Michelle Campbell (nee Ward) graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 with a Degree in Zoology and from the same institution in 2000 with a Degree in Veterinary Science. After completing a short-term research post, she relocated to the United Kingdom and spent three years working in mixed veterinary practice. From 2004-2008 she was based at the University of Edinburgh – initially as a Resident and subsequently as Lecturer in rabbit, exotic animal and wildlife medicine and Manager of the Exotic Animal and Wildlife Clinic.
Her role at Edinburgh involved clinical veterinary work at a first opinion and referral level at the University teaching hospital, Edinburgh Zoo and a number of smaller zoos. Her position also included a significant teaching and research component. Michelle was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2005 and the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine in 2007.
In November 2008 Michelle returned to Australia to take up the post of Veterinary Officer at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. She is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and is a contributing author to a number of texts and journals. Her particular interests include zoo and wild animal nutrition, gastroenterology, veterinary critical care and conservation medicine. She is the Australasian representative on the British Veterinary Zoological Society Council and is the veterinary representative on the Taronga Conservation Committee.