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Ngaio is Associate Professor in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Science and Co-director of the Massey University Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre. Her research employs behavioural and physiological methods to investigate various aspects of animal welfare in both domestic and wild animal species. Major research themes include: Systematic scientific evaluation of animal welfare; Breathlessness in animals; Humane methods of ‘euthanasia’ and slaughter; Developmental processes, recognition, modulation and alleviation of pain in farm animals; Humane vertebrate pest control; and Welfare impacts associated with wildlife conservation activities.

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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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..

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.

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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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.

Craig qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1989. After a spell in small animal practice, he moved to The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK as Resident in Veterinary Anaesthesia. He obtained his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1992 and after a time as a locum lecturer in Pretoria, South Africa returned to the UK and gained a PhD from Cambridge University. From 1996 – 2001 Craig was a Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Bristol University, UK. In April 2001 he moved to Massey and is now Professor of Veterinary Neurophysiology and co-director of The Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre. He has authored a total of 244 publications including 97 in the peer-reviewed literature and has supervised 39 postgraduate students and 3 postdoctoral fellows. His research interests are: central mechanisms of pain perception; developmental neurobiology of pain; and animal welfare.

Kate is with the Ministry for Primary Industries, where she leads the Animal Welfare Team that supports New Zealand’s two ministerial advisory committees, and the development and implementation of animal welfare standards. Kate’s farm upbringing and early interest in stress and animal behaviour led her to complete a PhD at Massey University, looking into the impacts of pesticides on possums. She has been with the Ministry for 13 years, and is the OIE National Focal Animal Welfare for New Zealand, chairs the OIE Regional Animal Welfare Strategy Advisory Group for Asia, the Far East and Oceania and represents New Zealand on the ISO working group for animal welfare, ISO/TC 34/WG 16. She also sits on a bioethics panel under the National Science Challenge for Biological Heritage.

David is a veterinary surgeon and Professor of Production of Animal Health and Welfare at the Royal Agricultural University. Prior to January 2018 he was based at the Bristol Veterinary School. He has research interests in science and practice of knowledge exchange, animal welfare assessment and improvement strategies and animal welfare education. Former member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, Food Ethics Council and Soil Association Council. Previous initiatives include the AssureWel project, a collaboration with RSPCA and Soil Association that introduced welfare outcomes into certification schemes and the Healthy Feet Project that has been widely adopted by the UK dairy industry. He was also project co-ordinator for Hennovation, an EU H2020 project that investigated the value of participatory approaches to innovation in the laying hen sector.

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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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.

Wayne is contracted to MPI as the National Animal Welfare Coordinator for animal welfare in emergencies, as well as his role of Professional Advisor for the Veterinary Council. Wayne previously worked for World Animal Protection also in disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role he worked with countries in the Asia-Pacific region to assist them with emergency planning for animals to protect their communities and their animals from disasters.

Chris is a veterinarian who has worked in practice and for government both domestically and internationally for over 18 years. He has been involved in exotic disease outbreak control in the UK, Australia and NZ, worked in northern Australia running an operational surveillance programme and spent time capacity building veterinary services in the Asia-Pacific region. He moved to NZ three years ago and has worked in biosecurity response management, spent time managing the animal export programme and is currently the national manager of MPI’s animal welfare compliance function. He also has worked in various media in Australia as a science broadcaster.

Peter has been professor of bioethics at the University of Copenhagen since 1997. He was educated in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Oxford. Since 1990 the major part of his research has been within bioethics with particular emphasis on ethical issues related to animals, biotechnology and food production. He is committed to interdisciplinary work combining perspectives from natural science, social sciences and philosophy. His books include Ethics of Animal Use (co-authored with Stine B. Christiansen), published by Blackwell 2008, and Companion Animal Ethics (co-authored with Sandra Corr and Clare Palmer), published by Wiley/Blackwell 2016.

Mhairi completed her Masters at Massey University where she studied methods to alleviate the pain caused by dehorning in calves and castration and tail docking in lambs. Mhairi then went on to do her PhD at the University of Illinois (USA) where she studied the effects of breed on stress responsiveness and disease susceptibility in pigs. After completing her PhD, Mhairi spent three years doing research at Texas Tech University where she focused on pig welfare issues such as painful husbandry procedures and transport. In 2009, she moved back to New Zealand where she now works for the Animal Behaviour and Welfare team at AgResearch as a scientist. Mhairi’s current research focuses includes evaluating methods of pain mitigation and alternatives methods of disbudding in dairy goat kids and calves.

Helen manages the DairyNZ animal husbandry and welfare team. Helen has worked in the UK, Falkland Islands, Canada and New Zealand helping farmers achieve better animal husbandry and welfare practices in pigs, beef, sheep, and dairy. The DairyNZ animal care project that Helen manages covers research, awareness raising campaigns and training, tools and resources to provide practice change in current and future dairy cattle care requirements.

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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