Queen's Birthday Honours recognise President of Veterinary Science Alumni Association

22 June 2012

Dr Garth McGilvray, President of the University of Sydney Veterinary Science Alumni Association, has been awarded an AM in the Queen's Birthday Honours announced on 11 June 2012.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to veterinary science, particularly through the development of national registration accreditation policy, and as a practitioner.

Dr McGilvray graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 1968 and was appointed as the first President of the newly established University of Sydney Veterinary Science Alumni Association in April 2012. The new association is the first Veterinary Science Alumni Association in Australia.

"It is an honour to be recognised with an AM in the Queen's Birthday Honours for service to veterinary science. It was a wonderful surprise to be recognised at such a high level. I would like to thank all the many colleagues who have provided advice and support to me over the years as I have done my best to improve the regulation of the veterinary profession," said Dr McGilvray.

"There is a long tradition of progress within the veterinary profession with the aim that the next generation of veterinarians can stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before and be able to reach greater heights. I am proud to have been recognised for maintaining that tradition. The creation of a University of Sydney Veterinary Science Alumni Association opens a new opportunity to support and strengthen our profession."

On his role as President of the University of Sydney Veterinary Science Alumni Association, Dr McGilvray said, "It is clear from our enthusiastic Executive members that alumni are seeking a framework for reconnection and engagement with their University, Faculty and each other. Our new Faculty alumni association will assist us to keep in touch more easily and will provide an opportunity to develop alumni mentoring and career networking.

"We are keen to find ways to support current students, and, in particular, recent graduates. It's all about 'friend-raising' not fundraising," said McGilvray.

Dr McGilvray is Group Chairman of Provet - Australia's leading veterinary distributor. Provet has over 330 employees and approaches $300 million per year in sales, giving the company the buying power to offer their partners the best value from suppliers. Provet has 13 warehouses strategically located across Australasia and an experienced export team servicing around 40 countries.

After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1968, Dr McGilvray established a mixed animal practice in Coffs Harbour in 1971 and went on to expand it into four branches at locations throughout the Coffs coast region.

Dr McGilvray has immersed himself in the ongoing administration and regulation of the veterinary profession as the National President of the Australian Veterinary Association (1999-2000), Veterinary Surgeons Board President (2002-06) and Councillor of the World Veterinary Association.

He has also spent more than 30 hearing days on the NSW Disciplinary and Appeal Panels of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Since the establishment in 1999 of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc., he has been closely involved in the development of processes for accreditation of veterinary schools, registration of specialists, the national veterinary exam and a system for nationally portable veterinary registration. Recently, Dr McGilvray stepped back from practicing as a full time clinician, and now works as a consultant surgeon.

Playing such an active role in the leadership of the veterinary profession in NSW and Australia, Dr McGilvray well deserves this honour of being made a Member of the Order of Australia.