About NZC.

Terms of Reference:

  1. To provide a supportive national forum for Regional Zoonoses Committees.
  2. To provide a mechanism for timely information exchange on zoonotic disease between key stakeholders nationally / regionally / internationally.
  3. To facilitate professional development in the context of zoonoses prevention and control.
  4. To facilitate the ongoing development of linkages between key stakeholders.
  5. To identify and advise on those zoonoses posing the greatest risk to human health.
  6. To undertake horizon scanning on emerging zoonotic diseases and new strains of zoonotic organisms.

National Zoonoses Committee Members (alphabetical):

(Last updated January 2018)
  • Dr.Elaine Brabazon
    Title: Surveillance Scientist
    Affiliation: HSE North East
    Regional Committee: North Eastern (Cavan, Louth, Meath & Monaghan)
  • Ms. Anne Maria Brennan
    Title: Veterinary Officer
    Affiliation: Kilkenny County Council
    Regional Committee: South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford)
  • Dr. Anthony Breslin
    Title: Consultant in Public Health Medicine
    Affiliation: HSE – West
    Regional Committee: North West (Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim)
  • Ms. Ruth Daunt
    Title: Veterinary Officer
    Affiliation: Wicklow County Council
    Regional Committee: Eastern (Dublin, Kildare & Wicklow)
  • Prof. Seamus Fanning
    Title: Professor of Food Safety & Zoonoses
    Affiliation: School of Public Health, Physiotherapy &Sports Science, UCD
    Regional Committee: N/A
  • Dr.Rose Fitzgerald
    Title: Consultant in Public Health Medicine
    Affiliation: HSE – West
    Regional Committee: Mid West (Clare, Limerick City and County, and North Tipperary)
  • Dr. Cliodhna Foley-Nolan
    Title: Director of Human Health and Nutrition
    Affiliation: safefood
    Regional Committee: n/a
  • Dr. Montserrat Gutierrez
    Title: Superintending Senior Research Officer
    Affiliation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    Regional Committee: n/a
  • Mr. Alan Johnson
    Title: Senior Research Officer
    Affiliation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    Regional Committee: Mid West (Clare, Limerick City and County, and North Tipperary)
  • Mr. John Matthews
    Title: Chief Specialist, Veterinary Public Health
    Affiliation: Food Safety Authority of Ireland
    Regional Committee: N/A
  • Dr. Paul McKeown
    Title: Consultant in Public Health Medicine
    Affiliation: HSE/Health Protection Surveillance Centre
    Regional Committee: n/a
  • Ms. Siobhan Murphy
    Title: Principal Environmental Health Officer
    Affiliation: HSE – South
    Regional Committee: South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford)
  • Dr. Emer O’Connell
    Title: Consultant in Public Health Medicine
    Affiliation: HSE - West
    Regional Committee: West (Mayo, Roscommon and Galway)
  • Mr. Sean O'Laoide
    Title: County Veterinary Officer
    Affiliation: Westmeath County Council
    Regional Committee: Midlands (Laois / Offaly / Longford / Westmeath)
  • Mr. Micheal O’Mahony
    Title: Authority Member
    Affiliation: Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
    Regional Committee: Cork &Kerry
  • Dr. Margaret B O'Sullivan, Chair of the NZC
    Title: Consultant in Public Health Medicine
    Affiliation: HSE - South
    Regional Committee: Cork& Kerry
  • Ms. Ruth Sanders
    Title: Veterinary Inspector
    Affiliation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    Regional Committee: n/a
  • Mr. Brendan Smyth
    Title: County Veterinary Officer
    Affiliation: Monaghan County Council
    Regional Committee: North Eastern (Cavan, Louth, Meath & Monaghan)
  • Ms. Nuala Sweeney
    Title: Senior Environmental Health Officer
    Affiliation: HSE – Dublin North East
    Regional Committee: Eastern (Dublin, Kildare & Wicklow)
  • Ms. Marie Tonra
    Title: Senior Environmental Health Officer
    Affiliation: HSE - West
    Regional Committee: West (Mayo, Roscommon and Galway)
  • Mr. Killian Unger
    Title: Superintending Veterinary Inspector
    Affiliation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    Regional Committee: n/a
The NZC has the following subgroups:
  • Website Development Subgroup (Jun 2007 – present)
NZC subgroups no longer active:
  • Research Subgroup (Nov 2007 – Feb 2012)
  • Information Sharing Subgroup (Dec 2006 – Dec 2008)
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Subgroup (Feb 2012- Dec 2015)
  • Meetings Subgroup (Dec 2006- Dec 2014)
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