Nick Lyons is a researcher in veterinary epidemiology at the Pirbright Institute. In 2005, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge and went on to specialise in dairy herd health completing an internship at University College Dublin, Ireland and a residency at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, UK. After a period in clinical practice he did an MSc in veterinary epidemiology at the RVC before a PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine evaluating foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines and assessing disease impact among large-scale dairy farms in Kenya. He joined the Pirbright Institute in February 2015 and his primary research interests are the field evaluation of animal vaccines in particular for FMD and Lumpy Skin Disease and evaluating novel diagnostic tools in endemic settings. He is also involved with a various projects related to animal health economics. In addition to working at the institute, he is also a consultant for the European Commission for the Control of FMD (EuFMD) and has accumulated significant experience working with transboundary animal diseases in various parts of the world particularly in cattle. He is recognised by the European Board for Veterinary Specialisation as a specialist in bovine health management and continues to offer advice to dairy farms on various aspects of herd health.