Local vet recognised for distinguished service

March 15, 2018

At the Queensland AVA State Conference on the weekend, our practice principal Chris Reardon was awarded a Distinguished Services Award (QLD), in recognition of voluntary contribution to the Association.

Chris has been an active member in the AVA for over 20 years and has held executive positions as President of the Darling Downs & SW.QLD; Secretary and President of Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA); National Director (2103 – present), AVA Vice President (2015) and is the current AVA Treasurer (2016-present).

As a member of the AVA-EVA Hendra Virus Task Force, Chris represented the AVA at Government level including the Ombudsman’s Review of DEEDI’s response to Equine Influenza; the Interagency Review of the Hendra Guidelines and the Veterinary Laboratory Service Delivery Steering Committee. He has also lobbied both state and national governments for more support and resources for members when dealing with Hendra virus, and together with others was successful in creating the Government’s $1 million Veterinarian PPE Rebate Scheme.

“I was surprised and delighted to receive this award’, Chris said. “I get a lot of joy out of my job and being able to give back to my professional association and to the community, is something that I feel that I should do and value”, he added. The AVA was founded in 1921 and today represents nearly 9,000 members working in all areas of animal science, health and welfare.