Professor Peter Windsor

Emeritus Professor

Peter Windsor

1977 BVSc(Hons)
1988 PhD
2005 Grad Cert Higher Ed
2007 DVSc

Career History:
1977 – 1980 NSW Department of Agriculture,
Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Wollongbar
1980 – 1981 Cornell University
1981 – 1982 San Diego Zoo
1983 – 1990 NSW Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Research Station, Glenfield
1990 – 1998 NSW Department of Agriculture, Grafton Agricultural Research Station
1998 – 1999 FAO, Philippines
1999 – 2000 NSW Department of Primary Industries, Goulburn
1999 – 2002 NSW Department of Primary Industries, EMAI
2002 – present The University of Sydney

Professional Distinctions:
1980 – Australian-American Educational Foundation Fulbright Overseas Study Award
1988 – Registered Specialist Veterinary Surgeon, Pathobiology
2009 – Diplomate European College of Small Ruminant Health Management
2011 – Kesteven Medal awarded by the AVA and the ACVS in recognition of distinguished contributions to international veterinary science in the field of technical and scientific assistance to developing countries

Research Interests:
Raised in Wagga, Peter commenced his career as a trainee with NSW Agriculture at Wollongbar near Lismore where he developed his interest in diagnostic pathology that led to a Fulbright Award to undertake pathology residency training in the USA. On his return to Glenfield, NSW in 1983 he completed his PhD on ruminant neuropathology in 1987, identifying many new inherited disorders in livestock including citrullinaemia of Holstein-Friesians and maple syrup urine disease and myoclonus of Herefords. He was OIC of the RVL at Glenfield when it was moved to the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in 1990. He then transferred to the Grafton Agricultural Research Station to manage animal health surveillance, regulatory and extension programs for the NSW north-coast region, including Norfolk Island. His interest in international work progressed with several short term consultancies to train Indonesian veterinarians in disease investigation. In Grafton he commenced research on bovine abortion, resulting in isolation of Neospora caninum and development of an Australian serological test. In 1998, he undertook a 19-month appointment with FAO on the successful FMD eradication program in the Philippines. He returned to NSW Agriculture at Goulburn in 2000 to manage OJD then transferred to EMAI in 2001 to manage OJD vaccination research that led to registration of Gudair® vaccine. He rejoined the Faculty on April 1st 2002.

Peter’s diverse research interests include applied field-based projects on ruminant health and production problems, including neurological and genetic diseases, paratuberculosis, neosporosis and improving animal welfare during routine husbandry procedures. He has published over 110 papers in refereed journals and supervised 13 PhD’s. He is particularly interested in international development and manages several projects on improving cattle health and husbandry in Cambodia and Laos for smallholder poverty alleviation and promotion of village level biosecurity to assist FMD control.

 October 2014