Cate graduated with a BVSc in 1987 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a clinician in equine private practice for several years before completing her Residency Program at Murdoch University and Michigan State University, becoming a Fellow of the ANZCVSc in Equine Surgery in 1997. She has worked as an Equine Surgeon at several university teaching hospitals in Australia and the USA, including 2006-2020 at the University of Melbourne (Associate Professor in Equine Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation) where she is currently an Honorary Principal Fellow. As a locum Equine Surgeon she has worked in Australia and the Middle East, and as a Contractor Veterinarian she worked for many years at Thoroughbred and Harness racing meetings in Australia. Cate has worked for several large Thoroughbred racing clubs including Singapore Turf Club (2002-2005) and Hong Kong Jockey Club (2020-current) where she is employed as a Principal Veterinarian. She has numerous publications relating to her research interests in the health and performance of equine athletes, with a particular interest in musculoskeletal disorders. In 2016 she became a Diplomate of the ACVSMR and maintains a keen interest in the prevention and management of disease and injuries in Thoroughbred Racehorses.