It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of Sydney University’s Professor Frazer Allan, from a heart attack, last Thursday 24 June. Professor Allan joined the university as head of school and dean of the School of Veterinary Science in 2018.
Professor Allan brought the worlds of private practice and veterinary education closer together during a distinguished career in the veterinary profession.
Born in Auburn, NSW, in 1966, Professor Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University, New Zealand, in 1993 and completed a PhD in clinical nutrition. He worked in private practice for many years, honing his skills and developing a vast array of hands-on experience as a successful veterinarian.
From 2004 to 2009, he was director of the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During his time as head of the University’s Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (2009 to 2015), Professor Allan was pivotal in the rollout of an innovative new globally accredited veterinary curriculum, placing it among the top in the world.
In 2015, Professor Allan became deputy vice-chancellor (Engagement) of Victoria University in Wellington, where he worked to strengthen relationships with the university’s industry and government partners, and the community.
Professor Allan’s experience in private practice and veterinary education made him an exceptional leader and asset to the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science.
“This is deeply shocking and upsetting news,” vice-chancellor Stephen Garton said.
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to Frazer’s loved ones, colleagues in the school and everyone across the University of Sydney community who had the privilege of working with and getting to know Frazer. He will be missed.”
The story was sourced from News on the University of Sydney website.