Three new faces join the south-west animal health team
9 June 2015
There are three new faces in the Animal Health team for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) based at Warrnambool and Hamilton.
Emily Huglin, Ben Ison and Ellie Mowle have begun their new careers as Animal Health Officers (AHOs'), with the focus of their roles to promote compliance with Victoria's disease control and animal welfare legislation in order to protect Victoria's livestock industry.
Emily, Ben and Ellie will investigate potential livestock disease, respond to and investigate welfare complaints, and attend sales to ensure compliance with legislation across the region.
Until they become gazetted they will undergo training and preparation alongside qualified AHOs' and veterinarians on welfare and disease and receive practical and on-site training. They will also be involved in training that will enable them to conduct audits and accreditation associated with livestock.
Emily Huglin – Hamilton Animal Health Officer
Hawkesdale born and bred, Emily graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science – majoring in Animal Science and Management. She lived in Melbourne during her study and is excited to return to the south-west to work in the animal health industry.
Her time so far in the role has been spent at training courses, including legal and firearms training. Much of the next six to 12 months will be training and gaining on-the-job experience with other AHOs' and Veterinary Officers in the district.
Emily is keen to learn about animal health from the experienced animal health officers.
Ben Ison - Hamilton Animal Health Officer
A born and raised Queenslander Ben graduated from The University of Queensland, Gatton with an extended major in Production Animal Science. He has a diverse employment history in Australia, Canada and The United States, even serving in the infantry, working on farms and dispatching emergency services among other roles.
Ben strongly believes in supporting the Australian livestock industry and sustainable farming practices. From this new role he also hopes to gain further involvement in educational and preventative biosecurity measures in Victoria.
Ben is keen to immerse himself in the local community and looking for a footy club to join too!
Ellie Mowle – Warrnambool Animal Health Officer
Ellie studied a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at Sydney University over four years. She is looking forward to the opportunity to get hands on experience with a variety of livestock and wildlife species in her new role, and in particular she is attracted to the emergency disease aspect and the role AHO's play in responding to emergency disease outbreaks.
Ellie previously worked at JBS Riverina Beef Feedlot as part of the Livestock Induction Team.
Her role was very hands on and involved a lot of interaction with the steers, which was an excellent opportunity to develop livestock handling skills and further her understanding of feedlot operations.
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