Dr Skye Badger
Growing up on a beef cattle farm in northern New South Wales, Skye has a strong affinity to the livestock sectors and initially started her career in agriculture science, first managing industry-funded beef and sheepmeat R&D projects and then representing the interests of livestock producers at all levels of government.
While taking some time off to explore the world, Skye stumbled into work at a dog shelter on the Greek island of Ródos (Rhodes), which reinvigorated her childhood dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Skye returned to Australia and graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Murdoch University in 2005. After enjoying several years in clinical veterinary practice and starting a family, Skye joined the Western Australian government in 2011. Here, she led policy and legislative developments in veterinary chemicals and residues, food safety, the professional standards of veterinarians, and contributed to animal health policy at state and national government levels. Skye has served as a Board member of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia and as a member of the Western Australian committee of the Australian Veterinary Association.
In 2015, Skye started a PhD with the University of Adelaide evaluating the performance of measurement systems used in the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in animals. Her PhD was completed in 2019, and it was a great honour to receive the University Research Medal.
Skye joined Ausvet in November 2020 and is focused on delivering positive and practical outcomes in One Health, antimicrobial resistance, and disease surveillance.
Outside of work, Skye spends most of her time on the water, either sailing to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), kayaking in the beautiful Swan River, or in what has now become a COVID-era addiction – ocean swimming all year round!