Posted By: Jessica Ramsden
“Because the world needs science, and science needs women”1: Remembering former Elanco researcher on the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science
A scholarship for women in agricultural and animal sciences at The University of Sydney, Australia, honours former Elanco researcher Kristina Hacket, and provides future opportunity for Women and Girls in Science.
February 11th is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This year, Elanco remembers and celebrates former animal science researcher, colleague and friend Kristina Hacket, who passed away in November 2017. Funded through donations from Elanco, other animal health organizations, family and friends, a scholarship in Kristina’s memory is now offered by The University of Sydney – for women studying agriculture and animal sciences.
Kristina Hacket was a member of the research team at Elanco for more than 20 years. As a colleague and researcher, Kristina inspired many of us working alongside her in agriculture, veterinary science and the animal health industry. She drew enormous respect for her intellect, thoroughness and integrity, both inside and outside the company, and made a significant contribution to this business through her commitment to excellence. She was also a fierce advocate for women in science, and for her female colleagues.
Kristina was responsible for the planning and implementation of pre-clinical and clinical studies to support the registration of numerous products used in sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and companion animals, including well-known sheep lousicides Extinosad Eliminator and Extinosad Pour-On. In doing so, her work has benefited the health and welfare of millions of animals across Australia and around the world.
There might be a lot of things that Kristina would not recognise about Elanco today. A larger and independent company with a strong digital presence, a more significant and growing portfolio in pet health, and a more significant presence across growing Asian markets. What she would recognise however, because it continues to be engrained in everything we do, is our organisation’s passionate commitment to healthy animals and how they make life better… to integrity and excellence in research, and the many very talented and dedicated women and men who work in animal health.
According to the UN, we need diverse solutions to our biggest challenges and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution.2 This University of Sydney scholarship in memory of Kristina is a legacy that reflects the positive impact she had on so many of us – her friends and colleagues, Elanco’s customers around the world, and the animals in their care. Maybe a future beneficiary will be able to follow in Kristina’s footsteps, conducting animal health research for Elanco, and helping to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.
To learn how to apply for the Kristina Hacket Memorial Scholarship, visit https://www.sydney.edu.au/scholarships/d/the-kristina-hacket-memorial-scholarship.html
To donate to the Kristina Hacket Memorial Scholarship, visit University of Sydney - In loving memory of Kristina Hacket
For details about the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, visit
2 International Day of Women and Girls in Science | United Nations