Dr Tony Sainsbury
Senior Lecturer in Wild Animal Health
- 2008–present: Senior Lecturer in Wild Animal Health, Institute of Zoology.
- 1996-present: Co-Director Masters Courses in Wild Animal Health and Wild Animal Biology.
- 1998-2002: Senior Veterinary Officer, Institute of Zoology.
- 1989-1998: Veterinary Officer, Institute of Zoology.
- 1987-1989: Veterinary Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England
- from 2013 Member Expert Committee of the Board of Studies (Wildlife) of Kerala Veterinary Animal Science University
- 2011 - FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2009 European Recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Population Health)
- 2009 - DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) – April 2009, ECZM
Disease outbreaks as a consequence of the translocation of free-living wild animals are a threat to biodiversity and vast numbers of these wild animal movments occur annually for reasons of trade, rehabilitation, hunting and conservation. My interest is in developing methods to assess the risks from disease with less uncertainty so that translocations can be carried out more effectively. Difficulties in doing so stem from our lack of undertanding of the number, pathogenicity, identity and distribution of parasites of wild animals. One driver of disease outbreaks is non-native parasite incursion and there is a need for better prediction of how and when these parasites will impact on wild animal populations. Our evolving methods are tested on current translocation projects for conservation purposes in a collaboration with Natural England - see the DRAHS Project .
Surveillance of disease in threatened free-living wild animal populations, including translocated populations, can be difficult due to the secretive behaviour of many species and because dead and dying animals are removed by scavengers, and yet the results from disease surveillance are important to improve intervention techniques such as translocation. I am exploring how the limitations of our detection methods for diseased and dead free-living wild animals affect our understanding of the threat of disease to translocated and declining free-living populations.
Editorial Positions and Professional Affiliations
- from 2012 Associate Editor: International Journal of Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
- from 2012 Associate Editor: European Journal Wildlife Research
- from 2009 European College of Zoological Medicine, Examinations Committee
- 2007 - 2010 Scientific Committee, European Wildlife Disease Association
- 1999 - 2002 President, World Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
Vaughan-Higgins R, Murphy S, Carter I, Pocknell A, Harris E, Sainsbury AW 2013. Cyathostoma sp.-associated epicarditis in a hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), a red-listed bird of high conservation concern in Britain. Veterinary Record doi: 10.1136/vr.101476
McInnes CJ, Coulter L, Dagleish MP, Deane D, Gilray J, Percival A, Willoughby K, Scantlebury M, Marks M, Graham D, Everest DJ, McGoldrick M, Rochford J, McKay F, Sainsbury AW 2012. The emergence of squirrelpox in Ireland. Animal Conservation doi:10.1111/j.1469-1795.2012.00570.x
Sainsbury AW, Vaughan-Higgins RJ. 2012. Analyzing disease risks associated with translocations. Conservation Biology 26: 442-452.
Peniche G, Vaughan-Higgins RJ, Carter I, Pocknell A, Simpson D and Sainsbury AW 2011. Long-term health effects of harness-mounted radio-transmitters in red kites (Milvus milvus) in England. Veterinary Record 169: 311 :doi:10.1136/vr.d4600
McGill I, Feltrer Y, Jeffs C, Sayers G, Marshall RM, Peirce MA, Stidworthy MP, Pocknell AM, Sainsbury AW 2010. Isosporoid coccidiosis in translocated cirl buntings (Emberiza cirlus). Veterinary Record 167: 656-660.
Bruemmer CM, Rushton SP, Gurnell J, Lurz PWW, McInnes CJ, Nettleton P, Sainsbury AW, Duff JP, Gilray J 2010. Epidemiology of squirrel poxvirus in grey squirrels in the UK. Epidemiology and Infection 138:941-950.
Carroll, B., Russell, P., Gurnell, J., Nettleton, P. and Sainsbury, A.W. (2009) Epidemics of squirrelpox virus disease in red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris): temporal and serological findings. Epidemiology and Infection 137: 257-265.
Pain, D.J., Carter, I., Sainsbury, A.W., Shore, R.F., Eden, P., Taggart, M.A., Konstantinos, S., Walker, L.A., Meharg, A.A. and Raab, A. (2007) Lead contamination and associated disease in captive and reintroduced red kites Milvus milvus in England. Science of the Total Environment 376: 116-127.
Gurnell.J., Rushton, S.P., Lurz, P.W.W., Sainsbury, A.W., Nettleton, P., Shirley, M.D.F., Bruemmer, C. and Geddes, N. (2006) Squirrel poxvirus: landscape scale strategies for managing disease threat. Biological Conservation 131: 287-295.
Gurnell, J., Rushton, S.P., Lurz, P.W.W., Sainsbury, A.W., Nettleton, P., Shirley, M.D.F., Bruemmer, C. and Geddes, N. (2006) Squirrel poxvirus; an example of pathogen-mediated competition and management of disease threat. Biological Conservation 131: 287-295.
McInnes, C.J., Wood, A.R., Thomas, K., Sainsbury, A.W., Gurnell, J., Dein, F.J. and Nettleton, P.F. (2006) Genomic characterization of a novel poxvirus contributing to the decline of the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in the UK. Journal of General Virology DOI 10.1099/vir.0.81966-0.
Rushton, S.P., Lurz, P.W.W., Gurnell, J., Nettleton, P., Bruemmer, C., Shirley, M.D.F. and Sainsbury, A.W. (2006) Disease threats posed by alien species: the role of a poxvirus in the decline of the native red squirrel in Britain. Epidemiology and Infection 134(3): 521-533.
Thomas, K., Tompkins, D.M., Sainsbury, A.W., Wood, A.R., Dalziel, R., Nettleton, P.F. and McInnes, C.J. (2003) A novel poxvirus lethal to red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris). Journal of General Virology 84: 3337-3341.
Tompkins, D.M., Sainsbury, A.W., Nettleton, P., Buxton, D. and Gurnell, J. (2002) Parapoxvirus causes a deleterious disease in red squirrels associated with UK population declines. Proceedings of the Royal Society , London Series B 269: 529-533.
Sainsbury, A.W., Nettleton, P., Gilray, J. and Gurnell, J. (2000) Grey squirrels have high seroprevalence to a parapoxvirus associated with deaths in red squirrels. Animal Conservation 3: 229-233.
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