After working at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Heidi completed veterinary school at Murdoch University. Following a couple of years in small animal general practice she undertook a three-year specialty training programme in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, after which she became a board-certified specialist of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. During her training program, Heidi worked on research looking at nociception as detected by electroencephalography of halothane-anaesthetised Bos indicus bulls.
Next, Heidi moved to New Zealand to undertake a doctoral program with Massey University, researching electroencephalography use in anaesthetised domestic pigeons as a potential tool for nociceptive assessment. During her time in New Zealand Heidi worked as a clinical anaesthetist and Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Massey University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Biomedical and translational research anaesthesia, particularly associated with swine, has been an ongoing interest.
Heidi is now a senior lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia at CSU.