Pro­fes­sor Wayne has the best of both worlds

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

HE’S more at home in the great out­doors than sitting at a desk, but when Pro­fes­sor Wayne Hein takes up his new post at James Cook Univer­sity he will be able to com­bine both.

As the in­com­ing Ve­teri­nary and Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ences school head, Pro­fes­sor Hein has hit the ground run­ning in a field he has long been pas­sion­ate about.

‘‘ I was brought up on a mixed farm in a small coun­try district of South Aus­tralia and have had a nat­u­ral in­ter­est in an­i­mals for as long as I can re­mem­ber,’’ he said.

‘‘ My plan of ac­tion is to work with staff and stu­dents to im­prove the built en­vi­ron­ment, cul­ture, morale and op­er­a­tion of the school so that all of these be­come con­sis­tently out­stand­ing.’’

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a vet de­gree from the Univer­sity of Queens­land, Prof Hein spent a few years work­ing in ve­teri­nary pub­lic health.

‘‘ I had a strong in­ter­est in pathol­ogy and ob­served lots of it while work­ing at sev­eral ex­port abat­toirs in South Aus­tralia and spend­ing a ‘ sea­son’ at two buf­falo abat­toirs in the top end of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory,’’ he said.

In 1985 Prof Hein moved to Switzer­land to work at the Basel In­sti­tute for Im­munol­ogy as a re­search sci­en­tist. He was there for 13 years.

For the past 12 years he has worked at AgRe­search, New Zealand’s equiv­a­lent of the CSIRO.

‘‘ I was at­tracted to the head of school role at JCU by the op­por­tu­nity to help guide the de­vel­op­ment of a rel­a­tively new un­der­grad­u­ate ve­teri­nary school, the con­junc­tion be­tween ve­teri­nary science and a broader ar­ray of health sci­ences,’’ Prof Hein said.

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