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