Dr Paul Hick

Senior Lecturer Veterinary Virology (Aquatic, Farm Animal & Ecosystem Health)


1999 BVSc (First Class Honours)
2010 PhD (University of Sydney)
2012 Member Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Epidemiology)

Career History
2000-2008 Private veterinary practice
2010-2013 NSW DPI, EMAI, Virology Laboratory
2013- present University of Sydney

Paul’s career began in private veterinary practice where he saw a mix of companion and production animals. Paul’s interest in aquatic animal health led him to complete a PhD at the University of Sydney, studying the epidemiology of nodavirus in barramundi aquaculture. This research provided a more detailed understanding of the source and transmission pathways of the virus, developed and validated new diagnostic tests and identified improved methods for disease control in fish hatcheries. Employment as a Veterinary Virologist with NSW Department of Primary Industries gave Paul an opportunity to further develop his expertise in laboratory diagnosis of animal diseases. His exposure to emergency disease outbreaks including abalone herpesvirus, virulent Kunjin virus, Hendravirus and the detection of Ostreid herpesvirus in Australia provided inspiration to gain further qualifications in the field of epidemiology. In addition to diagnostic duties, Paul’s research portfolio included contributions to a project which aimed to develop an experimental infection model for OsHV-1.

Paul currently has a research intensive appointment in the Faculty of Veterinary Science where the focus is on improving animal health, welfare and production. To achieve this, he uses his skills in the development and correct application of laboratory tests to provide new insights into the epidemiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases. His research program includes a project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to reduce the impact of disease on marine aquaculture in Indonesia, adaptive and innate immunity in fish, and molecular epidemiology of ranaviruses using complete genome sequencing. Paul is currently leading research on biotic and abiotic factors influencing OsHV-1 infection using experimental models and natural field challenge experiments funded by FRDC.