Veterinary business groups to merge

The Australian Veterinary Association has announced that its practice management special interest group, AVAPM, will be joining forces with the Australian Veterinary Business Association (AVBA) from 1 January 2017.

Amalgamation will create the Veterinary Business Group, a new body which will become part of the AVA, and will provide support to veterinary practice managers.

“This move is an . . . → Read More: Veterinary business groups to merge

Veterinary Associations prioritise animal welfare

Two major veterinary associations have listed animal welfare as their top strategic priority in response to overwhelming feedback from veterinarians.

In February the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) launched its 2016-2021 five year strategy, with animal welfare taking the number one position of five priority areas. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) also launched its new animal welfare policy, entitled Vets Speaking Up for Animal Welfare. Both policies stress the need for veterinarians to advocate animal welfare.

AVA President Robert Johnson said that while there was an assumption that every veterinarian has the welfare of animals on their agenda, there was a need to “make a clear statement that animal welfare is a top priority.” Continue reading Veterinary Associations prioritise animal welfare

New AVA president announced

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson said he is honoured to be elected as the new national president of the AVA.

“The opportunity to lead the profession that I enjoy being part of so much is a source of great pride for me,” he said.

“I’m really excited about the future and our current focus areas of continuing professional development, antimicrobial resistance, graduate support and animal welfare.”

Johnson graduated in veterinary science from the University of Sydney in 1977, after which he worked in a practice in Blacktown in Sydney’s west.

In 1983, he set up his own veterinary practice with his veterinarian wife, Jane, in Springwood. Continue reading New AVA president announced

Responsible antibiotic use is important, says AVA

The AVA used its platform to promote responsible use of antibiotics in animals for Australian Antibiotic Awareness Week in November.

Spokesperson Stephen Page said vets take their obligation to minimise the risk of resistant superbugs seriously.

“While resistance mainly originates from antibiotic use in humans, there’s evidence that the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals also contributes to . . . → Read More: Responsible antibiotic use is important, says AVA

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