We are always so pleased to announce the special achievements of members of our team and this time it is Alison’s turn!

Dr Alison Hillman has recently accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of the International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife (IJP-PAW) under the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Andrew Thompson. Alison will join the talented team of Associate Editors.

Alison is a veterinarian and epidemiologist with a background in clinical veterinary practice, university-based research and governmental epidemiology. She has a long-held interest in parasitology. After practising as a veterinarian for four-and-a-half years in rural practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, Alison completed an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of London. Her dissertation was based at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (UK), analysing European Union commercial and backyard poultry avian influenza surveillance data.

Completing a PhD based in the Parasitology Group at Murdoch University, Alison investigated the epidemiology of anthropozoonotic parasites in urban-dwelling marsupials in the greater Perth region. During PhD candidature, Alison gained experience in laboratory medicine, attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Epidemiology by examination, taught laboratory parasitology skills to undergraduate students, contributed as a veterinarian to five wildlife research projects, and was a veterinary advisor for an urban wildlife health and biosecurity publication education project.

Prior to joining Ausvet, Alison worked in the Epidemiology and One Health Section of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, on projects relating to border interception data and post-border animal disease surveillance in terrestrial livestock, alongside some work involving wildlife and commercial aquaculture. At Ausvet, Alison has worked on a variety of projects, spanning surveillance, data analysis, outbreak investigation and emergency disease response in terrestrial animals, aquaculture and plants.

The International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife (IJP-PAW) is one of a series of specialist, open access journals launched by the International Journal for Parasitology. It publishes the results of original research on parasites of all wildlife, invertebrate and vertebrate. This includes free-ranging, wild populations, as well as captive wildlife, semi-domesticated species (e.g. reindeer) and farmed populations of recently domesticated or wild-captured species (e.g. cultured fishes). Articles on all aspects of wildlife parasitology are welcomed including taxonomy, biodiversity and distribution, ecology and epidemiology, population biology and host-parasite relationships. The impact of parasites on the health and conservation of wildlife is seen as an important area covered by the journal especially the potential role of environmental factors, for example, climate. Also important to the journal is ‘one health’ and the nature of interactions between wildlife, people and domestic animals, including disease emergence and zoonoses.

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