Dr Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

National Veterinary Director
Australian Veterinary Association

Tel: 02 6239 5928
Fax 02 6239 6979

Email: kdoyle@ava.com.au


Kevin Doyle is the Veterinary Director of the Australian Veterinary Association. He has special interests/qualifications in public health, epidemiology, microbiology and management, and was for eight years Australian Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer.

Professional Experience

Following a period as Veterinary Counsellor at the Australian Embassy Washington Dr Doyle spent some 20 years in the Senior Executive Service of the Commonwealth Government. He had 17 years as Director of the Animal Quarantine Service which was eventually incorporated into AQIS. While head of the animal quarantine and exports functions he was also, for some time, responsible for plant and general (human) quarantine. Other duties included, for various periods, endemic and exotic disease control programs and animal and plant health research within the then Commonwealth Department of Primary Industries and Energy.

Contribution to the Profession

Dr Doyle was for six years a member of the International Animal Health Code Commission of the Office International des Epizooties (World Organisation for Animal Health), Paris. The Commission writes the International Animal Health Code.

He is currently responsible for veterinary technical and policy advice and to promote the AVA's role in animal health and welfare to the community, governments and the profession and manages AVA input into national matters like the Review of Rural Veterinary Services. He is Chairman of the ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board. Dr Doyle has participated in several major studies such as the Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (JETACAR) and Bio-security Australia on risk analysis. He represents the profession on national matters, including the National Consultative Committee on Animal Welfare, the National Farmers Federation Quarantine and Animal Health Task Force and the Joint WHO / FAO Food standards Program, Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification.


Dr Doyle has a special interest in infectious disease and serves on several expert groups including the, the Australian Bat Lyssavirus Expert Group and the National Health and Medical Research Council Special Expert Committee on the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies.

Selected Publications

Doyle K A, Robinson B A & Wilson D W (1995) "The importation of the black rhinoceros from Zimbabwe into Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW", Aust Vet J 72 (10): 364 - 368.

Doyle K A (1995). - "Models used in Australia in risk assessments for veterinary biologicals". In Risk assessment for veterinary biologicals (E.G.S. Osborne & J.W. Glosser, eds). Rev sci. tech. Off. int. Epiz., 14, (4), 1021-1042.

Doyle K A, Beers P T and Wilson D W (1996) " Quarantine of aquatic animals in Australia" In "OIE International Conference on preventing spread of aquatic animal diseases through international trade, Paris,1995, Rev. sci. tech. Off. Int. Epiz. 15, (2), 659-673.

Doyle K A (1996). - "Use of risk analysis in quarantine decisions in Australia". Proceedings of the Second Pan Pacific Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Veterinary Associations, Christchurch.

Doyle K A (1996). - "International trade standards - animal and fish health" In Proceedings of the Workshop on International Disease Emergencies - BSE A Case Study. Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer. Sydney Australia. p 110-124.

Doyle K A (1997) - "Risk assessment and management - case study - BSE". In Proceedings of the National Agricultural and Resources Outlook Conference, Canberra, February, (1) 86-92.

Doyle K A (1997) - "Scrapie surveillance" In Proceedings of the Electronic Conference on Surveillance for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies of Livestock", New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Wellington.

Doyle K A (1997) "Exotic Animal Disease Risks to Australia and Controls exercised by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service" Paper for Final Year Veterinary Students University of Sydney, Australia

Doyle K A (1997) -"Avian quarantine - infectious papillomatosis disease in two macaws", Aust Vet J, 75(9):645-647.

Doyle KA (1998) - "Importation, quarantine and monitoring of laboratory animals, particularly rodents, for use in Australia", ANZCCART News, ANZCCART Workshop, Melbourne, Australia.

Doyle KA (2000) - "The development of conditions for the importation of horses for the Olympic Games", Australian Veterinary History Record, March 2000, Number 27, pp 9-19.