New South Wales
Rachel is a Manager Biosecurity & Extension based near Millthorpe, in the NSW Central Tablelands.
Rachel has a rural background, growing up on a Merino sheep property in south-west Riverina, and now running a small livestock trading enterprise in her spare time. This has given her firsthand experience of various livestock production systems, and the role biosecurity plays on-farm.
Prior to joining the LBN, Rachel was a part of a private animal health consulting company that specialises in epidemiology and disease surveillance in both Australia and internationally. This position also encompassed the role of the National Surveillance Information Coordinator.
Rachel worked for NSW DPI in Orange for several years where she was principally involved with sheep and wool projects. She also gained experience in emergency animal disease outbreaks, working as the veterinary liaison officer during the equine influenza outbreak in Australia in 2007-08. It was this experience that led her to undertaking a Master of Veterinary Public Health Management in 2008.
Rachel will be working with producer groups, allied industry organisations, and other appropriate networks to discuss biosecurity concepts and provide information relevant to particular enterprises. Her aim will be to describe the role biosecurity plays, the benefits for producers and industry alike, and to explain that it is not as difficult as it sounds.
Qualifications and experience
Rachel graduated from Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) via distance education in 2006. She has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and graduated with a Master of Veterinary Public Health Management from Sydney University in 2012.
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