Board of Directors 2016–2017

Dr Robert Johnson

Robert is based in Sydney and his current interests include clinical practice, animal welfare, wildlife research, education, and mentoring. His strengths include an ability to listen and communicate clearly, to lead quietly but effectively and to promote our profession.




Vice President
Dr Sue Beetson

Sue has been Treasurer for the two years she has served on the Board. For 15 years she was the managing partner and senior clinical pathologist at Vetpath Laboratory and now runs an in-practice clinical pathology consultancy. Sue has been on the executive of the Western Australian Division and Equine Veterinarians Australia, serving as treasurer for both groups. Sue is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Clinical Pathology at Murdoch University.




EVA Nominee
Dr Christopher Reardon

Chris is a leading rural veterinarian, company director and owner of the Warwick Veterinary Clinic group on Queensland's Darling Downs. He has served as a branch president, Secretary and President of Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA). Chris has represented the AVA on government reviews relating to equine influenza and Hendra virus.




Dr Malcolm McLennan

Malcolm filled a casual vacancy on the AVA Board from 2002-2004. He is a past President of the Queensland Division, an invited member of division committee and also honorary historian for the division. Malcolm chaired the focus group charged with the introduction of AVA VetEd, now used by over 3000 AVA members. He has helped organise the education day component of the Annual Conference since 2003 and teaches casually in the veterinary science program at the University of Queensland..




ACV nominee
Dr Robert Bonanno

Rob has served as President and on the committee of Australian Cattle Veterinarians and is that group’s nominee to the Board. He has worked predominantly in dairy practice since graduation, and is currently one of the owners of Shepparton Veterinary Clinic in Victoria. Rob was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Large Animal Clinical Science by University of Michigan Veterinary College, following a year-long internship. He has interests in dairy herd management, protocol development, dairy medicine and surgery.




Professor James Gilkerson

James has served the Association as President of both the Victorian Division and Equine Veterinarians Australia. He is an internationally-recognised expert in equine infectious diseases and has published the results of his research in Australian and international journals. James is a Fellow of the AVA and was the recipient of the AVA President’s award in 2008.




ASAVA nominee

Dr Julia Crawford

Julia is a small animal practitioner from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. She has been Treasurer and President of AVA's NSW Division and during this time was involved in issues such as Hendra, Equine Influenza, and animal welfare. She has also represented the AVA on the NSW state government Companion Animal Taskforce.




Dr Paula Parker

Paula was appointed to the Board of the AVA in 2015 as the youngest director in the association's nearly 100 year history. Paula worked in large animal and mixed practice in Gippsland before transitioning to full time emergency and critical care practice. She has been a hospital director in both referral and general practice settings. Paula has clinical postgraduate qualifications from Murdoch University and is a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Emergency and Critical Care. Paula also has postgraduate qualifications in Business and Corporate Governance.



Bob DoneleyDirector
Dr Bob Doneley

Bob has been a veterinary clinician for 33 years, including 6 years as an associate, 22 years of practice ownership and 5 years as a clinical academic. He has extensive service on AVA and other committees and organisations. As a clinical academic and Associate Professor, he now teaches undergraduate students at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton.



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