The Board

Vets Beyond Borders' Board of Directors 2016-2017

Chair

Ian Douglas Photo

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.

Deputy Chair

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.

Treasurer

David Gray

DR DAVID GRAY

After graduation from Sydney University in 1969, David embarked on a career in mixed rural practice, initially on the Central Coast of NSW but for most of his career on the South Coast of NSW.

Continuing to work in small animal practice in the Nowra area, he enjoys the challenges of diagnostics, medicine and surgery. Always looking for a challenge, he completed an MBA through University of New England in 1996, participating in a People to People study tour of endangered species in China in 1993 and led an AVA team to assist in the Foot & Mouth disease outbreak in UK in 2001.

VBB has become a particular interest for him and he has volunteered in the ABC-AR programs in Gangtok, Sikkim (2010) and Bylakuppe, Karnataka (2012), India. He also participated in the 2012 VetTrain program in Gangtok.

DR CHARMAINE THAM

Charmaine has been highly engaged with the veterinary community since her graduation from the University of Melbourne in 2004. Her qualifications include the Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first-class honours, Bachelor of Animal Science in pain pharmacology research, ANZCVS Membership in Veterinary Pharmacology and Bachelor of Business Studies in Management.

Charmaine is also VBB Past President and is on various committees on the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists’ Chapter of 
Veterinary Pharmacology, and is on the committee of the Australian Veterinary Association’s Australian Vets in Industry special interest group. She practised as a veterinary surgeon in Victoria for four years in emergency and general practice prior to her current industry role at Zoetis. Her community service experiences includes infrastructure projects in Vanuatu and dog population management programs in the Northern Territory. She first joined VBB in 2010 on the China veterinary training project and has been actively involved in VBB’s continued growth since then.

DR ANDREA BRITTON

Dr Britton is passionate about developing healthy and happy communities through improved animal and human health and agricultural sustainability. She is an experienced independent Consultant with significant expertise in epidemiology, human/veterinary public health and management of projects associated with: health and production, infectious diseases and zoonosis, food security and agriculture. Her particular focus is on capacity building, sustainability and monitoring/evaluation in projects.

Andrea's background includes six years as a practicing vet within Australia and overseas and eight years with the Global pharmaceutical companies CSL Ltd and Pfizer combined with nine years consulting on a variety of projects for government, not-for-profit and biotechnology companies. She has been actively involved in the veterinary profession as President of the Australian Veterinary Association local branch and Australian College of Veterinary Scientist Epidemiology Chapter, member Board of Examiners Australasian Veterinary Board Council and external member Faculty of Veterinary Science at The University of Melbourne. Andrea works in knowledge transfer of evidence-based science and hopes to really make a difference in the global “One Health” objective.

JULIA HARDAKER

Julia’s professional life spans 44 years including a career in public health, and leading, educating and managing programs across many disciplines.
After a stint in private business she undertook a career change to the non-government sector, managing and enlarging women's and children's services and   programs across rural NSW. 

Studies in Aboriginal Community Development and Peace Studies led her to volunteering in Kabul, Afghanistan where she established a Capacity Building Department for a large Afghan NGO that was based in numerous remote provinces and villages across Afghanistan and Pakistan. She developed multiple training packages in Management and Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Peace Building which are still in use and being extended across the country today.  Julia’s second role was as a management advisor to an Afghan Women’s Resource Centre, assisting and leading the organisation to relocate all its refugee programs and services back from Pakistan to Kabul.

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pon returning to Australia, she worked across the remote Southern Barkly communities in the NT, coordinating remote health service programs. She then spent eight privileged years working with remote communities to better the health and welfare outcomes for pets and their owners as CEO of AMRRIC . Julia held advisory role seats on the NT Animal Welfare Advisory Board to the Minister for Local Government NT and on the former Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) Companion Animal Working Group. Julia uses those many years of experience, wisdom and insights in her consultancy business Forwardthinkingconsultancy. Her passions and interests include animal welfare, good governance, capacity building and community driven strategy.

 

    

GAVIN BIGGS

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.