I attained my BVSc at Massey University in 1994 and spent two years in a predominantly small animal veterinary practice in the north of New Zealand. I then returned to Massey University and, in 1998, completed a PhD investigating the role of dietary fats, alcohol, and antioxidants in the development of atherosclerosis in humans. I decided to pursue a career in pathology and completed a two-year pathology residency at Michigan State University. At the completion of my residency I was employed by the University of Georgia and was boarded by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) in 2001. I returned to Massey in 2004 and have been working as an academic pathologist at this institution since this time.
After returning to Massey University I noticed a series of feline skin lesions that appeared to contain papillomavirus-induced skin lesions. From this, I developed a research interest in the role of viruses in causing pre-neoplastic and neoplastic disease of animals. The research interest has subsequently resulted in the publication of 51 research manuscripts, 4 invited reviews, 4 book chapters, and the successful completion of two PhD students.
I also have an interest is cancer in domestic animals, especially in the use of pathology to predict the behaviour of cancers. This research has resulted in numerous manuscripts as well as two book chapters.
Overall, I currently have 128 manuscripts (72 as first author) in PubMed-indexed peer-reviewed international journals and approximately 50 presentations at national and international conferences. I am currently Group Leader of Pathobiology at Massey University and President of the Companion Animal Veterinarians (CAV) special interest branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.