Epidemiology, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Biosecurity Branch

Mission

The Epidemiology, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Biosecurity Branch of the NZVA represents veterinary professionals interested in the use and development of epidemiological methods and their application within veterinary science in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well those working in areas of food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity. It is focused on animal health and welfare, biosecurity, epidemiology, food safety, government assurances, public health, quality assurance and standard setting.

Vision

To be seen as a resource for issues of animal welfare, food safety and biosecurity for all NZVA members, and to encourage EFAB members to ensure their care and management of animals is informed and of a high standard.

We do this by:

  • representing veterinary professionals within the veterinary industry interested in the use and development of epidemiological methods and their application within veterinary science in New Zealand, as well those working in areas of food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity
  • educating and supporting EFAB members to ensure their care and management of animals is informed and of a high standard.
  • advancing knowledge in epidemiology, animal health and welfare, biosecurity, food safety, government assurances, public health, quality assurance antimicrobial stewardship and standard setting.
  • sharing knowledge with organisations that need help or guidance in our areas of expertise
  • advocating for food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity causes.

Membership

Membership is available for NZVA members as part of their annual subscription fee. There are a few ways you can sign up: 

  • Choose EFAB as one of your special interest branches (SIBs) when you join the NZVA or renew your membership.
  • Log into the NZVA website, view your profile and select the 'Subscriptions' tab. Click the 'Apply a subscription' button and select 'Epidemiology, Food Safety, Animal Welfare & Biosecurity Branch' from the dropdown menu.
  • Email membership@vets.org.nz if you have any questions.

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Committee

EFAB is operated by a voluntary committee of passionate veterinarians coming from varied backgrounds. Our collective aim is to support members and provide opportunities that enhance their professional skills and development.

President
Position currently vacant

Vice President
Alison Bober

Treasurer
Mark Bosson

Secretary
Position currently vacant

Immediate Past President
Scott McDougall

Members
Chris Compton
David Dymock
William Halliday
Amira Mikhail
Dallas New

Contact us

You can get in touch with our committee by emailing efab@vets.org.nz, or through the NZVA office.