In memoriam Rick Speare

Veterinary surgeon and public health physician Professor Rick Speare has died from injuries obtained in a car accident. He was 68.
Speare’s colleagues at the Wildlife Disease Association have described him as very important in the field of wildlife disease and the One Health Initiative.
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Sophia Yin remembered

Dr Sophia Yin.The international veterinary community is mourning the loss of leading animal behaviourist and low-stress handling advocate Sophia Yin.

Yin’s death was announced via her website on September 29.

Shocked and saddened,” UK dog trainer Victoria Stilwell posted on Dr Yin’s Facebook page. “You inspired so many of us and made the lives of millions of people and their pets better. Your wisdom and humanity will be greatly missed.”

Yin said she had dreamed of being a veterinarian since childhood. She graduated from UC Davis in 1993, working initially in private practice. However, when it became apparent to her more pets were euthanased for behavioural reasons than medical ones, she undertook further study in animal behaviour, achieving a Masters in Animal Science in 2001. Continue reading Sophia Yin remembered

Veterinary vaccination pioneer dies

Inge Leonard has died at age 85.

Born Inge Adele Zanger in Neandertal, Germany, Leonard’s first job was in the food industry in the microbiology side of quality control.

In 1957, she travelled to Australia on a working holiday with then-husband. She found employument as a technician in a Randwick-based veterinary biological company, Biological Institute of Australia (BIO).

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Ken Jubb dies

Emeritus Professor Ken Jubb died in Werribee on February 27 following a brief illness. Despite formally retiring in 1990, Professor Jubb continued to attend the veterinary school daily until recently.

As a world renowned pathologist, educator, mentor and a key contributor to the establishment of numerous veterinary schools, Professor Kenneth Vincent Finlayson Jubb’s leaves an impressive legacy.

After graduating from Sydney University in 1951, Jubb embarked on a career in veterinary pathology, later acting as author and editor – alongside California University’s Peter Kennedy – of editions one through four of Pathology of Domestic Animals. The fifth edition, published in 2007, was renamed Jubb and Kennedy’s Pathology of Domestic Animals. Jubb contributed to the development of the sixth edition, co-authoring the chapter on diseases of the pancreas with Andrew Stent. Continue reading Ken Jubb dies