Ted Whittem appointed President of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

Professor Ted Whittem has succeeded Professor Peter Mansell as President of Victoria’s veterinary regulatory body.

Professor Whittem (right) with Professor Fazakerley (left) and Victorian Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas (centre) at the opening of the new Melbourne Veterinary School Learning and Teaching Building in Werribee.
Professor Whittem (right) with Professor Fazakerley (left) and Victorian Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas (centre) at the opening of the new Melbourne Veterinary School Learning and Teaching Building in Werribee

Professor Whittem was nominated by Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, the Honourable Jaclyn Symes, and was appointed as President of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board (VPRB) of Victoria in June.

The VPRB protects the public and the health and welfare of animals by regulating veterinary practitioners through the effective administration of Victoria’s Veterinary Practice Act 1997. It has nine members, one of which is required to be a veterinary practitioner employed by the University of Melbourne.

Professor Peter Mansell served on the VPRB in this role from 2008 until June, most recently as President. Dr David Beggs from the Melbourne Veterinary School also served on the Board as Deputy President until June.

Professor John Fazakerley, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, said the appointment indicates the high regard of the veterinary profession for Professor Whittem and his expertise.

“Ted’s appointment reflects the breadth of his experience, knowledge and judgement in veterinary practice,” he wrote in an email to Faculty staff.

“I thank both Peter and David for their service to the profession, and Peter for representing the University in this important role for 11 years.”

Professor Whittem joined the University of Melbourne in 2008 and has held several leadership roles in Melbourne Veterinary School over the past 11 years, having previously held veterinary academic roles in the United States and New Zealand and worked as a practicing clinician.

He has served on veterinary examination committees in the US, Europe and Australia, held executive roles for the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Australian Capital Territory Division of Australian Veterinary Association.

Professor Whittem has also worked as a senior executive in veterinary pharmaceuticals, brought more than 30 products to market and is an inventor on 11 patent families.