Dr Catheryn O’Brien

Dr Catheryn O’Brien

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Dr Catheryn O'Brien in her office

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Dr
Catheryn
O’Brien

BVSc Melbourne MRCVS 

Veterinarian and Head, Bioservices Department

After graduating as a veterinarian, I worked in mixed practice both in Australia and the UK before returning to Melbourne. While undertaking a Bachelor of Arts, I worked as a tutor and demonstrator in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at The University of Melbourne.

I had always been interested in animal welfare, disease prevention and herd health. My role at the institute allows me to focus on these areas.

Bioservices and the institute

The Bioservices department is responsible for the production, care and management of animals, allowing our scientists to advance their research into disease processes. 

The institute has more than 120 animal care staff. The animal technicians in Bioservices are chosen because of their passion for animals and their commitment to furthering the welfare of animals in a research environment. 

An animal technician’s role involves day-to-day animal care, as well as technical assistance and advice to researchers in dealing with animals. 

Senior animal care staff also advise the institute’s Animal Ethics Committee in its deliberations over project approvals.