Faculty and Staff


Simon Otto, PhD, DVM, BSc

Assistant Professor

Public Health, School of

About Me

I am a veterinary epidemiologist working on One Health approaches to develop scientific and policy mechanisms to combat antimicrobial resistance and food-borne disease in the farm-to-fork continuum. My research is conducted in a "virtual lab" where we utilize surveillance and other data, combined with quantitative epidemiological methods, to tackle research questions in the arena of antimicrobial resistance and food safety.

I specialize in the following methods:

  1. Surveillance program design and maintenance for antimicrobial use and resistance, food safety and animal health
  2. Quantitative risk assessment
  3. Analytical epidemiological approaches (generalized linear mixed models, Bayesian models, other statistical methods)
  4. Study design and assessment (observational studies and clinical trials)

  • PhD, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 2011
  • DVM with great distinction, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2002 
  • BSc with distinction, University of Calgary, 2000 

Key Words:

epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance and foodborne pathogens in the farm-to-fork continuum
one health - surveillance, networks, and ecosystems
animal health surveillance


Current Research Areas:

1. Developing diagnostic testing strategies for livestock to detect antimicrobial resistance and guide antimicrobial use decisions.

2. Estimating the burden of illness from antimicrobial resistant Salmonella and Campylobacter infections in Canada using quantitative epidemiological methods such as risk modeling.

3. Developing methods for the integrated surveillance of antimicrobial use and resistance using One Health approaches.