BSc, BVSc (Hons), PhD Syd, PGCertTer Tchg Massey, MRCVS
Joanne graduated with a BVSc from Sydney University, then worked for several years in mixed animal practice in Tasmania and small animal/dermatology practice in Brisbane obtaining a broad range of veterinary experience. In 1994, she received funding from the estate of Winifred V. Scott for a twelve-month investigation into the ulcerative skin disease of platypus based at Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in Tasmania. This was followed by a PhD on the immunopathological characterisation of infectious disease in the koala and the platypus at the University of Sydney. During her PhD, Joanne demonstrated histology, anatomy and microbiology to veterinary science students at the University of Sydney. Joanne lectured in veterinary bacteriology and mycology at Massey University, New Zealand from 2000 – 2003, as well as supervising 8 postgraduate research students and assisting with Veterinary Council of New Zealand registration examinations.
In 2005, Joanne was appointed as a part time Lecturer in Veterinary Science in the first year of the new veterinary science degree at Charles Sturt University. Her activities included managing the Captive Vertebrate Management Program, teaching Veterinary Practice 1, assisting in the establishment of the diagnostic laboratory and contributing to the development of the veterinary science curriculum. In 2006, Joanne was appointed Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology and was responsible for teaching all the microbiology in the curriculum as well as facilitating several problem-based learning (PBL) cases in 3rd and 4th years of the course.
Joanne’s research interests resulted in over 35 peer-reviewed papers, a book chapter, 30 conference presentations and several reports to Government departments. Other professional activities include acting as a peer-reviewer and/or editor for several national and international journals. Community activities have included the Wagga Wagga City Council’s Marrambidya Wetlands working group that included CSU researchers, Murrumbidgee CMA, NSW Fisheries, Council and some Indigenous group input.
Excellence in teaching by motivating and engaging the student. Flexibility in teaching and learning methods is required for a course to evolve and adapt to the current situation. Clinical cases should be incorporated into the lectures. Slides, overheads and video are used to illustrate and emphasize the key points. Increasingly, courses will become accessible via the internet and web-based student self-assessment will be utilised. Teaching and learning objectives should be designed, assessed annually and modified to optimise teacher and student performance. Student feedback should be encouraged.