Alumni Awards 2016

The Faculty Alumni Awards for 2016 were presented by the Dean, Rosanne Taylor at an Awards Cocktail Reception held on Wednesday 27 July 2016, in MacLaurin Hall.

A warm thank you to the Alumni Judging Panel who had a very difficult job. On behalf of the Faculty, we congratulate the following recipients.

Young Alumni Faculty Award for Oustanding Achievement

Dr Evelyn Walker (BVSc ‘08)

Dr Evelyn Walker

Dr Evelyn Walker is currently a District Veterinarian at Central West Local Land Services in Dubbo. She received a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BVSc from the University of Sydney.

Dr Walker completed a postgraduate course in production animal pathology and is also working on a PhD on chlamydial arthritis in lambs. She was instrumental in investigating drench resistance in her local area and promoting its findings to sheep producers.

Dr Walker is hearing impaired and trained Hank, from the Dubbo City Pound to be her hearing assistance dog whilst at home. Despite these challenges, they have not prevented her from mentoring veterinary students and becoming a pillar of support and expertise to the community.

Faculty Alumni Award for Service to Humanity

Dr David Butcher (BVSc ‘65)

Dr David Butcher

Dr Butcher directed the development of Western Plains Zoo, which is now a centre for excellence in environmental education and conservation.

He was also Director at the RSPCA NSW, where he transformed the organisation. Under his leadership, they could better educate the public on animal welfare, decreased the number of animals being put down, improved the inspectorate, significantly upgraded the facilities and prosecuted heinous acts of animal cruelty.
He was also CEO of WWF Australia, where he took it from technical insolvency to one of Australia’s largest environmental organisations. He took on a similarly crucial role as CEO of Greening Australia NSW.

Dr Butcher continues to serve the community and animals in numerous ways, including adding to his menagerie of rescued creatures.

Faculty Alumni Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Dr Graeme Allan (BVSc ‘66 MVetSc '72 DVetSc '12)

Dr Graeme Allan

Dr Graeme Allan has provided a referral service throughout Australasia to veterinarians for more than three decades, as well as being a prolific author of clinical scientific research and educator of veterinarians.

The way he has established veterinary diagnostic imaging and made it so accessible for practitioners has been highly commended and also earned him the prestigious Doctor of Veterinary Science. His innovative work has contributed greatly to advancing veterinary clinical science nationally and globally.

Dr Allan is also widely recognised for having been at the forefront of distance education, having created the Distance Education Radiology program for The Centre for Veterinary Education. He is also the co-author of recently published Radiology of Australian Mammals.

Faculty Alumni Award for International Achievement

Professor Emerita Wanda Haschek-Hock (BVSc ‘73 PhD '77)

Professor Emerita Wanda Haschek-Hock

Professor Emerita Haschek-Hock is a world renowned Veterinary Toxicological Pathologist who has advanced the understanding of drug and toxicant pathogenesis in a variety of animal species through research resulting in significant publications and senior editorship of the seminal book 'Handbook of Toxicologic Pathology'. Consequently, she is in high demand for continuing education events in Europe, the Americas and Australasia.

She has been an inspirational teacher and leader at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois for over 30 years and has displayed significant leadership as president and member of various boards. She is a SUGUNA past President and continues to be a great supporter of Sydney University graduates living in North America.

Faculty Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Professor Emeritus Richard LeCouteur

Professor Emeritus Richard LeCouteur (BVSc ‘75 PhD '87)

After working in small animal practice in Sydney, Professor Emeritus LeCouteur completed an internship and residency in Small Animal Surgery at The Ontario Veterinary College, and a residency and PhD at The University of California.

In 1984, he joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University before returning to Sydney to open a practice in Neurology and Neurosurgery.

He then returned to California, where he was Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and served as Chair of the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences from 2000-2004.

He is a Diplomate and Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology.

Few Australian veterinarians would not have attended and been enthralled by a lecture given by Dr LeCouteur.