Professor Martyn Jeggo qualified as veterinary surgeon in the UK in 1972 and after a short four-year spell in general practice worked he undertook a PhD and worked on the research of a number of exotic virus infections for a further five years. In 1986 he joined the Animal Production and Health Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division to establish a veterinary laboratory support program.
For 18 years he worked within the framework of UN programs of support for animal health in the developing world with research related projects in some 150 countries. In 2002 he became Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, the worlds largest and most sophisticated high containment facility dealing with the research and diagnosis of some of the worlds most deadly virus infections. He retired in 2013 but continues on a part time basis as the Director of the Australian Centres for Emerging Infectious Diseases, a One Health consortium based in Victoria, Australia