Researcher biography

Dr Descovich is an animal scientist working at the interface between welfare, behaviour, management and zoology. She is currently a Research Fellow in UQ's School of Veterinary Science working within the Animal Welfare Standards Project, a large international collaboration between Australia and China that aims to improve livestock management and welfare. Kris has a broad range of professional industry experience, having worked within zoos, veterinary clinics, and animal shelters. Dr Descovich's research is diverse and encompasses a range of topics in animal welfare science including captive wildlife management, pain identification in animals, novel welfare methods, and applied animal ethology.


Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Unitec Institute of Technology - 2016

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Queensland - 2012

Bachelor of Applied Science, Honours (BAppSc (Hons)), University of Queensland - 2008

Masters in Biostatistics, University of Queensland (In progress)


2019 - Current. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Animal Welfare, University of Queensland

2015 - 2019. Lecturer in Animal Welfare. Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

2013 - 2015. Research Fellow in Animal Welfare. University of Stirling, Scotland