Sonya Bettenay graduated with an honors degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne and worked in small animal medicine, as an emergency vet, in the nutrition industry, but for the past 32 years as a dermatologist and dermatopathologist (both academia and private practice). She is a Fellow of the ANZCVS and a Diplomate of the ECVD.
She was co-chair of the program committee for WCVD8, has been a member of multiple other national and international program committees and was a longstanding board member of the International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology. Her teaching activities now center on the Distance Education in Dermatology program with the CVE at Sydney University and the dermatopathology training of ECVD residents. She has multiple publications and has been an invited speaker at many international and national meetings in every continent except Antarctica. Sonya divides her professional time between her clinical dermatology referral practice and an independent dermatopathology service.