AVA Board of Directors


2020 - 2021

The AVA is governed by a distinguished Board of Directors, each of which is appointed according to the association’s constitution.

Six directors are elected by members, and three are nominated by each of the three largest special interest groups. All directors have a three-year term, and the President and Vice President are elected by the Board with their powers and responsibilities detailed in the constitution.


Dr Warwick Vale - President (EVA Nominee)

Warwick is an experienced equine practitioner who has practised in the Northern Suburbs of Perth for over 30 years. He has held numerous positions on the Equine Veterinarians Australia executive, including President, and during this time was involved in issues such as Hendra, Equine Influenza, Racing Licensing and governance change. He is an ex-Chairman and Director of Equestrian Australia. He currently owns and manages a 5 vet equine hospital and has previously owned mixed and small animal based practices. Warwick is an AVA Fellow.

Dr Bob Doneley - Vice President

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.

Dr Nicholas Sangster - Treasurer

Nick is a registered Veterinary Parasitologist with a background in academia and research. In teaching he has more than 30 years’ experience teaching undergraduates and postgraduates. In research he is an international expert in resistance to antiparasitic drugs and was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Parasitology. Nick was a Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Sydney and Professor of Pathobiology at Charles Sturt where he was also Head of School from 2011 to 2016. His previous Board roles include the Veterinary Surgeon's Board of NSW. He has past or present engagements with APVMA, OIE and MLA.

Dr Julia Crawford - Director (ASAV Nominee)

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.

Bronwyn Orr

Dr Bronwyn Orr - Director

Bronwyn is a recent graduate passionate about animal welfare and the veterinary progression. She received her veterinary degree from James Cook University in 2013, and has gone on to obtain a Master of Science degree and Membership with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She has previously worked in general practice, government and animal welfare policy. She is currently completing a PhD through the University of Sydney and works in private practice, government and teaching.


Dr Matthew David Petersen - Director (ACV Nominee)

Matthew has been a member of the AVA and the Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) for almost 20 years. Matthew's dedication to cattle veterinarians is reflected in his substantial service to the ACV and he has served as ACV President, ACV Vice President and ACV Treasurer all for a number of years. Matthew is an Accredited Pregnancy Testing examiner for Australian Cattle Veterinarians and an Australian Veterinary Reserve Member since inception. David has been director and shareholder of Southern Riverina Vets, Cowbank Pty Ltd and Northern group lead Apiam Animal Health.

Dr Sally Colgan - Director

Since graduating (USyd 1990) I have been involved in many aspects of our profession - mixed practice, referral and university equine practice, wildlife, the pharmaceutical industry and research. An AVA member for over 20 years, current AVI President and past convenor of the AVA national conference (2014-2018), I believe in our Association and its unwavering commitment to animal health and welfare.

Dr Alan Guilfoyle - Director

A member of the AVA since 1969 with a wealth of 48 years’ experience as a GP veterinarian.  A member of EVA, ASAVA and VBG, an executive member of the ACV serving as President from 2017-2019.

This included fighting the deregulation of pregnancy testing in Queensland.  With over 25 years of thoroughbred racing administration experience at control body level in Queensland.  I’m passionate about the sustainability of veterinary practices, ethics, the welfare of veterinarians and the mentoring of students.

Dr Meredith Flash - Director

Since graduating from the University of Melbourne (2006), Meredith has been an active member of AVA, as a mentor with AVA’s mentoring program, past President of EVA and the EVA’s young member group, and a committee member for over 10 years.

She has convened the Equine stream at the AVA Conference and VetFest 2020. In these roles she has had the opportunity to engage with and advocate for members, in particular new graduates.

She looks forward to continuing to contribute to the mental health of veterinarians and sustainability of the profession as an AVA Board member.