Ross Templeman

Ross is Adelaide born and bred, growing up with a love of animals and the country. He attended Urrbrae Agricultural High School for secondary education, and then studied Agricultural Science at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, with Honours in Animal Science. This degree was complemented with a degree in Agricultural Economics studied at UNE in Armidale NSW.

Ross undertook secondary Education studies and became an Agriculture Teacher for the SA Department for Education. He has spent time teaching on the Yorke Peninsula, in the Riverland, at Urrbrae and now in the Adelaide Hills. Whilst teaching, he also spent 11 years as the Chief Assessor for Agricultural & Horticultural Science for the SSABSA/SACE Board. Due to an interest, he undertook study in Law and was admitted in NSW.

Ross currently serves on the SA Department for Education Animal Ethics Committee, and the Law Society of SA Animal Law committee. His hobby interests, over numerous years he has run his own Belted Galloway beef cattle stud and shown Terrier dogs.

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