Dr Gideon Brückner was born in Cradock in the Eastern Cape and qualified as a veterinarian at the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort) in 1971. He also holds post-graduate degrees in Public and International Administration. He moved upwards in the ranks and held the positions of Director Veterinary Public Health, Director Animal Health and Director of Veterinary Services of the National Department of Agriculture and as Chief Director of Veterinary Services of the Western Cape.
In 2006 he moved to Paris, France to take up the position as Deputy Director General and also Head of the Scientific and Technical Department of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). After his retirement from the OIE Headquarters in 2009, he was elected as President of the OIE Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases and served in this capacity from 2009 to 2018. He now still provides consultancy services to the OIE and other international institutions such as the FAO and the WTO as an OIE mission expert. He received several awards for his services and has published 37 scientific articles of which 23 as senior author.