Dr Bethany Jackson
BVSc MVS (Con Med) PhD

Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

About me

I have been a practicing veterinarian for eleven years, with a focus on wildlife health and conservation for the past seven years including a Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine, a residency in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine at the Auckland Zoo, and a PhD thesis on health and disease in wild Red-crowned Parakeets of New Zealand.   Throughout my career I have worked within multidisciplinary research groups and teams in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia and Argentina.  As a result, my experience spans zoo medicine and surgery, preventive health programs and clinical research, as well as epidemiological approaches to disease surveillance in wildlife and the implications of findings for conservation managers.

As wildlife populations come under increasing pressure from a suite of threats including anthropogenic habitat change, predators, invasive species, climate change, and novel disease threats, there is an urgent need to use collaborative research frameworks to find solutions to mitigate these impacts.  Partnerships must include the end users of research, to encourage uptake of research findings by policy makers and conservation managers.  I am particularly interested in systematic research of diseases in wildlife within the broader framework of environmental and human health, the “One Health” approach.

Teaching area

Academic Chair Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation

Teaching into wildlife pathology, epidemiology, and One Health in the Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation, as well as 4th and 5th year clinical veterinary students.

 

Current projects

Co-investigator with Auckland Zoo – “Impact of nest mites (Dermanyssus sp.), beak and feather disease virus (BFDV), and ectoparasitic mange on breeding success of Red-crowned Parakeets of New Zealand, including inter-annual prevalence trends and risk factor analysis”.

Co-investigator – “New tools for old diseases: Virological and epidemiological solutions for endemic respiratory syndrome in wild bobtail lizards”.  Collaboration with Kanyana Wildlife Centre.

Co-investigator – “Infectious disease threats and climate change; mapping the microbiome of insectivorous bats in Australia’s global biodiversity hotspot”.  Collaboration with Kanyana Wildlife Centre, Bush Heritage Australia and Australian Animal Health Laboratories.

Publications

NJ Masters , S Alexander , B Jackson, L Sigler , J Chatterton, C Harvey , R Gibson, S Humphrey , TG Rawdon, RP Spence, HJ Ha, K McInnes  and R Jakob-Hoff. 2016.  Dermatomycosis caused by Paranannizziopsis australasiensis in five tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) and a coastal bearded dragon (Pogona barbata) in a zoological collection in New Zealand.  New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Apr 13:1-16. [Epub ahead of print]

Gabrielle J Knafler, Luis Ortiz-Catedral, Bethany Jackson, Arvind Varsani, Catherine E Grueber, Bruce C Robertson, Ian G Jamieson.  2015.  Comparison of beak and feather disease virus prevalence and immunity-associated genetic diversity over time in an island population of red-crowned parakeets. Arch. Virol. 161(4).

Austen J, O’Dea M, Jackson B, Ryan U. 2015. High prevalence of Trypanosoma vegrandis in bats from Western Australia. Veterinary Parasitology. 214(3).

Jackson B, Varsani A, Holyoake C, Jakob-Hoff R, Robertson I, McInnes K, Empson R, Gray R, Nakagawa K, Warren K. 2015. Emerging infectious disease or evidence of endemicity? A multi season study of Beak and feather disease virus in wild Red-crowned Parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae).  Archives of Virology 160(9).

Le Souëf A, Barry M, Brunton D, Jakob-Hoff R and Jackson B. 2015. Ovariectomy as treatment for ovarian bacterial granulomas in a Duvaucel’s gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii).  New Zealand Veterinary Journal 63(6).

Jackson B, Heath A, Harvey C, Holyoake C, Jakob-Hoff R, Varsani A, Robertson I, Warren K.  2015.  First report of knemidokoptinid (Epidermoptidae: Knemidokoptinae) mite infestation in wild red-crowned parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae); correlations between macroscopic and microscopic findings.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(3).

Van Andel M, Jackson B, Midwinter A, Alley M, Ewen J, McInnes K, Jakob Hoff R, Reynolds A, French N.  2015. Investigation of mortalities associated with Salmonella spp. infection in wildlife on Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand.  New Zealand Veterinary Journal 63(4).

White D, Hall R, Jakob-Hoff R, Wang J, Jackson B, Tompkins D. 2015. Exudative cloacitis in the kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) potentially linked to Escherichia coli infection. New Zealand Veterinary Journal 63(3).

Jackson B, Lorenzo A, Theuerkauf J, Barnaud A, Duval T, Guichard P, Bloc H, Baouma A, Stainton D, Kraberger S, Murphy S, Clark N, Dillon C, Knight T, Varsani A.  2014.  Preliminary surveillance for beak and feather disease virus in wild parrots of New Caledonia: implications of a reservoir species for Ouvea Parakeets.  Emu 114(3).

Jackson B, Harvey C, Galbraith J, Robertson M, Warren K, Holyoake C, Julian L, Varsani A.  2014.  Clinical beak and feather disease virus infection in wild juvenile eastern rosellas of New Zealand; biosecurity implications for wildlife care facilities, New Zealand Veterinary Journal 62(5).

Julian L, Lorenzo A, Chenuet JP, Bonzon M, Marchal C, Vignon L, Collings DA, Walters M, Jackson B, Varsani A. 2012.  Evidence of multiple introductions of Beak and feather disease virus into the Pacific islands of Nouvelle-Calédonie (New Caledonia). Journal of General Virology 93.

Paparini A, Jackson B, Ward S, Young S, Ryan U.  2012.  Multiple Cryptosporidium genotypes detected in wild black rats (Rattus rattus) from northern Australia.  Experimental Parasitology 131(4).

Massaro M, Ortiz-Catedral L, Kurenbach B, Kearvell J, Kemp J, Van Hal J, Elkington E, Galbraith J, Taylor G, McInnes K, Heber S, Steeves T, Walters M, Shaw S, Potter J, Farrant M, Brunton D, Hauber M, Jackson B, Moorhouse R, Varsani A. 2012. Molecular characterisation of Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in New Zealand and its implications for managing an emerging, infectious disease. Archives of Virology 157(9).

Jackson B, and Jakob-Hoff R.  2011. Cardiomyopathy in a Takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteriKokako 18(2).