Nicholls tops AVA board


Julia NichollsAdelaide small animal veterinarian Julia Nicholls has been elected president of the Australian Veterinary Association Board.


I have been on the board for four years and have served terms as treasurer and vice president. I have been fortunate in having the support and friendship of my fellow directors during that time,” Nicholls said. “As president, I will benefit from the strong financial and governance foundations we have built for the AVA. From this foundation, we will be able to continue to be a strong voice for the profession and to work to achieve more for our members.“I am very aware of the trust they have placed in me and my responsibility to represent them and to drive the success of our profession.”


Sydney unusual and exotics veterinarian Robert Johnson and Melbourne virologist James Gilkerson also begin three-year terms as elected directors, and Shepparton cattle vet Rob Bonanno is Board nominee for Australian Cattle Veterinarians.


The reshuffle follows the sudden death of former director and cattle expert Alastair Henderson on May 16. Continue reading Nicholls tops AVA board

First the floods, now animal welfare issues

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPA) and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) have advised flood-hit communities to be prepared for animal welfare issues.

DPI Bourke’s veterinary officer Charlotte Cavanagh, said a number of ailments become more prevalent in wet conditions.

“When the floods are on, a lot of animals are standing in water, so hooves become softened, which can lead the way to foot abscesses, especially when access to stock becomes limited due to the water,” she said.

Cavanagh said the combination of flooding and warm weather could also pose problems. Continue reading First the floods, now animal welfare issues