Amanda trained as a vet in Australia, was a partner in Veterinary Practice in the UK, before becoming a Government Vet and current Veterinary Investigation & Surveillance Lead for Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency in the North of England.
Graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1988 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and worked in general practice in Australia before returning to the UK. Amanda was a partner for fifteen years in a two centre, 5 vet practice, in Cumbria, providing diagnostic and prophylactic veterinary medicine and surgery to farm, equine and small animal clients.
In 2007, Amanda became a Government Vet, and has worked in a number of areas providing veterinary diagnostic and consultancy services to Defra, the Food Standards Agency, Public Health & Local Authorities and to private vets and the farming industry in order to protect public health, prevent farm animal disease and promote animal health and welfare.
Amanda is a Veterinary Investigation & Surveillance Lead for the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency and manages four Surveillance Centres and thirteen Vets in the North of England.
She is a member of several organisations including; Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, British Veterinary Association, the Sheep Trust (Trustee), the Sheep Veterinary Society, Cumbria Farmers Network, National Sheep Association, and Moredun Institute.
As Secretary of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association, Amanda retains a close connection to the farming community and upland farming, finding ways to develop better communications between farmers and government and improving animal health and welfare.