Mandi completed her clinical veterinary training (BVSc Hons) at the University of Sydney, Australia in 1998 after which she worked as a veterinary surgeon in the field of equine reproductive and neonatal medicine. Her clinical work included two seasons at Scone Veterinary Hospital Australia, under the leadership of Dr Jane Axon, and a breeding season at Newmarket Equine Hospital. In 2006 she received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University for which she was the recipient of the universities Frank Fenner Medal and Dewar Prize. Mandi’s postdoctoral training was in the USA under the mentorship of Professor Douglas Antczak at Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University where she consolidated her current research interests in equine reproductive biology and pregnancy biology.
In 2008, she was appointed to faculty at the Royal Veterinary College where she is currently a Reader in Reproductive Immunology and heads up the Equine Pregnancy Laboratory. Mandi’s laboratory, which is currently funded by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Horserace Betting Levy Board and Alborada Trust primarily focuses on the key mechanisms that regulate normal physiological events of pregnancy in the mare and the pathology that underlies pregnancy failure. Although she no longer practices herself, she collaborates closely with a number of equine veterinarians working in specialist reproduction practices across the UK who all make significant contributions to the projects, including Rossdales LLP, Newmarket Equine Hospital and Equine Reproductive Services amongst others. She is currently a member of the International Equine Reproduction Symposium Committee, on Council for the Society of Reproduction and Fertility and is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Reproduction.