New Head of School and Dean of Veterinary Science

20 October 2017

Professor Frazer Allan will join the University of Sydney as Head of School and Dean of the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science on 5 February 2018.

Currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, Professor Allan has previously held veterinary science leadership positions including heading the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, and serving as director of the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Professor Allan completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Master of Veterinary Science and PhD in Veterinary Science at Massey University.

“I am very much looking forward to joining the University of Sydney to lead the exceptional staff at one of the world’s most highly ranked veterinary schools” said Professor Allan. “I look forward to combining my passion for veterinary science with the skills and experience I have developed in engagement through my role at Victoria University of Wellington.”

“I feel a strong resonance with the ambition and direction of the University and the school.”

This year, Professor Allan was awarded the New Zealand Veterinary Association’s President’s Award, which recognises those who accomplish extraordinary achievements on behalf of the

profession. He has a good working knowledge of Australian veterinary schools having been a member and chair of multiple faculty review panels and a previous member of the Council of Veterinary Deans of Australia and New Zealand.

“We look forward to welcoming Frazer to the University,” said Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. “He is an experienced academic leader and, with his exceptional record of management, will make a positive contribution to both the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the wider University.”

Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science, said he looks forward to welcoming Professor Allan as part of his faculty’s leadership team.

“His experience means he will be highly capable in developing both external and internal partnerships for the Sydney School of Veterinary Science,” said Professor Trevor Hambley.

Professor Allan will replace Professor Rosanne Taylor, who will retire as Head of School and Dean at the end of November.

“Rosanne has made huge contributions to the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the University,” said Professor Garton.

“While it would be impossible to list all her achievements, they include the introduction of the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, success of the Bachelor of Animal Veterinary Bioscience, successful global accreditation, outstanding ERA results and the exciting climb into one of the top ranked vet schools in the world in the QS rankings.”

“Her achievements will stand veterinary science at Sydney in good stead over the coming years.”