As a former agricultural consultant, Jan Davis is no stranger to the issues facing animals in both an agricultural and non-agricultural setting.
The former head of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association says it is exactly this understanding of how the agriculture industry ticks, along with her well-cultivated advocacy skills, which will hold her in good stead in her newest role, which was announced on Monday.
Ms Davis has been announced as the new chief executive of the RSPCA, replacing outgoing chief executive and head vet Andrew Byrne.
"I have always had a passion for critters," she said.
Ms Davis said she had seen first hand the many ways farmers navigate animal welfare and, as such, was no stranger to it.
"Part of the benefit that I can bring is my understanding of the broader agricultural landscape. I have worked in that industry for many years and have gained credibility in an agricultural sense," she said.
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Personally, she also has three dogs, two West Highland white terriers and one rehomed Tibetan terrier. She has also owned cats as companions.
Ms Davis said the RSPCA was, like any organisation, transitioning due to the coronavirus pandemic, but said one silver lining to people spending more time at home was they were understanding the value of pets.
"We have seen the number of companion animals be adopted has increased [since the restrictions have been in place] and people are starting to understand the value of a pet," she said.
The RSPCA has undergone some vast changes in the past few years, with the systematic downgrade of its animal adoptions facilities, Ms Davis said the focus remained on animal welfare.
"The RSPCA is an iconic organisation that all Tasmanians know, and a focus for me, would be to make sure that name is front and centre when it comes to all animal welfare matters," she said.
Ms Davis said it was too early to discuss if the RSPCA would make a return to animal adoption services, after closing the Launceston and Hobart centres.
The Launceston Centre lease was taken up jointly by the Dogs Home of Tasmania and Just Cats, who run services from the Mowbray site.
"What I will say, is that there are services who are out there right now in that space who are doing a fantastic job, and they don't need us coming in to crowd the market," she said.
Dr Byrne, who announced he was leaving the role last year, will be staying on in the interim to provide his expertise as head veterinarian.
Ms Davis said Dr Byrne was invaluable and she would be working in partnership with him, but she did not know how long he would be with the organisation.