Dirk Pfeiffer

Professor Dirk Pfeiffer is Chow Tak Fung Chair Professor of One Health at City University’s Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences. Dirk graduated from Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany in 1984 with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine. He went on to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the same university in 1986. Following this Dirk went on to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin, which involved fieldwork in Kenya, Somalia, Malaysia and Thailand. In 1987, Dirk moved to Massey University, New Zealand to complete a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and remained there for 11 years, where he became a Lecturer in Production Medicine and Epidemiology in 1992 and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology in 1996. Dirk joined the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) of the University of London in 1999 as a Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology. From 2015 to 2017, Dirk took on the part-time role of Chief Epidemiologist at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) of the UK Government. Since November 2016, he has been Chair Professor of One Health at City University’s newly established Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences. He continues to hold a part-time position at the RVC. Dirk is also an Adjunct Professor at the China Animal Health & Epidemiology Centre, Qingdao, China.

Dirk also has and has had extensive membership of Advisory Committees and Expert Panels: Chair of Applied Epidemiology Technical Working Group of OIE/FAO Network on Avian Influenza (OFFLU), Paris, France (from 2017); Chair of Animal Health Surveillance Governance Board for England and Wales, UK (2015-2016); European Commission’s DG SANTE Surveillance Task Force (2009 to 2016); Member of editorial board of the international scientific journal BMC Veterinary Research (since 2005); Associate editor of the international scientific journal Spatial and Spatiotemporal Epidemiology (since 2009); International Advisory Committee for Review of Food Safety and Biosecurity Programmes of Singapore’s Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (since 2002); Chair of AHVLA review surveillance panel (2012); Chair of Epidemiology and Wildlife Risks sub-group of Defra’s bovine tuberculosis Science Advisory Body (2008 to 2013); Member of Research Sub-committee of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London, UK (from 2011-2015); Member of International Scientific Peer Review Panel for National Institute of Animal Health for National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan (2011); Member of the Scientific Panel for Animal Health and Welfare of the European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy (2003 to 09).

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