New Australian Chief Veterinary Officer appointed

Dr Beth Cookson
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Dr Beth Cookson was recently appointed to the role of Australian Chief Veterinary Officer (ACVO).

The appointment comes after an external recruitment process to fill the position following Dr Mark Schipp’s retirement.

Dr Cookson brings a wealth of diverse experience across the agriculture, fisheries and forestry portfolio. Her work on the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, and in the Biosecurity Animal and Operations Divisions before being appointed Deputy ACVO in March 2022, has been vital to the ongoing success of the department.

She has extensive experience in the design and delivery of animal health surveillance programs in northern Australia, delivering biosecurity capacity building programs in near neighbouring countries, biosecurity import risk analysis and international trade negotiation.

The ACVO works to address major animal health issues of national interest, such as the threat of antimicrobial resistance, and enhancing trade and market access for animals and animal products.

Dr Cookson brings a wide range of experience from more than 15 years in policy and operational roles that will greatly benefit the ongoing achievement of these goals.

Her important focus on northern Australia, including working with industry and strengthening partnerships with our near neighbours, will continue as ACVO.

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