Veterinary epidemiology expert Dirk Pfeiffer has been appointed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as chair of the new Animal Disease Surveillance Governance Board.

The Animal Disease Surveillance Governance Board will provide strategic advice to Defra and the Welsh Government.

The board will be responsible for providing strategic advice to Defra and the Welsh Government via the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, and the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group.

It will also advise on the best way to use funding from Defra and Welsh Government for animal health surveillance, to retain the confidence of animal keeping sectors and enable government to meet national and international obligations.

Prof Pfeiffer said: “I am delighted to take on this role at a time when animal health surveillance in England and Wales is going through a period of significant change. The aim of this re-redesign is to increase the utility of surveillance information to stakeholders whilst ensuring value for money”.

Prof Pfeiffer is professor of veterinary epidemiology and head of the veterinary epidemiology, economic and public health group in the department of production and population medicine at the Royal Veterinary College. 

The board also welcomed the following individuals to the board: Dr Paul Burr, Ian McGrath, Paul Roger and Dr Nick Fenwick. Two “ex-offiicio” members, UK chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens and APHA head of scanning surveillance Richard Irvine were also appointed.

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