Jenny is an experienced Australian epidemiologist, with interests in large animals that became apparent at an early age and which led to her studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland. After graduating, she spent nearly twelve years in the United States, first in Florida, then in Colorado. Most of her time with the University of Florida was spent working with large (1000-2000 cow dairies), focusing on reproduction, production medicine, field surgery and herd health. In an effort to improve her understanding of individual animal medicine, Jenny then moved to Colorado for a residency program in Food Animal Medicine at Colorado State University (CSU). Jenny's time in Colorado lengthened as she undertook a PhD program in epidemiology. Whilst at CSU, Jenny worked on the development and analysis of many research projects. She is the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications stemming from this work. After returning to Australia, Jenny worked with the Department of Agriculture in Western Australia for two years, focusing on issues related to zoning for animal disease freedom, and developing skills in quantitative risk analysis. She moved to Canberra to join the Australian Government Department of Agriculture in December 2001 and spent the next three years extending her expertise in applied risk analysis and surveillance, and indulging her interests in teaching and research, with activities in both Australia and Asia.
Jenny joined AusVet Animal Health Services in April 2005 and became a Director of the company in 2010. She was the National Surveillance and Information Coordinator for Animal Health Australia from 2005 to 2012. Her assumption of this role coincided with the redevelopment of the database and user interface for Australia’s National Animal Health Information System, and her interests in data collection, management, analysis and reporting developed along with the system.
Jenny is particularly interested in capacity building activities within the region and has delivered many training workshops on topics including basic epidemiological principles, surveillance, risk analysis, geographical information systems for animal health information, and introduction to the use of R software for data analysis and presentation.
QualificationsCertificate in Languages French, Macquarie University, 2005
Doctor of Philosophy Veterinary Epidemiology, Colorado State University, 1997
Master of Science Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, 1992
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology (with Distinction) Pharmacology, University of Queensland, 1984
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (with First Class Honours), University of Queensland, 1986