The Melbourne Veterinary School at Science Week 2019

Three Faculty staff received awards, and many more shared their knowledge through presentations, at Science Week in July.

Science Week is the annual three-day conference of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). The ANZCVS provides education and recognition of veterinary professional excellence through memberships and fellowships; fellowships allow practitioners in Australia and New Zealand to be recognised as specialists in their field.

Science Week allows practitioners, researchers and other members of the Australian and global veterinary profession to recognise excellence through awards and explore the latest animal health science and techniques.

Three Melbourne Veterinary School (MVS) staff received awards.

Professor Joanne Devlin receives the Ian Clunies Ross Award from ANZCVS President Dr Zoe Lenard.
Professor Joanne Devlin receives the Ian Clunies Ross Award from ANZCVS President Dr Zoe Lenard.

Professor Joanne Devlin, Director of Research at the School and a leader in veterinary virology and public health, received the Ian Clunies Ross Award.

This award recognises high academic and/or research accomplishment. It is awarded to a young veterinarian making an outstanding contribution to veterinary science in Australia and New Zealand, especially during the preceding five years.

Professor Devlin is works on vaccine development and disease control with a focus on animal herpesviruses, including herpesviruses of wildlife and avian infectious laryngotracheitis virus, an important cause of respiratory disease in poultry worldwide.

She has coordinated and taught the veterinary public health program in the University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree since 2009.

Dr Lydia Hambrook receives the Meritorious Award from ANZCVS President Dr Zoe Lenard.
Dr Lydia Hambrook (left) receives the Meritorious Award from ANZCVS President Dr Zoe Lenard.

Dr Lydia Hambrook received the Meritorious Award. She is a Tutor in Small Animal Medicine at MVS, having joined the University in 2016, and a registered specialist veterinarian in Small Animal Medicine the School’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, with a particular interest in cardiology, endocrinology, hepatobiliary disease, oncology and complex multi-disease management.

The Meritorious Award is presented to an ANZCVS member or fellow who has consistently and tirelessly contributed to the College through voluntary service at a chapter or higher level.

Dr Hambrook has been the Head of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter Examination Committee for the ANZCVS since 2015, and has extensive experience examining for the ANZCVS.

Dr Julien Dandrieux (left) receives the award for Most Commendable Paper published in an International Journal in 2018.
Dr Julien Dandrieux (left) receives the award for Most Commendable Paper published in an International Journal in 2018.

Dr Julien Dandrieux, Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine, received the award for Most Commendable Paper published in an International Journal in 2018 for “Changes in duodenal CD163-positive cells in dogs with chronic enteropathy after successful treatment,” published in Innate Immunity.

The paper investigated the role of duodenal macrophages, a type of immune cell involved in the detection and destruction of bacteria and other harmful organisms, in the development of bowel disease.

Dr Dandrieux completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne, in which he examined gastro-intestinal disease and monitoring of animals on treatment with immune-suppressive drugs. His current research includes the development of new treatments for dogs with inflammatory bowel disease.

Many MVS staff delivered presentations, including Professor Caroline Mansfield, Director of U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, who delivered the Boyd Jones Oration for the ANZCVS awards dinner.

Professor Anna Meredith, Head of the Melbourne Veterinary School in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, attended Science Week 2019 and said it was wonderful to see MVS so well represented in awards and presentations.

“Thank you to everyone for your excellent presentations and hard work to make Science Week a success, and to Caroline Mansfield in particular, whose leadership in organising the conference as a Member of ANZCVS Council was clear in the quality of the event,” she said.

“Caroline’s oration for Boyd Jones was an excellent tribute to his visionary contributions to veterinary medicine. I was delighted to hear from her and so many of our staff at Science Week; knowledge-sharing and engagement with other members of the profession and are an important part of our role as academics at the University of Melbourne.

“Congratulations Jo, Lydia and Julien for your awards, to all our presenters and to everyone who participated in oral examinations for ANZCVS memberships and fellowships during Science Week, and best wishes for your continuing development as veterinary professionals.”

The full program is available on the Science Week website.

Melbourne Veterinary School presenters at Science Week

  • Dr Hasanthi Abeykoon
  • Professor Simon Bailey
  • Dr Nick Bamford
  • Associate Professor Cathy Beck
  • Dr Manuel Boller
  • Dr Jen Carter
  • Dr Shari Cohen
  • Dr Julien Dandrieux
  • Dr Rebecca Doyle
  • Dr Louis Eramanis
  • Dr Simon Firestone
  • Professor Andrew Fisher
  • Dr Kangwei Hou
  • Dr Natali Krekeler
  • Professor Caroline Mansfield
  • Dr Angus McKinnon (Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital)
  • Dr Marjorie Milne
  • Dr Caitlin Pfeiffer
  • Dr Stewart Ryan
  • Associate Professor Cate Steel
  • Dr Anke Weithoelter
  • Dr Andrew Woodward

Banner image: Dr Stewart Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the Melbourne Veterinary School and Head of Small Animal Surgery at U-Vet, discusses new devices for small animal surgery at Science Week 2019. All photos courtesy Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS).