‘History of Your Veterinary Practice’ Virtual Poster Competition

by Tucak P
08 Apr 2021
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With the AVA celebrating its Centenary in 2021, veterinary practices are invited to participate in the ‘History of Your Veterinary Practice’ poster competition - an initiative where veterinarians can share the history of their veterinary practice through developing and designing a poster. 

The posters can be produced using PowerPoint, or by utilising one of the many online poster design websites. All submitted posters will be grouped, according to the state in which the practice is located, and displayed at the relevant AVA Centenary Roadshow Conference. The top 10 posters (judged by the AVA Centenary Committee) will also be featured in the AVA Digest as well as on the AVA Website, AVA Social Media sites and the Vet Voice website.  

“We’re putting the call out for veterinary practices to trace their history, and even consider contacting their local council to get any historical information from local archives – and have some fun putting together a poster featuring the unique history of their veterinary practice as part of our AVA Centenary celebrations,” said AVA President Dr Warwick Vale. 

Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital in Sydney has already started developing their poster content, which highlights how, in the 1930’s as Australia was starting to recover from the Great DepressionUniversity of Sydney veterinary graduate Major Norman Larkin purpose built the vet hospital in 1934. 

Major Larkin was a notable equine veterinarian, with an ambulatory practice and he also worked at Randwick Racecourse and provided veterinary care to the horse studs in the Hunter Valley. Major Larkin would also treat small animal patients, which he saw in the evenings once he returned from his equine work. His team of veterinary nurses would run the vet practice during the day. 

“Major Larkin was well loved, kind and generous, and notoriously bad at collecting fees. It wasn’t until the 1960s that small animal veterinary practices started in Sydney. Dr Robert Steel started in the early 1960s and university staff such as Professor Lennie Larson used to come in and assist with surgeries.”  

“Dr Robert Steel purchased the practice from Major Larkin in 1964 and Dr Anthony Mosman joined him in partnership about 10 years later,” explained Dr Julia Crawford who joined the partnership when Dr Steel retired in 2000 

When Dr Mosman retired in 2015, Dr Ray Chan became a partner in the practice with Dr Crawford. “All of our partners have been AVA members. Five owners in 86 years - and still in the same purpose built practice but with the modern essentials added in!” said Dr Crawford. 

The closing date for submission of posters to the AVA is 30 June 2021. 

 

Further details plus terms and conditions 

Who can participate?

Any veterinary practice in Australia can participate.

How to enter

Bring to life the history of your practice, through accessing archives relating to your practice and drawing on the knowledge of previous practice owners and staff. You may even find that your local council is a good source of information on the history of your practice. Collate this data and then format it as a one-page virtual poster using an online platform or PowerPoint. Once you have completed your poster, send it through to us at communications@ava.com.au.

Poster judging criteria

  1. The detail of the historical information presented and how effectively this information is brought to life.
  2. The visual/design aspect of the poster.

All submitted posters will be grouped, according to the state in which the practice is located, and displayed at the relevant AVA Centenary Roadshow Conference.

The top 10 posters (judged in accordance with the above criteria) will also be featured in the AVA Digest as well as on the AVA Website, AVA Social Media sites and the Vet Voice website.

By entering the competition, you agree to have your poster displayed at AVA Centenary Roadshow Conferences and also be featured in the AVA Digest as well as on the AVA Website, AVA Social Media sites and the Vet Voice website should your poster be selected as one of the top 10.

The posters will be judged by the AVA Centenary Committee.

Further questions?

Please contact us at communications@ava.com.au

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