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As Associate Professor, Jackie co-directs the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory, an OIE collaborating centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, in the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University. Jackie is a veterinarian with 20 years’ experience working in clinical practice and in the meat industry in New Zealand and the UK. She is the co-founder of the African Leptospirosis Network, executive committee member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Leptospirosis Environmental Action Network, Management Group Member of One Health Aotearoa and Foundation Member of the ANZCVS Veterinary Public Health Chapter. Her interests include disease at the human-animal interface, cross-sector collaboration, mentoring and the communication of science.
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Tom emigrated to New Zealand in 2007, undertook the Massey MVS in epidemiology and a PhD with Scott McDougall at Cognosco. He went on to build web applications for the dairy industry for several years. Tom now runs a new company called Working Formula and has been building epidemiological tools for New Zealand and other countries. He is an epidemiology chapter member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Kelly holds a DVM and Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) from UC Davis, a Masters in Veterinary Science in Pathology from Massey University, and is a board-certified veterinary pathologist with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Since 2013 Kelly has worked as part of MPI’s Incursion Investigation team, and has been a member of the Intelligence team as part of the Mycoplasma bovis response since it began..
Simon graduated with a BVSc from Massey University and started working in Taupaki (Toe-par-key), in Auckland's Rodney district in 2001. In 2006 he started a rotating internship in Los Angeles' Animal Specialty Group, then moving to Las Vegas after completing the internship in 2007. Simon returned to Palmerston North with his Californian wife, Laura, for her to attend veterinary school at Massey in 2009. They settled in Hamilton when Laura graduated in 2015. Simon is now working as one of three Technical Product Managers at Virbac. He has a special interest in dermatology, emergency medicine, and soft tissue surgery.
Naomi began her research career investigating injuries in racehorses at the Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Sydney. In 2003 she moved to New Zealand and joined Massey University’s EpiCentre and extended her research into a range of areas relating to horses and small animals. She is currently Director of Massey University’s Working Dog Centre.
Chris has a career history in clinical veterinary practice, research, and most recently, academia. His clinical experience included work with both companion and production animals in New Zealand and the UK, increasingly focused on dairy medicine. He joined 'Cognosco' whilst in Morrinsville, where he managed research projects on a range of disorders, including heifer mastitis and subclinical ketosis, which provided practical tools for farmers and vets. He is currently awaiting examination of his PhD on "The epidemiology of culling and mortality of New Zealand dairy cows" and is Lecturer of Veterinary Epidemiology at the Massey University School of Veterinary Science.
Kara graduated with a BVSc in 1993 and with MVS in Epidemiology in 2014. In 2017 she achieved her MANZCVS in Veterinary Epidemiology. She worked for several years for OSPRI as a TB Case Manager and developed a research interest in recrudescence of infection in herds previously under infected movement control.
BA fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. Her Masters of Science (2015) focused on how Upper Waikato dairy farms can be profitable while achieving the lowest possible environmental impact. She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Quality Assurance, Commonwealth Bank in lending, and managed Intelact Australia. She has skills in animal health and nutrition, agricultural business performance, adult education, policy and ecosystem health. She was elected to the NZ Veterinary Board in 2015 and is on the National Environmental Reference Group for Landcorp. She was a finalist for the NZI sustainability champion in 2014, received a commendation for community impact for her work with farmers, and was a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in Public Policy. Alison is currently Head of Environment for PAMU (Landcorp).
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Carolyn is a senior lecturer in veterinary epidemiology at Massey University. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to complete a PhD at the University of Edinburgh focusing on the use of national livestock movement databases to model infectious disease transmission. Her current research interests are in finding innovative ways of bringing animal health information together so that clients, veterinarians, and policy-makers have the resources they need to make the best evidence-based decisions. She is also responsible for teaching epidemiology, economics, and production medicine into the BVSc and MVS programmes at Massey University.
Khaled graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University in 2003, and worked for two years in Egypt predominantly with food animals. In 2006 he started a residency program in food animal herd health at the University of California-Davis, during which he completed a Master’s of Preventive Veterinary Medicine. In 2010 he moved to Canada to start a PhD program in epidemiology at the Ontario Veterinary College with a focus on dairy cattle health management. After completing his PhD in 2013 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and collaborated with DeLaval-Canada to analyse and validate the data generated by Herd Navigator®. In 2016 he made the move to NZ to work at Cognosco as a Research Project Manager.
Sabrina has a long standing interest in zoonotic diseases and environmental health. She pursued her passion in a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science exploring the influence of livestock production systems on animal health, food safety, environmental sustainable and pathogen evolution. She came to New Zealand after finishing a Masters of Veterinary Epidemiology in which she developed an interest in incorporating One Health approaches to design efficient and cost effective control strategies. Her research project focused on how pathogen and host ecology and evolution shape the global burden of zoonotic diseases in human and livestock populations. Sabrina’s current research project focuses on the epidemiology and evolution of pathogens in livestock contact networks. The first stage of this project will explore the contact networks surrounding the New Zealand commercial poultry industry including the movement of; live birds, poultry products, feed, waste products, personnel and vehicles, to evaluate their impact on the transmission and evolution of a multi-drug resistant strain of Campylobacter jejuni (ST-6964). Whole genome sequencing will be used to better understand the epidemiology of this strain by using models to consider the importance of the national and local structure of the poultry industry on the predicted distribution and genetic relatedness of C. jejuni.
Jun Hee graduated veterinary school in KonKuk University, South Korea, with a DVM degree in 2010, and worked for animal disease surveillance team in a government agency for four years. During 2010/2011, Jun Hee was heavily involved in a disastrous epidemic of FMD and HPAI which intrigued him about searching for efficient ways of controlling and eradicating diseases. In 2014, Jun Hee joined in a master course of veterinary epidemiology in Massey University. His master project was focused on syndromic surveillance of Johne’s disease in deer using data collected from abattoir. After completion of master degree, Jun Hee is currently working on PhD degree, focusing on establishing the most cost-effective national control strategy of BVD in New Zealand cattle industry.
Merlyn graduated from Massey in 2003 and has spent the majority of her career in mixed practice in Invercargill - aside from a 2.5 year stint overseas. Merlyn moved to Oamaru and began working for Vetlife Oamaru in Feb 2016. She took over as the key vet for the Van Leeuwen group in May 2016.
As veterinary epidemiologist, Cord has a research interest in epidemiology, public health and production economics of infectious diseases in temperate and tropical livestock farming environments. Cord is director of the EpiCentre leading a team of six senior scientists, four support staff and over 20 master and PhD students. He is also director of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health in association with the Molecular EpiLab (Massey) and the China Animal Health Epidemiology Centre at Tsingdao (Shandong, China). Special interests are field investigations and mathematical modelling of the transmission, economics and control of infectious diseases in human and animal populations.
Arata holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Hokkaido University, Japan and MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology from Royal Veterinary College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Arata is currently completing his PhD at EpiCentre, Massey University. Using diverse methodologies from qualitative interviews to computer simulations, his PhD focuses on developing a framework for livestock disease simulation model which incorporates various data that is increasingly become available such as high resolution molecular sequence data and human behaviour data.
Dave works for DairyNZ Ltd as a Biosecurity Project Manager. Dave’s main area of focus for DairyNZ is to provide technical biosecurity advice on pest plant and insect matters and the leadership of DairyNZ’s DBRiEF to identify and prioritise biosecurity risks to the dairy industry. Dave has a science background complimented by post graduate business management qualifications and has over 10 years of experience in biosecurity roles.
Katja Isaksen is a PhD student in the EpiCentre at Massey University. She originally trained as a veterinary nurse in England and worked several years as a laboratory animal technician at the University of Oslo. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law in 2015, and came to New Zealand to start her PhD in 2016. She is interested in animal health, behaviour and welfare, and how these interact with performance and productivity in working and production animals.
Lori has a background in mixed practice with more years’ experience than she would like to admit. She now works as a small animal vet in a mixed practice at Vetlife Alexandra in Central Otago. She has a keen interest in orthopaedic injury and rehabilitation, and especially with NZ working dogs. Three years ago the TeamMate project was initiated and she has taken on the lead for the project.
Nelly graduated as a veterinarian from Lyon (France) in 2010. She completed a PhD in epidemiology at the EpiCentre in 2017, studying Paratuberculosis.
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Over the Last 13 years Andy has been employed in the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), with a major focus on investigation, response and surveillance. He has contributed at the government industry interface in the Salmonella working group, the theileriosis working group, Mycoplasma bovis Government Industry working group and in the technical advisory group for TB free NZ. Over recent years provided technical expertise for several short term projects involving regional control of foot-and-mouth disease and other transboundary animal disease in East/South East Asia.
Petra is Director of Epi-interactive, a Wellington passed consultancy company. She is a PhD-qualified epidemiologist with many skills and considers herself fortunate to have worked on a variety of smart projects and initiatives – from gene sequencing to risk assessment, surveillance, online learning and health informatics to early warning and international animal health and food safety. Her international work regularly takes her to exciting places around the globe, for example in her role as consultant for the Food and Agricultural Organisation of United Nations (FAO) or presenting at seminars and conferences. Further she is the membership head examiner of the ANZCVS Epi Chapter, a Diplomate of the ECVPH and holds an Adjunct Lectureship at Massey University. Petra has previously held senior positions both at the New Zealand Food Safety Authority and the EpiCentre, Massey University and is also the past Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Veterinary Journal.
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Trish is a Massey trained Veterinarian and subsequently earned membership of the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Science and a Masters in Strategic Studies at Victoria University. Trish is a long term contributor to the New Zealand Veterinary Association having served on the FAB, EVA and EVP committees for over 18 years and chaired the Food Safety, Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Branch in 2009/10. Trish held a range of positions in what in now called Ministry for Primary Industries and is currently the technical advisor to the New Zealand Equine Health Association and undertakes a range of veterinary based consultancies.
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Hailing from the Waikato, Howard completed his vet degree at Massey University in 1974, and after a period in general practice both in New Zealand and Australia moved into 3rd world development work where he was active for 18 years in a number of developing countries, mostly in Asia. During this period Howard gradually moved into animal health and production information systems and Epidemiology. Returning to New Zealand in 1993, Howard joined the Ministry of Agriculture in Wellington, where he has worked in a number of roles since, primarily risk analysis and since 2012 in risk management. Howard is currently manager of the animal imports and exports group, which is responsible for negotiating animal health conditions for exports of live animals and germplasm, and for import health standards under the Biosecurity Act for imports of animals and animal products.
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Tom is a veterinary epidemiologist working at the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Animal Health Reference Laboratory, where he is Principal Adviser for Incursion Investigation. Tom is involved in the investigation of, and preparedness for, exotic, new and emerging animal diseases. Focus areas include: infectious disease modelling, diseases at the human–animal interface, highly pathogenic avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease.
After graduating Jane Sinclair spent 26 years in mixed clinical practice before completing an MVS at the Epicentre at Massey University. She has spent the last 12 years working in bovine TB control and is excited to be part of the final push for TB eradication in New Zealand.
Emilie Vallee is a lecturer in veterinary epidemiology at the EpiCentre, Massey University. She graduated from Alfort Veterinary School in France in 2009. She then got her masters degree on epidemiological surveillance and animal health in developing countries, after doing her research project on the role of live bird markets in the transmission of bird flu in Ethiopia. She arrived in New Zealand in 2010 for her PhD on the effects of leptospirosis on sheep production and joined the academic team in 2015. Her research interests include production impacting diseases, disease surveillance, disease outbreak investigation and the link between climate change and health.
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Masako is a postdoc fellow at EpiCentre, Massey University, originally from Japan. She is interested in the epidemiology and economic aspects of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), since her PhD was on evaluation of FMD contingency plans for New Zealand. Recently, she is more involved in international projects, particularly, those looking at endemic disease problems in South Asian countries. She likes the epidemiological and economic challenge, and the meaning that these studies might eventually help improve the local situations in the future.
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