Rebekah Scotney


Rebekah graduated from The University of Queensland Gatton Campus in 1993, taking her first position within the School of Veterinary Science shortly thereafter. Rebekah is an experienced Veterinary Technical Officer, and the first qualified Veterinary Nurse to hold a PhD in the Veterinary Sciences, specialising in occupational trauma and compassion fatigue. Rebekah is a passionate researcher and educator specialising in the psychology of human – animal relationships, currently supervising several postgraduate students through their Research Higher Degree pursuits. With a strong background in animal husbandry and welfare, behaviour, and ethics, and more than 25 years’ experience in varied animal and veterinary research and teaching paradigms, Rebekah has a passion for teaching, and a commitment to instil a desire in all students to embrace life-long learning. 

Having lived experience of occupational trauma and compassion fatigue, Rebekah presents extensively in this subject area as well as in psychological wellbeing and emotional intelligence across all sectors of animal-related industries and occupations. She is highly regarded in her field, particularly for her leadership and mentoring expertise.


Guide to a Mentally Healthy Workplace: Acknowledging Risk Factors & Taking Action

Speaker: Rebekah Scotney

A Team-Based Approach to Mental Health Ergonomics: Implementing Wellness in the Veterinary Practice

Speaker: Rebekah Scotney