Dr Mirzet Sabirovic is assessing the opportunities and benefits of establishing One Health platforms/centres of excellence in high- and low-income countries.
During his professional career, he led high profile national systems and international research programmes in animal health and zoonoses with focus on policy, capacity-building and disease control.
These continue to contribute to animal and public health, and private sector in the western Balkans, New Zealand, UK, EU and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
Dr Sabirovic is a veterinarian with postgraduate degrees in infectious diseases of animals (MSc and PhD) received at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a postgraduate degree (MSc) in Veterinary Public Health received at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
He has widely published his work in peer-reviewed journals and official government websites.
Areas of expertise
- International development
- Infectious diseases and epidemiology
- Risk assessment
|2016 -||International Consultant, Animal Health and Trade; Self-employed|
|2015-16||Team Leader, Capacity Building for development of the National Animal Disease Compensation Fund and other services (EuropeAid/133858/C/SER/RS), HD-European Consulting Group, Belgrade, Serbia|
|2014-15||Deputy Director, Sentinel Programme, Firetail Ltd, London, UK|
|2013-14||Animal Health and Welfare Science Coordinator and Senior Lead Biosecurity Adviser, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London, UK|
|2010-13||Livelihoods Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID), London, UK|
|2003-10||Head, International Disease Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Enforcement, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London, UK|
|2000-03||National Programme Coordinator, TSEs/Laboratory Approval Scheme, New Zealand Food Safety Authority, Wellington, New Zealand|
|1994-2000||National Coordinator, Exotic Disease Emergency Programme, New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Wellington, New Zealand|
|1991-93||UNDP, Animal Health Officer: EU Project – Strengthening of Veterinary Services for Livestock Disease Control (ALA/BHU/90/08), Deothang & Thimpu, Bhutan|
|1982-91||Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|1981-82||Head Veterinarian, Dairy Cattle Farm, D. Vukovije - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
- Quantifying experts' uncertainty about the future cost of exotic diseases with Gosling JP, Hart A, Mouat DC, Scanlan S, Simmons A, Risk Analysis, May 2012
- Assessing the risk of disease introduction in imports with Roberts H, Carbon M, Hartley M, Veterinary Record, April 2011
- International disease monitoring, January to March with Roberts H, Lopez M, Hancock R, Veterinary Record, April 2010
- International disease monitoring, October to December 2009 with Roberts H, Lopez M, Hancock R, Veterinary Record, February 2010
- International disease monitoring, July to September 2009 with Roberts H, Papadopoulou C, Lopez M, Hancock R, Calistri P, Veterinary Record, November 2009
- Assessment of risk of introduction of HPAI H5N1 virus from affected countries to the UK with Hall, S, Wilesmith, J, Grimley, P, Coulson, N, Landeg F, Avian Diseases, March 2007