Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2020 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr Peter Reid

State: Queensland

Equine veterinary surgeon and researcher

Brisbane equine veterinary surgeon Dr Peter Reid has dedicated himself to engaging and educating the equine community, fellow veterinarians and scientists, on the deadly Hendra virus, which can be passed from horses to humans.

A highly respected vet, practicing since 1974, Peter is admired by the equine community. He has built strong links with Australian and overseas scientists and researchers, to understand and combat lethal viral diseases in horses.

Peter successfully lobbied the Commonwealth and State governments to fund the crucial Hendra virus horse vaccine challenge trials, at the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory.

His published works include collaborative scientific papers into Hendra and Nipah virus animal vaccines, and Australian bat lyssavirus, which can also be passed to humans. He also collaborates with the Burnett Mary Regional Group, which helps manage natural resources in that region.

In addition, Peter represents the Australian Veterinary Association researching the role of horses as potential sentinels for emerging zoonotic viral infections that cause encephalitis.


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