Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover

Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover

BVSc, MSc, PhD (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)

Dr Hernández-Jover is an Associate Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Animal and Veterinary Science, and member of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

Dr Hernández-Jover has over twelve years of experience working as a veterinary epidemiologist in Australia, is a member of the Epidemiology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand Chapter of Veterinary Scientists and the president of the Chapter during 2018-2019. Her main interests and current research focus on biosecurity, disease surveillance and risk analysis methods applied to infectious animal diseases and public health.

She completed her PhD in 2006 in Spain on livestock traceability. 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 CSU in 2012, where she teaches epidemiology, public health and food safety to veterinary students. She has led and contributed to research on biosecurity and disease surveillance among livestock producers in Australia, investigating implementation of and drivers for engagement with biosecurity and animal health management practices.

In 2016, Marta was awarded the CSU Vice-Chancellor individual award for Research Excellence. Since January 2017, Dr Hernandez-Jover is the Research Pathway Leader of the Livestock Systems Pathway of the Graham Centre. Dr Hernandez-Jover has published over 50 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has attracted over $1.5M external research funds.

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Research 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

Research projects

  • 2016 – 2020: Rural Research and Development for Profit programme, Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Farmer-led surveillance systems (Part of ‘Improved surveillance, preparedness and return to trade for emergency animal disease incursions using FMD as model’ led by CSIRO). CSU Principal Investigator
  • 2016 – 2018: NSW Department of Primary Industries: Biosecurity in the peri-urban area of Sydney – Social research study. M. Hernandez-Jover, R Woodgate, V Higgins, M Taylor.
  • 2016. Australian Government Department of Health. Modelling the probability of introduction and establishment via beef of Salmonella subtypes of biosecurity concern. M Kirk, K Glass, M Hernandez-Jover.
  • 2013-2016: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Farm Biosecurity Practices and the Management of Emergency of Animal Diseases. M. Hernandez-Jover, V. Higgins, M. Bryant.
  • 2012-2013:Meat and Livestock Australia: Exposure assessment of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. M. Hernandez-Jover, J-A. Toribio, N. Dhand, J. Webber.
  • 2012-2013: Meat and Livestock Australia: Ovine Johne’s Disease – Financial Impact of OJD on the Processing Sector. M. Hernandez-Jover, G. Ramsay, I. Links, T. Nordblom, B. Jackson, R. Bell.
  • 2017 – 2019: Australian Egg Limited. Investigating drivers of biosecurity engagement and approaches for improving this engagement among egg producers in Australia, M Hernandez-Jover, V Higgins, J-A Toribio, M Singh. Project relevant to this proposal.
  • 2017 – 2018: Animal Health Australia. Monitoring General Surveillance. M Hernandez-Jover, L Hayes.
  • 2016 – 2018: Meat and Livestock Australia. Review of food safety and market access risk in supply chains. M. Hernandez-Jover, J. Heller, M. Ward.
  • 2016-2018: Spanish Government, Programa Estatal de Investigacion, Desarrollo e Innovacion Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, The biosecurity in cattle farms: risk analysis about the introduction of new diseases related to the biosecurity measures and sociological aspects. A Allepuz, J Casal, J Dieguez, E Yus, M Hernandez-Jover.
  • 2016 – 2017: Australian Pork Limited. 2016. Biosecurity engagement of smallholder pig producers. R Woodgate, M Hernandez-Jover, N Schembri, L Hayes.
  • 2016 – 2017: Meat and Livestock Australia. Development of a national guide for small livestock producers. M Hernandez-Jover, L Hayes, R Woodgate
  • 2012:Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Commonwealth Government Australia: Characterization of smallholder production in Australia. M. Hernandez-Jover (CI 1), L. Hayes, J-A. Toribio, R. Woodgate, L. Rast.

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https://researchoutput.csu.edu.au/en/persons/mhernandcsueduau

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  • Ling, T., Hernández-Jover, M.,  Sordillo, L., Abuelo A. 2018. Maternal late-gestation metabolic stress is associated with changes in immune and metabolic responses of dairy calves. Journal of Dairy Science. 101, 7, p. 6568-6580 13 p.
  • Hayes, L., Britton, S., Weerasinghe, G., Woodgate, R. G., Hernandez-Jover, M. 2018. Insights into the knowledge, practices and training needs of veterinarians working with smallholder livestock producers in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 154, 1, p. 54-62 9 p.
  • Sahibzada, S., Hernández-Jover, M., Jordan, D., Thomson, P. C. & Heller, J. 2018 Emergence of highly prevalent CA-MRSA ST93 as an occupational risk in people working on a pig farm in Australia. PLoS ONE. 13, 5, p. 1-14 14 p., e0195510.
  • Scott, A. B., Singh, M., Groves, P., Hernandez-Jover, M., Barnes, B., Glass, K., Moloney, B., Black, A. & Toribio, J-A. 2018. Biosecurity practices on Australian commercial layer and meat chicken farms: Performance and perceptions of farmers. PLoS ONE. 13, 4, p. 1-17 e0195582.
  • Scott, A. B., Toribio, J. A. L. M. L., Singh, M., Groves, P., Barnes, B., Glass, K., Moloney, B., Black, A. & Hernandez-Jover, M. 2018. Low- and high-pathogenic avian influenza H5 and H7 spread risk assessment within and between Australian commercial chicken farms. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 5, 63.
  • Fountain, J., Woodgate, R., Rast, L., Hernández-Jover, M. 2018. Assessing Biosecurity Risks for the Introduction and Spread of Diseases among Commercial Sheep Properties in New South Wales, Australia, Using Foot-and-Mouth Disease as a Case Study. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 5, p. 1-17.
  • Arif S., Thomson P.C., Hernández-Jover M., McGill D.M, Heller J. 2018. Evaluation of three serological tests for diagnosis of bovine brucellosis in Pakistan using latent class analysis. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 149, p. 21-28.
  • Singh, M., Toribio, J-A., Scott, A. B., Groves, P., Barnes, B., Glass, K., Moloney, B., Black, A. & Hernandez-Jover, M. 2018. Assessing the probability of introduction and spread of avian influenza (AI) virus in commercial Australian poultry operations using an expert opinion elicitation. PLoS ONE. 13, 3, p. e0193730
  • Scott, A. B., Toribio, J-A., Singh, M., Groves, P., Barnes, B., Glass, K., Moloney, B., Black, A. & Hernandez-Jover, M. 2018. Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Exposure Risk Assessment in Australian Commercial Chicken Farms. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 5, p. 1-25.
  • Scott A. B., Singh M., Toribio J-A.L.M.L., Hernández-Jover M., Barnes B., Glass K., Moloney B., Lee A., Groves P. 2017. Comparisons of Management Practices and Farm Design on Australian Commercial Layer and Meat Chicken farms: Cage, Barn and Free Range. PLoS ONE 12:11; 10.1371/journal.pone.0188505.
  • Scott A. B., Phalen D., Hernández-Jover M., Singh M., Groves P., Toribio J-A.L.M.L. 2017. Wild animal presence and interactions in Australian commercial chicken farms assessed by camera traps. Avian Diseases 62, 1, p. 65-72 8 p
  • Higgins, V., Bryant, M., Hernández-Jover, M., Rast, L. and McShane, C. 2018. Devolved Responsibility and On-Farm Biosecurity: Practices of Biosecure Farming Care in Livestock Production. Sociologia Ruralis. 58, 1, p. 20-39 20 p.
  • Shafiullah S., Abraham S., Coombs G.W., Pang S., Hernández-Jover M., Jordan D. and Heller J. 2017. Transmission of highly virulent community-associated MRSA ST93 and livestock-associated MRSA ST398 between humans and pigs in Australia. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 5273. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04789-0.
  • Hayes L., Woodgate R., Rast L., J-A.L.M.L Toribio, Hernández-Jover M. 2017. Understanding animal health communication networks among smallholder livestock producers in Australia using stakeholder analysis. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 144: 89-101.
  • Arif S., Thomson P.C., Hernández-Jover M., McGill D.M., Warriach H.N., Heller J. 2017. Knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) relating to Brucellosis in smallholder farmers in Pakistan. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0173365. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0173365.
  • Brookes V.J., Barry S.C., Hernández-Jover M., Ward M.P. 2017. Point of truth calibration for disease prioritization – a case study of prioritisation of exotic diseases for the pig industry in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine Apr 1; 139(PtA):20-32. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2017.01.017
  • Mardones F., Hernández-Jover M., Berezowski J.A., Lindberg A., Mazet J.A.K., Morris R. 2017. Veterinary epidemiology: Forging a path toward one health. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 137: 147-150.
  • Hernández-Jover M., Higgins V., Bryant M., Rast L., McShane C. 2016a. Biosecurity and the management of emergency animal disease among commercial beef producers in New South Wales and Queensland (Australia). Preventive Veterinary Medicine 134:92-102.
  • Hernández-Jover M., Schembri N., Holyoake P.K., Toribio J-A.L.M.L. and Martin P.A.J. 2016b. A Comparative Assessment of the Risks of Introduction and Spread of Foot-and-Mouth Disease among Different Pig Sectors in Australia. Front. Vet. Sci. 3:85. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2016.00085
  • Higgins V., Bryant M., Hernandez-Jover M., McShane C., Rast L. 2016b. Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: The challenge of competing institutional logics. Environment and Planning A 0(0) 1–19.
  • Pearson H.E., Lapidge S.J., Hernandez-Jover M. and Toribio J-A. L. M.L. 2016. Pathogen presence in European Starlings inhabiting commercial piggeries in South Australia. Avian Diseases, 60(2):430-436.
  • Pearson H.E., Toribio J-A. L. M.L., Lapidge S.J. and Hernandez-Jover M. 2016. Evaluating the risk of pathogen transmission from wild animals to domestic pigs in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 123:39-51.
  • Mustiana A., Toribio J-A., Abdurrahman M., Wayan Suadnya I., Hernandez-Jover M., Agung Gde Putra A., Ward MP. 2015. Owned and unowned dog population estimation, dog management and dog bites to inform rabies prevention and response on Lombok Island, Indonesia. PLoS one (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0124092).
  • Schembri N., Hernández-Jover M., Toribio J-A. L. M.L., Holyoake P.K. 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 VJ., Hernández-Jover M., Holyoake P., Ward MP. 2014. Industry opinion on the likely routes of introduction of highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome into Australia from south-east Asia. Australian Veterinary Journal 93 (1-2): 13-19.
  • Dron N., Hernández-Jover M., Doyle, Holyoake P. 2014. Investigating the aetiology of mummified piglets on a large Australian commercial piggery. Australian Veterinary Journal 92 (12), 472-478.
  • Schembri N., Hernández-Jover M., Toribio J-A LML., Holyoake P.K. 2014. Demographic and production practices of pig producers trading at saleyards in Eastern Australia. Australian Veterinary Journal 91 (12): 507-516.
  • Brookes V., Hernández-Jover M., Black P.F., Ward M.P. 2014. Preparedness for emerging infectious diseases: pathways from anticipation to action. Epidemiology and Infection (doi:10.1017/S095026881400315X).
  • Ward M.P., 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. Identifying and measuring stakeholder preferences for disease prioritisation for the domestic pig industry in Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 113 (1): 118-131.
  • 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 H.E., Toribio J-A. L. M.L., Hernandez-Jover M., Marshall D., Lapidge S.J. 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.

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