Dr Kathrin Schemann

BAnVetBioSc PhD (Vet Epidemiology) MBiostat Research Fellow in Veterinary Biostatistics and Epidemiology

C01A - Jl Shute - Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1639

Biographical details

Dr Kathrin Schemann uses epidemiological and biostatistical tools and methods to improve the control of emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases (diseases that spread from animals to humans) in order to help animal industries and government animal health authorities and improve animal and public health.

Originally Kathrin trained as an animal scientist with first class Honours in Veterinary Epidemiology and completed a PhD in Veterinary Science in 2013. Her PhD contributed significantly to our understanding of equine biosecurity practices and equine influenza control in Australia. To complement her epidemiological skills, Kathrin undertook further training as a biostatistician for three years while working for the NSW Ministry of Health and concurrently completing a Masters in Biostatistics from the Sydney School of Public Health. Kathrin re-joined the Sydney School of Veterinary Science as a Biostatistical Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2016 and currently is a Research Fellow in Veterinary Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

Kathrin is also very passionate about making biostatistics approachable to students and has previously facilitated the Masters of Veterinary Public Health unit “Data Analaysis for Policy Making”. Currently Kathrin teaches data analysis in year 1 of the DVM degree and supervises several DVM year 3 research students and honours students.

Research interests

  • Farm animal biosecurity
  • Social epidemiology using behavioural theory
  • Applied biostatistics
  • Veterinary Public Health and zoonoses
  • Equine infectious disease epidemiology
  • Multi-disciplinary and one health approaches to disease control
  • Emergency animal disease control

Teaching and supervision

Teaching:

  • VETS 6107 Research and Inquiry 1B: Data analysis

Research student supervision:

  • VETS 6307/6313 – Research and Inquiry 3 A&B research projects:

“An investigation of demographic factors, information retrieval and Hendra virus disease knowledge”

“Horse owners’ reporting of adverse reactions to Equivac® HeV Hendra virus vaccination”

“Investigation of the notifiable disease reporting behaviour of Australian horse owners”

  • BAnVetBioSc(Honours)

"Epidemiological investigation of Gieardia in dogs"

  • BSc(Honours in Biology)

"The microbiota of placenta and foetal samples from equine mid-to-late reproductive loss cases"

Current projects

Investigation of zoonotic disease risks associated with equine reproductive loss


Associations

  • Editorial Board (Study Design and Data Analysis), Equine Veterinary Journal, 2017 – current
  • Editorial Board (Epidemiology & Economics), Frontiers in Veterinary Research, 2016 – current
  • Member, Public Health Association of Australia, 2014 – current
  • Member, Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, 2010 – current

Awards and honours

  • Joint NSW iAward, Australian Information Industry Association, Population Health Intervention Management System (PHIMS), Role: System administration and data migration, 2015
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, The University of Sydney, 2009 – 2012
  • Conference Bursary, Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, 2011
  • The Dean’s Award, Sydney Institute for Emerging Infections & Biosecurity, 2010
  • Eric Horatio MacLean Scholarship, The University of Sydney, 2009
  • ABCRC Honours Scholarship, Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, 2008

In the media

Selected grants

2017

  • Investigation of zoonotic disease risks associated with equine reproductive loss; Schemann K; Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity/Seed Funding Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Schemann, K., Annand, E., Reid, P., Lenz, M., Thomson, P., Dhand, N. (2018). Investigation of the effect of Equivac� HeV Hendra virus vaccination on Thoroughbred racing performance. Australian Veterinary Journal, 96(4), 132-141. [More Information]
  • Proch, V., Singh, B., Schemann, K., Gill, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2018). Risk factors for occupational Brucella infection in veterinary personnel in India. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 65(3), 791-798. [More Information]
  • Thomas, J., Young, J., Schemann, K., Chankhamthong, P., Khounsy, S., Nampanya, S., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Investigating baseline red meat slaughter operator capacity and directions for development in Lao PDR. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(8), 1697-1708. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Patterson, J., Nippita, T., Ford, J., Matha, D., Roberts, C. (2016). Variation in, and factors associated with, timing of low risk, prelabour repeat caesarean sections in NSW, 2008-2011. Public Health Research and Practice, 26(1), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Hernandez-Jover, M., Schemann, K., East, I., Toribio, J. (2015). Evaluating the risk of avian influenza introduction and spread among poultry exhibition flocks in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 118, 128-141. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Patterson, J., Nippita, T., Ford, J., Roberts, C. (2015). Variation in hospital caesarean section rates for women with at least one previous caesarean section: a population based cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15(1), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Firestone, S., Lewis, F., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Applying Bayesian network modelling to understand the links between on-farm biosecurity practice during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak and horse managers' perceptions of a subsequent outbreak. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 116(3), 243-251. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Controlling Equine Influenza: Policy Networks and Decision-Making During the 2007 Australian Equine Influenza Outbreak. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 61(5), 449-463. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Survey of Australian equine veterinarians evaluating their biosecurity training and perceptions and opinions about the management of the 2007 equine influenza outbreak. Australian Veterinary Journal, 92(4), 93-100. [More Information]
  • Hernandez-Jover, M., Schemann, K., Toribio, J. (2013). A cross-sectional study on biosecurity practices and communication networks of poultry exhibition in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 110(3-4), 497-509. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2013). Perceptions of vulnerability to a future outbreak: a study of horse managers affected by the first Australian equine influenza outbreak. BMC Veterinary Research, 9(7), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Firestone, S., Lewis, F., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2013). Understanding the associations between on-farm biosecurity practice and equine influenza infection during the 2007 outbreak in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 110(1), 28-36. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Lewis, F., Firestone, S., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Dhand, N. (2013). Untangling the complex inter-relationships between horse managers' perceptions of effectiveness of biosecurity practices using Bayesian graphical modelling. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 110, 37-44. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). From the Horse's Mouth: Perceptions of the Management of the 2007 Equine Influenza Outbreak in Australia. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 59(6), 503-516. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Horse owners'/ managers' perceptions about effectiveness of biosecurity measures based on their experiences during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 106(2), 97-107. [More Information]
  • Firestone, S., Schemann, K., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2011). A case-control study of risk factors for equine influenza spread onto horse premises during the 2007 epidemic in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 100(1), 53-63. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2011). Horse owners' biosecurity practices following the first equine influenza outbreak in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 102(4), 304-314. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Hernandez-Jover, M., Hall, W., Holyoake, P., Toribio, J. (2010). Assessment of current disease surveillance activities for pigs post-farmgate in New South Wales. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88(3), 75-83. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Hernandez-Jover, M., Schemann, K., Toribio, J. (2012). Assessment of biosecurity risks posed by the poultry exhibition sector in Australia. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Dhand, N., Firestone, S., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Christley, R., Moloney, B., Cogger, N., Kung, N. (2012). Epidemiological investigations into the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in australia. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, Darwin: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Horse managers' perceived vulnerability to a future equine influenza outbreak: application of behavioural theory. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Firestone, S., Lewis, F., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2012). Network modelling links between biosecurity practice and infection during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in Australia. Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium, Australia: CSIRO.
  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Using mixed methods to delineate the policy network and evaluate policy decision-making in response to the 2007 Australian equine influenza outbreak. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2011). Veterinarians as Important Biosecurity Information Providers During the 2007 Equine Influenza Outbreak in New South Wales, Australia. 1st One Health Congress, Melbourne: Springer.
  • Firestone, S., Schemann, K., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2010). Risk factors for the infection of horse premises by equine influenza in New South Wales. Global Biosecurity Conference 2010: Safeguarding Agriculture and the Environment, Brisbane, Australia: Springer.
  • Schemann, K., Hernandez-Jover, M., Hall, W., Holyoake, P., Toribio, J. (2009). Assessment of current disease surveillance for pigs at livestock markets and abattoirs in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. 12th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics ISVEE 2009, New Zealand: International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.

2018

  • Schemann, K., Annand, E., Reid, P., Lenz, M., Thomson, P., Dhand, N. (2018). Investigation of the effect of Equivac� HeV Hendra virus vaccination on Thoroughbred racing performance. Australian Veterinary Journal, 96(4), 132-141. [More Information]
  • Proch, V., Singh, B., Schemann, K., Gill, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2018). Risk factors for occupational Brucella infection in veterinary personnel in India. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 65(3), 791-798. [More Information]

2017

  • Thomas, J., Young, J., Schemann, K., Chankhamthong, P., Khounsy, S., Nampanya, S., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Investigating baseline red meat slaughter operator capacity and directions for development in Lao PDR. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(8), 1697-1708. [More Information]

2016

  • Schemann, K., Patterson, J., Nippita, T., Ford, J., Matha, D., Roberts, C. (2016). Variation in, and factors associated with, timing of low risk, prelabour repeat caesarean sections in NSW, 2008-2011. Public Health Research and Practice, 26(1), 1-5. [More Information]

2015

  • Hernandez-Jover, M., Schemann, K., East, I., Toribio, J. (2015). Evaluating the risk of avian influenza introduction and spread among poultry exhibition flocks in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 118, 128-141. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Patterson, J., Nippita, T., Ford, J., Roberts, C. (2015). Variation in hospital caesarean section rates for women with at least one previous caesarean section: a population based cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15(1), 1-15. [More Information]

2014

  • Firestone, S., Lewis, F., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Applying Bayesian network modelling to understand the links between on-farm biosecurity practice during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak and horse managers' perceptions of a subsequent outbreak. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 116(3), 243-251. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Controlling Equine Influenza: Policy Networks and Decision-Making During the 2007 Australian Equine Influenza Outbreak. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 61(5), 449-463. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Survey of Australian equine veterinarians evaluating their biosecurity training and perceptions and opinions about the management of the 2007 equine influenza outbreak. Australian Veterinary Journal, 92(4), 93-100. [More Information]

2013

  • Hernandez-Jover, M., Schemann, K., Toribio, J. (2013). A cross-sectional study on biosecurity practices and communication networks of poultry exhibition in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 110(3-4), 497-509. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2013). Perceptions of vulnerability to a future outbreak: a study of horse managers affected by the first Australian equine influenza outbreak. BMC Veterinary Research, 9(7), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Firestone, S., Lewis, F., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2013). Understanding the associations between on-farm biosecurity practice and equine influenza infection during the 2007 outbreak in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 110(1), 28-36. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Lewis, F., Firestone, S., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Dhand, N. (2013). Untangling the complex inter-relationships between horse managers' perceptions of effectiveness of biosecurity practices using Bayesian graphical modelling. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 110, 37-44. [More Information]

2012

  • Hernandez-Jover, M., Schemann, K., Toribio, J. (2012). Assessment of biosecurity risks posed by the poultry exhibition sector in Australia. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Dhand, N., Firestone, S., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Taylor, M., Christley, R., Moloney, B., Cogger, N., Kung, N. (2012). Epidemiological investigations into the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in australia. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, Darwin: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). From the Horse's Mouth: Perceptions of the Management of the 2007 Equine Influenza Outbreak in Australia. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 59(6), 503-516. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Horse managers' perceived vulnerability to a future equine influenza outbreak: application of behavioural theory. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Horse owners'/ managers' perceptions about effectiveness of biosecurity measures based on their experiences during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 106(2), 97-107. [More Information]
  • Firestone, S., Lewis, F., Schemann, K., Ward, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2012). Network modelling links between biosecurity practice and infection during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in Australia. Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium, Australia: CSIRO.
  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Using mixed methods to delineate the policy network and evaluate policy decision-making in response to the 2007 Australian equine influenza outbreak. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

2011

  • Firestone, S., Schemann, K., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2011). A case-control study of risk factors for equine influenza spread onto horse premises during the 2007 epidemic in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 100(1), 53-63. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2011). Horse owners' biosecurity practices following the first equine influenza outbreak in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 102(4), 304-314. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Firestone, S., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Dhand, N. (2011). Veterinarians as Important Biosecurity Information Providers During the 2007 Equine Influenza Outbreak in New South Wales, Australia. 1st One Health Congress, Melbourne: Springer.

2010

  • Schemann, K., Hernandez-Jover, M., Hall, W., Holyoake, P., Toribio, J. (2010). Assessment of current disease surveillance activities for pigs post-farmgate in New South Wales. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88(3), 75-83. [More Information]
  • Firestone, S., Schemann, K., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2010). Risk factors for the infection of horse premises by equine influenza in New South Wales. Global Biosecurity Conference 2010: Safeguarding Agriculture and the Environment, Brisbane, Australia: Springer.

2009

  • Schemann, K., Hernandez-Jover, M., Hall, W., Holyoake, P., Toribio, J. (2009). Assessment of current disease surveillance for pigs at livestock markets and abattoirs in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. 12th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics ISVEE 2009, New Zealand: International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.

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