Sophie Bowman-Derrick

BVSc, BSc (Honours), MVS (Conservation Medicine)
MAE student

Biography

I have worked as a veterinarian in private practice and animal shelter settings since 2011. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer as a vet for Vets Beyond Borders in India, and for Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) in the Northern Territory.

I completed an honours research project at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in 2016. My project investigated the genetic variability of the major histocompatibility complex of wild rodents, which are the hosts of many zoonotic pathogens. AAHL introduced me to genomics and sparked my interest in zoonoses, emerging infectious diseases and One Health. In 2017 I completed a Masters in Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine, which developed my interest in epidemiology.

The MAE will enable me to combine my interests in One Health, epidemiology and veterinary science. I hope that I can use the skills gained throughout the MAE to contribute to improving public health in Australia. I am particularly interested in working to improve the public health of rural, remote and Indigenous populations.