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Staff and alumni from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary Science were recognised at the recent Australian Veterinary Association's awards ceremony at its annual conference in May. Twenty-three awards were presented across a number of areas, with almost half of those awards presented to current or former staff or graduates of the Faculty.

Staff and alumni from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary Science were recognised at the recent Australian Veterinary Association's awards ceremony at its annual conference in May. Twenty-three awards were presented across a number of areas, with almost half of those awards presented to current or former staff or graduates of the Faculty.
Staff members Associate Professor James Gilkerson and Professor Colin Wilks and alumnus Dr Ros Nichol were honoured for their outstanding service to the association, each receiving AVA Fellowships in recognition of their contribution. Professor Bruce Parry, the Faculty's Associate Dean of Academic Programs, received a meritorious service award for his efforts in promoting the AVA to vet students.

Dr Nichol graduated from the Faculty in 1979 and is currently the President of the AVA's Victorian branch. She has been a member of the AVA since her time at university and has served at local, divisional and national levels. On receiving the award, Dr Nichol said: "I'm humbled by the nomination and believe that all University of Melbourne veterinarians have a commitment to the future of our profession and that each contributes in their own way".

Associate Professor Gilkerson is a lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, and manages several research projects into equine infectious diseases. Professor Gilkerson contributed significantly to the Equine Influenza Inquiry and the subsequent recommendations for improving Australia's quarantine system. He was AVA Victorian Division President in 2005-6, and continues to make a sustained contribution through the executive of Australian Equine Veterinarians and the AVA Annual Conference.

Professor Wilks graduated from the Faculty in 1968 and currently teaches veterinary public health to veterinary science students at the Faculty. He has been a member of the AVA since 1965, including 5 years as Scientific Editor and more than 20 years as a member of the editorial committee of the Australian Veterinary Journal. Colin was recognised by the AVA for his contribution to leadership in the continuing education role within the Australian veterinary industry.

Graduates of the Faculty Drs Carl Muller, David Mason, Kerry Bail and Jane Vaughan also received Meritorious Service Awards, which are awarded for special or long term service to the AVA or its branches.

Former staff member Professor Roger Morris was awarded the Kesteven Medal in recognition of his veterinary technical and scientific assistance to developing countries. Professor Morris was a senior lecturer in veterinary preventative medicine at the University of Melbourne between 1966 and 1976.