Professor Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner

Professor of Epidemiology,
University of California, Davis


  • BVSc - University of Sydney, 1975
  • MPVM - University of California, Davis, 1983
  • PhD - University of California, Davis, 1987

Academic Experience

Ian currently teaches students epidemiology and herd health management in the Masters of Preventive Medicine (MPVM) and PhD programs.

In 1998, he was awarded a Faculty Teaching Award by his colleagues in the Veterinary School recognising his contributions to graduate teaching.

Professional Experience

Ian has strong ties with Australia having graduated from Sydney University in 1975. After graduation, he worked for 12 months as a Veterinary Research Officer (Poultry Diseases) for the Department of Agriculture in Glenfield, NSW. From 1976 to 1983, he was a Veterinary Officer in Orange with a special interest in pig diseases. Between 1983 and 1987, he completed his MPVM and PhD degrees at Davis. He returned to Australia for nearly 2 years to work again as a pig disease specialist and then took a faculty position at Davis in August 1988.

Contribution to the Profession

Ian is a member of Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (epidemiology chapter) and is actively involved in other professional organisations such as the Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease and has held leadership positions in both organisations.

Ian is the author of 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and reports and has achieved international recognition as a veterinary epidemiologist. He is especially recognised for his contributions to the evaluation of veterinary diagnostic tests and he gives international workshops on this subject every year.


Ian's current research interests are diverse and include risk analysis related to livestock health and food safety, development of Bayesian approaches to test evaluation and herd certification, the epidemiology of catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses, and the epidemiology of protozoal myeloencephalitis in marine mammals and horses.