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City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Dr Vidya Bhardwaj graduated from The University of Sydney in 1997 with a degree in Science, and in 1998 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She was the recipient of numerous awards during her undergraduate studies, including the H R Carne medal for excellence in research in 1996, the Veterinarians in Animal Agriculture scholarship (in collaboration with Cornell University) in 1997 and the Avian Medicine essay prize in 1998.
After working at the RSPCA in Sydney after graduation, Dr Bhardwaj undertook a two-year rotating internship at The University of Melbourne. At the same time, she successfully completed a Master in Veterinary Studies, and executed a clinical study on canine cruciate disease. She then worked in small animal practice in Melbourne and Hong Kong. Whilst working in Hong Kong and witnessing the devastating impact of SARS first hand, she developed an interest in infectious disease research. She undertook research in veterinary microbiology and immunology, investigating the impact of vaccines in ovine footrot, a bacterial disease affecting feet of ruminants. She was awarded a PhD in 2014 and has subsequently published her research in peer reviewed journals. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences.
She returned to Hong Kong to work for a Hong Kong Biotechnology company, specialising in biologicals for human and veterinary use. As their Product Development Manager, she was responsible for all aspects of the veterinary laboratory and clinical trials. Dr Bhardwaj has also undertaken an assignment at the Faculty of Agriculture in Savannakhet University (Lao PDR), teaching staff and students about the important infectious diseases of livestock and empowering them to undertake control and eradication programs. Latterly she worked as a consultant at CityU to help design and build a diagnostic veterinary laboratory and for the past two years has led the Continuing Professional Education program for the veterinary community in Hong Kong and the region.
Dr Bhardwaj is now the veterinarian heading the microbiology department at the CityU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.