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Dr Caroline Lee

Senior Principal Research Scientist


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Dr. Caroline Lee, a Senior Principal Research Scientist working in Animal Behavior and Welfare, endeavors to enhance animal welfare for the benefit of animals, livestock industries, and to align with public expectations.

Dr. Lee's research is dedicated to advancing novel methods for assessing animal welfare. Her primary interests lie in developing practical techniques for evaluating emotional states in animals and assessing the welfare implications of emerging technologies such as virtual fencing systems for cattle and sheep.

Her research focuses on various areas including:

Assessing the welfare impact of virtual fencing on cattle and sheep
Integration of AI and computer vision for automated assessment of animal welfare
Development of welfare assurance programs

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    University of Sydney

  • 2022

    Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • 1998

    BScAgr (Hon 1)
    University of Sydney

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-current

    Adjunct Professor
    The University of New England, Australia

  • 2020-2023

    Adjunct Professor
    University of Tasmania

  • 2017-2021

    Invited Member Strategic Partnerships in Animal Welfare Management Committee
    Meat and Livestock Australia

  • 2014-current

    Deputy Chair
    Board of the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching Ltd (ANZCCART)

  • 2017-current

    Invited Member OIE Regional Animal Welfare Strategy Advisory Group

  • 2020-2021

    Invited Member National Chicken Meat Welfare Standards Committee

  • 2012-current

    Invited Member OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare Science and Bioethical Analysis Management Committee

  • 2009-2012

    Invited Member
    Reference Group for Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Sheep

  • 2010-2012

    Invited Member
    Reference Group for Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Cattle

  • 2008-2008

    Invited Member Expert Working group for Standards and Guidelines for Horses
    Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)

  • 2005-2005

    Invited Member
    Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) coordinated working group for the Appendix to the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals – The Sheep – Mulesing

Achievements and Awards

  • 2022-2022

    Top Australian Researcher in Veterinary Medicine
    Australian Research Magazine

  • 2019-2019

    CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award

  • 2011-2014

    Julius Career Award

  • 2009-2010

    Payne-Scott Award

  • 2006-2006

    Fresh Science FInalist
    Science in Public

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