AMRRIC is comprised of a small team of skilled staff and consultants who are funded by the Australian Federal and Northern Territory governments.
For the last 25 years, Kim has worked extensively in the field of community sector management. Her career focus has been in the disability services sector, including managerial roles within large organisations operating in remote areas of Western Australia. A recent two year role as Relations Manager for the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) saw Kim move into the field of animal welfare, a longstanding passion alongside her work with people with a disability. Kim has a strong interest in animal and human health, community engagement and managing free roaming dog populations.
One Health Program Manager
Jan has been AMRRIC’s Program Manager since September 2008. Her passion for the bigger picture of dog management has progressed from many years vetting in small animal practices in Tasmania and New South Wales and developed in Samoa. As an AVI volunteer working with the Animal Protection Society Samoa , she gained experience in community development, media, capacity building, liaising with governments and local communities and community and school education. AMRRIC’s Dog People Conference, 2006, was an inspiring introduction to work in Indigenous communities at home in Australia. So Jan left the beautiful north coast of NSW again and returned to the tropics – this time to Darwin - where she worked at the ARK Animal Hospital gaining experience in the Indigenous communities of Australia’s Top End and central desert areas. Jan’s position as AMRRIC’s Program Manager continues to generate an ever-changing variety of challenges.
Melissa joined AMRRIC as an Education Officer in 2015. Her interest in community development and education was first discovered during a 12 month internship with South African National Parks in 2008, where she worked on a number of environmental education projects in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On return to Australia, Melissa worked in various interpretive and field roles with the South Australian Department of Environment, Natural Resources and Water. In 2012, Melissa worked as Seasonal Interpretive Ranger in Kakadu National Park, in which she was privileged to work alongside traditional owners and indigenous staff, gaining incredible insight into the rich cultural history of the area. Most recently, Melissa has returned from a 12 month stint in remote Bangladesh, as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, where she worked as a Climate Change Education Officer with a locally based NGO. Melissa has always been an animal lover, so is thrilled to able to combine her community development and education experience with a cause she feels passionate about.
Courtney joined AMRRIC as an Education Officer in January 2016. She has a bachelor of Education in Junior Primary and Primary and started her teaching career on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Courtney was based on Davenport Downs Station in Central Queensland from 2013 to 2014, where she worked as a teacher and within the stock camp. She enjoys horses and has been fortunate enough to develop her skills whilst working stock within the remote outback. She is an avid animal lover and is looking forward to combining both passions of animals and education together within AMRRIC.
Program Coordinator and Volunteer Manager
Bonny joined the AMRRIC team in October 2013 having been a strong supporter since volunteering on a dog health program in Kintore in 2008. Bonny has a keen interest in ‘one health’ principles, combining community development, animal welfare and conservation to improve the lives of both humans and animals. She is a veterinarian, has a Masters in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, and has worked in private veterinary practice, animal shelters, zoos and wildlife hospitals. Bonny really enjoys getting out into the field and has been fortunate to use her degree to travel widely, working in remote locations with a variety of species amid various cultures. Working with AMRRIC is a long-held aspiration of Bonny’s and she is thrilled to be able to contribute to such important work.
Emma is excited to be a part of the AMRRIC team in a role that combines her backgrounds in the veterinary industry and public health. As a Registered Veterinary Nurse Emma has over fourteen years experience working in small animal, large animal, wildlife, urban, rural, and remote practice. Her veterinary nursing career extends to head nurse roles, practice management, lecturing, training, journal writing and volunteering. She has most recently worked in project and managerial roles in public health within the Not For Profit sector where she has delivered programs including General Practice Support, Diabetes Management, Immunisation, and Electronic Health right across the Northern Territory and the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. Emma is passionate about volunteering, she has volunteered on AMRRIC’s Dog Health Programs, regularly attends a local aged care facility with her dog who provides therapy to residents, assists with local mammal surveying field projects and speaks on ABC radio about dog behaviour.