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Maryann Dalton comes from an illustrious career in the animal health and welfare sector in Australia. She led the turnaround of the Animal Welfare League (NSW) over eight years from 2003-2011 as its CEO, transforming and leading change through coaching, team building and developing a collaborative culture of excellence and transparency. Maryann also led the achievement of DGR status for AWL in 2011, and grew the organisation from deficit to achieving a surplus in 2011. She has strong experience in managing day-to-day financial and administrative affairs for not-for-profit organisations, as well as developing and managing strategic plans, budgets and fundraising initiatives. Having travelled extensively in the USA looking at animal shelters, training, boarding and grooming establishments and vet hospitals, Maryann has also built high-level government relationships locally. She has also negotiated and managed sponsorship agreements with industry and corporate groups, developed MoUs with key stakeholders such as TAFE, Corrective Services, NSW Police and Australian Defence Forces. Her most recent appointment was Operations Manager with the Pet Industry Association of Australia, and she currently provides consultancy services to the industry. She has over 17 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including Guides Australia Inc. and Multiple Sclerosis Society of NSW. Maryann has a Masters degree in Community Management, majoring in volunteerism, and has a proven commitment and passion for animal welfare, where she continues to actively educate and speak to the public in matters of conservation, care and management.

Dr Diki breaks new Sikkim ground

Veterinarian Dr Diki Palmu, who runs the Sikkim Project, has an interesting and inspiring story. Few women hold ground-breaking roles such as she does, in what is very traditional Sikkim. Even a woman taxi driver there was forced out of business because men wouldn’t be driven by a woman. Diki (above with VBB trainer Dr Rowan, Uni of Queensland) is the first woman vet in her region and also highly skilled in veterinary surgery and clinical medicine. While these are significant facts, perhaps they are not so surprising when you get to know and work with her, as many VBB volunteers have done. They’ve seen Diki ferociously maintain excellent standards in running the Gangtok operation. She also consistently passes on the skills she learns from our volunteers to local SARAH project paravets, as well as students and post-graduate vets from all over India, such is her reputation. She undertakes mobile

VBB team goes to Nepal

We've all seen the truly terrible devastation in Nepal since the major earthquake hit the region on Saturday, 25 April. Millions of people and animals have suffered unimaginably. In response, members of the VBB team from the SARAH project in Gangtok, Sikkim are on their way to nearby Nepal to provide immediate assistance to local animal welfare organsiations in Kathmandu and the surrounding Kathmandu Valley. These veterinarians and paravets are well equipped to provide expertise, having provided key resources in the wake of the earthquake which hit their own area in 2011. They are being supported by Fondation Brigitte Bardot, which is also assisting some Nepali welfare organisations to provide treatment to animals. Self-funding VBB volunteer veterinarians in Australia are on stand-by awaiting deployment instructions by NGOs in Nepal. There will be long-term need to assist Nepal animals, so VBB remains ready to do what we can.

2nd Intl Dog Population Managmt Conference

The 2nd International Conference on Dog Population Management 2015 is organised by the International Companion Animal Management (ICAM) Coalition and will be held in Turkey in March 2015. The International Companion Animal Management Coalition was established to to support the development and use of humane and effective companion animal population management worldwide. Current members are: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) World Animal Protection Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Humane Society International, and World Small Animal Veterinary Association Global Alliance for Rabies Control. For more details see the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IDPM2015 and "like" the page to stay in touch with developments.

Welcome to our new CEO!

Maryann Dalton comes from an illustrious career in the animal health and welfare sector in  Australia. She led the turnaround of the Animal Welfare League (NSW) over eight years from 2003-2011 as CEO, transforming and leading change through coaching, team building and developing a collaborative culture of excellence and transparency. Maryann also led the achievement of DGR status for AWL in 2011, and grew the organisation from deficit to achieving a significant surplus. She has strong experience in managing day-to-day financial and administrative affairs for not-for-profit organisations, as well as developing and managing strategic plans, budgets and fundraising initiatives. Having travelled extensively in the USA looking at animal shelters, training, boarding and grooming establishments and vet hospitals, Maryann has also built high-level government relationships locally. She has also negotiated and managed sponsorship agreements with industry and corporate groups, developed MoUs with key stakeholders such as TAFE, Corrective Services, NSW Police and Australian Defence Forces.

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