The State Government has appointed a new Chief Veterinary Officer and a new General Manager Plant and Food Standards for South Australia, with both positions focused on ensuring plant and animal health are well managed in the state.
Dr Mary Carr is South Australia’s first female Chief Veterinary Officer for Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), taking on the vital role of keeping the state free of exotic animal diseases, maintaining international market access and leading livestock biosecurity initiative such as the One Biosecurity Program.
Dr Carr holds degrees in Science, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and Masters in Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology. In recent times her skills have seen her rise to the role of Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer.
"I’m really looking forward to starting this new role and protecting South Australia from exotic diseases and maintaining our exceptional animal health standards," Dr Carr said.
"Livestock biosecurity and securing the future for livestock agriculture is a subject I’m passionate about and I’m keen to bring to the role my career knowledge, having started at PIRSA as a veterinary officer in 2008.
"I am honoured to commence this position and hope that it highlights one of the many STEM roles and opportunities in primary industries for women."
Dr Ross Meffin is South Australia’s new General Manager Plant and Food Standards, covering the state’s plant biosecurity, food safety and rural chemical operations.
Dr Meffin has a PhD in bio-protection from Lincoln University New Zealand and has a broad knowledge of biosecurity from both technical and policy perspectives, having worked for a number of years in the weed and aquatic biosecurity spheres.
"South Australia is free from many plant pests and diseases such as fruit fly and phylloxera. This confers huge benefits for our agricultural industries, such as ensuring market access as well as avoiding losses to production and increased costs associated with pest management. I’ll be working hard with our team to maintain and strengthen our plant biosecurity systems to keep pests and diseases out of South Australia," Dr Meffin said.
"I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to this role and firmly believe that working closely with industry, national and state governments, as well as the broader community, will be crucial to our success.
"South Australia is fortunate to enjoy freedom from many pests and diseases, however, we must remain vigilant and work together to help ensure this status is preserved."
Dr Carr will begin her role on 20 December 2018 and Dr Meffin began his role in October.