Erika graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon (France) in 2003. After graduation, she did a rotating internship at the University of Montreal in small animal medicine and surgery (Canada). She then went back to France and completed a Certificate in advanced studies in internal medicine. Interested in laboratory research work, she pursued with a Master in Oncogenetics at the Medical School of Marseille (France) and worked on the side as general practitioner.
Afterwards, Erika who enjoys both clinical research and internal medicine practice, decided she wanted to broaden her knowledge and competences in both fields and continued on with a combined Master in Veterinary Sciences and residency in small animal internal medicine at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (United States). She was awarded both her Master by the University of Purdue and her Certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. During her Residency, Erika won the Osborne case report competition organized by the Phi Zeta Society which rewards the best case presentation of the year.
After her residency, Erika returned to Canada and worked for about 3 years in an emergency and referral private practice where she founded the internal medicine service. Erika has trained in her career many students, interns, veterinary nurses and mentored younger colleagues. She is definitively a team worker and has an interest in business management and teaching methods. She has given continuing education conferences and written numerous articles summaries for general practitioners. Having worked in both private and academic environments, she can prepare her students for both careers and understands the challenges of both types of practice.
Erika’s current areas of interest are minimally-invasive techniques, infectious diseases such as MRSA, haemodialysis and renal medicine, as well as liver diseases. Erika is excited to be working at the University of Queensland Veterinary Medical Centre.