AVA Board of Directors


2019 - 2020

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 Julia Crawford - President (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.

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 Warwick Vale - Treasurer (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 Robert Johnson - Director

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.

Dr Ken Jacobs - Director

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Ken has been in equine practice for 40 years. He now runs a single person part-time practice focusing on equine lameness and imaging, discusses equine cases with students at CSU on Friday mornings and oversees his family farming activities. He has served as treasurer, president and policy councilor for Equine Veterinarians Australia as well as treasurer and policy councilor for Veterinarians in Education, Research and Academia. He was involved with the design, construction and initial operation of the Canberra Veterinary Hospital, Canberra.

Dr Paula Parker - Director

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.

Dr David Petersen - Director (ACV Nominee)

David has been a member of the AVA and the Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) for almost 20 years. David’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. . David 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.

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 Nicholas Sangster - Director

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.

Board nominations - 2021 candidates

This is an important opportunity for you to have a say in the leadership of your professional association.