Congratulations to Dr. Paula Parker, the AVA’s new National President.
Paula was appointed to the Board of the AVA in 2015 and is the youngest President in the Association’s nearly 100-year history.
Paula worked in large animal and mixed practice in Gippsland before transitioning to full-time emergency and critical care practice. She has been a hospital director in both referral and general practice settings and has clinical postgraduate qualifications from Murdoch University. Paula is a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Emergency and Critical Care and has postgraduate qualifications in business and corporate governance.
’’Last month at the AVA conference, our keynote speakers spoke of two key leadership dimensions: the power of our collective voice and our role as individual leaders in our communities, our workplaces, at the farm gate and in our consultation rooms. To solve the wicked problems that face us we need to bring our integrity and courage with us into the arena every day, every person, every time. Dr. Andy Roark eloquently summed this up as: ‘at some point, one piece of kibble makes a pile’.
“I am grateful to our Board and all of our members for the honour to serve on your behalf as President of the AVA,” Paula said.
This article appeared in the July 2017 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal