Following a competitive international selection process, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Melissa Brown recently announced Professor Nigel Perkins as the new Head of the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland.
Professor Perkins, originally from Dirranbandi, in south-west Queensland, completed his veterinary science degree at UQ in 1984, earning first class honours and a University Medal. This was followed by a Master of Science at The Ohio State University and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at Massey University, New Zealand.
He has practised as a veterinarian in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and has worked as a veterinary academic clinician at university veterinary schools in the USA, New Zealand and Australia.
Professor Perkins started in the HoS role last month after serving almost two years as Academic Superintendent and Professor of One Health at the school.
“I have really enjoyed the past two years in the Academic Superintendent role and am excited and honoured to have been appointed as the Head of School. I am looking forward to contributing to the school continuing to be a national and international leader in veterinary science and allied health disciplines,” Professor Perkins said.
Professor Perkins is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of veterinary epidemiology. He has broad experience in investigations of animal health, welfare, production and disease in a number of species, as well as experience in human health projects.
He has been involved in many short-term projects in Asian countries associated with capacity building in animal health, transboundary animal disease preparedness and response, risk analysis and disease outbreaks.
Professor Nigel Perkins joins the school as it celebrates recent success and prepares for challenges.
“In 2017, the UQ School of Veterinary Science was ranked the number one veterinary school in Australasia and 24th globally by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities,” he said.
“My goal is to build on this recognition by cementing UQ as the preferred choice for the very best students and staff from Australia and across the world.”