Our Board 2018-06-08T20:57:39+00:00
DR IAN DOUGLAS

DR IAN DOUGLAS

Director & Chair
VBB has been an important part of Ian’s veterinary life since 2005, when he was elected its inaugural president and commenced work,
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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

DR HELEN BYRNES

Director & Deputy Chair
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.
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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

DR DAVID GRAY

Director & Treasurer
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.
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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

DR CHARMAINE THAM

Director
Charmaine has been involved with VBB since 2009, beginning as a field and head office volunteer. She has since served on the board since 2011, and was Chair from 2012 to 2015.
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She has spoken on behalf of VBB on TED@Sydney 2012, TEDxMacquarieUniversity 2012 and TEDxTheRocks 2014.

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

DR ROBERT JOHNSON

Director
Dr Robert Johnson (BVSc MANZCVS CertZooMed BA Grad Dip Asian Studies MAICD) graduated from the University of Sydney in 1977. He works in a small animal, zoo, wildlife and reptile practice in Penrith, NSW.
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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.
DENZIL OBRIEN

DENZIL O'BRIEN

Director
Denzil is now retired, having worked in several distinct areas throughout a career over more than 4 decades: epidemiological research in the areas of spinal cord injury, and research into horse-related injury, with a focus on injury risk assessment and management in the equestrian sport of eventing; sports management.
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With a 5-year stint as CEO of the peak equestrian body, Equestrian Australia, and several years as State Director of SA’s gymnastics body; a range of senior positions in the SA State Public Service, including Director of Carrick Hill, a significant cultural heritage estate in Adelaide, Director, Cultural Promotions Unit, Department for the Arts, and part of the project team overseeing the Sixth World Three Day Eventing Championships in Adelaide; and finally scientific and educational editing, mainly as a subeditor on the Medical Journal of Australia in the 1970s.

Denzil’s current interests are predominantly in the area of horse welfare, through a lens of equitation science, an evidence-based approach to training and managing horses.
DR HUGH MILLAR

DR HUGH MILLAR

Director
Dr Hugh Millar (BVSc MANZCVS PSM) is a highly regarded veterinarian and biosecurity professional, who has worked extensively over 35 years in biosecurity management and disease control.
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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.