Some key people in our history

 
Ausvet’s proud reputation is in large part due to a number of key people who have been influential in shaping the company and its drive for excellence and innovation. We remember their important contribution to the development of the company in these pages. Some of these outstanding epidemiologists are enjoying well-earned retirement while others have moved into challenging senior leadership roles in a diverse range of organisations.
Chris Baldock

Ausvet was founded in 1996 by Drs Chris Baldock (1947-2005) and David Kennedy as a private company dedicated to providing independent epidemiology services globally. Angus Cameron joined them in 1999.

Francis Christian (Chris) Baldock died suddenly of a heart attack on 6 July 2005, cutting short an outstanding international career in animal health epidemiology.

David Kennedy

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Angus Cameron
Simon More

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Nigel Perkins

Nigel joined Ausvet in 2004 and became a Director in 2007. Nigel joined the University of Queensland in February 2016 as Professor of One Health and Academic Superintendent within the School of Veterinary Science. In October 2017 Nigel was appointed as the Head of School of the School of Veterinary Science.

Nigel came from a mixed grazing background in south west Queensland and completed a veterinary degree at the University of Queensland, followed by a Master of Science at The Ohio State University and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at Massey University, New Zealand. He has practiced as a veterinarian in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and has worked as a veterinary academic clinician at university veterinary schools in Australia, the USA and New Zealand.

Prior to working at Ausvet, Nigel was promoted to Associate Professor in veterinary epidemiology and Group Leader of the EpiCentre, an internationally acclaimed epidemiology research and consultancy centre within the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Science, Massey University.

Alison Hillman
Brendan Cowled

Dr Evan Sergeant

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Dr Jenny Hutchison
BVSC(HonsI) BVetBiol MS PhD Cert. Lang. DACVIM(LAIM) GAICD

Jenny’s interest in large animals became apparent at an early age, demonstrated by the acquisition of as many (individual) farm animals as possible on a peri-urban piece of land on the then outskirts of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia. This was followed by veterinary studies at the University Queensland.

Seized by the desire to see the world and further her education at the same time, Jenny left Australia and began an internship program in Rural Animal Medicine at the University of Florida. This one-year experience turned into nearly twelve, as she moved from production animal work (herd health, nutrition, reproduction and field surgery) to working in food animal internal medicine at Colorado State University. This residency program was accompanied by a Masters Degree in Clinical Sciences, and it was here that Jenny was first exposed to the wonders and joys of epidemiology. Although she rounded off her advanced medical training by achieving Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal), Jenny’s focus turned to epidemiology, and her passion with the topic began with her PhD program in Colorado.

After completing her PhD and returning to Australia, Jenny worked with both state (WA) and federal departments of agriculture. Most of her work with these entities has been directed at supporting Australia’s international trade in livestock, using her skills in epidemiology, surveillance, zoning for animal disease freedom, and quantitative risk analysis.

Jenny joined Ausvet in 2005. As a senior and experienced veterinary epidemiologist, she has a passion for teaching and training, and enjoys sharing her interests and skills in data science (including data manipulation and visualisation), epidemiology, surveillance, risk analysis and systems underpinning these, including the use of structured query language (SQL), R, and geographical information systems (particularly QGIS).

Jenny is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course. She has been a Director of Ausvet since 2010. She made an outstanding contribution to the company in her various roles and led the Canberra team with passion and dedication. Jenny left Ausvet in November, 2019 to take up a senior position in OIE, Paris.

Jenny Hutchison

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