Professor Jackie Benschop
Professor Jackie Benschop is an epidemiologist undertaking inter-disciplinary research to answer questions about infectious disease. Her extensive field experience in clinical veterinary practice and as a supervising meat veterinarian informs her research across human and veterinary health. During her PhD programme (completed 2010) she interrogated data from the Danish swine Salmonella control programme to develop novel approaches to surveillance.
Since 2007, Professor Benschop has been working on other zoonotic diseases including leptospirosis, an important occupational disease in New Zealand. Current projects include serological studies of prevalence in veterinarians, farmers, livestock and dogs; genotyping NZ strains; diagnostic test performance in humans and animals and the economic effects of the disease in livestock. Her work with zoonotic disease has expanded to include the effects of environmental change: from 2009 to 2011 she led Massey’s component of FRST funded project investigating the infectious disease consequences of climate variation and change. In 2009, Professor Benschop was appointed to a co-joint position with the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited to provide epidemiological expertise to human health projects and to build strong links between Massey and this crown research institute.
- Veterinary science