Brian Perry


Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh

A veterinarian by profession and epidemiologist by specialisation, Brian Perry is an international development scientist with over 50 years of professional experience. He has lived and worked in UK, Ethiopia, Colombia, Zambia, USA and Kenya, and undertaken research projects and consultancies in many countries of Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. His professional expertise lies in six key areas:

a) The epidemiology, dynamics and economic impacts of livestock diseases in Africa, Asia and Latin America;

b) The roles of livestock in processes of development and inclusive economic growth in low and middle income countries;

c) The leading and management of independent evaluations of publicly-funded investments in agricultural development and health in different regions of the world;

d) The planning and facilitation of research and development agendas and events; 

e) The use of probing interviews as a science communication tool; 

f) The roles of working equids in the sustainable goals and Agenda 2030


He has published more than 300 scientific articles in refereed journals, books, book chapters and scientific proceedings as author or co-author, and is regularly invited to speak at international scientific meetings. In 2002 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to veterinary science in developing countries. In 2004 he was awarded the Outstanding International Scientist Award of the Consultative Group for International Research (CGIAR), and in 2012 the British Veterinary Association presented him the Blackburn Award for outstanding contributions to animal health and welfare in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Animal Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden and in 2021 he was made and emeritus fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) He held an Extraordinary Professorship at the University of Pretoria from 2007 – 2014. He currently holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Professorship of Tropical Veterinary Science at the University of Oxford. 

Research interests

Epidemiology and socioeconomics of livestock diseases in low and middle income countries

Impact assessment of diseases and of their control