The Australian animal health industry has rallied behind the call to establish a scholarship celebrating the memory of one of the country’s most accomplished livestock scientists, Kristina Hacket.
Ms Hacket, who passed away last November after a year-long battle with brain cancer, was principal researcher at Elanco Animal Health for 21 years.
Her endeavours resulted in the commercial release of several innovative technologies that improve the health, productivity and welfare of animals in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.
To honour Ms Hacket’s dedication to research in the animal health sector, her many friends and colleagues are raising $140000 to establish one merit-based scholarship per year for women studying agriculture, veterinary or animal sciences at the University of Sydney.
Elanco Animal Health and Virbac Animal Health have each donated $30000 and are joined by not only individual contributors from Ms Hacket’s wide circle of family and friends, but also member companies of the Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association.
Further support from members of the agricultural and animal health industries is required for the target to be achieved.
■To donate to the Kristina Hacket Memorial Scholarship, visit: crowdfunding.sydney.edu.au/project/9117