Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Marta Hernandez-Jover

Dr Marta Hernandez-Jover

BVsc MSc PhD

Dr Marta Hernández-Jover is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health at the School of Animal and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga. Marta graduated in 2000 from the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona in Spain, where she also completed her PhD on livestock traceability in 2006. Marta moved to Australia in 2005 working as a research manager for a company specialising in electronic identification of livestock. In 2006, Marta joined the University of Sydney as an Epidemiology research fellow working on traceability, biosecurity, disease surveillance and risk analysis. Marta started at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at CSU in 2012, where she teaches epidemiology, public health and food safety to veterinary and animal science students. Since completing her PhD, Dr Hernández-Jover has published over 30 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Her main interests and current research focus on biosecurity in the livestock industries and epidemiology and risk analysis methods applied to infectious animal diseases and public health. Some of her recent and current research projects are focused on reducing biosecurity risks among livestock producers, investigating the risks of introduction and spread of exotic diseases into Australia and studying the potential animal and public health impact of endemic diseases.

Marta is the deputy chair of the Research Committee of the School of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and the Higher Degree by Research student coordinator.

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Coordination of VSC418 Public Health and Biosecurity 1  (4th year vet students).

Coordination of VSC467 State Veterinary Medicine placements (Final year vet students).

Coordination of Abattoir extramural placements (5th year vet students) Epidemiology lectures for veterinary and animal science students.

Epidemiology lectures for veterinary and animal science students.

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Interests

  • Applied epidemiology and risk analysis for the prevention and control of endemic and exotic diseases with an animal and/or public health impact
  • Biosecurity practices among livestock producers and their impact on productivity, market access and food safety.

Current projects

  • Farm biosecurity practices and the management of emergency animal disease
  • Improving coordination and collaboration among emergency animal disease stakeholders
  • Smallholder livestock producers and biosecurity
  • Investigating animal health management and knowledge transfer strategies among commercial sheep producers in Australia
  • Avian Influenza risk mitigation for the free-range sector of the Australian poultry industry
  • Pestivirus: A study of farmers' understanding of the disease, vaccine controls and biosecurity
  • Comparing, contrasting and identifying risk factors for antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals in Australia
  • Risk factors and zoonosis of bovine brucellosis under smallholder farming systems in Pakistan.

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Mustiana A, Toribio J-A, Abdurrahman M, Wayan Suadnya I, Hernandez-Jover M, Agung Gde Putra A, Ward MP. Owned and unowned dog population estimation, dog management and dog bites to inform rabies prevention and response on Lombok Island, Indonesia. Zoonosis and Public Health (in press).

Schembri N, Hernández-Jover M, Toribio J-ALML, Holyoake PK (2015). On-farm characteristics and biosecurity protocols for small-scale swine producers in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 118:104-116.

Hernández-Jover M, Schemann AK, East IJ, Toribio J-ALML (2015). Evaluating the risk of avian influenza introduction and spread among poultry exhibition flocks in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 118:128-141.

Brookes V, Hernández-Jover M, Black PF, Ward MP (2014). Preparedness for emerging infectious diseases: pathways from anticipation to action. Epidemiology and Infection (doi:10.1017/S095026881400315X).

Ward MP, Hernández-Jover M (2014). A Generic Rabies Risk Assessment Tool to Support Surveillance. Preventive Veterinary Medicine (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j. prevetmed.2014.11.005).

Brookes V, Hernández-Jover M, Holyoake P, Ward M (2014). Import risk assessment incorporating a dose-response model: introduction of highly-pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory disease virus into Australia via illegally imported raw pork. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 113 (4): 565-579.

Brookes V, Hernández-Jover M, Cowled B, Holyoake P, Ward M. 2014. Building a picture: Prioritisation of exotic diseases for the domestic pig industry in Australia using multi-criteria decision analysis. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 113 (1): 103-117.

Pearson HE, Toribio J-ALML, Hernández-Jover M, Marshall D, Lapidge SJ (2014). Pathogen presence in feral pigs and their movement around two commercial piggeries in Queensland, Australia. Veterinary Record 174:325 doi:10.1136/vr.102019.

Hernández-Jover M, Schemann AK, Toribio J-ALML (2013). A cross-sectional study on biosecurity practices and communication networks of poultry exhibition in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 110 (3-4): 497-509.Hernández-Jover M, Gilmour J, Schembri N, Sysak T, Holyoake PK, Beilin R, Toribio J-ALML (2012). Use of stakeholder analysis to develop risk communication and extension strategies for improved biosecurity among small-scale pig producers. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 104: 258-270.

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Hernández-Jover M, Higgins V, Bryant M, Rast L, McShane C (2014). Farm biosecurity practices and the management of emergency animal diseases among beef producers (2014) College Science Week Scientific Meeting, Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Gold Coast, July 2014.

Hernández-Jover M, Toribio J-A, Hayes L (2014). Characterization of smallholder production in Australia (2014) College Science Week Scientific Meeting, Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Gold Coast, July 2014.

Hernández-Jover M, Schemann AK, East. I, Toribio J-ALML (2013). Evaluating the risk of avian influenza introduction and spread among poultry exhibition flocks (2013) College Science Week Scientific Meeting, Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Gold Coast, July 2013.

Hernández-Jover, M, Schemann K, Toribio J-ALML (2012). Assessment of the biosecurity risks posed by the poultry exhibition sector in Australia. 13th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Hernández-Jover M, Schembri N, Holyoake P.K, Toribio J-ALML, Martin P.A.J (2012). A comparative assessment of the risks of introduction and spread of foot and mouth disease among pig farms in Australia. 13th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Hernández-Jover M, Schembri N, Toribio J-ALML, Holyoake T, Martin T. Comparative assessment of the biosecurity risks associated with small and large scale pig producers. Proceeding of the Global Biosecurity Conference 2010 Safeguarding agriculture and the environment, p 132.

Hernández-Jover M, Dhand N, Holyoake T, Taylor M, (2010). Pig producers' perceptions of the human swine influenza A (H1N1) outbreak and its effect on their biosecurity practices. Proceeding of the Global Biosecurity Conference 2010 Safeguarding agriculture and the environment, p 70.

Hernández-Jover M, Caja G, Ghirardi JJ, Reixach J, Sánchez A (2009). Using EID+DNA traceability for tracing pigs under commercial farm conditions. Book of Abstracts of the 60th Annual meeting of the European Association for Animal Production, p. 487.

Hernández-Jover M, Cogger N, Schembri N, Martin PAJ, Holyoake PK, Toribio J-ALML (2009). Evaluating Post-Farm-Gate Disease Surveillance for the Pig Industry in Australia: Livestock Markets and Abattoirs. Proceedings of the 12th Symposium of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Durban, South Africa.

Hernández-Jover M, Caja G, Ghirardi JJ, Reixach J, Sánchez A (2007). Implementation of a dual electronic identification and molecular markers system for tracing pigs. J. Anim. Sci. 85, Supplement 1, 202. Abstract.

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Hernández-Jover M, Higgins V, Bryant M, Rast L, McShane C. Farm biosecurity practice and the management of emergency animal disease. Prepared for Department of Agriculture. October 2014. 105 pp.

Hernández-Jover M, Hayes L, Toribio J-A. Smallholder Production in Australia. Prepared for Department of Agriculture. July 2014. 114 pp.

Hernández-Jover M, Toribio J-A, Dhand D, Webber JJ. Final project report 'Exposure Assessment for Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis' Meat and Livestock Australia. July 2013. 98 pp.

Hernández-Jover M, Ramsay G, Links I, Nordblom T, Jackson B, Bell R. Financial Impact of Ovine Johne's Disease on the Processing Sector. Prepared for Meat and Livestock Australia. September 2013. 47 pp.

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