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    BUILDING capability to detect and respond to emerging epidemic and pandemic disease threats.


One Health at Massey University

Global One Health programmes

Massey University expertise is contributing to tackling global epidemics and pandemics under the One Health umbrella.

Current programmes

Global One Health Research Partnership

Massey University has been partnering with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), University of California Davis (UCD) and Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) in the Global One Health Research Partnership (GOHRP) since early 2018. The major focus of the GOHRP is to work together in an innovative global inter- and trans-disciplinary research programme to address complex multi-species health issues from a global one health perspective. The initial focus is on understanding the interaction of factors associated with humans, animals and the environment that contribute to the rapid emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

One Health AMR and AMU Surveillance in Asia and Africa

Massey has been the global One Health advisor to Mott MacDonald, the management agent for the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund programme from January 2017 until the present. The Fleming Fund programme is strengthening One Health surveillance systems for antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in 24 countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Africa and East-Southern Africa.

Professor Nigel French is a member of Mott MacDonald’s Expert Advisory Group for the Fleming Fund programme.

Administering injection in Nepal

Global Health Agenda Consortium

Massey University is a member of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC). The GHSAC is a voluntary and open collective of nongovernmental entities who are dedicated to promote values of collaboration, excellence, innovation, and commitment in implementing the Global Health Security Agenda and promoting the adherence of the International Health Regulations (IHRs) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathways, the Alliance for Country Assessments for Global Health Security and IHR Implementation, and the Biological Weapons Convention and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540.


OIE Collaborating Centre

Massey University’s EpiCentre and mEpiLab team are an OIE Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health collaborating centre, together with China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, Ministry of Agriculture, Qingdao, CHINA.

Past programmes

The South Asia One Health programme

In 2013 Massey University experts successfully completed the implementation of a four-year European Commission/World Bank One Health programme in South Asia. The programme built human and institutional capability throughout the South Asia region to detect and effectively respond to emerging epidemic and pandemic disease threats.

Education and Action for One Health

A One Health programme to help improve detection and management of diseases spread from wildlife and animals to humans in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal is currently being implemented by Massey University.

The three-year programme is due to be completed in 2017.

Epidemiology Fellowship

The Epidemiology Fellowship Programme South Asia was implemented over two years, completed in 2016. It was set up to improve the livelihoods of people who are at risk of zoonotic disease infection by strengthening local epidemiology skills.


After the South Asia Regional One Health Symposium in 2013, multi-sectoral networks were formed, led by government institutions within each country. These networks formed the One Health Network South Asia. 

Each regional hub forms a network of individuals and organisations that are directly or indirectly involved in the management of zoonotic diseases in human and animal populations in the country

Ongoing communication and collaboration between the hubs is facilitated by the secure online platform Massey created called Hubnet.

Our people

Nigel French

Distinguished Professor Nigel French

Professor Food Safety AND Vet Public Health

Nigel is Distinguished Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University. He is Chief Scientist for the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre, Research Director for the School of Veterinary Science, Co-Director of One Health Aotearoa and Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre. 

Nigel has worked on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases of national and global importance.

Dr Joanna McKenzie

Senior Lecturer in One Health Epidemiology and International Development

Dr McKenzie is the lead One Health consultant for Mott MacDonald on the Fleming Fund programme to strengthen One Health surveillance for antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in Asian and African countries. She is a member of the Global One Health Research Partnership focusing on One Health aspects of antimicrobial resistance.

Professor David Hayman

Co-director mEpiLab

Professor Hayman is Co-Director of Massey University's Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab), OIE collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health. He is a member of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC).

Associate Professor Jackie Benschop

Co-Director mEpiLab

Associate Professor Jackie Benschop is Co-Director of Massey University's Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab), OIE collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health.

Professor Cord Heuer

Director, EpiCentre

Professor Heuer teaches and researches in veterinary epidemiology and public health such as leptospirosis in humans and animals, transmission and economics of control of paratuberculosis in several species. He is the director of the Master of Veterinary Studies programme and a long and short term consultant for international development in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Professor Emeritus Roger Morris

Professor Emeritus Morris is one of the world's preeminent veterinary epidemiologists. During his time at Massey he established the globally recognised EpiCentre. Since retiring in 2008 he has been active around the world.