Scholarship to remember leading researcher

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Kristina Hacket The Australian animal health industry has rallied behind the call to establish a scholarship celebrating the memory of Kristina Hacket, one of the country’s most accomplished livestock scientists.

Hacket, who passed away last November aged 50 after a year-long battle with brain cancer, was principal researcher at Elanco.

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 Hacket’s dedication to research in the animal health sector, her many friends and colleagues are raising $140,000 to establish a merit-based scholarship for women studying agriculture, veterinary or animal sciences at the University of Sydney.

Elanco and Virbac Australia have each donated $30,000 and are joined by not only individual contributors from Hacket’s wide circle of family and friends, but also member companies of the Veterinary Manufacturers & Distributors Association.

“Kristina drew enormous respect for her intellect, thoroughness and integrity, both inside and outside the company, and made a significant contribution to this business through her commitment to excellence,” Elanco ANZ director Bruce Bell said.

“Personally, she was a caring, thoughtful and loyal colleague and friend to so many of us—a pleasure to work with and alongside.”

Hacket joined Elanco in 1996 and spent the next 21 years in various research and development roles. Commencing as a clinical research associate, she steadily rose through the ranks to become clinical research manager of the company’s Australian research and regulatory team and then its ANZ Research Hub. She was responsible for the planning and implementation of pre-clinical and clinical studies to support the registration of numerous products used in sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and companion animals.

Donate here to the Kristina Hacket Memorial Scholarship.

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