28 September - 2 October 2020
Balazs Toth| DrVetMed MRCVS
Thursday - 30 Sep
Balazs graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Budapest Vet School and spent a period working in equine practice and being responsible for an EU equine AI Centre at a large stud farm.
He joined the State Veterinary Service in Hungary in 2004 and was responsible for national poultry and equine surveillance programmes and contingency planning exercises. He led on negotiations to implement EU legislation concerning FMD and AI when his country joined the EU and led the work of the National Disease Control Centre during the 2005-06 HPAI H5N1 outbreak in Hungary.
Since 2006, Balazs has been a Veterinary Advisor to Defra/APHA and he spent a long period in the Exotic Notifiable Diseases Unit, leading on investigations into suspected cases of notifiable disease in animals and poultry. During this time, he was actively involved in the detection and confirmation of a number of exotic disease outbreaks such as FMD, bluetongue and highly pathogenic avian influenza, as well as equine infectious anaemia and EVA.
In 2015, he joined the Centre for International Trade in London and is now the lead Veterinary Advisor for poultry exports and market access.