Qld News December 2017 President's Word

Welcome to 2017's final, Christmas edition of Q News, and I trust this finds you all well and looking forward to some sort of break in the coming weeks. It has been quite a year for our Division and I wish to pay tribute to the hard work of the small team who run the Division office and help with organising branch meetings and other events as well as driving the PetPEP program. So, thanks to Laurie, Camilla, Karen, Sam and Jennet.

It appears that the new Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries in the re-elected Palaszczuk Government is Mark Furner. The Queensland Division will be progressing its highest priorities with the new minister, from lay pregnancy testing, to humane poisons for control of pest species through to finally getting the Act revisited, with hopefully an independent Veterinary Surgeons Board being established. Stay tuned: we will be seeking to engage with the new minister at the earliest possible opportunity and we’ll keep you posted.

It has been quite a year, with two new Deans of vet science appointed, at UQ (Nigel Perkins) and at JCU (Bill Tranter). I want to wish both Nigel and Bill all the best for what I know is a very rewarding position – if not without its occasional challenges! This year has also seen the death of a number of valued colleagues who will be sorely missed by the profession and the wider Queensland community – among them true giants of the profession like Reg Pascoe and Peter Spradbrow. I remain in awe of the contributions men such as these made in their lifetimes of service.

Well, school is finished and the kids are restless – must be time for the beach and a bit of last-minute Santa shopping. I hope the jolly old fellow brings you just what you want later this month, and I look forward to catching up with you on Hamilton Island in March!

Have a happy and safe festive season


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