PhD(Agric) in Animal Science,
Born in George, raised on dairy farm, studied BscAgric at the University of Stellenbosch, worked as part-time MSc student on the Oudtshoorn Research Farm from 2000. Obtained MSc with distinction at the University of Witwatersrand for thesis entitled “Behaviour and management of ostriches in relation to skin damage on commercial ostrich farms”. Appointed as researcher at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in 2004. Obtained PhD(Agric) in 2013 from the University of Stellenbosch.