Barbara Häsler graduated in veterinary medicine from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bern, in 2002. Her doctoral thesis undertaken at the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office was on the ‘Economic and epidemiological aspects of bovine neosporosis in Switzerland’. After working as a border veterinary inspector at the border inspection post in Basel, she joined the Royal Veterinary College as a research assistant in Veterinary Public Health. From 2008 to 2011 she undertook research for a PhD on the economics of animal health surveillance while simultaneously studying for a Certificate of Higher Education in Economics, both of London University.
From 2011-2013 Barbara Häsler worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), London University, developing frameworks to assess the impact of foodborne and zoonotic diseases and their mitigation. In 2013 she became a lecturer in Agrihealth at the same centre. She has a strong interest in applying One Health or Ecohealth approaches to better understand food systems and how changes in those impact on food safety and food security and to improve the wellbeing of people and animals through better resource allocation.