Ellie graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004, she worked in mixed practice before travelling the world during her early veterinary career. Returning to Australia and joining Veterinary Specialist Services in 2012. A short encounter with Professor Steve Haskins inspired her to her complete a residency training program (2015-2017) and achieved Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) by examination in 2019. Dr Leister became part owner of Brisbane’s Pet ICU in 2018. Which is now her primary focus, along with clinical research and continuing to develop the 24/7 critical care team.