I completed my veterinary degree at Murdoch University and worked in small animal practice for eight years. Following an honours project on Listeria moncytogenes I became interested in the ecology of infectious diseases and completed a PhD with Prof David Hampson on intestinal spirochaetes (awarded in 1998). After completing a three year post-doc at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, USA, I accepted a lectureship at The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Veterinary Science in 2000. I taught veterinary microbiology to veterinary undergraduates at UQ for 10 years and conducted research on gastrointestinal diseases and microbial ecology and antimicrobial resistance in companion animals and livestock. I joined The University of Adelaide School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in January 2010 and my research areas have expanded to also include the development of new antimicrobials for superbug infections.