Felix Lankester

Felix Lankester

Director, Rabies Free TanzaniaAssociate Professor +447426426831 Out of Country Location Tanzania

Dr. Felix Lankester is a veterinarian and clinical associate professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health whose areas of professional interest include global health/One Health, zoonotic disease surveillance, and wildlife conservation. His current research interests include investigating pre-pandemic viruses emanating from wildlife species, infectious diseases that impact livestock/public health and livelihoods, and novel methods of rabies vaccine delivery.

Dr. Lankester divides his time between East Africa, the United Kingdom, and Pullman. He is the vice president of Global Animal Health – Tanzania, an NGO carrying out research on infectious diseases that impact livelihoods in East Africa, and a director of the Pandrillus Foundation, an organization located in Portland, Oregon, that implements primate conservation projects in Nigeria and Cameroon.

He has three boys and two dogs, and he loves long-distance running and surfing.

Affiliate or Adjunct Appointments

  • Affiliate, University of Glasgow


  • DVM, University of Liverpool, UK
  • MSc, University of London, UK
  • PhD, University of Glasgow, UK

Research Interest

  • Elimination of dog mediated human rabies
  • Analysis of disease control interventions
  • Surveillance of pre-pandemic viruses emanating from wildlife
  • Economic impact of livestock diseases on livelihoods in Eastern Africa


Professional Service

  • Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Member of Tanzania Veterinary Association
  • Deputy Secretary of the Wildlife Disease Association, Africa Section

Honors and Awards

  • Deputy Secretary Wildlife Disease Association, 2020 to present
  • Vice-President Global Animal Health Tanzania, 2019 to present
  • Country Director Global Animal Health Tanzania, 2014 to 2018
  • University of Glasgow Post-graduate Skills Training Award winner, 2014
  • Lister – Bellahouston Traveling Fellowship 2014 Award winner, 2014
  • Royal Veterinary College (UK) – Veterinary Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics 240-hour Distance Learning Certificate, 2013
  • International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Bursary Award winner, 2012
  • University of Glasgow Post-graduate Skills Training Award winner, 2012
  • Post-Graduate Supervisor – Nelson Mandela African Inst. of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)*, 2012 to present
  • Director, Serengeti Health Initiative, 2012 to present
  • Inspector of the Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance, 2010 to present
  • Veterinary Director for Pandrillus Foundation, 2009 to present