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FCA Briefing with Australia’s Chief Veterinary, Dr Mark Schipp
October 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FCA Briefing with Dr Mark Schipp, Australia’s Chief Veterinary &
World President of the Organisation for Animal Health
Australia has implemented an international communications campaign and is now actively strengthening border inspections to avoid African Swine Fever reaching the country. This is the worst animal biosecurity scare ever and the new measures include the cancellation of visas. On Oct 15, there was wide media coverage of Australia cancelling the visa of an arriving Vietnamese passenger found with almost 5kg of pork.
To understand more about this disease, the actions implemented by the Australian government and the effect on travellers, you are invited to the FCA Briefing with Dr Mark Schipp, Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer and the World President of the Organisation for Animal Health – the Paris-based organisation that leads the international fight on animal disease threat. Dr Schipp also leads Australia’s national responses to emergency animal disease incursions.
Australia is cooperating with a number of other countries around the region, including East Timor and PNG, to counter African Swine Fever. Correspondents from China, Vietnam and others covering the region and countries which have been affected by ASF should be especially interested in this high-level briefing on ASF, which is making an unprecedented impact around the world.
Mark Schipp was appointed Australian Chief Veterinary Officer in 2011. In 2012 he was elected to the OIE Council and in 2018 was elected President of the OIE General Assembly. Together with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Schipp chairs the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also a member of the Animal Health Committee. Previously Dr Schipp has held positions responsible for animal derived food product inspection, market access and export certification. Dr Schipp served two terms overseas as Agriculture Counsellor in Seoul, South Korea and in Beijing, China. Mark is a biology and veterinary graduate of Murdoch University. After graduation he worked with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture.