Beth Appleyard

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I spend a lot of time working with site managers and veterinarians who are under immense pressure to control disease, in particular sea lice, and all of whom still have a real drive to find new ways of solving this issue which I find very inspiring.

Beth Appleyard

Development Manager, Benchmark Animal Health, UK

1. How long have you been with Benchmark?

I’ve been with Benchmark for six and a half years now. How time flies!

2. Where were you before and why did you join Benchmark?

Before I joined Benchmark, I had just graduated in Zoology from University of Aberdeen without a clue about what I wanted to go on to do with it. Luckily a meeting with Roland, a Benchmark co-founder, focussed my attention on a career working with people determined to make a difference and the opportunity to join a new R&D team came up not long after so I figured why not work with fish!

3. Can you describe your role?

My role is centred around the management of a number of our pharmaceutical pipeline projects, mostly sea lice treatments. This entails taking the project from proof of concept, right through the regulatory trials required for registration and finally into the field trial phase where we prove it actually works under a commercial setting. I am currently focussed on one project which is nearing the end of development and involves a significant time spent in the field monitoring the field trial progress and ensuring all the data is gathered correctly.

Beth work on the development of a number of our pharmaceutical pipeline projects, mostly sea lice treatments

4. What’s your favourite part of the role?

“Engaging with fish farmers and veterinarians as part of the field trial and getting a better understanding of the challenges they face and how we might better help them. It is also hugely satisfying to see the results of a project that you have worked on for years, under laboratory settings, being transferred out to the field and being able to make a real difference to the sea lice control at a practical level.”

5. What’s your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is time management. There is a substantial amount of time spent travelling and there are many people involved in a field trial so ensuring everyone is aware of what we are doing and why takes a lot of time but is in the end the most rewarding part.

Beth spends a lot of time on site working with producers and veterinarians understanding the challenges they face

6. Tell us about the people you work with

Within Benchmark I work most closely with other members of the R&D team who are always on hand to lend an ear and talk through a particularly tricky study design or drop everything and fly out to Norway to lend support to the field trial, which has happened on more than one occasion! I also spend a lot of time working with site managers and veterinarians who are under immense pressure to control disease, in particular sea lice, and all of whom still have a real drive to find new ways of solving this issue which I find very inspiring.

7. If you were CEO for the day, what would you do?

I would organise an international meeting for all Benchmark employees to ensure connections and conversations were made between different parts of the business and allow us to feel part of something bigger.

8. What makes you happy?

Seeing the fruits of so many years work finally start to translate to something which can have a real impact in the field. Also chocolate!