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Vickii has been a member of the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) since 1987 and is currently the Koala Coordinator for the WIRES Large Mammal Team where she enjoys the opportunity to exchange information with carers, wildlife care groups and researchers. She completed koala care training with WIRES, Native Animal Trust, Friends of the Koala in Lismore, and more recently at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Vickii has had a longstanding career with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in Blue Mountains Region for 24 years and has also been involved in a number of bushcare groups, including Yellomundee Aboriginal Bush Care Group, Hawkesbury Rainforest Network, Meroo Reserve Bush Care, and Hawkesbury Environment Network.



Tiggy has been a member of the Koala Health Hub Advisory Committee since the inception of the Hub in 2014 and has been working for Wildlife Health Australia since May 2009. Tiggy obtained her veterinary degree in Glasgow, Scotland in 1999. She returned to Glasgow to complete a PhD in molecular parasitology in 2006.  In 2006, Tiggy moved to Australia to work at the then new School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences where she lectured in parasitology and  communication skills into the new veterinary course at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Previously, Tiggy has been involved in population field surveys in the U.S.A. on raptors, compiling a sea turtle rehabilitation manual for the U.K., and reviewing sewage effects of harbour porpoise in Scotland.  In 2016, Tiggy was the recipient of the Wildlife Diseases Association Australasian Section Barry Munday Award for her outstanding services to wildlife health in Australia.  Tiggy is Australia’s World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Focal Point for Wildlife Health.