Aussie vet wins WSAVA vet award

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Guyan WeerasingheDr Guyan Weerasinghe, an Australian veterinarian working in small animal practice and as a state government veterinary officer, has been announced by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and Hill’s Pet Nutrition as the winner of the 2018 Next Generation Veterinary Award.

The award acknowledges the work of a veterinarian who graduated within the past 10 years and who has contributed significantly to the betterment of companion animals, the veterinary profession and society at large.

Dr Weerasinghe graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011, gaining experience in dairy practice in New Zealand and in shelter medicine in Sydney, Australia. In 2017, he achieved a Master’s in Veterinary Public Health and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

In his current role at Greencross Caloundra, a companion animal practice on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, he maintains a small animal caseload and works alongside local animal rescue groups.

Through his work for the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, he is involved with animal disease surveillance and response, and increasing the awareness of public health risks in veterinary practice. He also collaborates on a number of One Health projects across Australia.

Dr Weerasinghe is an active proponent of CE, has served on several Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) committees, and is the designated veterinary spokesperson for the Climate Media Centre.

Dr Weerasinghe will be presented with his award at WSAVA World Congress 2018 which takes place 25-28 September in Singapore.  He will also give a lecture entitled: Antimicrobial resistance: the ‘tragedy of the commons’ in companion animal practice.

“In just eight years Guy has made an outstanding contribution to the veterinary profession in Australia through his participation in the AVA and AVPH, and through encouraging colleagues to consider the strategic value of their work to society as a whole through One Health,” said Dr Käthi Brunner, chair of the WSAVA’s Leadership and Nomination Committee.

“His enthusiasm for CE, the breadth of his involvement in the profession and his excellent communication skills equip him to act a bridge between his ‘next generation’ peers and other veterinarians and to lead the profession in new and important directions. He is the perfect candidate for the WSAVA, Hill’s Next Generation Award and we will be delighted to present it to him later this year.”

For more information about the 2019 Next Generation Award, visit the WSAVA website.

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