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Adressing issues of food security through enhancing smallholder production, health & welfare, plus control of transboundary diseases, paratuberculosis, CLA, endoparasitism.
Peter is a qualified specialist veterinarian in pathobiology and small ruminant health management, with advanced skills in research and development project management, including international and national livestock disease control of mainly grazing animals, over a career exceeding 40 years.
He leads numerous research projects that have attracted over AUD 10 million in research funding from industry and government, on small and large ruminant health, production and welfare in Australia and south-east Asia.
He has a broad portfolio of research interests, including: (i) transboundary disease surveillance and control through improvement of smallholder livestock production systems in south east Asia; (ii) reproductive failure in ruminants, including infectious causes of abortion, especially neosporosis; (iii) genetic disease research of livestock, including discovery of many new inborn errors of metabolism and their exploitation as models of human disease or leading to new heterozygote detection tests; (iv) neuroscience research, investigating the neurochemical and neuropathological basis of clinical neurological deficits in livestock; (v) infectious disease control research, particularly vaccination for paratuberculosis in sheep and cattle and parasite management; (vi) toxicological disease investigations, including studies on the pathobiological basis of new and emerging diseases associated with plant toxins.
Peter was awarded the 2011 Kesteven Medal, a joint award of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and the Australian Veterinary Association, in recognition of distinguished contribution to international veterinary science. He has published 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals, >250 abstracts in conference presentations and >400 non-refereed publications on the diagnosis and control of major livestock diseases.
With a career that progressed over 13 years of diagnostic services provision, 12 years of applied field-based integrated research and surveillance management and now 15 years of higher education and applied research project management, Peter has had the pleasure of supervising 15 completed PhD theses, whilst currently he supervises several others within his research projects aimed at addressing emerging issues in global food security and public health.