CDE Fellow: Ayona Silva-Fletcher
Ayona qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and then did an MSc in Animal Nutrition and a PhD in University of Aberdeen, UK. Her PhD was on rumen bacteria and she spent most of her time in Aberdeen working with sheep and cattle. Following this Ayona spent several years in post-doctoral and teaching appointments at the University of London (Royal Postgraduate Medical School), University of Leiden, the Netherlands and finally at the Open University in Milton Keynes. Ayona joined the RVC in 2003 as the Director of Distance Learning and played a major role in expanding the programme with the development of a new MSc and a short course framework. Ayona is also the course director for the MSc in Livestock Health and Production by Distance Learning. In 2008 Ayona moved to her current position in LIVE to take a leading role in developing a new MSc in Veterinary Education.