Board of Directors 2018 - 2019

Dr Paula ParkerPresident
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 DoneleyVice President
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.




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.




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.



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. 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. Malcolm is an inspirational teacher and leader in veterinary education with a passion for cattle medicine and welfare, and the well-being of graduates.



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.





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.




Ken JacobsDirector
Dr Ken Jacobs

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 EVA as well as treasurer and policy councilor for VERA. He was involved with the design, construction and initial operation of the Canberra Veterinary Hospital, Canberra Equine Hospital and Charles Sturt University Veterinary Clinical Centre.




Dr Debbie NeutzeDirector
Dr Debbie Neutze

Debbie worked in several positions in the AVA over the last 10 years, including Policy Manager, National Strategy Manager, National Strategy and Services Manager, NSW Division Executive Director and AVPMA Executive Officer. She started her veterinary career as a small animal practitioner, owning and managing three successful practices in Sydney. She has also served on the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board, including Chair of Complaints and as the external members on the Sydney Universities Veterinary Facilities Financial Sustainability Board.




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