Allison was raised on a beef and grain property near Warwick in Queensland. After working in the veterinary pharmaceutical sector for 9.5 years, Allison joined the (then) Department of Primary Industries in Toowoomba as a Senior Veterinary Officer in May 1997. She has worked in a range of areas, including disease investigation and national residue programs, and co-ordinated a team of policy officers working in the animal biosecurity, animal welfare and ethics. Allison was appointed to the role of General Manager, Animal Biosecurity and Welfare for Biosecurity Queensland within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in 2014. In this role, she holds responsibility as the Chief Veterinary Officer for Queensland.
She has extensive experience in management of emergency animal diseases, including the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the United Kingdom in 2001, the successful equine influenza eradication response in 2007 –2008, multiple Hendra virus incidents, the white spot disease response in Queensland (2016-17) and the Japanese encephalitis response (2022).
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