Favourite Thing: I love working with animals, finding out new things and coming up with creative ways to solve problems
St Vincent’s College (1997-2002)
Bachelor of Animals Science, University of Sydney (2003-2006), PhD, University of New England (2007-2010)
Taronga Western Plains Zoo (reproductive laboratory), CSIRO (PhD student)
Charles Sturt University
I spend half my time teach physiology and welfare to animal, equine, veterinary and agricultural science students, and I spend the rest of my time conducting research projects in animal welfare
Me and my work
I feel very lucky because I have a job that combines my favourite things – animals and travel.
I am a researcher in animal welfare. This means I get to ask questions and solve problems around how animals are treated. Along with research I teach students, which means I can help others understand how animals work and why their welfare is important. I love my job because
- I am always learning new things – working in research means I investigate new areas and learn how they work.
- I get to work on improving the welfare of animals. I find this really rewarding.
- I get to travel with my work. For example, last week I was in Dubai talking to local experts and teaching people about animal welfare.
This is one of the creatures I came across in Dubai
My Typical Day
They don’t exist!
I don’t really have a typical day. When I am teaching students, a lot of my time is spent preparing lectures, taking practical classes and marking.
When I am conducting research, my jobs vary according to what I am doing.
For example, today I did some experimental work with sheep, had a meeting with a student about lion research, and worked on a training program for animal welfare. Tomorrow will be different again.
My dog Tess comes to work with me when I need her to do some sheep work. Those are the best days.
What I'd do with the money
I would use the money to teach kids about animal welfare
Education about animal welfare is really important. If you have a good understanding about what animals want and how they work, you are more likely to care for their welfare. By teaching kids about animal welfare they are more likely to retain this knowledge when they are older, and act upon it to improve the lives of animals. I would use this money to visit a primary schools and talk about animal welfare.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy, Energetic, Dog-lover
Who is your favourite singer or band?
The Black Keys
What is the most fun thing you've done?
That’s a hard question! I always like to do fun things. Last week I rode a camel – that was pretty fun!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To always be proud of who I am and what I do, to give more than I take, to be able to do a handstand for 2 minutes
What did you want to be after you left school?
I just wanted to work with animals
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Yep… but don’t tell my mum
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Working to develop a training program for animal welfare in Asia and the Middle East
Tell us a joke.
What did the cloned sheep say to the other sheep? I am ewe.