Professor Wayne has the best of both worlds
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.