Vets Beyond Borders' Board of Directors 2016
DR IAN DOUGLAS
VBB has been an important part of Ian’s veterinary life since 2005, when he was elected its inaugural president and commenced work, together with Sikkimese veterinarian, Dr Thinlay Bhutia, to establish the now highly regarded SARAH Program, India’s first state-wide ABC/AR project. Ian has devised and delivered several surgical training courses in the Asia-Pacific region, is the author of widely referenced publications on clinical aspects of ABC/AR programmes and has been a regular guest speaker at animal welfare meetings.
He is a strong proponent of the 'One Health' philosophy, promoting the collaboration of veterinarians, doctors and other health professionals in efforts to combat disease. Ian operates a veterinary neurological and neurosurgical referral practice in Adelaide, South Australia.
DR HELEN BYRNES
Apart from her role on the board of VBB, Helen is the current VBB Program Co-ordinator for the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) Program. For this she works closely with the local co-ordinator Dr Thinlay Bhutia in the management of the program.
Helen joined VBB in 2006 when she volunteered in the SARAH Program. She subsequently volunteered on VBB’s Ladakh and Bylakuppe projects before taking on her current roles. Helen graduated with first class honours in veterinary science from University of Queensland in 1988 and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Medical Studies and Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice. Helen is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in pharmacology. She also has private veterinary practices in Brisbane, Australia.
DR DAVID GRAY
DR CHARMAINE THAM
DR ANDREA BRITTON
Andrea is an independent veterinary consultant who is passionate about animal welfare and public health. Her upbringing on a sheep/beef cattle property in NSW and studying public health in India lead to her taking up a director role with Vets Beyond Borders in 2011. Over the past five years in this role she has applied her epidemiology and public health knowledge to program development, implementation and impact assessment especially relating to dog population management and rabies control and prevention. As a One Health advocate she understands the importance of working with both human and animal health sectors globally to deliver evidence-based programs especially in relation to zoonoses.
Dr Britton is currently the director of Ultimate Efficacy Consulting Pty Ltd. She has been actively involved in the veterinary profession as past President of the Australian Veterinary Association local branch and Australian NZ College of Veterinary Scientist Epidemiology Chapter, and member Board of Examiners Australasian Veterinary Board Council.
Gavin is the Managing Director of Therian, a thriving design business on the Gold Coast that services the pet industry in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. He began his business in 2005 from the ground up and understands the difficulties in growing an operation and what is needed to ensure success. A goal-orientated individual, Gavin thrives in positive outcomes for his clients, ensuring the goals of all stakeholders are met.
For over 25 years Gavin worked within the construction industry for multi-national companies acquiring an extensive knowledge of numerous financial accounting systems, corporate culture and its impact on outcomes and the need to work within the legislative guidelines. A proactive project manager, Gavin is able to resolve issues, meet deadlines and manage numerous jobs around the country using the latest technology and project management aids. A firm believer in continually improving his position in the marketplace Gavin travels frequently around Australia and the USA to stay abreast of changes and movement within his industry. An industry leader he thrives on challenges and ensuring goals are set and met.