Melbourne staff awarded for contributions to vet science

June 15 / 160

Bruce Parry, Sam Morgan, Trish Stewart and David Beggs (left to right) were recognised for their contributions to the veterinary profession.
Bruce Parry, Sam Morgan, Trish Stewart and David Beggs (left to right) were recognised for their contributions to the veterinary profession.

Five University staff and alumni have received honours from the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) at the 2015 Pan Pacific Veterinary Conference.

 

Dr David Beggs, Lecturer in Cattle Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, received the President’s Award. The award recognises outstanding practical contribution to veterinary science or practice in Australia. 

Dr Beggs has worked to integrate computer technology into veterinary practice, and has written several decision-support software programs widely used in the dairy industry. He is undertaking a PhD with the University on the preservation of dairy cow welfare with increasing scale of production.

“I’m honoured and grateful to receive this award, which I have received for doing things I enjoy,” he said.  

“You get out what you put in, and I urge all vets to contribute to their association.”

Emeritus Professor Bruce Parry was made a Fellow of the AVA, the Association’s most senior award for service to the organisation. Professor Parry was a member of the Melbourne Veterinary Science faculty from 1985-2011, and has been a member of many committees of the AVA.

Professor Marshall Lightowlers was awarded honorary membership of the AVA.

Class of 2014 graduate Sam Morgan received the Don Kerr Veterinary Student Award for his strong academic record and his exceptional commitment to cattle medicine.

Dr Morgan is the first Tasmanian to win the award. He has had a lifelong interest in cattle, having followed his parents around the country as they worked in wool, beef, dairy and lamb production.

He began his own career as a stockman in the Northern Territory before moving to Melbourne to study Veterinary Science. 

In February Dr Morgan began work at Scottsdale Veterinary Services in his home state of Tasmania.

Meanwhile, alumna Trish Stewart received a meritorious service award for long-term service to the AVA. Dr Stewart teaches veterinary nursing at Box Hill Institute and has previously been a small animal surgical resident and surgical registrar with the University and president of the Victorian division of the AVA.

Story by Stuart Winthrope

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