Julie is the Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Group. Her research interests focus on farm animal health and disease and animal welfare. Julie is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Research Committee, the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedstuffs and the BBSRC Strategy Group. In Scotland, she sits on both the Agriculture Strategy Group and the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy Group, and is a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee. She acts as Chairman of the BVA's Veterinary Policy Group (VPG). In 2003 she was awarded the G Norman Hall Medal for research into animal diseases by the RCVS Trust.