Former chief vet Dr Mark Schipp gets King’s Birthday honour

Sheep Central, June 11, 2024

Pictures from Dr Mark Schipp’s 30 year career with the Federal Department of Agriculture. Image; DAFF

FORMER Australian Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp has been recognised in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours with the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in improved outcomes for animal health and biosecurity in Australia and overseas.

Dr Schipp, served as Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer for 12 years before retiring following a 30 year career with the Department of Agriculture in December last year.

After graduating from Murdoch University with Biology and Veterinary Science degrees, Dr Schipp started work in Western Australia as a field veterinary officer.

He then joined the Commonwealth as an on-plant veterinary officer at export abattoirs in WA, Victoria and Tasmania before eventually moving to Canberra to work in export programs before taking up postings in Seoul, South Korea and to Beijing, China as Agriculture Counsellor between 2000 and 2006. He was responsible for establishing the Australian agriculture office in Beijing at a time of enormous interest in China and the opportunities for Australian exports. On returning to Australia, Dr Schipp was promoted to lead the department’s food export programs and also led Australia’s delegation to the global standard-setting body for food safety, inspection and export certification, the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Dr Schipp was appointed Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer in 2011. During the suspension of live cattle exports to Indonesia that year, he played a significant role in the establishment of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System allowed. This set conditions for the humane export of livestock to all markets and allowed the trade to resume, forming the ongoing basis of Australian livestock exports.

As Australia’s Delegate to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), Dr Schipp was elected to the Council of WOAH, eventually becoming its President between 2018 and 2021.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with a host of talented and committed colleagues, including a number of Chief Medical Officers, developing national strategies on antimicrobial resistance. It has also been rewarding to work with Wildlife Health Australia, and see them recognised as a WOAH international Collaborating Centre for Wildlife Health Risk Management,” said Dr Schipp upon his retirement last year

As a member and past Chair of the Animal Health Committee, which brings together the chief veterinary officers of the states and territories, Dr Schipp has been a respected facilitator who strengthened relationships with Australia’s livestock and food industry stakeholders.

“The strength of the Australian animal health system is the ability and willingness of industry and government to work together in the national interest. I wish to express my appreciation to the many expert work colleagues, mentors and support staff who have enriched my career, making work easier, more pleasurable and social. I want to especially thank my team in the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer, for their dedication and collegiality. I leave the role of Australian Chief Veterinary Officer, grateful for the many opportunities afforded me and pleased with what we were able to achieve,” said Dr Schipp.

Other 2024 King’s Birthday recipients with links to the Australian agriculture sector include:

Former Minister for Primary Industry and Energy and chair of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, the late Simon Crean was appointed  Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the General Division for eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia, to tertiary education, to business, and to industrial relations.

FoodBank Australia CEO and former NSW Farmers and Qld Farmers Federal policy advisor Brianna Casey, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to social welfare, to environmental conservation, and to the community.

Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association founding chair Peter Camp from Kalyeeda Station was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to the livestock industry.

Barry Harley and Catherine Nugent of Tamworth NSW, who have both spent a large part of their careers managing and development prominent rural events including the  AgQuip field day and the Tamworth Country Music Festival, were each awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to country music, and to the community of Tamworth.

Alice Springs Show life member and former Centralian Beef Breeders Association president David Cunningham from Strathalbyn, SA, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to the beef cattle industry,



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  1. Julio C Montero DVM, June 15, 2024

    Excellent platform.

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