Dan teaches into the Veterinary Science and Veterinary Technology programmes in the broad area of professional studies. Since 2008, Dan has delivered the simulated consultation curriculum for both the BVSc and BAppSc(VT) programmes. In partnership with a range of external and internal stakeholders, Dan also coordinates a capstone BVSc clinical elective in which students help set up and run a small animal field veterinary hospital in a regional indigenous community. He also collects indirect outcomes assessment for the BVSc and VT programmes.
Fran is the Coordinator of the Student Clinical Skills Hub at UQ School of Veterinary Science, a purpose built self-directed learning facility where student use models and simulators to practice their clinical skills curriculum beyond their scheduled pracs and tutorials. This is a digitally supported, safe learning environment with a strong learning culture of collaboration and respect. Fran has a background in teaching, animal production and a PhD in molecular genetics, focussed on the domestication of Australian native grasses. In addition to her Hub roles Fran also teaches into the pre-clinical skills components of the BVSc and is the school representative for Blended Learning design.
Margie graduated from Sydney University and has worked in general practice, specialist hospitals, and veterinary teaching hospitals in Australia, the U.S.A, and England. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Margie joined the UQ-VETS Gatton team in February 2015 as head of the Section of Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Margie is passionate about teaching and learning, and communications training. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with veterinary learners of all levels as they consolidate their foundation knowledge and translate it into clinical practice to become life-long learners in veterinary medicine.
Professor Paul Mills is a national teaching excellence award winner and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Paul has a strong interest in veterinary education and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education and as the Australasian Representative on the Council of International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVM), an initiative of the AAVMC.
Gry graduated with a DVM from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen, where she worked for a couple of years as a teaching and research academic after completing a PhD in Veterinary Reproduction. Gry joined UQ in 2007 and has been teaching coordinator of the Reproduction theme in the BVSC, is an active member of the School of Veterinary Science Teaching and Learning Committee and Coordinator of the 4th and 5th Year of the BVSC curriculum. She is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who has a great interest in self-directed learning and skills development, and the application of models and simulators in teaching.
Joerg teaches veterinary epidemiology, research skills and statistics in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Making his teaching content accessible to the students is a considerable challenge as epidemiology and statistics are generally deemed less ‘relevant’, and therefore less popular, when compared to the more ‘clinical' areas of the curriculum. Joerg is committed to a global focus for the work of veterinarians and tries to inspire students with this career trajectory. Joerg is also the international student mentor for the BVSc program; he is actively involved in international student recruitment and is the Director for Students and Admissions.
Although Dick is best known for teaching veterinary anatomy, since starting at UQ in 1988, he has at some time or other taught into every year of the BVSc and BVetTech programs, and in 1998 and 1999, was Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery. From 1988-1997, Dick was Senior Registrar and co-Superintendent of the Equine Veterinary Teaching Hospital at St Lucia. In those days, there were no clinical academics: Dick and his senior veterinary colleagues managed the equine clinic and hospital (were the radiographers and radiologists, the anaesthetists, surgeons and internists), trained interns and residents, delivered didactic lectures and practical classes, and taught undergraduate students clinical medicine and surgery.
Dick has been an active leader in the teaching space for many years, as a former member of the School’s Teaching and Learning and Research Committees, a current member of the Assessment Sub-committee, the Higher Research Degree Sub-committee and the Clinical Skills List Working Group. Dick was the School’s Chief Examiner from 2015-2017, coordinated the School’s Peer Observation of Teaching pilot study in 2015 and the School’s High Impact Learning Activity program in 2017 (an initiative of the Faculty of Science). He also co-coordinates the [email protected] training program at the Gatton Campus.
Aaron has over 20 years in veterinary practice with small animals, small production animals, and exotics. As a graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine (1998), Aaron has practiced as a US Army Veterinarian and in private practice in general practice, emergency exclusive, and a little farm animals for fun (goats and cattle). After 12 years in private practice he returned to academia and completed a residency in small animal internal medicine and PhD at Oklahoma State University. His appreciation of the challenges of private practice and academia enable him to incorporate a balance into his theoretical and practical teaching of students regarding real world practice.
Aaron relocated to Australia and joined the UQ Vets team in September, 2015. His professional clinical interests are primarily in the field of endocrinology, especially diabetes in dogs and cats, as well as gastroenterology, immune-mediated disease, oncology, and infectious disease.
In addition to his clinical interests, Aaron’s teaching interests include professional and technical skills training, assessment, and curriculum design. Aaron plays an active role in the School’s teaching and learning community as the Chair of the Assessment Subcommittee, the Vet Ed Network and many other groups and working parties. Aaron leads a range of projects related to curricular mapping and ‘fit for practice’ assessment practices.
Aaron and his family fully enjoy the active, outdoor lifestyle in Queensland and are in love with Australia (Although his wife and children are much less enthusiastic about the spiders). His colleagues appreciate his sense of humour and his thoughtful and caring relationships formed with clients.
Weston entered the Higher Education sector in November 2014 as a Finance Manager with the Vet School and then was appointed to the role of School Manager from 2015. Weston is a CPA qualified accountant with extensive commercial experience as well as Not For Profit.
Weston started his career in a Chartered Accounting firm preparing financial statements and tax returns for various entities whilst completing university studies and then spent 12years as an Accountant in the Sport and Recreation industry producing Actual v Budget Management Reports and Annual Financial Statements and preparing Fringe Benefits Tax and Payroll Tax Returns, Superannuation, Salary Packaging and management of Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Payable.
Seeking a change in lifestyle and a new challenge, Weston then was appointed Group Accountant for Stanbroke where he was responsible for the operations of all the finance functions of the business including managing four accountants, payables and receivables clerks and other administration clerks and front office staff. Weston was completely new to the Cattle industry and relished and enjoyed the challenge gained a lot of experience in the role.
Weston has been with UQ for coming up five years now and brings commercial perspective to his approach and experience with communicating effectively with all levels of stakeholders and management. Weston also volunteers his time to a local private school advising on the Finance Committee and the College Council.
Trish Farry is a registered veterinary nurse with specialist qualifications in emergency/critical care and anaesthesia/analgesia. She is a lecturer and clinical instructor at The University of Queensland, and co-coordinates final year and postgraduate subjects in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program. Her areas of teaching include emergency medicine, anaesthesia, analgesia and clinical practices for undergraduate veterinary and veterinary technology students. Professional positions currently held include; Board of Directors for the Academy of Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses (AVECCTN) and the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA). In 2018 she was honoured to receive the VNCA Veterinary Nurse of the Year and the AVECCTN Speciality Technician of the Year awards.
Navin graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 and has worked in specialist and emergency practice in Brisbane. He was nurse manager at Queensland Veterinary Specialists, coordinating over 30 veterinary nurses and technicians across two locations in medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, critical care and husbandry. He then returned to the University of Queensland in 2017 where he started teaching into the Veterinary Technology degree as an educator and clinical/rotations coordinator. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Navin has a strong interest in clinical teaching as well as professional training and development for veterinary technicians.
Claire Girvin joined the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 2018 as General Services Officer. Prior to that she worked for 13 years at the University of New England. Claire will be assisting with the administration of the conference.