Sue has been the general manager of Animal Expert Witness Service since 2009. Sue has expertise in managing expert opinion cases and technical consulting requests. She has specific expertise in the area of horses, people and accidents especially as it relates to the Olympic disciplines of show jumping, eventing and dressage. Sue is also knowledgeable about the conduct of riding schools, trail riding businesses and educational programs where the students may start with minimal knowledge of horse behaviour.
Sue has a broad interest in agriculture and animals. Sue was raised on a 10,000 acre farm in the eastern wheat belt of Western Australia, a sheep and grain property now managed by her brother. Sue has travelled and worked in the UK and Europe. Sue spent a period of time Brucellosis testing cows on farms. She holds an Associate Diploma in Agriculture (Equine Stud Management) completed in 1979 at Muresk Agricultural College, Western Australia . This was upgraded to a Bachelor of Business in Agriculture as a result of a return to study for 2 years in 1883 and 1984 at Curtin University, Western Australia. Sue is a dressage competitor today after retirement from competition in the higher risk sports of show jumping and eventing in her younger years . She is an Equestrian Australia level 2 equestrian coach . This qualification is part of the Australian National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS). Sue has also completed a certificate in Assessment and Training and holds a current Victorian Institute of Teaching registration. Sue has been involved in the purchase, education and sale of equestrian horses across Australia and New Zealand. Sue is the current secretary of the Port Philip Show Jumping Club, who are active in the development of horse competition facilities and running competitions. This role gives Sue an understanding of the liability issues organisers of horse competitions face. Sue has been involved in the talent development of young riders. Sue managed her daughter Katherine’s journey, which culminated in Katherine representing Australia and New Zealand at the World Children’s Show Jumping Championship in the USA in 2006. Sue was between 1985 and 2005 the practical skills co ordinator for the Marcus Oldham College Diploma in Horse Management. Today she is involved in the tuition of secondary school students who are enrolled in the Victorian secondary school horse management program.
Sue is also a dog breeder. Today she breeds and sells standard poodle puppies.
Animal Expert Witness Service is the only expert witness service dedicated solely to animals. Angela Arscott was the inaugural general manager. She was largely responsible for the growth and high standard of personal service for which animal expert witness has become known. Angela worked in the legal profession for 40 years, commencing as a legal secretary and working in many legal areas including case briefing and court appearances. Angela was in charge of the recruitment and registration of our experts, handling enquiries from solicitors and the general day to day office administration. Tragically Angela died from bowel cancer but trained Sue Stewart the current general manager
The goal of Animal Expert Witness Service is to provide the right consultant for each job.