TroCCAP Council Members

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


Professor (Dr) Rebecca J Traub

Founding Director

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.  Prof Traub’s research continues in the field of veterinary public health, with a focus on the diagnosis, epidemiology and control of parasitic zoonoses and canine vector borne diseases in Asia and Australia. Prof Traub is currently  Professor in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Melbourne. She has published over 125 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 recognized through consultations with the World Health Organisation, Food and Agricultural Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her laboratory forms part of the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council – funded Center of Research Excellence for the Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Australia and the Pacific (ACE-NTD). In 2005 she was awarded the  John Frederick Adrian Sprent Prize in recognition of her outstanding PhD thesis and in 2019, the Bancroft Mackerras Medal for Excellence in Parasitology, by the Australian Society for Parasitology.


Dr Filipe Dantas-Torres

Founding Director, Chair

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.

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Dr Pablo Borrás


Dr Borrás obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also has a Master `s degree in Zoonoses Prevention and Control. His thesis was based on zoonotic tick-borne diseases. He attended the VI ParsCo (Bari, Italy 2018) organized by Dr. Otranto and Dr. Dantas Torres. Dr Borrás works in eco-epidemiology of tick-borne diseases in the Administración Nacional de Laboratorios e Institutos de Salud “Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán”. In addition, he teaches Parasitology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at University of Buenos Aires. In the private sector, he has an infectious and parasitic disease service for companion animals in Buenos Aires. He has lectured in many national and international congresses, as well as teaches in postgraduate program courses.

Professor Peter Irwin

Founding Director, Co-Chair and Treasurer

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.

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Dr Adrian P Ybañez


Dr Ybañez is the Vice-President for Research and Development and a Professor of the College of Veterinary Medicine of the Cebu Technological University, Cebu City, Philippines. He obtained his DVM degree (Cum Laude) from the Visayas State University and his PhD in Veterinary Sciences (Internal Medicine) from the United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences of Gifu University and Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate in the Philippine College of Veterinary Public Health and a candidate Diplomate in the Philippine College of Canine Practitioners. He is actively involved in small animal medicine, parasitology and tick-borne disease research. He was awarded as the Grand Winner of The Outstanding Cebuano Youth Leader (TOCYL) – Young Professional Category by the Cebu City Government, as Outstanding Veterinarian in the Veterinary Research Practice by the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines, as The Outstanding Cebuano Awardee (Science and Technology Field), and as “Outstanding Young Professional in Veterinary Research” by the Philippine Society of Animal Science. He is also a current National Council Member of the Council on Education of the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association.


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

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, Co-Chair Guidelines Committee

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 Professor Andrei D Mihalca

Member & Chair, Scientific Guidelines Committee

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 and European Specialist in Wildlife Population Health. 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, Liberia, and Somaliland. Prof. Andrei D. Mihalca is  Associate Editor of several peer-reviewed journals, including Parasites & Vectors, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Report, BMC Veterinary Research etc. He is author of more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and many international books and book chapters


Dr Jennifer Ketzis

Member, Executive Secretary

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 A Sangaran

Member & Scientific Outreach Officer

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 focus includes heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) and macrocyclic lactones, the drug class currently registered for its monthly prevention and the epidemiology, diagnosis and control of anthelmintic resistance in the canine hookworm (Ancylostoma caninum).

Prof Banie Penzhorn

Professor Banie Penzhorn


Banie Penzhorn is Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, and research associate of the National Zoological Garden, South Africa. His primary research interest is tick-transmitted blood parasites, especially of dogs and cats, as well as wildlife. After an 8-year career as researcher with South African National Parks (during which be obtained a PhD on mountain zebra ecology and behaviour), Banie graduated with a BVSc from the University of Pretoria in 1980. He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised numerous MSc and PhD candidates. He is a diplomate (retired) of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) and a member of the Companion-Animal Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD) World Forum ( In 2006 Banie was awarded the Elsdon-Dew Medal by the Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (PARSA) for his contribution to parasitology in Africa.

Dr Domenico Otranto

Dr Domenico Otranto


Dr Otranto is a Professor of Animal Parasitic Diseases at the Department of Veterinary Medicine (University of Bari) where he is currently Head (2015-2018; 2018-). He is President of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology- WAAVP (2019-2022), Past President of the EVPC (2018-2020) and recipient of the Bayer Research Award (2019) and of the Young Scientist award (2007) from the WAAVP. His research output includes more than 500 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals and of numerous book chapters. His research focuses on the study of arthropods and arthropod borne diseases of zoonotic concern with both a basic and an applied approach. He has been Editor in Chief of Medical and Veterinary Entomology (2008-2017), co-Editor of Parasitology Research (2017-), Advisor Editor of Parasites and Vectors and editorial board member of five scientific international journals in the field of  Parasitology. He is co-organizer of the Parasitology Summer Course.