While growing up, my family was involved in farming and commercial fishing. My father was a teacher in animal agriculture, inspiring me to pursue my education in veterinary medicine. After graduating university, I was a professor for over a decade, working in the field of pre-veterinary medicine. During my tenure, I was also heavily involved in research focused on reproduction, nutrition, and behaviour in cattle, horses, pigs, and many exotic species such as elephants, rhinoceros, and others. These experiences help me relate the theory I teach to our ākonga and connect it to their field of study.