Alum and honorary staff member receives OAM for service to veterinary sciences

Equine veterinarian Dr Angus McKinnon has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to veterinary science, particularly equine reproduction.

Dr McKinnon is an honorary staff member and co-manager of the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, which joined the University of Melbourne in December 2017.

Dr McKinnon graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1978, and worked in private practice for a year before travelling to Ontario Veterinary College to study, continuing at the college as Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction until 1984.

Dr Angus McKinnon at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital.

Dr McKinnon was also employed by Colorado State University, first as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Field Service in 1984-1988, then as Associate Professor in Equine Medicine and Field Service 1988.

He returned to Australia and founded Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital on 85 acres of land at Congupna, Victoria with Dr Jim Vasey in July 1988 .

He has published more than 65 papers and mentored more than 90 veterinary interns and 14 residents.

Dr McKinnon told local paper the Shepparton News that the honour came as a "complete surprise" and reflected the strong and passionate team supporting him at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, including co-founder Dr Vasey.

"It’s the team that you work with that creates the results," he said.

"It’s the vets and support staff, those at the hospital and with research, they’re the people that should be recognised."

Read more at the Shepparton News website.