Dr Rebekah Scotney

Clinical Academic

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 952


I graduated from The University of Queensland Gatton Campus in 1994, taking my first position within the School of Veterinary Science in 1994. I am an experienced Veterinary Technical Officer, qualified Veterinary Nurse and Workplace Trainer and Assessor. I have a strong background in animal husbandry and welfare, behaviour, and ethics with more than 25 years’ experience in varied animal and veterinary research paradigms. Following 18 years as Manager of the Clinical Studies Centre (CSC) within the School of Veterinary Science, I moved into an academic position and was appointed Academic Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree at UQ (2013 - 2019). Concurrently, I held the position of Director of the CSC from 2013 – 2018. I teach primarily into the BVetTech and BVSc programs but also contribute to several other animal-related programs at the UQ Gatton Campus. My passion for teaching, and commitment to instil a desire in all students to embrace life-long learning underpins my teaching and mentoring philosophy.

Myspeciality research areas include the psychology of human – animal relationships, animal behaviour and animal-related occupational trauma and healing. Having lived experience of occupational trauma and compassion fatigue, I present extensively in these subject areas as well as in psychological wellbeing and emotional intelligence. Further to presentations, I also provide interactive, thought-provoking seminars and workshops within all sectors of animal-related industries and occupations.

Research Interests

  • Mental Health Ergonomics
    Occupational Stress, Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Emotional Intelligence
  • Human-Animal Bond
    The psychology of human – animal relationships
  • Animal Welfare and Behaviour


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies, The University of Queensland


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Scotney, Rebekah and Clay, Liam (2020). Welfare of dogs and humans in animal-assisted interventions. Animal-Assisted Interventions for Health and Human Service Professionals. (pp. 139-164) Hauppauge, NY United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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