DR IAN DOUGLAS
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
In this capacity, 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
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.
Now retired, VBB has become a particular interest for him and he has volunteered in the ABC-AR programs in Gangtok, Sikkim (2010, 2012 & 2013); Bylakuppe, Karnataka (2012); Vanuatu (2014) and Ladakh (2016). He also participated in the 2012 VetTrain programs in Gangtok and in 2013 in Jaipur. David has served on the Board of VBB since July 2012 and has held the position of Hon Treasurer since October 2014.
DR CHARMAINE THAM
She is currently a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Sydney, and has previously worked in animal health divisions of Blackmores, Zoetis and Pfizer. She began her career as a general practitioner emergency veterinarian for four years in Melbourne. She has degrees in Veterinary Science (Melb), Veterinary Pharmacology (ANZCVS), Business Studies (Monash) and a Global Executive MBA (INSEAD); she is also a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
DR ROBERT JOHNSON
Robert is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Feline Medicine) and holds a Certificate in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In May 2015 he was elected President of the Australian Veterinary Association. Robert has extensive clinical experience in zoo animal medicine and has presented and written widely on reptile, zoo and wildlife medicine. In his spare time Robert draws cartoons and tries to learn stuff.
DR HUGH MILLAR
Dr Millar was Victorian Chief Veterinary Officer for 11 years, and for 5 years was the Executive Director for Biosecurity Victoria, responsible for policies and programs for plant and animal biosecurity, animal welfare, invasive plants and pest animal management, domestic animal regulation and control of use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals. He is a member, by examination, of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Epidemiology Chapter, and was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2011 in his role as Chief Veterinary Officer for Victoria. Dr Millar has extensive professional networks within government and with industries at the national and state levels.
Dr Millar has had extensive experience in the area of One Health, forging links over his career with his counterparts in public health and infectious disease management. He is a strategic thinker, not afraid to ‘think outside the square’.
Dr Millar is currently working as a biosecurity and disease management consultant to government and industry.