Jonathan Happold

Senior Consultant (Epidemiology)

J onathan was born in Nigeria and spent formative years of his childhood in the wildlife parks of East Africa—perhaps it was inevitable that he would pursue a career in veterinary medicine, One Health and international development.

He graduated from the University of Sydney (BVSc. Hons 1) in 1998 and enjoyed seven years working as a veterinarian in Australian and England. Although he relished the challenges of clinical medicine and surgery, he eventually came to appreciate the importance of population health and preventive medicine in tackling the world’s big health problems.

Jonathan completed a Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of London, graduating with distinction in 2006. His time at the Royal Veterinary College, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Swiss Federal Veterinary Institute provided a strong grounding in epidemiology, as well as exposure to related disciplines including health economics and medical anthropology. He went on to become a Member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Epidemiology.

In 2007, Jonathan joined an epidemiology group at the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. Over a ten-year period with the department, highlights included infectious disease modelling and policy development, investigating and responding to disease outbreaks, and strengthening animal health capacity in Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia.

He led the development of Australia’s Animal Health Surveillance and Diagnostics Business Plan and was the inaugural Chair of the plan’s implementation group. From 2011–2015, Jonathan was based in Jakarta as Team Leader and Principal Veterinary Adviser of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Emerging Infectious Diseases. He received an Australian Day Award for outstanding contribution to public service on three separate occasions.

At Ausvet, Jonathan works with a diverse range of clients in Australia and around the world. He continues to follow his particular interests in disease surveillance, biosecurity, international development, science communication and policy development.

Outside of work, Jonathan loves to spend time with his family. A perfect day includes a bike ride, music, good food shared with family and friends, and a quiet moment in a place of natural beauty.

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