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Dave has been a veterinarian for more than 25 years and a computer programmer for more than 30. After a long period as a mixed animal vet he is now a Senior Lecturer in Cattle at the University of Melbourne, where he undertakes research in dairy cattle medicine, reproduction and animal welfare. He also acts as scientific Officer for the Australian Cattle Veterinarians. He is the author of the Bull Reporter, WelfareCheck and Biocheck software used by ACV members and is currently editor-in-chief of the Australian Veterinary Journal.

Mark graduated in Glasgow in 1988. He worked in the UK in mixed practice, specialising in production animals; and then moved to New Zealand in 1995. He joined Central Southland Vets in 1997, gained a Masters in Epi in 2002 and formed VetSouth in 2006. Today he is Director of Clinical and Business Strategy at VetSouth, which employs 75 vets and a growing research group including four epidemiologists and several research technologists. He is a member of the NZVA Board, Chair of the NZVA AMR Leadership Group, and Director of XLVets.

Mark is a dairy veterinarian, epidemiologist, ruminant nutritionist and educator. He is a member and past office holder of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Mark holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education from Monash University Medical School and for the past 10 years has been training medical specialists as a medical educator in the Australian General Practice Training Program. As part of this work Mark has received training in motivational interviewing and has trained professionals in the field of change management. This links closely with his current MBA study through La Trobe University. Mark also has a CORe certificate from Harvard Business School Online. He has been consulting to dairy businesses in Victoria, Australia for more than 25 years – studying and working on the businesses rather than just in them with his clients. For the past decade he has been exposed to consultation models and techniques and for many years has been fascinated by the strategy of farm businesses and businesses that work with farmers, and the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that motivate change in business owners and employees.

Greg finished Vet School at the end of 2001 and immediately packed everything he owned into his car and moved to the South Island. He spent 10 years in mixed practice in the South Island and overseas, with the last 5 years predominantly focused in dairy work due to the huge growth in the South Island. He joined Zoetis as a field vet in 2011 and relocated himself back to the North Island in 2014, along with a wife, two children and enough stuff to fill a medium-sized shipping container. He is currently the Veterinary Operations Manager for Zoetis New Zealand, focusing on dairy medicine, and has just completed a Masters degree in veterinary epidemiology.

Neil has been a veterinarian in dairy practice in New Zealand for over 40 years. His interest is understanding lameness in pasture-based systems. Neil began by recording and describing his routine treatments of lame feet in what he called his “New Zealand Laboratory - the farms where he worked. The following eleven years of detailed treatment data provided a picture of the problem in the field. Early in his career he completed a ground-breaking case-control study, using herds in his own and neighbouring veterinary practices with the aim of identifying the predominant risk factors for claw injury lameness in pasture-based systems. With his understanding of cow behaviour and lameness risk factors, he continues to investigate herd lameness problems and trains veterinarians and farmers in the understanding, treatment and prevention of what is possibly still one of the dairy industry’s most serious animal welfare problems.

Emma is a Vet turned researcher and developed and runs VetEnt Research (a division of Veterinary Enterprises Group Ltd). She is interested in all research on all species and loves a good logistical challenge. She has a particular interest in research that improves welfare. Emma’s research career is balanced by her four children (the newest being only a few months old) who remind her that no trial is harder or more logistically challenging than getting four small people out the door on a daily basis.

John graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia. Initially worked in mixed practice in Gippsland Victoria prior to moving to California to complete specialty training a residency in large animal medicine at the University of California Davis. Following the residency went on to complete a PhD, working on the prevention and control of Salmonella on large dairies. Returned to Australia in 2002 to join the University of Sydney to head up the livestock clinical training program. Research activities have had an applied clinical focus predominantly directed at the diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases including pink eye in cattle, salmonella in sheep and cattle, and mycoplasma in dairy cattle.

Jon Huxley was raised on the family dairy farm in North Wales and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1995. After a one-year farm animal internship at Bristol Veterinary School and 3 years in commercial farm animal practice in North Wales, he completed a PhD on bovine mastitis at the University of Bristol. He remained at Bristol as a Lecturer until 2006 when he became a foundation staff member at the University of Nottingham’s new Veterinary School. In May 2018 he moved to Massey University in New Zealand to become Head of the School of Veterinary Science and Professor of Dairy Cow Health. Jon is a research clinician specialising in the endemic diseases of dairy cows, particularly the treatment and prevention of lameness and the impacts of production and the environment on dairy cow health and wellbeing. He is a UK and European clinical diplomat, has been named in more than £7.5 million of research funding and has supervised more than 30 clinical and research postgraduates. In 2018 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to clinical practice.

Scott is a veterinary graduate from Sydney University with postgraduate training in production medicine, and with a PhD from Massey University, New Zealand in cattle fertility. He is a registered specialist in bovine reproduction and holds an adjunct Professorship at Massey Veterinary School. Scott leads the research group at Cognosco, Anexa FVC which undertakes applied research and extension work. His technical fields of expertise include mastitis and fertility. He also has an interest in preventative medicine, antibiotic usage and antibiotic resistance in dairy cows. He has a long-term interest in implementation of change on-farm and has been involved in national extension programs such as SmartSAMM and InCalf.

John is the Principal Veterinary Research Bioscientist at the National Dairy Research Centre in Ireland. His research interests include biosecurity and infectious diseases, cow fertility, youngstock health and rearing and animal welfare. He carries out research in dairy and beef cattle and in sheep. John is a National and European board-accredited registered veterinary specialist. He has 35 years’ experience in private and public (government) veterinary practice and in animal health/welfare and theriogenology research in Ireland, New Zealand and in Australia. John currently collaborates on research projects in Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Scotland and Switzerland. He has delivered award-winning lectures / workshops / wet labs by invite in over 25 countries worldwide, including numerous plenary lectures at world veterinary congresses. John is a lecturer on nine under/postgraduate veterinary / agriculture / farmer courses in Ireland and the UK. John is an Editorial Board member of five journals including Animal Reproduction Science, Reproduction in Domestic Animals and is Deputy Editor of the Irish Veterinary Journal. He has been invited to referee for over 60 international bioscience journals. John is also Co-Editor of the books Farm Health and Productivity Management of Dairy Young Stock and Bovine Perinatology. His research has been published in over 100 peer-review papers and also in numerous textbook chapters.