., Bruce, M. . . Karesh, W. B., (2017) One Health Economics to confront disease threats. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 111(6): p. 235-237.

    Eltholth MM, Hegazy YM, El-Tras WF, Bruce M, Rushton J (2016) Temporal Analysis and Costs of Ruminant Brucellosis Control Programme in Egypt Between 1999 and 2011. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12491

    Perry, K.L., Adams, R.J., Woods, S. & Bruce, M. (2016) Calcaneal Fractures in Non-Racing Dogs and Cats: Complications, Outcome and Associated Risk Factors. Veterinary Surgery, [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/vsu.12575

    Picchioni, F., Aleksandrowicz, L., Bruce, M., Cuevas, S., Dominguez-Salas, P., Jia, L., Tak, M., (2015) Agri-health research: what have we learned and where do we go next? Food Security, 1-8. DOI: 10.1007/s12571-015-0540-z

    Oseguera Montiel, D., Bruce, M.,Frankena K, Udo H, van der Zijpp A, et al. (2015) Financial analysis of brucellosis control for small-scale goat farming in the Bajio region, Mexico. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 118: 247-259. DOI:  10.1016/j.prevetmed.2014.11.014

    Perry, K.L. & Bruce, M. (2015) Impact of Fixation Method on Postoperative Complication Rates Following Surgical Stabilization of Diaphyseal Tibial Fractures in Cats. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 28(2): 109-15

    Perry, K.L., Rutherford, L., Sajik, D.M., Bruce, M., (2015) A preliminary study of the effect of closed incision management with negative pressure wound therapy over high-risk incisions. BMC Veterinary Research 11, 279.

    Perry, K.L, Bruce, M., Woods, S., Davies, C., Heaps, L.A., & Arthurs, G.I. (2015). Effect of Fixation Method on Postoperative Complication Rates After Surgical Stabilization of Lateral Humeral Condylar Fractures in Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 44(2), 246-255 doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12276.x.

    Harris, J., Bruce, M., Cavatorta, E., Cornelsen, L., Häsler, B., Green, R., Morgan, E., Stevano, S., Walls, H. & Cunningham, K. (2013). 3rd Annual Conference of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), Developing methods in agriculture and health research, London, 13–14 June 2013. Food Security, 1-8