Joseph Domenech is a French veterinarian born in 1947. He graduated from the Toulouse Veterinary School in 1970. He holds various specialized degrees in tropical livestock medicine, bacteriology and virology, epidemiology, immunology and a PhD on reproductive disorders of cattle in Central Africa.
Joseph Domenech’ career was essentially devoted to animal health problems in the developing world. He spent several years in Africa and in the South Pacific region for vaccine production, diagnostic and research on tropical animal diseases (Ethiopia 1972-1976, Chad 1976-1980, New Caledonia 1980-1985, Cote d’Ivoire 1986-1992). He worked with the Africal Union on Rinderpest eradication as an European Commission expert from 1992 to 1996 ( Inter African Bureau for Animal Ressources, Nairobi, Kenya). After one year in the CNEVA (Centre National d’Etudes Vétérinaires et Alimentaires, Maisons-Alfort, France) as Delegate to International Affairs, he became director of the Livestock Department of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD : Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, Montpellier France) from 1997 to 2003. He was appointed as Chief of the Animal Health Service and Chief Veterinary Officer of the FAO, Rome, in 2003, period during which he was responsible of the FAO programmes against transboundary animal diseases particularly the Rinderpest eradication and the response to the H5N1 Avian Influenza crises. He came back to Paris in 2009 where, after two year in the French Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, he became advisor in the World Animal Health Organization (OIE, Paris, 2011-2015) particularly in charge of matters related to FA, PPR et OIE/FAO relations. Since August 2015 he is independent expert (La Fabreguerie, 12170, Lédergues, France) working for various organisations particularly the OIE .