Prior to commencing BVSc studies, Brett completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Class 1 Honours at James Cook University. His honours research was in the field of Microbiology and Immunology and focused on Helicobacter pylori infection in cats.

Brett graduated as a veterinarian from the University of QLD with Class I Honours in 2001 and worked in mixed animal practice on the outskirts of Brisbane.

In 2004 he returned to the University of QLD to undertake a pathology internship/residency funded by QML Vetnostics, and a concurrent Masters research project investigating E.coli serotype 0157 infection in cattle.

In 2006, Brett lectured in clinical pathology at the University of QLD, worked as a pathologist at QML Vetnostics and attained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Pathology.

In 2007-2008, he worked as a diagnostic pathologist at Cytopath Ltd in the UK, before returning to QML. Brett has extensive experience in both clinical pathology and histopathology with a special interest in cytology, immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Clinical Pathology