About Associate Professor Navneet Dhand

Navneet aims to use epidemiological and statistical tools to improve public health and to solve intricate problems confronting animal industries.

A/Professor Navneet Dhand is a competent epidemiologist with interests in designing and conducting epidemiological studies, investigating infectious disease outbreaks, evaluating biosecurity perceptions and practices, and developing tools for statistical modelling. Originally trained as a veterinarian in India, Navneet completed his PhD at The University of Sydney in 2008. His PhD made significant contributions to our understanding of risk factors for ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) in Australia. He has continued to work on this disease and recently completed a large project investigating the effectiveness of Gudair® vaccine for OJD. He is currently leading a project for investigating husbandry, host and pathogen factors responsible for differential effectiveness of this vaccine in different flocks and to identify social, economic and behavioural factors for cessation of the vaccine by some farmers.

A/Professor Dhand also has interests in equine infectious diseases. He successfully led a project investigating the spread of equine influenza during the 2007 outbreak in Australia. His research team is recognised for estimation of the relative contribution of the network and spatial spread and the influence of meteorological factors on the spread of equine influenza. He was also a key member of the HHALTER research team that evaluated Hendra virus risk perceptions and biosecurity practices of horse owners. Currently, he leads a research project for discovering novel zoonotic viruses causing Hendra like neurological and respiratory symptoms in horses.Navneet has published a book, more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles, about 80 extension education articles and has presented at numerous scientific conferences, seminars and workshops. He was awarded the inaugural Chris Baldock Prize for achieving the highest score in the membership examination of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Epidemiology Chapter) in 2007. He also received the Excellence in Online Facilitation Award from the Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2010 for receiving excellent Unit of Study student evaluations. In 2016, the Faculty of Veterinary Science commended him for recognition of his outstanding academic achievements in the field of epidemiology and control of infectious diseases that have made a significant impact in the field.

Selected publications

An updated list of publications authored by A/Professor Navneet Dhand is available here:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Navneet_Dhand/contributions