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Leanne is an experienced wildlife veterinarian, with a passion for understanding how the health and welfare of wildlife contributes to the conservation of species and the maintenance of healthy, biodiverse ecosystems. Leanne thrives in an open, honest and collaborative environment, and firmly believe that the best outcomes will come from respectful sharing and consideration of the skills, experience and knowledge of a wide range of professionals.
After graduating as a veterinarian from The University of Sydney in 2003, she has focussed on wildlife medicine in Australia and throughout the Asian region, since 2006. Her work has involved the veterinary care of wildlife confiscated from the illegal trade in wildlife, management of conservation breeding programs for threatened species, and researching infectious pathogens of wild animals, with a particular focus on the potential for spill over of pathogens between wildlife, livestock and people. Leanne is currently the Senior Veterinarian at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Healesville Sanctuary, Zoos Victoria.
In addition to being on the Management Committee of Wildlife Health Australia, she sits on the Executive Committee of the Victorian branch of the Australian Veterinary Association and a founding member of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, for which she sits on a subcommittee for captive management of pangolins. She is also on the board of Vietnamese Non-governmental organisation, Save Vietnam's Wildlife, a program she has been actively involved in since 2006.