Joanna Hosie-Kingham qualified from Edinburgh vet school in 2004. She worked in companion animal practice in London until last year, when she became regulatory affairs manager for Elanco.
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What made you decide to join industry?
I really enjoyed working in general practice as a vet, but industry for me held more opportunities to develop in other areas. I wanted to retain my clinical knowledge but have the opportunity to work with scientists in specialised areas other than veterinary medicine.
How did you get to where you are today?
I spent seven years in general practice; after qualifying, I joined a mixed practice in south Wales before moving to London where I worked entirely with small animals.
How do you spend a typical day?
No day is typical. My day can be spent in the office working with team members on projects or taking part in meetings. Travel can also be a key part of my job.
What do you like about your job?
As a vet I am still able to use the practical and business knowledge I gained from practice. I enjoy revisiting the basic science from early university years. I like the fact that no day is typical and that things change daily and sometimes even hourly!
What do you not like?
Occasionally I miss being able to cuddle the in-patients!
Why is your job important?
In the early stages of developing new veterinary medicines, I am able to provide helpful insights and pass on the experiences I gained from working in practice. The development and ongoing assessment of products will lead to better clinical care.
What advice would you give to someone considering a similar career?
Talk to as many people as possible who work in industry. There are many varied roles, not all of which you hear much about when at veterinary school.
What's the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Thinking ahead in the veterinary profession is important, and picturing yourself in a number of scenarios will help you decide where you really want to be.
What was your proudest moment?
Being a vet is really important to me as a professional, and graduating from the ‘Dick Vet’ remains one of my happiest days.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I wish I could remember!