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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.
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.
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.
Neil is Professor of Farm Animal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. He qualified with BA and VetMB degrees from Cambridge University in 1984 and has subsequently gained considerable practical experience of farm animal veterinary practice, working with beef cattle and sheep. He has interests in planned livestock production, health and welfare; and his list of about 220 scientific publications in refereed journals and similar number of grey-literature articles mostly refers of the diagnosis and management of production-limiting diseases of ruminant livestock. Neil became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons while working at Massey University, and holds the RCVS specialist Diploma in Sheep Health and Production. He has written a reference textbook ‘Sheep flock health – a planned approach’, outlining a practical and rational approach to the diagnosis and management of sheep diseases, and has also edited, co-authored and contributed chapters to several other small ruminant, cattle and veterinary parasitology textbooks. Neil’s principal research interest and primary undergraduate teaching responsibilities encompass veterinary parasitology, small ruminant production and veterinary education; reflecting the importance of these topics in global food production, animal welfare and public health. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2009. Neil’s current parasitology research includes studies of population genetics of helminth parasites; Haemonchus genomics; anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes; roundworm control in farm animals; management of fluke parasites; antiprotozoal drug resistance; and control of small ruminant ectoparasites. Additional small ruminant research includes studies of sheep production in harsh environments; neonatal lamb survival; goat health and production; lamb losses on Scottish hill farms; small ruminant and wildlife interactions; and management of infectious abortion in sheep. His education research and outreach are focused on the development of veterinary, paraveterinary and livestock keeper education methods in developing agricultural economies, with current programmes in rural India and Malawi. Neil is the current President of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management and a former president of the Sheep Veterinary Society. He was the Scientific Organiser for the highly successful 9th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, held in the UK in 2017 with the theme of ‘sustainable global food security through efficient small ruminant production’.
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