NSW Executive Officer's Report

December 2017

Once again, another year is almost over and my second year as Executive Officer for the division. The division has had a busy year as you will see from Mick’s President’s report.

Advocacy has played an important and busy part of the job this year - we’ve met with government officials, government departments, attended several stakeholder meetings on a range of issues including biosecurity and companion animals, been involved in discussions on councils, strays and pounds and the list goes on. We will continue this important work on behalf of our members and hopefully will have a few wins along the way.

We’ve also had some great CPD events as well as a couple of fun social events over the last couple of months. 

Branches have been busy delivering some wonderful CPD to all our regional members. Thanks, must go out to all branch coordinators and to Tara Cashman for all the work that is done behind the scenes to pull these events together. We’ve had good numbers attending these events with a variety of speakers. The division this year has delivered 25 branch events to date. Thanks to all sponsors for these events and we hope that you will continue your support in 2018 and beyond.

14 October saw the division host the Veterinary Industry Ball at Luna Park and what a night it was.  Everyone frocked up and looked amazing. An 11-piece big band played all the hits and the dance floor was full. The photo booth had a queue the whole night and I have photographic evidence of every single photo taken in the booth.  I will include these on the division’s Facebook page once I have been through and culled!  Mark your diaries for the 2018 Masked Vet Ball which will be held on 15 September, venue to be confirmed.

The 2017 Golf Day was held at Boonie Doon Golf Course in Pagewood in October which was a beautiful course. Numbers were smaller than in previous year’s which was unfortunate but that didn’t deter our golfers. Lucky Hadley Willsallen was our only one female player on the day and happened to take away all prizes for best female golfer! The division will not be hosting the Golf Day in 2018 but that doesn’t mean that it has gone for good.  I’d like to thank all the sponsors on the day Lyppards, Idexx, Cenvet and Randlab. Photos from the Golf Day can be found on our Facebook page.

Finally, for the year was the Regional Conference held in Wagga in late November.  It may have been small in number but made up for this with the interaction between the speakers, delegates and trade. Once again thanks to our trade exhibitors – Idexx, Bova, Guild Insurance, Elite Fitouts and Natural Balance. We had the engaging Dani Hoolahan as our keynote speaker with a number of local speakers (one even brought along a collection of wildlife). Cathy Warburton was once again able to provide delegates with thought provoking insights into mental health and how to protect yourself. The workshop on the Sunday was interactive and educational.  It was great to learn more about craft beers on the brewery tour at the Thirsty Crow Brewery which also included a casual dinner on the Saturday night. Photos from the weekend can be also found on the division’s Facebook page. This unfortunately will be the last of the regional conferences as the division will only be holding one conference a year from 2018. 

Registrations will open prior to Christmas for the East Coast Roadshow – Beyond the Ether - which is to be held in Batemans Bay on 24-25 March 2018.  Dr Linda Barter, who is currently on the faculty at The University of California Davis, where she is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesiology, will be presenting on anaesthesia and analgesics. Further information and registration can be found here.

Also, don’t forget 1 March for the annual NSW Division Sailing Day. This is a great day to get together with trade and colleagues in a social setting on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Sailing Day registration is now open and can be found here.

The NSW Division office will be closed from 22 December 2017 reopening on 8 January 2018.

I’d like to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful and relaxing (hopefully) Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 

All the best


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