Listen: The future of veterinary education

On Thursday 2 August 2018, Professor Norman Williamson delivered the 2018 DC Blood Oration, part of the Faculty's Dean's Lecture Series.

Professor Williamson 2018 DC Blood Oration presentation

Professor Williamson presented highlights from an Australasian Veterinary Boards Council report of a forum in which veterinarians from Australia and overseas envisaged possible futures for veterinary education by 2031. You can listen to his lecture below.

Professor Norm Williamson
Professor Norman Williamson

The purpose of reporting on this is to alert people to the possibilities, promote engagement of the schools, the profession and the regulators in current trends to keep pace with developments that appear to be occurring at an ever-accelerating pace.

A key outcome of the forum was that several educational models were envisaged. In his oration Professor Williamson will report on five possible future models.

Professor Williamson also illustrates some current computer-based developments in veterinary education and project current trends to provide a glimpse of a possible student driven model for the future that may be considered by some as extreme and that may or may not occur.

Professor Williamson graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 1968, also completing a Master of Veterinary Science in cattle reproductive health management at Melbourne. He worked with Professor Douglas Blood, the first Dean of the University of Melbourne’s re-established Faculty of Veterinary Science and the leader for whom the DC Blood Oration is named, from 1969 to 1979.

In the 1980s Professor Williamson was Professor of Theriogenology and Herd Health at the University of Minnesota. He moved to New Zealand as Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Massey University in 1989. In 1998 he became Head of Undergraduate Teaching in the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences and Programme Director (Dean) Veterinary Sciences in 2000. He “retired” in April 2012.

Read more about his pioneering contributions to veterinary science in this alumni profile.

Professor Williamson acknowledges the contributions of Drs Julie Strous and Scott Williams in noting and synthesising discussions from the AVBC Education Forum in 2016 which has greatly assisted in the preparation of his oration.

() Banner image: Professor Williamson presents to a large audience of University staff, students and guests. Photo: Maree Blackburn.