Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Jennifer Manyweathers

Dr Jennifer Manyweathers

B.Sc. (Hons), B.V.Sc.(hons), Grad Dip Sci Comm, PhD.

Dr Jennifer Manyweathers is working on the application of Agricultural Innovation Systems as a framework to improve surveillance for emergency animal diseases by Australian livestock producers.

Jennifer’s PhD examined risk perception of veterinarians and horse owners around Hendra virus and the vaccine for horses. She has designed a risk communication workshop to assist veterinarians and biosecurity researchers to undersatnd the importance of social and cultural drivers in decisions made by animal owners and livetstocl producers around animal disease risks.

She has worked extensively as a veterinarian in rural practice in Australia and has undertaken training and lecturing in science communication. Her interests focus on communication around scientific uncertainty in emerging disease outbreaks and the role that social and cultural insight plays in risk analysis of emergency animal and zoonotic disease outbreaks

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Research

  • Establishing a model for partnerships in improving surveillance for emergency animal diseases in Australian Livestock industries, using foot and mouth disease as a model.
  • Using cross sectional surveys to examine practices and beliefs of Australian livestock producers around animal health and disease monitoring.
  • Assisting in both the development of a stakeholder and network analysis of livestock producers and subsequent establishment

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  • Manyweathers JJ, Field H, Jordan D, Longnecker N, Agho K, Smith C,Taylor and M (2017) Risk mitigation of emerging zoonoses: Hendra virus and non-vaccinating horse owners. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 64, 6, 1898-1911.
  • Manyweathers JJ, Taylor M and Longnecker N(2017) “Why won’t they just vaccinate”: Horse owner risk perception and uptake of the Hendra virus vaccine. BMC Veterinary Research 13, 1-12.
  • Manyweathers J, Taylor M and Longnecker N 2015 Straight from the horses’ mouth: Horse owners’ uptake of risk management strategies for Hendra Virus. In Longnecker N, Harris C and Madden K (eds) Proceedings of the Australian Science Communicators National Conference 2-5 Feb 2014, Brisbane. www.asc.asn.au/publications

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