Pr John EdwardsBSc (Agric) BVSc MVS PhD Grad Cert PSM MANZCVS
P rofessor Edwards is an Executive Consultant with Ausvet Pty Ltd. He is also an Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University and former Dean of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (2004-9). He has qualifications in Epidemiology from the University of Melbourne and Murdoch University.
Professor Edwards is highly regarded for his work in international circles and has considerable experience inmanagement, training, research and consulting in the fields of epidemiology, one health, animal health, biosecurity,
food security and food safety. In his work as an Executive Director of ‘One Health Solutions’ since 2010, he has been very active in facilitating
interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral (One Health) approaches in developing countries. Examples of this work are: his role as Facilitator of a One Health Plan for the 23 countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Community: his role in
implementing one health approaches to the control of influenza and other zoonotic diseases in China from 2012-2016 and his work to assist several other countries in implementing one health approaches. He has also been active in applying One Health approaches to research on zoonotic emerging infectious diseases and is currently helping Murdoch University with the establishment of a One Health Research Centre.
From 2012-2015 Prof Edwards worked in China for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as its Team Leader for the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) where a significant part of his work involved promoting one health approaches. In 2016/17 Prof Edwards participated in an evaluation of FAO’s Global EMPRES Program.
Prof Edwards was Regional Coordinator for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Sub Regional Office for Southeast Asia and was based in Thailand for 3 years. He was Chief Veterinary Officer for Western Australia from 1993-2001. At this time he chaired several state and national committees dealing with biosecurity and food safety issues.