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Professor Michael Reichel

Telephone +61 8 8521 2882
Position Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology-Pub H
Fax +61 8 8313 7956
Building Eastick Building
Campus Roseworthy
Org Unit Veterinary Science

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Biography/ Background

Prof Michael P Reichel graduated with a veterinary degree from the Free University of Berlin. Since then he has spent most of his professional life in the Southern hemisphere, working in New Zealand, the Falkland Islands and lately Australia (but also had stints in East Africa and Switzerland). He has experience in both government service and private industry and has been closely associated with universities in Australasia (he also holds an adjunct professorial appointment at UTS, Sydney). Along the way, he has collected half a dozen postgraduate qualifications.

His research interests incorporate Veterinary Public Health in the classical sense of zoonoses and there he has been involved in echinococcosis, bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis research. His interest in population medicine has extended from disease eradication programmes in the Falkland Islands (there successful Br ovis eradication) to work on the diagnosis, control and economics of Neospora caninum abortions and Bovine Diarrhoea Virus in cattle.

He acts as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Veterinary Parasitology and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation


Veterinary Surgeon, Free University Berlin, Germany

Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health, Massey University, New Zealand

Master of Veterinary Science, Massey University, New Zealand

Dr med vet (Immunology/Epidemiology), Veterinary School Hanover, Germany

Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Tropical Medicine, Free University Berlin, Germany

PhD (Immunology/Epidemiology), University of Technology, Sydney

Master of Business Administration, Macquarie University, Sydney


Selection of publications from past five years:

Bishop S; King J; Reichel MP; Ellis JT; Windsor P and Šlapeta J (2010)

The first report of ovine cerebral neosporosis and evaluation of Neospora caninum prevalence in sheep in New South Wales. Veterinary Parasitology 170, 137-142;

Al-Qassab S; Reichel MP and Ellis JT (2010)

A second generation Multiplex PCR for typing strains of Neospora caninum using six DNA targets. Molecular and Cellular Probes 24, 20–26;

Al-Qassab SE; Reichel MP and Ellis JT (2010)

On the biological and genetic diversity in Neospora caninum. Diversity, Special Issue "Biological Diversity Assessed by Molecular Methods" 2, 411-438;

Boardman W and Reichel M (2011)

Zoonotic Disease in South Australia: the role of wildlife. Public Health Bulletin SA, 8, 42-45

Nasir A; Ashraf M; Khan MS; Javeed A; Yaqub T; Avais M and Reichel MP (2012)

Prevalence of Neospora caninum antibodies in sheep and goats in Pakistan. Journal of Parasitology 98¸ 213-215;

Nasir A; Lanyon SR; Schares G; Anderson ML and Reichel MP (2012)

Sero-prevalence of Neospora caninum and Besnoitia besnoiti in South Australian beef and dairy cattle. Veterinary Parasitology 186, 480-485;

Lanyon SR; Anderson ML; Bergman E and Reichel MP (2013)

Validation and evaluation of a commercially available ELISA for the detection of antibodies specific to bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDv)(“bovine pestivirus”). Australian Veterinary Journal 91, 52-56;

Weber F; Jackson J; Sobecki B; Choromanski L; Olsen M; Frank F; Ellis J and Reichel MP (2013)

On the Efficacy and safety of vaccination in cattle with live tachyzoites of Neospora caninum for the prevention of Neospora-associated fetal loss. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 20, 99-105;

Reichel MP; Ayanegui-Alcérreca MA; Gondim LFP and Ellis JT (2013)

What is the global economic impact of Neospora caninum in cattle – the billion dollar question. International Journal for Parasitology 43, 133 – 142;

Moore D; Reichel M; Späth E and Campero C (2013)

Neospora caninum causes severe economic losses in cattle in the humid pampa region of Argentina. Tropical Animal Health and Production 45, 1237-41;

Nasir A; Avais, M; Khan MS; Khan JA; Hameed S and Reichel MP (2013)

Treating Cryptosporidium parvum infection in calves. Journal of Parasitology 99, 715-717;

Lanyon SR and Reichel MP (2013)

Understanding the impact and control of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea in cattle populations. Springer Science Reviews, 1, 85-93;

Lanyon SR; Hill FI; Reichel MP and Brownlie J (2014)

Bovine viral diarrhoea: Pathogenesis and diagnosis. The Veterinary Journal 199, 201 – 209;

Lanyon SR; McCoy R, Bergman E and Reichel MP (2014)

Milk as a diagnostic sample for the identification of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) infected dairy herds using a commercially available antibody ELISA. Australian Veterinary Journal (in press);

Reichel MP; McAllister MM; Pomroy WE; Campero C; Ortega-Mora LM and Ellis JT (2014)

Control option for Neospora caninum – is there anything new or are we going backwards? Parasitology (in press);

Nasir A, Ashraf M, Shakoor A, Adil M, Abbas T, Kashif M, Rana MY and Reichel MP (2014)

Co-infection of water buffaloes in Punjab, Pakistan with Neospora caninum and Brucella abortus. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (in press);

Lanyon SR, M Anderson ML and Reichel MP (2014)

Pooling serum to identify cohorts of non-milking cattle likely to be infected with Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus by testing for specific antibodies. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation;

Jenvey CJ, van Wettere WH, Reichel MP, Peter D Cockcroft PD (2014)

Investigation of the impact of oral rennet supplementation on the serum globulin concentrations in neonatal piglets. Journal of Swine Health and Production (in press)

Moore DP, Konrad JL, San Martino S, Reichel MP, Cano DB, Méndez S, Spath EJL, Odeón AC, Crudeli G, Campero CM (2014)

Neospora caninum serostatus is affected by age and species variables in cohabiting water buffaloes and beef cattle. Veterinary Parasitology (in press);

Professional Associations

Member - Veterinary Public Health - Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (1989)

Fellow   - Veterinary Public Health - Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (1998)

Diplomate  - Population Medicine - European College of Veterinary Public Health (2004)

Australasian and European Specialist in Veterinary Public Health and Food Hygiene

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesAnimals & Veterinary Science, Science & Technology
ExpertiseEpidemiology, Veterinary Public Health, Zoonoses, Animal Health, Economics, Parasitology, Immunology, BVD, Neospora, Besnoitia
NotesRegistered specialist in Veterinary Public Health, Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Public Health

Entry last updated: Saturday, 2 Jul 2016

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