22 March 2024

CSU alumni wins major Telstra Business Award

| Jarryd Rowley
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Dr Mathew Muir accepted the award with his team in February.

CSU Alumni Dr Mathew Muir (middle) is one of the co-founders of Lyka Pet Food, which won the Telstra Best of Business National Promoting Sustainability Award. Photo: Telstra.

Charles Sturt University has long been considered a national leader when it comes to work in and delivery of veterinary science.

Now, 14 years after the university launched its popular Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science degree, inaugural alumni Dr Mathew Muir has proven the credibility and practicality of the course by winning the Telstra Best of Business National Sustainability Award for his company’s development of sustainable pet food.

“It’s an honour to represent the high calibre of education and opportunities the university offers, and I am motivated to serve as a role model, showcasing the vast potential a modern veterinary education can unlock for future graduates,” Dr Muir said.

“The versatility of career paths within veterinary science appealed to me, promising a fulfilling and dynamic career.”

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His desire to study in this field was driven by a love of animals, an interest in health sciences and a desire to interact with people from diverse backgrounds.

His career began in rural Australia and expanded to rural practices in the United Kingdom, working in a mixed animal practice.

He then worked in emergency care in London before returning to Australia and shifting toward integrative veterinary medicine, treating companion and zoo animals.

In 2018, he co-founded Lyka Pet Food, where he designs optimal nutrition products for pets while promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

It was with Lyka that Dr Muir and his team won the sustainability award.

“At Lyka, I have had the unique opportunity to merge my veterinary expertise with my passion for sustainable food development and nutrition,” he said.

“This position has allowed me to contribute significantly to the health and wellbeing of pets, as well as to the environment, by advocating for and implementing sustainable practices in the pet food industry.

“This award, focusing on small and medium businesses that are actively reducing their environmental impact, highlights the importance of driving sustainable change for a healthier planet,” he said.

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“For us at Lyka, it underscored the significance of every action we take towards sustainability, from sourcing ingredients to our production processes, and how these efforts contribute to a larger goal of ensuring the wellbeing of our planet.”

Dr Muir credits the Charles Sturt veterinary courses for offering cross-disciplinary thinking and encourages all current and future students to maintain a curiosity about the world around them.

“The comprehensive education and hands-on experiences provided by Charles Sturt University have equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in diverse and challenging roles within the veterinary and pet food industries,” he said.

“I encourage others to embrace a wide range of learning opportunities, particularly those that allow for self-directed exploration.

“Your passion and curiosity are invaluable assets as you seek to make a meaningful impact in your chosen field.”

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