Melissa is a third-year (part-time) PhD candidate in the University of Queensland’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).

Growing up on her grandfather’s small cattle property, she has always been interested in working in agriculture, with a focus on beef cattle.

In 2011, she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Plant and Animal Biosecurity and Animal Science. Since then Melissa spent 6 years working in livestock health in north Queensland with the Queensland Department of Agriculture, before moving to the Northern Territory to focus more on livestock research. Currently Melissa is based at the Katherine Research Station, and is completing her PhD studies part time.

Her doctoral research is on investigating the use of analgesics and haemostatic techniques during dehorning to improve calf welfare in northern Australia.

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