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

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

New president and partnership gives AMRRIC a boost

Animal Management in Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities has announced Ted Donelan, a veterinarian from Melbourne who has worked with indigenous communities for more than 15 years, as its new President and Bayer Animal Heath as a partner.

Both are set to give AMRRIC a boost as it strives to improve animal management in Australia’s indigenous communities.

AMRRIC is a national not-for-profit organisation originally set-up by veterinarians to improve the health and welfare of companion animals and improve the overall health and wellbeing of people in Australia’s indigenous communities. Continue reading New president and partnership gives AMRRIC a boost

RSPCA Tasmania – back on track

Almost a year into the role, and with the organisation’s well-documented internal difficulties resolved, Tasmania’s RSPCA branch president Paul Swiatkowski isconfident public confidence in the organisation has now returned.

Swiatkowski has a long association with the RSPCA, having served both as a board member and state president, as well as being a former employee.

“You could say I’ve got a passion for it. My first job was RSPCA vet in Launceston. It was my first job offer when I left university over 25 years ago so I thought I’d better take it! Strangely enough I received three other job offers in about a week, but I felt honour-bound to take up the first position, which I thought would only be for about a year. It’s ended up being a lot longer than that!” Continue reading RSPCA Tasmania – back on track