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Recent Graduate Survival Seminar

Recent Graduate Survival Seminar

Calling all recent veterinary graduates

This 1.5-day seminar offers you the opportunity to learn from highly regarded and experienced clinicians. Some are residents who completed their degrees only a few years ago and have their fingers on the pulse in terms of what recent grads are looking for, while others are more seasoned practitioners with a wealth of experience to share.

Specifically, our aim is to present a well-rounded seminar which focuses on the needs of new and recent graduates, but still may be useful if you’ve been out of university for a few years.

The program will include a variety of topics relevant in day to day practice. It will provide you with relevant and practical diagnostic, medical and surgical material to help build your confidence and help you become a better vet for your patients.

This is a great opportunity to reconnect with your uni peers. Each year we have people attending from all JCU, CSU, Adelaide, Queensland, Massey, Melbourne and Sydney universities. 

For those people returning to work after a break from the profession, this seminar will provide a refresher course across a broad range of topics including surgery, imaging, cardiology and oncology.


Full program to come


Friday 24 - Saturday 25 November 2017
8.30 - 5.00 / 8.30 - 2.30
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW



Mara Hickey has been in the field of emergency and critical care medicine since 1996, first working as a veterinary assistant, and later obtaining certification as a veterinary technician. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and pursued additional training at a private practice emergency referral hospital as well as at the University of California at Davis. In 2014, she completed a residency in emergency and critical care at a private practice in Los Angeles. She moved to Australia in May 2015 to head the emergency and critical care service. She has published articles on septic peritonitis, renal thromboembolism and cardiac disease, and toxicity associated with a urinary acidifier. Mara's interests include trauma, electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, respiratory emergencies and mechanical ventilation, and septic shock and vasopressor use. She has a goal of conducting clinical studies which will directly help private practitioners provide excellent care for emergency patients. 


Annette Katelaris is an Associate Professor and the founding Director of Professional Medical Education at Sydney Medical School. Her group have developed 6 postgraduate Master programs which they deliver to young health professionals. Formally, Annette was Editor of the Medical Journal of Australia and contributed to the establishment of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance. Annette was a practising general practitioner for more than 20 years and is the co-developer of Juno Childsafe, a novel child safety device for the storage of medications. 

BVSc (Hons I)

Anthony Bennett is a veterinarian and the star of Village Vets Australia on The LifeStyle Channel. Anthony graduated from Sydney University in 2004 with first class honours. His first job was at the Berry Vet Clinic, working for Geoff Scarlett and Geoff Manning, which enabled him to live on the family farm in Nowra. Anthony gravitated towards the dairy cattle and small animal medicine and surgery aspects of the clinic. In 2005 Anthony sat and passed The Australian Cattle Association pregnancy testing exam. Soon after he became accredited with Animal Health Australia to manage cattle, sheep, goat and alpaca herds in their respective Johnes market assurance programs. Anthony is registered to manage sheep herds for ovine Brucellosis and is also an AQIS accredited vet for live animal export.

Taking a share in the practice in 2008 with now-retired veterinarian Dr Geoff Manning, he today co-owns and operates the practice with his best friend James Carroll. They opened a third practice, All Creatures Clinic, in the coastal area of Shoalhaven Heads last year. Currently President of the Shoalhaven branch of the Australian Veterinary society and honorary vet at the Berry Show, Anthony is also on the Dairy Panel for the Royal Easter Show. Anthony is engaged to successful equestrian showjumper, Sidney Roberts. 



BVSc (Hons I)

James Carroll is a Veterinarian and the star of Village Vets Australia on The LifeStyle Channel. Born in Queensland, James grew up between his family’s farm in Bundarra in Northern NSW, Sydney and Brisbane. James graduated from Sydney University in 2004 with first class honours, and first worked in mixed practice in Northern NSW in Barraba and Manilla, gaining experience across all aspects of mixed practice. In 2007 James travelled to work in the UK where he worked until 2010. James worked in Northern Wales, Cambridgeshire and Kent in mixed practice and in a 24 hour Emergency Centre.

Following extensive travels in a campervan around Europe for several months, James returned to Australia with his wife, Ronnie, in 2010. James initially worked at Ku-Ring-Gai Vet Hospital in Sydney before moving to Berry in 2012.

James completed his AACV pregnancy testing exam in cattle in 2005 and the head vet course for vetting Endurance rides the same year. James is currently enrolled in a Masters degree in Small Animal Practice through Murdoch University. James has a special interest in small animal medicine, ultrasound of both small and large animals and in Bull fertility. 

BVSc MBA PhD GradCertEdStud (Higher Education) MANZCVS

John graduated from The University of Sydney and worked mostly in small animal practice for over 10 years. While in practice he completed his College membership in pharmacology and an MBA from Macquarie University. John joined the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2003 where he coordinated the Professional Practice Program and the final year Veterinary Student Internship Program. John has a PhD in veterinary practice marketing and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education). His research interests include veterinary practice management and education.  He is currently Registrar of the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. 


Mike Reynolds qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2003 and after three years in mixed practice, has since worked exclusively in production animal medicine. He gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 2011, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Cattle Health and Production in 2015 and is an RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production. He has published and presented work on Cattle Health and Production in the UK and on the international stage with his main interests in the epidemiology and control of infectious disease, clinical governance and Advanced Reproductive technologies. 


John Dooley graduated from the University of Sydney in 1975. He has been in mixed-species practice since then, mainly in the Manning Valley. In January 2011, his very successful Wingham Vet Clinic merged with the Valley Veterinary Hospital to become Wingham and Valley Vets. John has long enjoyed the challenge of being competent across all species – friends who are single-species specialists say their jobs are much simpler! Specific areas of interest for John are ear disease in dogs and cats, soft tissue surgery, skin diseases, laminitis in horses and lameness conditions in cattle. He is also passionate about educating and mentoring student vets.

BVSc (Hons I) MANZCVS (Medicine)

Penny Brown graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in 2011. During university she worked in specialist and referral practice as a nurse, which helped to develop a keen interest in Oncology and cancer therapy in animals. She worked in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley after graduating and enjoyed the country lifestyle but returned to Sydney in 2013 for a rotating internship and then Oncology internship at SASH.

Penny finished her residency training in Veterinary Oncology in April 2017 and is now the Oncology Registrar at SASH. She is a member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and has obtained her Memberships of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal medicine. She regularly participates in continuing education talks to general practitioners in both Sydney and regional NSW. She has a keen interest in haematological cancers and has published papers on multiple myeloma, anal sac cancer in cats and chemotherapy for T cell lymphoma in dogs. Outside of work she is kept busy studying for Fellowship exams, her spotty horse PJ and ginger cat Ron.

BA (Hons) BSc (Vet)(Hons) BVSc (Hons) MVetStud GradCertEdStud MANZCVS Dipl. ECAWBM

Anne Fawcett is a lecturer in veterinary professional practice in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. Anne has teaching experience as a lecturer and unit of study coordinator. She developed a new ethics course within professional practice and has lectured on veterinary ethics at both the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. 


Paul Ainsworth, the founding director of the Lincoln Institute, is a highly sought after executive coach, facilitator and keynote presenter. Paul is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, the Royal Military College Duntroon and was awarded the prestigious Sasakawa Leadership Scholarship by the Australian Graduate School of Management’s Executive MBA program. The Australian Army and in particular its infantry core has an international reputation as being one of the worlds toughest and most resilient military units. As an infantry officer Paul has seen international service in 5 foreign countries, culminating in leading an international military observer unit in one of the words harshest environments. Paul has safely lead teams out of crossfire, negotiated the release of hostages, reopened international borders that had been closed due to hostile acts and provided humanitarian relief to communities suffering oppression. On resigning his commission, he was appointed Director of Property at ALDI Foods where he oversaw the roll-out of a large number of supermarkets. His appointment as their first Director in Australia ensured his place in establishing the culture of one of the world’s largest food retailers. 

Paul has served as the CEO and Board Chairman of Australia’s fastest growing company (BRW Fast 100) in 2013 after an approach by the board to ‘lead a substantial change’. Paul’s capacity to lead this change in a highly competitive and complex market (electricity sector) is testimony to his ability to ‘walk the leadership talk’. Paul has over 30 years of leadership experience across all socio economic and geopolitical boundaries making him highly sought after as an instructor and facilitator to all levels of business. Paul is married with three children and resides in Sydney, Australia.

Course fees
Registration typeFull rate
Recent Graduate (Grad year: 2016, 2015, 2014)$150
New Graduate (Grad year: 2017)$95
Vet returning to practice$250

To be eligible to attend this event at recent graduate rates you must have graduated within the last three years. Vet students about to graduate this year are welcome to attend at a special new graduate rate. If you are a qualified vet returning to practice you are also welcome to join. 

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to register.


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