Enhancing biosecurity in livestock production

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Jeroen Dewulf

Full professor in Veterinary Epidemiology

Jeroen Dewulf graduated in 1998 as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained a PhD in the epidemiology and control of classical swine fever at Ghent University and a master of science degree in veterinary epidemiology from the University of Utrecht. He is also a diplomat in the European College of Veterinary Public Health.

Currently, he is a full professor in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University. His main research interests are quantitative epidemiology and control of zoonoses with a specific emphasis on antimicrobial use and resistance in animals as well as the prevention of epidemic and endemic diseases with a focus on the application of biosecurity measures. Since 2021 he is the head of the department of Internal medicine, Reproduction, and population medicine. In 2022 he became a member of the board of directors of Ghent University.

Prof. Dewulf is leading the Veterinary Epidemiology Unit and supervising over 10 PhD students who are doing research in the field of veterinary epidemiology. He is a (co-)author of over 400 A1 publications in the field of veterinary epidemiology with an H-index of 65. Recently he launched, together with some colleagues, the spin-off company Biocheck.Gent. He is also coordinating the EU research consortium BIOSECURE performing cutting-edge research on Biosecurity in terrestrial animal production.

He is the author of the book “biosecurity in animal production and veterinary medicine” as well as the book “8 myths on antimicrobial resistance disproved, practical guide for reducing antibiotic use in animal husbandry”.