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PhD (Epidemiology), Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2000
MSC (Epidemiology), Ontario Veterinary College, Canada, 1991
Dr.Vet.Med. (Water Buffalo Reproduction), School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, 1980
BVSc, School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, 1977
Epidemiologist with a focus on teaching and research in epidemiology and veterinary public health (16 years), ruminant herd health and production management (6 years); international development (12 years). Team leader of 3 senior scienctists, 2 technicians, to date (2014) supervised 9 and co-supervising 11 PhD students, 30 master students. Special interest in field investigations and mathematical modelling of the transmission, spread economics and control of infectious diseases in human and animal populations.
Director of the Master of Veterinary Studies in Epidemiology programme at Massey University.
Manager of the Emerging Disease Response service contract for Ministry of Primary Industries, Govt. of New Zealand (2001 to date).
Long term development cooperation in Pakistan (1979-86) and Somalia (1988-90).
Short term assignments: project planning, review and appraisals (mission leader), project M&E, professional profiling, training in epidemiology and health economics, production monitoring, cross-sectional studies, primary veterinary services for GTZ, World Bank, AFC, OIE and World Vision for development programs in Africa, Middle East and Asia (Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Syria, Pakistan, Thailand, Mongolia, Camdodja, ASEAN).
Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
Gilruth Chair, Director of the EpiCentre, School of Veterinary Science
Director of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health (EpiCentre, mEpiLab, CAHEC)
Teaching and research in veterinary epidemiology and public health such as leptospirosis in humans and animals, transmission and economics of control of paratuberculosis in several species. Director of the Master of Veterinary Studies programme at Massey University. Long and short term consultant for international development (1979-2003, mission leader) in countries of Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Livestock production diseases, herd health economics, infectious disease transmission and economics, zoonoses and veterinary public health, mathematical modelling of infectious disease, clinical trials; disease control (BVD, Johne's disease, Leptospirosis); latent class analysis; evaluation of diagnostic tests, dairy herd health, mastitis, and other large animal diseases in livestock and farming populations.
Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Production (070200): Animal Reproduction (070206):
Epidemiology (111706): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700):
Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics (070703): Veterinary Epidemiology (070704): Veterinary Sciences (070700)
Epidemiology; veterinary public health, clinical trials; mathematical modelling of infectious disease, disease control (BVD, Johne's disease, leptospirosis); latent class analysis; long and short term consultant for international development (1979-2003, mission leader) in countries of Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Project Title: Associations between genotypes of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis and the severity of disease in cattle, sheep and red deer, both from New Zealand and Germany
Date Range: 2017 - 2018
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand