ABMgt Students Profiles
Sam Gill graduated with a Bachelor of Science in wool and pastoral science in 2000. He works for Meat & Livestock Australia on sheep genetics projects and his career has so far focused on supporting the sheep industry in Australia.
Sam’s work is demanding and requires a lot of travel. He also has family responsibilities that make it necessary for a lot of flexibility in his study. The Animal Breeding Management program
means that he can login to online classrooms at times of day that suit him best.
There are evident needs, not just for good scientific skills in genetics and animal breeding, but for communication skills, client management and leadership, so part of Sam's aims in studying ABMgt were to be able to clearly and logically explain complex issues to enable people to make good decisions.
This course will help Sam to make significant contributions to animal industries in Australia and enhance his career.
Sharon McIntyre, from the South Island of New Zealand, has been a real pioneer in the Animal Breeding Management program. Joining in February 2007, she was both our first female and first overseas student to finish the first semester of study.
Sharon and her husband Peter farm a deer and cattle property in the South Island where they have made great progress in environmental sustainability. She has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in NZ for a number of years as an extension advisor, and then with Wools of New Zealand in sheep genetics, farm advisory and agricultural training work.
Sharon also works part-time for Sheep Improvement Ltd, the NZ equivalent of Lambplan, advising farmers and breeders on using the SIL system to achieve outcomes. She has run genetics workshops for rural women and cites a long held passion for genetics as a special motivation and a big factor behind her decision to pursue this course.