BSc, BVSc (Hons), PhD Syd. PGCertTer Tchg Massey
Joanne graduated with a BVSc from University of Sydney, then worked in private practice in Tasmania and Queensland obtaining a broad range of veterinary experience. She investigated mucormycosis in the platypus in Tasmania, followed by a PhD on infectious disease in koala and platypus at the USyd. Joanne moved to New Zealand to lecture in veterinary microbiology and public health at Massey University.
In 2005, she was a foundational staff member of the new veterinary science degree at Charles Sturt University, contributing curriculum development, teaching Veterinary Practice, Microbiology and Problem-Based Learning subjects, co-ordinating Captive Vertebrate Management, and assisting the diagnostic laboratory.
Joanne’s research interests include disease in marsupials and monotremes; indicators of successful wildlife rehabilitation (clinical examination, imaging, laboratory testing, necropsy); zoonotic enteric pathogens in livestock and pets. Joanne has supported wildlife rehabilitators and assisted during the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires and the state Wildlife Emergency Response Taskforce.
Excellence in teaching by motivating and engaging the student. Flexibility in teaching and learning methods is required for a course to evolve and adapt to the current situation. Clinical cases should be incorporated into the lectures. Slides, overheads and video are used to illustrate and emphasize the key points. Increasingly, courses will become accessible via the internet and web-based student self-assessment will be utilised. Teaching and learning objectives should be designed, assessed annually and modified to optimise teacher and student performance. Student feedback should be encouraged.
Platypus sighting report form with map link
University of Western Sydney