Christopher Oxenford received his training in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and later worked at a private veterinary practice in Australia.
Following postgraduate training in veterinary pathology, he held a teaching position in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. He subsequently moved into the human health laboratory sector and managed microbiology laboratories in Australia and the Middle East.
After gaining Masters Degrees in Public Health & Tropical Medicine and Applied Epidemiology, he worked as a foodborne diseases epidemiologist for the Australian Capital Territory Health Department.
He joined WHO in 2008 and spent 2 years in the Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines before moving to Lyon.
Much of the first 5 years in Lyon was spent coordinating a multinational project implemented jointly by FAO, OIE and WHO on strengthening public health and veterinary laboratories in countries most at risk of emerging infections.
Since then he has mostly been involved in implementing projects focusing on monitoring laboratory performance through proficiency testing or organizing simulation exercises. He has also been involved in the response to major outbreaks such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and in late 2014 he spent a month in Sierra Leone as part of the WHO response to the Ebola outbreak.