BVSc MANZCVS Cert III (Agriculture)
P eter started with Ausvet in September 2019, and he is focused on implementing innovative and creative business strategies to help the company grow and proposer over the coming years.
Peter grew up on the far north coast of New South Wales and spent much of his younger years at the beautiful beaches of Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay. Peter has always wanted to be a veterinarian, and he graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1992.
He first worked in dairy practice in Tatura, Victoria and then mixed animal practice in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, where he focused on animal health and wellbeing. He also has post-graduate qualifications in veterinary pharmacology and in agriculture.
Peter has worked for the Australian Government being responsible for managing key initiatives related to national emergency animal disease preparedness and response, veterinary public health, risk analysis, biotechnology, antimicrobial resistance, international standards for chemical residues in foods and zoonotic diseases. He provided policy and scientific advice during the Australian responses to the 2007 equine influenza and 2009 pandemic (H1N1) influenza outbreaks and Hendra virus incidents (2005-2009).
In 2010, he was appointed Manager AUSVETPLAN at Animal Health Australia (AHA), and he was responsible for ensuring that Australia had unified and agreed approaches to respond to emergency animal diseases. Peter implemented a project management approach to the review and development of AUSVETPLAN manuals, supported by a Business Plan and three-year rolling work plan. He also developed and successfully implemented an online collaborative authoring and publishing system, which has been patented for Australia-wide distribution.
In 2015, he was appointed AHA’s Executive Manager Emergency Preparedness and Response Services, where he was responsible for the effective delivery of the strategic direction and corporate performance of AHA, as well as managing AHA’s business relationships. Specifically, Peter led a team of fourteen staff to oversee AHA’s responsibilities across the EPR Services’ portfolio, including the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement, AUSVETPLAN, emergency animal disease training, surveillance and vaccine bank management.
Peter has been awarded an Australia Day Award for Excellence (2010), an Australian Biosecurity Award (2016), and he has been nominated for an Australian Institute of Management’s Manager of the Year for Excellence (2014) and an iAward for technology innovation (2016).
Peter and his wife manage a 212 hectare Dorper and White Dorper sheep stud, with a focus on producing high-quality genetics that consistently meet both national and international market requirements.