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Kelsey Spence

Assistant Professor   |   BSc, PhD


Dr. Kelsey Spence is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and One Health in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Kelsey received her BSc from Trent University and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Guelph. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom, where her research focused on improving preparedness for emerging and exotic diseases in the British horse industry. Prior to returning to the Ontario Veterinary College, Kelsey was a scientific evaluator for the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Kelsey’s research explores the interrelationship between infectious diseases and society, with a particular focus on how our attitudes and behaviours influence disease dynamics (and vice versa). She uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to identify and communicate optimal risk reduction strategies to ultimately improve disease preparedness. 

Current Graduate Students


Epidemiology I - POPM*6200 (Graduate)

Epidemiology - POPM*3240 (Undergraduate)

Selected Publications

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