Thurid graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2001. Shortly after graduation, Thurid moved to New Zealand, where she completed a PhD, which focused on pathogenic traits of uropathogenic Echerichia coli, and the possibility of treating canine or feline bacterial urinary tract infections with bacteriophages (viruses that kill bacteria). During her stay in New Zealand, Thurid also completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialist Group in Auckland. Upon its completion, Thurid returned to Europe to take up a residency position to gain specialist education in small animal internal medicine at the University College Dublin, Ireland. In 2010, she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion Animals. Since then, Thurid has worked as a researcher at the University College Dublin and as specialist in internal medicine in a large private hospital in Sweden. She joined the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital in January 2013 as lecturer, clinician and researcher.
Research projects that are offered are in applied veterinary science. In most cases, applicants must be able to register as a veterinarian in Victoria. Interest and knowledge in microbiology, molecular microbiology and/or veterinary endocrinology are desirable.