Incoming President

September 27, 2014

Sentient welcomes Dr Rosemary Elliott as our incoming President.


Rosemary graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours and went on to publish the original paper on the success of ex-racing greyhound rehoming.


Having established a career in clinical psychology before undertaking veterinary training, she initially intended to specialise in animal behaviour. During her time on the student committee of Veterinary Science for Animal Welfare, she became increasingly impassioned by animal advocacy and decided to focus on welfare, using behaviour as a measure of this.


Since graduating, she has devoted her veterinary background to co-founding Sentient, furthering her knowledge of animal welfare and ethics and writing about animals.


Rosemary has published in PiLAS, is on the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, and presents at public forums for Sentient. Her goals are to spend more time on writing and advocacy, and to contribute to our understanding of animal sentience and the human-animal bond.


Outgoing President


Sentient takes this opportunity to thank Dr Katherine van Ekert Onay, our founding President, for the last three years.


Katherine graduated from veterinary science with first class honours and has worked as a veterinarian in various mixed and small animal practices, including the RSPCA. She has volunteered her veterinary skills overseas, working in rabies control programs and supporting local veterinarians in animal shelters in India. Her last job in Australia was as district veterinarian with the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria, where she developed expertise in conducting industry inspections and developing animal welfare policies and education programs.


Katherine’s breadth of experience is invaluable to Sentient. She has presented to the media, at local and international conferences, published in PiLAS (Perspectives in Laboratory Animal Science) and is now a Director of Animal Consultants International.


Katherine was awarded the Young Alumni Award from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 2012 for her pivotal role in establishing Sentient. She is now working towards improving animal welfare on a larger scale from within the food industry, finding sustainable solutions to the enormous welfare challenges faced by the increasing number of intensively farmed animals.


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