Dr Rick Symons DSC, BVSc (Hons), MBA, PhD, MANZCVS. Associate Consultant.
Dr Rick Symons DSC, BVSc (Hons), MBA, PhD, MANZCVS, was Chief Veterinary Officer for Queensland and a senior executive in the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Before joining government he worked in both large and small animal practices.
He has had national leadership roles in animal welfare and animal biosecurity including Chair of Animal Welfare Committee and Chair of Animal Health Committee.
He is expert in developing policy and response strategies, and leading responses to significant incidents, including Hendra virus and avian influenza outbreaks. He has also led national teams working with industry and interest groups in the development of standards and position statements in animal biosecurity and welfare.
He is a member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (in Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law, and in Epidemiology).