TroCCAP Council Members

There are currently fifteen TroCCAP members selected on basis of their expertise and ability to represent a region in the tropics and sub-tropics.


Associate Professor Rebecca J Traub

Founding Director and Executive Secretary

A/Prof Traub graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Murdoch University, Western Australia in 1997. After five years in small animal practice, she chose to pursue a PhD on the epidemiology of canine gastrointestinal parasitic zoonoses in tea-growing communities in Assam, India, awarded through Murdoch University. For this, she was awarded the John Frederick Adrian Sprent Medal by the Australian Society for Parasitology in 2005.  A/Prof Traub’s research continues in the field of veterinary public health, with a focus on the epidemiology and control of parasitic zoonoses and canine vector borne diseases in Asia and Australia. A/Prof Traub is currently an Associate Professor in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Melbourne. She has published over 105 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is a member of the Companion Animal Vector Borne Diseases (CVBD) World Forum ( and the Zoetis Heartworm and Dermatology Advisory Board of Australia. Her expertise in parasitic zoonoses has also been recognised through consultations with the WHO, OIE, FAO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A/Prof Traub is an Associate Editor for Veterinary Parasitology – Regional Studies and Reports.


Dr Filipe Dantas-Torres

Founding Director & Scientific Guidelines Coordinator

Dr Filipe Dantas-Torres is a Full Researcher and a Professor of Science Writing at the Aggeu Magalhães Research Institute (Fiocruz-PE, Brazil). He is a veterinarian (MV) with a Master of Sciences (MSc) and a Doctor of Sciences (DSc) from the Aggeu Magalhães Research Institute. He also holds a Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD) from University of Bari, Italy. In 2010, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES) and nominated Expert in Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases by the University of Bari. In 2013, he received the tittle of Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Parasitology (Dipl. EVPC) and the Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award 2013 from the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP). Dr. Dantas-Torres is the author or co-author of over 300 publications, including over 200 articles in refereed journals and 11 book chapters. He is a Subject Editor of Parasites & Vectors and an Associate Editor of Medical and Veterinary Entomology. He is is a member of the Companion Animal Vector Borne Diseases (CVBD) World Forum ( and of Brasileish, a working group of leading experts on canine leishmaniasis in Brazil. His research interests are in vector-borne diseases, including leishmaniasis, dirofilariosis and tick-borne diseases.

Professor Peter Irwin

Founding Director

Professor Peter Irwin is Professor of Veterinary Clinical Science at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. Prof. Irwin is an internationally recognised expert in vector-borne diseases of companion animals and wildlife and he is a member of the Companion Vector Borne Diseases (CVBD) World Forum (, a working group of leading international experts, who meet at least once a year at the International CVBD Symposium to discuss current scientific findings as well as future trends and needs concerning the distribution, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis and prevention of CVBD. Peter graduated with a BVetMed from the Royal Veterinary College, London University in 1982 and his PhD studying canine babesiosis in Australia was awarded by James Cook University in 1991. Peter is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and a specialist in canine Medicine. Peter is co-leader of the Vector- and Water Borne Pathogen Research Group at Murdoch University and his current research focus is into tick-borne infections of companion animals, wildlife and humans in Australia.


Professor Gad Baneth

Founding member

Professor Baneth graduated from the Hebrew University Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in Israel in 1990. He did a Small Animal internship and residency at the Hebrew University until 1994 followed by a fellowship in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Research at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University 1994 – 1995. He received a PhD in veterinary parasitology from the Hebrew University in 2000. Profesor Baneth served as the head of the Small Animal Internal Medicine Department at the Hebrew University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP), an associate member of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) and an editorial advisory board member for the Journal Veterinary Parasitology since 2006. He is the Chairman of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), the vice president of the LeishVet group for standardization of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of canine leishmanioasis and a member of Board of Directors, Israel Society for Parasitology, Protozoology and Tropical Diseases. His research interests focus on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of veterinary and zoonotic vector-borne infectious diseases including leishmaniosis, relapsing fever borreliosis, canine ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, hepatozoonosis, trypanosomiasis and dirofilariasis.  Prof. Baneth is involved in the study of zoonotic and veterinary diseases in the Mediterranean Basin, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Southern Europe and South. He is the author of more than 190 scientific publications and book chapters. Prof. Baneth served as an advisor to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on leishmaniosis. He is the Director of the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University, Israel.


Professor Norma Labarthe

Founding Member

Professor Norma Labarthe is canine and feline veterinary practitioner, dedicated to investigating arthropod-transmitted infections since graduating with a veterinary degree in 1976. Professor Labarthe is based at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói, RJ, Brazil, where she has advised over 80 graduate students. She has experience in project administration through co-management of Probio II in Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), a joint action of the World Bank Global Environment Facility and the Brazilian Government. She is also dedicated to animal welfare, having chaired the Comissão de Ética no Uso de Animais (IACUC) of Fiocruz. In addition Prof. Labarthe develops pro bono activities aimed at low income communities to control diseases and overpopulation of dogs and cats. Her main present occupations are the work for increasing compliance for the ethical use of animals in teaching and research activities as well as continuing advisory of postgraduate students. She also serves as Scientific Council member of various journals, has published 6 books or book chapters, approximately 280 presentations in scientific meetings and over 80 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals, most of them on veterinary parasitology.


Bui Khanh Linh

Founding Member

Dr Linh graduated as a veterinary doctor from Vietnam National University of Agriculture in 1993. Following this, she was employed as researcher in the parasitology department at the National Institute of Veterinary Research and promoted to Head of the Department of Parasitology in 2004. During this time, the major focus of her research was on f fascioliasis in cattle for which she undertook training in Australia. In 2005 she undertook a PhD at Yamaguchi University in Japan.on the immune response of parasitic diseases. In 2010, Dr Linh returned to Vietnam and was appointed a Lecturer at the Department of Parasitology, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Hanoi. During this time, she assisted the have establishment of BioD, (Biodiversity Conservation and Tropical Disease Research Institute) with the purpose of continue her research into veterinary parasitic diseases in the tropics. Dr Linh also runs her own companion animal clinic in Hanoi.


Dr Tawin Inpankaew

Founding Member & Scientific Outreach Coordinator

Dr Inpankaew graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Kasetsart University, Thailand in 2002. Then he finished his MSc (Tropical Medicine) at Mahidol University, Bangkok on the molecular epidemiology of Giardia in humans and dogs in Temple Communities in Bangkok in 2004. After that he secured a Teaching and Research Lectureship in Parasitology at the department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University, Bangkok. In 2010, Dr. Inpankaew chose to pursue a PhD on domestic animals as reservoirs of zoonotic hookworm and Giardia duodenalis in a rural village, Cambodia, through the University of Copenhagen, Denmark for which he was awarded PhD in 2014. Dr Inpankaew’s research continues in the field of veterinary parasitology, with a focus on the epidemiology and control of parasitic zoonoses and canine vector borne diseases in Asia. Dr Inpankaew is currently Head of the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University, Thailand. He has published over 35 journal articles, many of which are in international peer-reviewed journals and is a member of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine Association of Thailand (


Dr Gabriela Pérez Tort

Founding Member

Dr Pérez Tort is Head of Virreyes Veterinary Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Parasitic Diseases at the Veterinary School, University of Buenos Aires (JTP). She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979. Since then she has devoted her career to canine and feline veterinary clinical practice and to parasitic disease control. She has postgraduate qualifications in Pet Clinical Veterinary Medicine (1992), Parasitology (1993), Superior education (1993), Senior Superior Education (2012) and Online teaching. She has published three books and many book chapters on parasitic and infectious diseases of dogs and cats, has delivered 95 presentations at scientific meetings and published over 40 scientific papers. She has been recognised for her research on dirofilariosis, demodicosis and enteric coccidiosis by the Argentine Association of Parasitology and also received two awards from the University of Buenos Aires. She has delivered over 180 international lectures on parasitic and infectious diseases of dogs and cats. She was Director of the Volunteer Veterinary Program of the National Education Ministry. She is a Member of many National and international Associations including the Latin American CVBD fórum.


Assoc. Prof. Andrei D. Mihalca


Assoc. Prof. Andrei D. Mihalca, DVM, graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca Romania, in 2002 and in 2007 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Parasitic Diseases at the same institution. Currently he is affiliated to the Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Since 2014, he is Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine. He coordinated various research projects on vector-borne diseases, including the pan-European EurNegVec COST Action. He is actively involved in research and social veterinary medicine projects focused on parasitic and infectious diseases of small animals (dogs and cats) across sub-Saharan Africa with previous work done in Kenya, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic and Liberia. Assoc. Prof. Andrei D. Mihalca is in the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, including Parasites & Vectors, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, BMC Veterinary Research etc.


Dr A Sangaran



Dr A Sangaran graduated with Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1991, from Madras Veterinary College, Chennai. He obtained his Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology in 1994 and his PhD from Madras Veterinary College in 1999, with his research focus on sero- and molecular diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis in food animals and humans. He is currently working as a Professor at the Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Madras Veterinary College, Tamilnadu, and at the Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai. Dr A Sangaran has received several awards during his academic career including the Dr J P Dubey Young Scientist Award and Smt Nishamani Parija Oration award for his contributory work in the field of Parasitic Zoonoses and Public Health. He is a life member of various scientific bodies involved in animal health care including the Small Animal Practitioner’s Association of Chennai (SAPAC) and currently, he is the General Secretary of the Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (IAAVP), affiliated to WAAVP.


Dr. Malaika Watanabe

Founding Member

Malaika Watanabe obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2001. She worked for a year as a demonstrator and research assistant at the Parasitology Laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM before furthering her studies. She joined the United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences, Yamaguchi University in 2003 and graduated with a PhD degree in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2006. Following her PhD, she was appointed visiting professor at the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural University Peshawar, Pakistan. She then joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM in 2008. She was promoted to Associate Professor of Companion Animal Medicine at the Department of Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM in 2012 where she is currently employed. Dr. Watanabe is also the head of Companion Animal Medicine (wards) at the University Veterinary Hospital, UPM. Her research interest is canine and feline infectious diseases with special emphasis on vector-borne diseases. She is currently actively involved in various collaborative research projects both nationally and internationally. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored a book on cats.


Dr Pablo David Jimenez Castro

Member & Communications Coordinator

Dr Castro obtained his veterinary degree from the National University in Bogotá, Colombia. During  undergraduate studies, he undertook two internships, the first with Novartis Animal Health (now Elanco Animal Health) in Colombia, on companion animal business focusing in parasiticides. The second internship was with a Contract Research Organization Ridgeway Research, in the United Kingdom where he was involved in parasite efficacy trials. He has also been involved with activities of the European Scientific Council Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) for the United Kingdom and Ireland Division. He is currently pursuing his PhD at Professor Ray Kaplan’s laboratory in the Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, United States, in small animal parasitology. His research focuses on heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) and macrocyclic lactones, the drug class currently registered for its monthly prevention.


Professor Victor Montenegro


Dr  Victor Montenegro completed his Licenciature degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Nacional (UNA), Heredia, Costa Rica; and he undertook his PhD Studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. In 2000 Dr. Montenegro was appointed as a researcher and lecturer at the Laboratories of Parasitology and Zoonosis of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Nacional (UNA). From 2000 to the present he has worked as a teacher in the Department of Parasitology focusing on parasitology, parasitological diseases, topical diseases, zoonosis and diagnostics. He has also been an invited lecturer in the School of Microbiology at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and has participated in several studies of vector borne and parasitic diseases in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Some of these studies were carried out in collaboration with researchers at Institute Oswaldo Cruz (Recife Brasil), MINSA (Nicaragua), TiHo Veterinary University (Hannover, Germany), and Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas (Panama). At the present time Dr. Montenegro is still a lecturer at the UNA and UCR, and his research focuses on ticks behavior and taxonomy and also on vector borne diseases in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.


Dr Jennifer Ketzis


Jennifer Ketzis received her PhD in Animal Science with minors in parasitology and epidemiology from Cornell University in 1999. After completing a post-doc focused on screening medicinal plants for bioactive compounds, she joined Novartis Animal Health, Basel, Switzerland employed first as a Research and Development Manager in Natural Medicinal Products and later as an International Project Leader in product development. In 2005, she joined Charlies River Laboratories, Ireland, a contract research organization, where she established a research and diagnostic parasitology laboratory and served as an investigator on numerous anthelmintic efficacy studies. Currently, as an Associate Professor at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts in the West Indies, Jennifer is focused on teaching applied veterinary parasitology and conducting research on the prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of dog and cat parasites in the region. Jennifer has published several peer reviewed journal articles and is an Associate Editor for Veterinary Parasitology – Regional Studies and Reports.

Dr Kamani Joshua

Dr Kamani


Dr Kamani graduated with a DVM degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, in 1992. From 1992 – 2002 he taught at the Mohamet Lawan College of Agriculture rising to the rank of Senior Lecturer and Head of Department. During this time he obtained an MVSc degree from the University of Ibadan. In 2005, he joined the Parasitology Division, National Veterinary Research Institute as a Veterinary Research Officer and obtained his PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Maiduguri in 2011. Dr Kamani is a member of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria and the Entomological Society of Nigeria. He was the Deputy Editor of the Nigeria Veterinary Journal from 2009 -2011 and his research interest include the epidemiology and diagnosis of parasitic agents and vector-borne diseases. He has research collaborations with leading veterinary parasitologists worldwide resulting in the publication of over 35 peer reviewed journal articles.