Live trade is vet’s gateway to the world

Holly Ludeman is an experienced livestock export industry professional, working in compliance and welfare roles. The live trade allows Holly to combine her veterinary qualifications with her passion for high animal welfare standards and working with livestock.

Veterinarians play an active and prominent role in the Australia’s livestock industry.

Good welfare is good business

Holly Ludeman’s first taste of the livestock export industry came when she was awarded the Wellard Livestock Welfare scholarship in her final year of her Veterinary Medicine and Surgery studies. The scholarship enabled Holly to travel with a consignment of cattle from Townsville to Jakarta, and then onto feedlots, abattoirs and local markets in Indonesia.

After some time in private practice, Holly started working in the livestock export industry in 2013, with much of her focus since on markets in the Middle East.
She has extensive experience working in importer supply chains with veterinarians, quarantine officials and other in-market stakeholders to uphold the control, traceability and welfare of Australian livestock.

“This is such a rewarding industry to work in,” Holly said.

“It’s inspiring to think about how we are constantly working with our partners in importer markets to improve education and knowledge of animal welfare and efficient, ethical food production.

“The social and cultural challenges of the live trade are real, but I look forward to continuing to work in this industry because I'm passionate about the livestock industry. I’m proud of the way we are embracing our social licence to operate, with greater transparency and modern operational systems.”

Veterinarian Dr Holly Ludeman is passionate about livestock welfare.