Dr. Ellie Milnes is a board-certified zoo and wildlife veterinarian. She serves as a veterinary research fellow in wildlife and One Health with the Global Health Program and is based at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia County, Kenya. The aim of the GHP fellowship is to combine capacity building in wildlife medicine and pathology with cutting-edge research to mitigate disease risk at the interface between wildlife, livestock and human health. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and Mpala Research Centre, Dr. Milnes works closely with Kenyan veterinarians and international wildlife scientists to increase regional veterinary capacity.
Her current projects include:
- Genetics, ophthalmology and disease ecology of eastern black rhinoceros
- Using camera traps to assess the effectiveness of wildlife corridors for habitat connectivity and rhino security
- Updating Ol Jogi's veterinary clinic to offer wildlife medicine and pathology services for the Laikipia region
Dr. Milnes was a Lister Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she earned an undergraduate degree in zoology in 2007 and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Milnes worked in rural, mixed-animal practice in the U.K. and New Zealand, and earned her Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Medicine of Dairy Cattle in 2015. Recognizing the value of healthy livestock and sustainable, welfare-friendly farming practices to rural communities in developing countries, she pursued volunteer work, including two stints as a civilian public health veterinarian for the United States Navy Department of Preventive Medicine in the South Pacific and Central America.
Prior to joining the GHP team, Dr. Milnes completed a residency in zoological medicine and pathology and a doctorate in pathobiology in a joint program with the Toronto Zoo, Ontario Veterinary College and University of Guelph. Her doctoral research focused on the epidemiology and treatment of babesiosis, an emerging vector-borne disease in Canadian cervids. Dr. Milnes is currently enrolled in a veterinary conservation medicine postgraduate program with the University of Edinburgh. Her research project investigates the physiological consequences of different anesthetic protocols in Przewalski’s wild horses and is supported by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Wild Animal Health Fund and Morris Animal Foundation.
In 2019, Dr. Milnes became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (D.A.C.Z.M.) and was awarded the Rudolf Ippen Young Scientist Award at the European Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference. She is also an external supervisor for the master's in wild animal health degree at the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London.
E. L. Milnes, G. L. Thornton, P. Delnatte, A. N. Léveillé, J. R. Barta, D. A. Smith, and N. M. Nemeth. 2019. Molecular detection of Babesia odocoilei in wild, farmed, and zoo cervids in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 55(2).
E. L. Milnes, A. Hering, S. Lee, R. Gehring, P. Delnatte, Y. Gu, M. Woodbury, and R. Johnson. 2020. Pharmacokinetics of imidocarb dipropionate in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) following a single intramuscular injection. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 43(1):33-37.
E. L. Milnes, P. Delnatte, K. May, J. Ma, F. B. Jamieson, D. Slavic, D. Smith. 2020. Mycobacteriosis in Chinese gliding frogs (Rhacophorus dennysi) due to Mycobacterium marinum. In press, Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.