summer 2015 interns abacusbio

Meet our summer 15 interns!

AbacusBio took on four interns – over summer – whose high calibre and commitment have brought fresh ideas and new perspectives to the team.

Tom Kirk (left) is studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance at the University of Otago.

He worked with AbacusBio consultants Peter Amer and Tim Byrne on investigating the benefits of adding value to New Zealand food exports.

Tom is continuing to work part-time at AbacusBio, while completing his studies.

Hilary Thomson (second from left) has just completed a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Otago.

Passionate about animal behaviour, she assisted AbacusBio consultants Nicola Dennis and Jo Kerslake with reviewing literature on the production effects of clinical and sub-clinical diseases in dairy cows.

Hilary is currently taking a gap year, after which she intends to pursue postgraduate study involving animal behaviour and conservation.

Matthew Ankerson (third from left) is studying towards a Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) at Otago Polytechnic.

He worked with AbacusBio consultants Mark Teviotdale and Chris Li on the conversion and modernisation of Alliance Group’s meat quality data importer application.

Growing up on a sheep farm near Lawrence at Otago, Matthew has another year to go to gain his degree, after which he is looking forward to working in the IT sector with an agricultural focus.

Tanvi Ashok (far right) is completing a BIT degree at Otago Polytechnic.

She worked with AbacusBio consultants Jude Sise and Reuben Evans on technical documentation for the AniCloud software that AbacusBio is developing in-house.

Tanvi hopes to get a full-time job in the IT sector after completing her degree.