Alumni Awards 2013

Each year, the Sydney School of Veterinary Science recognises the outstanding achievements made to the community and the veterinary profession in its Alumni Awards night. This year, on September 13, the awards were presented to four outstanding alumni: equine specialist David Hutchins, television's Dr Harry, wildlife conservationist Russell Dickens and global health pioneer Charles McKenzie.

Professor Rosanne Taylor, Dean of the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, welcomed the Alumni Award recipients and guests at a reception at the University of Sydney. Emeritus Professor Paul Canfield and Dr Garth McGilvray AM congratulated and presented the winners with their awards.

  • Associate Professor Hutchins, who graduated with a BVSc in 1947, was honoured with the Alumni Award for Special Achievement.
  • The Alumni Award for Community Achievement went to someone readily recognised by many Australians … Dr Harry Cooper, a 1966 graduate.
  • For his landmark efforts to protect Australian wildlife, and his 50 years of service to the people of western Sydney, Dr Russell Dickens received the Alumni Award for Community Achievement. He is a 1954 graduate.
  • Veterinary pathologist Professor Charles Mackenzie, who graduated in 1972, was presented with the Alumni Award for International Achievement for his exceptional contribution to global health.