One Health Consultant, Centre on Global Health Security
Mirzet Sabirovic

Contact information

+44 (0)78 8422 1073


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

  • Policy
  • Capacity-building
  • International development
  • Infectious diseases and epidemiology
  • Risk assessment

Past experience

2016 -International Consultant, Animal Health and Trade; Self-employed
2015-16Team 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
2014-15Deputy Director, Sentinel Programme, Firetail Ltd, London, UK
2013-14Animal Health and Welfare Science Coordinator and Senior Lead Biosecurity Adviser, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London, UK
2010-13Livelihoods Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID), London, UK
2003-10Head, International Disease Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Enforcement, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London, UK
2000-03National Programme Coordinator, TSEs/Laboratory Approval Scheme, New Zealand Food Safety Authority, Wellington, New Zealand
1994-2000National Coordinator, Exotic Disease Emergency Programme, New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Wellington, New Zealand
1991-93UNDP, Animal Health Officer: EU Project – Strengthening of Veterinary Services for Livestock Disease Control (ALA/BHU/90/08), Deothang & Thimpu, Bhutan
1982-91Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1981-82Head Veterinarian, Dairy Cattle Farm, D. Vukovije - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina