La Toya graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wildlife Science major) in 2014 and completed her Honours research the following year.
La Toya’s Honours research focused on Northern quoll detection dogs and their working accuracy and efficacy. In 2016 La Toya began her PhD, continuing her research on wildlife detection dogs.
La Toya’s research is focused on improving detection dog and handler selection, thereby improving team success and working dog welfare.
As part of this research La Toya trained 12 dogs (Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers and Greyhounds) throughout 2017 at detection work.
La Toya is very passionate about the versatility of wildlife detection dogs and their incredible benefits for improving conservation outcomes.