Jenny-Ann Toribio
BVSc MANZCVS MEd(Higher Education) PhD
Jenny-Ann graduated in veterinary science from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 1989. She worked in mixed and small animal veterinary practices in Broken Hill, Melbourne and Brisbane prior to completing a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and livestock production at UQ in 1999. The PhD based in The Philippines investigating smallholder pig management, production and health was the start of her research on smallholder livestock systems in developing countries. After completing postdoctoral work at UQ, Jenny-Ann was appointed in 2002 as the inaugural Lecturer in Epidemiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at The University of Sydney. She developed the new curriculum in epidemiology for veterinary students and was integral to the establishment of the postgraduate Masters coursework program Veterinary Public Health Management/Veterinary Public Health. Jenny-Ann was the Academic Supervisor for this program for 10 years. From 2003 to 2018, the program trained animal health professionals employed by a variety of government, non-government and international agencies in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the region. In recent years, Jenny-Ann has developed components of the DVM curriculum that contribute to the following hallmark features of The University of Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM): Gradation of veterinarians with a global perspective, that are evidence-based practitioners, and that have experience with conduct of research and with the contributions of the veterinary profession to society beyond clinical practice. Further Jenny-Ann has contributed to ensuring the standard of epidemiological skills among veterinary colleagues attaining Membership in the Epidemiology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Jenny-Ann has predominantly conducted applied research focused on biosecurity, emergency animal diseases and zoonoses in Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines and Timor Leste. Recent research of note in Australia includes evaluation of avian influenza risk for commercial chicken farms in New South Wales and risk awareness and risk mitigation practices among horse owners in relation to Hendra virus. Further afield, she has led collaborative research in eastern Indonesia on the evaluation of the risk for highly pathogenic avian influenza and classical swine fever with poultry and pig movement respectively; in Timor Leste on smallholder pig production and health; and in Fiji on evaluation of the BTEC program including consideration of mongoose as a potential bTB reservoir and of zoonotic tuberculosis risk for dairy farmers.