Regional Animal Health Emergency Officer
Dr. Ian Dacre is the Regional Animal Health Emergency Officer at the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. A native kiwi, he obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from Massey University, New Zealand, completed his Ph.D. at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK, and gained Membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Sciences serving as a past president and examiner for the dentistry chapter.
After working in Scotland, Morocco and New Zealand he has been based in Thailand since 2007, initially working to alleviate the impact of natural disasters on animals (and their owners) with the charity World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA), and subsequently working with the OIE as the Project Coordinator focusing on FMD Control in the region.
Ian joined FAO ECTAD-RAP in 2018, working on the development of regional programmes related to the control of high impact transboundary animal disease and zoonoses in Asia, and facilitating coordination and collaboration among sectors at national, regional and international levels. Since the recent spread of African swine fever throughout Asia, he has been heavily involved in FAO’s response to ASF as well as developing FAO’s regional emergency animal health programme.