Dr Caroline Audrey Kerr

Caroline Kerr is a veterinarian with an interest in shelter medicine, animal welfare and behaviour. Caroline originally studied Agricultural Science majoring in Animal Husbandry and went on to complete a PhD in animal skin cancer research (both at The University of Sydney) and then undertook a post-doctoral fellowship in pig stress at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

As a Research Scientist with CSIRO, she developed a wide and varied research background in human and animal (livestock) research, studying stress molecular markers, and host microbial interactions that underpin gastrointestinal disease in humans.

Caroline then made a pivotal career choice to focus on animal welfare by completing a degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 2017. During her veterinary training, she volunteered as a foster carer for Labrador Rescue and worked as an animal trainer at RSPCA Qld.

Through these roles, with the latter involving applying the science of learning theory and behaviour to help animals, Caroline developed a strong interest in veterinary behaviour. In the final year of her Veterinary degree, Caroline also became involved in cat shelter research with RSPCA Qld, studying changes associated with improved outcomes for cats admitted to RSPCA Qld shelters.

She is currently undergoing further clinical training in a one year rotating internship with Queensland Veterinary Specialists, whilst continuing to study the behavioural interventions associated with decreased rates of euthanasia of cats in RSPCA Qld shelters.

Dr Kerr will be talking about improving the outcomes for shelter cats – view Abstract