School of Veterinary Medicine and Science


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Malcolm Bennett

Professor of Zoonotic and Emerging Disease, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workRoom A57 Veterinary School Building
    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    LE12 5RD
  • work0115 951 6792


My research and teaching focuses on infectious diseases, especially zoonotic diseases, emerging infections and infections of wildlife (infections that jump species). I also have interests in food security and safety, conservation medicine and rural governance. Much of my research is interdisciplinary, and undertaken in collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines and institutions, taking a very 'one-health' and policy-relevant approach.

Current projects include:

  • the role of badgers in the transmission of bovine TB
  • antimicrobial resistance in wildlife and the environment
  • ecotoxicology and infection interactions
  • water-borne zoonotic pathogens
  • rodent-borne zoonoses

I Chair the Veterinary Products Committee and I am a member of the Medilink Midland Board.

Until recently, I was a Head of Division in Nottingham Veterinary school and Faculty Lead for KE. I was also a Trustee of the North of England Zoological Society (which owns and runs Chester Zoo, the largest zoo in the UK) and a member of its Conservation and Education Committee for which I chaired the Animal Health and Welfare sub-Committee. I have also been a member of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens. Before joining the University of Nottingham, I was at the University of Liverpool where I was founding co-Director of the National Centre for Zoonosis Research (NCZR ), and at various times Dean of the School of Veterinary Science, Head of the Department of Veterinary Pathology and Associate Dean for Teaching / BVSc Programme Director.

I was a university-appointed member of Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when at Liverpool, and I am a past President of the Association of Veterinary Teaching and Research Work (AVTRW). I have been a member of several RCVS/EAEVE/AVMA accreditation panels both within the UK and overseas.

Expertise Summary

My research and teaching interests are in infectious diseases, particularly the ecology/epidemiology of emerging, zoonotic and wildlife infections.

Teaching Summary

I teach across a range of disciplines and modules in the Nottingham veterinary curriculum including:

  • infectious diseases, particularly zoonoses and their control
  • parasitic diseases, particularly ectoparasites and protozoa
  • veterinary public health, outbreak control and emerging infections
  • veterinary pathology
  • clinical relevance
  • sustainability

My teaching includes lectures, PBL, DSL, tutorials, practicals/demonstrations and research project supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research Summary

My research interests are the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, zoonotic transmission, emerging infectious diseases, and infectious diseases of wild animals. I have become increasingly… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

My research interests are the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, zoonotic transmission, emerging infectious diseases, and infectious diseases of wild animals. I have become increasingly interested in resolving conflicts between public health and biodiversity, and issues such as 'to what extent should we try to control infectious diseases?', ie in seeing infectious diseases in an interdisciplinary 'ecosystems services' context.

Current projects include:

Past Research

Much of my research has been in collaboration with colleagues in the biological/life sciences and medicine, and often multi-institutional. Examples of projects have included: ecology of infection (using several microbial parasites in wild rodents as model systems for studying the interactions between endemic infection and host population dynamics); epidemiology/ecology of antimicrobial resistance (antibiotic resistance in commensal bacteria, in wild and domestic animals and in man); the role of wildlife in the epidemiology of zoonoses; diseases of garden birds, and the role of disease in sparrow declines.

I am an author or co-author of over 120 peer-reviewed papers, plus several books and book chapters, and I have been PI or co-PI on external grants worth in excess of £20m.

I was a founder member and Director of the Liverpool Centre for Comparative Infectious Diseases (a cross-University network for ID research), was Programme Manager and a PI for the Liverpool VTRI (~£4.5m), PI and Co-Director for the National Centre for Zoonosis Research (£~1.7m), and was a co-PI in the Wellcome Trust SRIF bid that refurbished much of the research space at the the University of Liverpool's Leahurst campus (~£3.5m).

  • ENIGMA': Social ecology of campylobacteriosis (ESEI programme, funded by MRC,BBSRC, ESRC and NERC)
  • INTEGRATE: Fully integrated, real-time detection, diagnosis and control of community diarrhoeal disease clusters and outbreaks (Wellcome Trust and DoH)
  • NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Zoonotic and Emerging Risks (DoH/NIHR)

Future Research

We are currently continuing our work on TB in badgers in the 'edge' area of England, where the cattle TB epidemic is expanding, along with studies of other infections and diseases in badgers (such as salmonellosis, pathology, and the effects of pollution).

We also have a range on ongoing studies on wildlife zoonotic infections (in particular viruses) and ecotoxicology.

A lot of recent time has been spent helping develop covid testing regimens for students, now rolled out across the University.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
fax: +44 (0)115 951 6415