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Ellie Milnes, D.V.Sc, M.A., Vet.M.B.

Veterinary Research Fellow in Wildlife and One Health
M.A., Vet.M.B., University of Cambridge; D.V.Sc., University of Guelph

Dr. Ellie Milnes is a veterinary research fellow in wildlife and One Health with the Global Health Program based at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia County, Kenya. The aim of the GHP fellowship is to combine capacity building with cutting-edge research to mitigate disease risk at the interface between wildlife, livestock and human health. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, Mpala Research Centre, and Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, Dr. Milnes works closely with Kenyan veterinarians and wildlife scientists to increase regional veterinary capacity and conduct research in the field of veterinary conservation medicine.

Her current projects include:

  • Emerging infectious diseases in African wild dogs and hirola antelope
  • Vector-borne disease ecology in rhinoceros
  • Building capacity in wildlife medicine and pathology 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. During veterinary school, she completed clinical externships at the Zoological Society of London (Whipsnade Wild Animal Park), the Game Capture Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, and the South African National Parks Veterinary Wildlife Service; and volunteered as a field assistant studying carnivores and lemurs in Madagascar, Nile crocodiles in Botswana, and behavioral ecology of baboons in South Africa.
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, and led a group of students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine on a livestock health project in rural Haiti.
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. Voluntary work during the residency included health checks on sanctuary chimpanzees in Zambia, and teaching veterinary students about elephant medicine in Thailand, and sloths and monkeys in Roatan, Honduras. Dr. Milnes is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in veterinary conservation medicine with the University of Edinburgh. Her master’s 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.
Recent Publications: 

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. 2019. Pharmacokinetics of imidocarb dipropionate in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) following a single intramuscular injection. In press, Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics https://doi.org/10.1111/jvp.12760

E. L. Milnes, P. Delnatte, G. L. Thornton, A. N. Léveillé, J. R. Barta, D. A. Smith, and N. M. Nemeth. 2019. Babesia odocoilei and zoonotic pathogens identified from Ixodes scapularis ticks in southern Ontario, Canada. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases, 10(3).