In practice, and to have active-acquired antibodies ready at weaning, piglets should be immunised 10 days to 2 weeks before weaning.
Murdoch University and University of Melbourne. Australia
Bachelor of Science (Agriculture); The University of Western Australia (1988).
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychological and nutritional stress in pigs at weaning: Production parameters, the stress response, and histology and biochemistry of the small intestine); The University of Western Australia (1995).
Post-doctoral scientist positions at The University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB, Canada; 1993-1995), Murdoch University (1995-1996) and Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand; 1996-1999).
Visiting Professor at The University of Guelph (Guelph, ON, Canada; 2005), and Australian-American Fulbright Commission Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS, USA; 2014-2015).
Currently, Professor in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia; and Honorary Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Research interests are focused on nutrition-gut disease interactions in young pigs, general pig nutrition, pig growth and development, piglet behaviour, feed and ingredient evaluation, nutrition-immunology-microbiome interactions, nutritional alternatives to growth promoting antimicrobials, and bacterial resistance to dietary antimicrobial compounds.
Updated CV 07-Jul-2015
The rate and sequence of mucosal immune maturity from birth to an ‘adult-type’ pig is an important determinant of subsequent performance, health and survival, and hence impacts on the efficiency and profitability of pork production.