Growing up I was surrounded by mentors in both veterinary science and public health in North Queensland, Australia. These two areas of science have always been a passion of mine as they are intertwined, and have significant impact on both animals and people as well as our environment. After completing my veterinary degree in Australia and working in private practice, I started volunteering in developing countries and communities. It was through this volunteer work as a vet that I was reminded of the importance of public health and it’s relationship with zoonotic disease. Education is the key to improving Public Health, but this is difficult when there are large gaps in the knowledge on which to base this education. I have returned to continue my own education in the aim to pass this on to others through a Masters of Veterinary Science in Wildlife and Zoo Animal Health. A research project is required as part of my Masters studies and I chose this subject due to personal experience with bats in Fiji as well as the hope to start to fill in the knowledge gaps around zoonotic disease and public health in Fiji. I have presented on this topical at both the Wildlife Disease Association Australasia conference and Wildbase Symposium in 2017.