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Biographical entry Bagust, Trevor John (1944 - 2014)

1 May 1944
Tauranga, New Zealand
28 February 2014
Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia
Science administrator and Veterinarian


Trevor Bagust had an international reputation as a poultry virologist. Working first with the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories and then with CSIRO Division of Animal Health he worked to improve understanding of mechanisms of pathogenesis, transmission, diagnosis and control of viral poultry infections of economic importance in Australia. This work led to the eradication of lymphoid leucosis virus from Australia and the commercialisation of the A20 vaccine strain of infectious laryngotracheitis virus that is still used in Australia and overseas. With colleague Graham Murray he established and managed the National Specified Pathogen-Free Poultry Facility at Maribyrnong (Melbourne) from 1977 to 1997. Bagust's leadership of the Australia-China Poultry Projects resulted in the establishment of poultry diagnostic, training and research centres, including China's national SPF poultry production facility at Harbin Veterinary Research Institut. On appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the University of Melbourne, he turned his attention to postgraduate education, particularly distance education. From 2004 to 2010 he played a pivotal role with the University of Georgia in the development of Avian Health Online, which provides specialist postgraduate veterinary education via the internet.



Education - BVSc, University of Queensland
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1970 - 1973
Career position - Research scientist, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories
1973 - 1985
Career position - Research scientist, CSIRO Division of Animal Health
1977 - 1997
Career position - Manager, National Specified Pathogen-Free Poultry Facility
1985 - 1996
Career position - Officer-in-Charge, CSIRO Animal Health Research Laboratory, Parkville
1987 - 1989
Career position - Acting Chief, CSIRO Division of Animal Health
1988 - 1996
Career position - Director, Australia-China Poultry Projects
1996 - 2012
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne
Award - Kesteven Medal, Australian Veterinary Association
2011 - 2014
Career position - President, World Veterinary Poultry Association
Career position - Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Department of Population Health, University of Georgia, U.S.A.
Award - Hall of Fame, World Veterinary Poultry Association

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  • Whithear, Kevin and Ignjatovic, Jagoda, 'Trevor John Bagust 1944-2014', Australian Veterinary Journal, 92 (8) (2014), 312. Details
  • Whithear, Kevin, Ignjatovic, Jagoda and Noormohammadi, Amir, 'Trevor John Bagust (1944 to 2014)', Avian Pathology, 43 (3) (2014), 282-3. Details

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