David is a veterinarian and epidemiologist with broad interests in animal disease, applied microbiology and the impacts these have on the health of humans and the economic welfare of rural communities. He is based at Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute. From 1983 he acquired extensive front-line experience in the diagnosis and control of animal health issues of international, national and state significance. This ranges from formal eradication programs (bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis) to producer-centred efforts to control major endemic disease. Since 1995 he has been immersed in research targeting the threat to public health arising from enteric pathogens (e.g. Salmonella, STEC, Campylobacter) and viruses (e.g. Henipahvirus) that move between domestic animals, wildlife and humans. His current research emphasis is antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in animals and humans. As an expert on various aspects of biosecurity management he has held invited appointments as a chairperson and scientific adviser to national governments (Australia and abroad), research and development corporations, multinationals and international agencies (WHO, FAO & OIE). He has supervised post graduate students at seven Australian universities and held academic appointments to the level of Adjunct Professor.
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