Maurine graduated from the University of Queensland in 1987 and worked as a new graduate in mixed practice in Maffra, Victoria and Moruya in New South Wales.
After several years travelling and working as a locum, she settled on a career in surgery and commenced a surgical internship in 1993.
Maurine completed a surgical residency at Murdoch University in 1996 before taking up a registrar position at the University of Queensland. The following year she undertook additional training in surgical oncology via a fellowship at Colorado State University and in 1998 attained fellowship in small animal surgery with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Since 1997 Maurine has worked exclusively in veterinary oncology. She is a registered specialist in small animal surgery and surgical oncology. Her strong interests are in mast cell tumours, oral tumours and thoracic and reconstructive surgery.
Maurine has written several book chapters on surgical oncology and is a recognised supervisor of specialist oncologists in Australia.
Her other non-veterinary interests include bushwalking, catering to the needs of two teenagers, a 13-year-old Cavalier King Charles (without a heart murmur!), four cats and a large garden. Her husband supports her and their friends with his craft brewing, and the bar is always open!