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Responsible for the provision of leadership in the development and implementation of the training programme leading to successful delivery of the MVM / MPH (Biosecurity) to students from China and Mongolia.
Prior to taking up this role, I was a senior advisor within the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, with responsibility for the management of animal disease survellance programmes. This role included responsibility for;
The Animal Health Information surveillance programme based on the activities of the two major commercial veterinary diagnostic laboratories,
The TSE surveillance programme (BSE, scrapie and chronic wasting disease) of New Zealand farm animals,
The imported animal verification programme (mainly about compliance with TSE related controls on imported farm animals,
I also significantly contributed to various other aspects of MAF decision making and actions including response to events such as the diagnosis of atypical scrapie in a New Zealad sheep, the preparedness for H1N1 influenza in New Zealand animals, the development of a surveillance strategy http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/surveillancestrategy , development of performance measurement approaches for surveillance systems, development and management of software applications to support surveillance systems, technical support to auditors during audits of veterinary diagnostic laboratories and briefing visiting delegations from foreign countries about New Zealand’s animal health status.
In other roles I have been involved with the development of veterinary software for disease surveillance, FMD modelling for the UK government, development of a national level disease control strategy for the New Zealand pig industry, expert witness for a salmon farm disease outbreak, various field trials for pharmaceutical company products, NZ government veterinary observer on live sheep shipments to the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia and clinical veterinary practice for almost a decade.
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy disease specialist with particular expertise in atypical forms of scrapie and BSE and surveillance requirements for TSE diseases.
Laboratory containment systems in relation to ANZS 2243.3 (Biological Safety in Laboratories)
Disease Modelling with Interspread Plus. In particular have completed a large modelling exercise for DEFRA involving standstill times in an FMD outbreak.
Design of software for field data collection in a surveillance context.
Data mining and analysis in MS Access and STATA 9
Develpment of government policy in respect of disease surveillance and animal disease incursion response.
Clinical trail design, implementation, analysis and reporting
Animal disease surveillance, especially involving TSE diseases and veterinary diagnostic laboratory systems
Limited to foreign postgraduate students