University of the Sunshine Coast, Endeavour Veterinary Ecology, Brisbane Koala Science Institute
Dr Amy Robbins BVSc (Hons 1), BSc (Zoology)
I’ve always been passionate about animals and embarked on my career in wildlife conservation after completing a Bachelor of Science with a major in Zoology at the University of Queensland in 2000. During my final year of university I’d volunteered at the local Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and I was lucky enough to be offered a position there when I graduated (the first time!). I spent the next five years working at zoos across the globe including London Zoo and Australia Zoo in the role of koala supervisor. I longed for an opportunity to make more of an impact at the ‘front line’ of conservation, so returned to the University of Queensland to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. I graduated as the dux of the school with first class honours and a university medal in 2009 and returned to London to work in small animal practice and earn my stripes as a veterinarian.
After 5 years as a clinician, home (Australia) was calling and I landed my dream job with Dr Jon Hanger at Endeavour Veterinary Ecology helping to manage a koala population in South East Queensland. Over the last 4 years I have treated many cases of chlamydial disease in this population, gradually accumulating a range of observations and questions about chlamydial pathogenesis. Last year I was given the opportunity to further develop a long-standing relationship with the highly respected Professor Peter Timms and answer some of my burning questions about this debilitating disease in my furry friends, and started a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast under his guidance. I have been a co-author on several submitted and published papers about koala Chlamydia and population management, presented at the 2017 Australian Chlamydia Conference, and recently started working as a Researcher at the Brisbane Koala Science Institute.