Mark Bosson

Research Projects Manager

After qualifying from Massey I spent 12-13 years in both mixed and companion animal practices where I focused on large animal herd health, small animal medicine and surgery. I had experience with clinical medicine for a wide variety of species, including alpaca and wildlife, before moving into a state government role dealing with local disease issues, animal welfare and exotic disease response. It was at this time that I completed a Masters in epidemiology to strengthen my disease control and surveillance programme skills. I moved into a MAF [now MPI] role helping establish the first “outbreak” response team and exotic disease preparedness plans [including serving in the control centre for the UK FMD outbreak response]; then moved to a long term technical role in the TB control programme. In TBFree/Ospri I was heavily involved in research work, surveillance, control design and monitoring systems, animal health management databases etc. I also had a short term role recently, as a pharmaceutical technical veterinarian.

I continue to be passionate about improving the health and welfare status of all animal species, particularly farm animals, and look forward to making a useful contribution to the Cognosco research work.

I have 4 children, all at various stages of completing tertiary education or just entering the work force, and my wife and I try to create opportunities to keep family ties strong. We are active members of a local church and continue to be involved in and support local community. We are all sporty and involved in outdoor recreation including multiple sports, cycling and bush-walking.