Samantha Nixon

Future Leader 2017

Sheep suffer excruciating pain when they’re infected with parasites. Some can drain as much as 10% of a sheep’s blood a day. There’s an old Aussie saying that ‘the economy rode on the sheep’s back’. But sadly few people know of the slow and agonising fate of these sheep.

Westpac Scholar, Samantha Nixon is finding a solution. The bright, bio-medical scientist is researching new ways of controlling major parasites in both humans and livestock. She hopes to find an answer in the use of spider venom to treat sheep infected with drug-resistant parasitic worms.

Across the nation, farmers are financially devastated by the decimating losses to their livestock. But Samantha aims to work alongside them to save thousands of sheep every year.