After Louis Lignereux graduated as a veterinarian surgeon in 2003, he worked for seven years in veterinary practices in the French countryside and at a charity/pet shelter in London. This was followed by six years in the United Arab Emirates with missions in Jordan, Oman, and Chad. Louis’ work was focused on large captive populations of gazelles and endangered scimitar-horned oryx and involved controlling infectious diseases, mainly Contagious Caprine Pleuro Pneumonia (CCPP), Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Capripoxvirus infectious, brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis. It was part of an international effort to conserve the species and reintroduce the scimitar-horned oryx into the wild in Chad.
Since 2019, Louis has been working as a grant-funded fellow researcher at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences of the University of Adelaide, under Associate Professor Ryan O’Handley. The project is shared with the School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Louis’ research is focused on Toxoplasma gondii in feral house mice (Mus musculus), on Kangaroo Island, where a large feral cat control program is underway.