Veterinary Public Health Management Newsletter

Veterinary Public Health Management Newsletter

The Veterinary Public Health Management Newsletter is the Postgraduate Coursework's bi-annual newsletter for staff, students and members of the Veterinary Public Health profession.

Michael Ward

Welcome to our latest Veterinary Public Health Management newsletter!

This is a new, exciting and dynamic way of delivering news to our current students, prospective students, alumni and friends. It will allow us to communicate more effectively and in a more timely manner than ever before. We hope that you like it!

To kick off this new venture, we have two news articles showcasing a VPHMgt student and a VPHMgt facilitator: Click HERE, scroll down and then select the individual news articles below the NEWS heading to read the stories.

James Young describes his VPHMgt journey, which started in 2009. Before beginning the VPHMgt program, Jim already had considerable experience in veterinary practice in New Zealand, Australia and China. As Jim writes, our The University of Sydney program stood out because of its flexibility and the inclusion of units on leadership, project management, and change management. Jim has applied these skills in a very practical and down-to-earth way in Southeast Asia, to address important biosecurity challenges. Of course the skills taught in our program need to be cutting-edge and of high technical quality. However, beyond that, these skills need to be applied and transferable to make an impact. We are keen to see such transformative change from all our students and would welcome more stories like this one from Jim.

Our second item is written by one of our prized VPHMgt facilitators, Shashanna (Shush) Evans. Shush has taught our Leadership Managing Change unit for several years and is one of the best in the business. As Shush explains, there is a common concept that face-to-face teaching is always better than online teaching. However, when we have great facilitators and students who are prepared to learn and discover, the online experience can be immensely rewarding. And it is a safe environment in which to practice those critical leadership skills. Having a facilitator like Shush on board gives our program great technical skill and real world experience. And our students always respond positively to her expert guidance.

Our VPH program celebrated 10 years of operation last year. It is testament to the commitment of our faculty, our facilitators and our students that this program continues to thrive. Our alumni can be found in a wide range of agencies doing important work for the good of society. I recently ran into one of our alumnus – Duncan Rowland – who is now one of our facilitators (Animal Health Policy). He was telling me how incredibly useful the leadership units were, which are integral to this program. We will continue to integrate technical expertise with skills in leadership within our program because we recognize the value this combination has in modern animal health. Here’s to another decade of training VPH professionals!

Finally, some events coming up that might be of interest include:

3rd International One Health Congress, Amsterdam, March 15-18, 2015

Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Ghent, March 25-27, 2015

Science Week, Gold Coast, July 9-11, 2015

14th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Merida, November 3-7, 2014