Veterinary radiologist receives highest academic honour

Graeme Allan and Hugo.Veterinary specialist radiologist Graeme Allan will be awarded a Doctor in Veterinary Science (DVSc) this year in recognition of his prolific contribution to the field of veterinary diagnostic imaging.

The DVSc is a rare honour, awarded to outstanding researchers whose body of work is deemed to have made a consistent and distinguished contribution to veterinary science. Candidates submit a collection of original publications for assessment by examiners who are considered pre-eminent in their respective research field.

The unusual thing in Allan’s case is that his clinical research was undertaken while running a busy private specialist practice. As such he is the first Australian veterinarian in private practice to receive the DVSc by examination.

His thesis, ‘Radiological Studies of Disease in Companion and Zoo Animals’, is a compilation of more than 45 years of collaborative studies looking into a range of conditions, including pioneering studies on contrast radiography, oesophageal dysfunction, radiotherapy for treatment of cancer in companion animals right through to new forms of rickets in rex kittens, osteochondrosis in the cheetah and osteocondritis in snow leopards. Continue reading Veterinary radiologist receives highest academic honour

Vet nurse wins national award

Sunshine Coast veterinary nurse Alyce Murphy has become the first Australian to receive the Hill’s Vet Nurse of the Year Award.

The inaugural award was presented to the 23-year-old in Sydney in conjunction with National Vet Nurse Day.

Murphy, who was nominated by her employer at Lamington Terrace Vet Surgery in Nambour for her contribution to the care of patients and their owners, said she was honoured by the award.

“There is nothing better than coming to work and helping families with pets overcome illness and sending them back home healthy again, she said. Continue reading Vet nurse wins national award

Geoffrey Lodge: from Boyup to Queen’s Birthday honours

Western Australian ornithologist Geoffrey Lodge has been recognised for his work studying birds as part of the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2011. Geoffrey Lodge was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, for service to ornithology which caps a remarkable career involving over forty years volunteer work studying birds in association with the WA Museum.

Geoffrey is a former farmer and shire president from the Western Australian wheat belt town of Boyup Brook, who is now retired along with his wife Diana living near Albany on WA’s south coast. Geoffrey’s interest in birds started from an early age growing up on a farm near Beverley, which is about 120kms east of Perth. Continue reading Geoffrey Lodge: from Boyup to Queen’s Birthday honours