Professor Richard Whittington

Chair Farm Animal Health

Professor Richard Whittington

1980 BVSc (Hons 1, University Medal)
1987 MACVSc
1994 PhD
2008 GAICD
2010 FASM

Career History
1980 – 1983 Veterinary practice
1984 – 2002 NSW Agriculture and Fisheries
2002 – present The University of Sydney

Professional Distinctions
2002 Ian Clunies Ross Award, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
Specialist registration in Veterinary Pathobiology
Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology

Research Interests
Richard has been actively engaged in aquatic animal health health since 1984. He graduated from The University of Sydney in 1980 and spent several years in veterinary practice on the NSW south coast and in the United Kingdom before undergoing training with NSW Agriculture and Fisheries in Veterinary Pathology. Following five years as a diagnostic pathologist Richard commenced research full time at the Veterinary Research Station, Glenfield and Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, working in microbiology, virology and immunology of economically significant diseases of farmed animals and fish.

Richard currently leads research on infectious diseases and his multidisciplinary activity encompasses epidemiology, diagnostic test development and validation, biosecurity, import risk analysis for aquatic animal health, and the impact of viral infections on aquaculture and biodiversity. Major studies involve vaccine development, molecular studies of viruses and bacteria, immune responses and pathology in individual animals and animal populations. He aims to improve understanding of host-pathogen interactions leading to effective disease control strategies. This research is conducted at Camden in specialist infectious diseases laboratories and involves a large and dynamic group of young scientists, post graduate students and support staff. Richard also leads aquatic animal health projects for poverty alleviation and food security in Indonesia for ACIAR. He teaches in veterinary public health (epidemiology), principles of disease, microbiology, virology, pathology, ruminant health, and aquatic animal health.

Richard is a member of national and international scientific committees, a board member of the International Association for Paratuberculosis, an OIE-nominated technical expert on EHN virus and ranavirus and with collaborators in CSIRO manages the OIE international reference laboratories for these diseases. He is a member of Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram Scientific Advisory Committee and represents Australian Universities on the Sub-Committee for Aquatic Animal Health.

Richard is committed to training and mentoring young scientists for Australia’s future prosperity.