2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Iris Chan


I was brought up with a slightly nomadic lifestyle. Having spent the first dozen years of my life in Hong Kong where I was born and later a year in the UK, we moved to Melbourne, where the love of nature and wildlife was instilled in me. I started my veterinary training in 2008 at the University of Cambridge. For my intercalated year I was involved in a research project investigating the role of dopamine in memory destabilization. I gained valuable experience and came to the realization that a research-based career would be very fulfilling-both for the fascination of finding things out and the application of the knowledge to improve animal welfare.


I love spending time outdoors when the weather is right! (which never seems to be the case in Cambridge). I enjoy snowboarding, cycling, walking, sailing and I'm keen to try my hands at paragliding. When I'm Cambridge-bound, I play the piano and train with the university karate and jiu-jitsu clubs regularly. When time permits, my favorite activity is to travel, meet new people and experience different cultures.

Career Goal:

After graduation I would like to go into mixed practice for a few years to develop practical clinical skills, then I plan to undertake a residency and PhD before pursuing a career as a wildlife veterinarian/ researcher. I'm interested in how genetics contribute to disease susceptibility and progression. Ultimately I would like to apply genetics research to potentially confer disease resistance in native wildlife or domestic species.