2017 Australian Vet Nurse of the Year Award

Trish and a patient

Trish Farry of the University of Queensland (UQ) has been honoured as the 2017 Australian Veterinary Nurse of the Year.

The Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia has recognised Trish for her dedication, professionalism and passion for veterinary nursing and will present her with the award at the Council’s 2018 Conference in Adelaide in March 2018.

Trish has also received an international honour in the USA, being awarded the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians’ (AVECCT ) Specialty Technician of the Year 2017 Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee.

“These two awards celebrate Trish’s performance as an outstanding member of the School and of the Australian veterinary nursing profession,” said Professor Nigel Perkins, Head of UQ’s School of Veterinary Science.

Her nominator for the Australian award, UQ veterinary science alumnus Dr Jenny Sinclair said that Trish provided opportunities for nurses to further their skills, build their confidence and ignited in them the same passion she has had for her role as a veterinary nurse during her 20-year career.

A clinical instructor in anaesthesia, Trish co-coordinates the third year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program and teaches anaesthesia and analgesia and clinical practices to undergraduate veterinary and veterinary technology students.

Her professional roles have included the Board of Regents for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the Board of Directors for the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists and currently as the Immediate Past-President of AVECCT. She is a member of UQ’s specialist team, which delivers a veterinary technology specialisation at UQ’s Gatton campus.

Jan King
Faculty of Science, University of Queensland

This article appeared in the December 2017 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal


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