2018 Recent Graduate Survival Seminar | Centre for Veterinary Education

2018 Recent Graduate Survival Seminar

Recent Graduate Survival Seminar

Learn Tips & Tricks From Experts | Benefit From Their Impressive Experience

Building on the phenomenal success of previous years, this 1-day seminar promises to be another highly engaging and rewarding educational experience featuring topics and content relevant to recently graduated veterinarians in the early stage of their careers.

Highly regarded and experienced clinicians and educators will present a well-rounded seminar which focuses purely on the needs of new and recent graduates to assist in your successful transition to veterinary practice, even if you’ve been out of university for a few years.

The seminar is a great refresher on a variety of issues that you encounter day in and day out in practice. It will provide you with relevant and practical diagnostic, medical and surgical approaches to some of the most common yet challenging scenarios to build your confidence and help you become a better vet for your patients.

Note: 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.​


Friday 24 August 2018
9.00 - 5.00
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
B22, Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW


BSc (Vet) BVSc (Hons) PhD MANZCVS (Dentistry)

Christine Hawke graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993, and spent four years in general practice both in Australia and the UK, during which time she disliked dentistry immensely. She returned to the University of Sydney in 1999, and completed her PhD in immunogenetics of autoimmune disease in 2003. After a break to start a family, Christine returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Science as a clinical lecturer, where, strangely enough, she developed an unexpected passion for small animal dentistry. Christine sat her ANZCVS membership exams in Veterinary Dentistry in 2006. She founded Sydney Pet Dentistry in 2007, and divides her time between clinical dentistry and teaching all aspects of small animal dentistry to vets, vet nurses and undergraduate students.


Fernando graduated from the University of Madrid. After a period in practice both in Spain and the UK he completed an internship and then residency in anaesthesia at the University of Bristol. Following this he was clinical anaesthetist at the University of Cambridge and locum anaesthetist at various referral hospitals in the UK. In 2011, he joined North Downs Specialist Referrals to set up and lead the anaesthesia and analgesia service, gaining his RCVS certificate in anaesthesia in 2007, European specialisation in 2011 and RCVS specialisation in 2014. 

In January 2015, Fernando moved to Australia and joined the University of Sydney as Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia. 

BVSc (Hons1), B.Laws/Dip Legal Practice and B. communications.

Kate graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 and worked at the RSPCA Yagoona until late 2016. Since leaving the RSPCA, Kate has worked as a small animal locum in private practice and taken time off to raise her young family. Kate recently returned to practice and joined the team at Great Western Animal Hospital as a part-time veterinarian. She also sits on several Animal Ethics Committees. Her interests include animal welfare, medicine and behaviour. Kate’s favourite part of being a vet is consulting (but it most certainly wasn’t always this way!). Prior to studying veterinary science, Kate worked as a corporate lawyer in Sydney.

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. 


Prior to specialising in diagnostic imaging, Robert worked in mixed veterinary practice for several years in Bathurst, NSW. After undertaking his residency training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, he returned to Australia and with Graeme Allan, Robert formed Veterinary Imaging Associates and subsequently, their teleradiology practice Online-Vets.com, providing an international diagnostic service. In addition to private referral practice, he worked as a clinical consultant in diagnostic imaging and taught veterinary students at The University of Sydney from 1997 until 2008. Since 1998, Robert has been a tutor in the Diagnostic Imaging Distance Education course for the Centre of Veterinary Education and has developed a special digital radiography stream for those who have made (or are looking to make) the leap into filmless radiography. Robert is an associate editor of Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and also of The Australian Veterinary Journal.

BSc (Hons) BVSc (Hons) PhD

Jane is an honours graduate in Science from the University of Melbourne. She also has a PhD in Biochemistry and Genomics. Coming to Animal Eye Care from a senior research position with the Department of Primary Industries where she worked with dairy cattle and wallabies, Jane brings a wealth of managerial experience to Animal Eye Care. She completed her Veterinary Science degree with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2011. Jane is a Professional Interest Practitioner in Ophthalmology.

BVSC (Hons)

Ben graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in Veterinary Science in 2009. He launched his veterinary career at a large mixed practice in Shepparton, North-East Victoria, where he was a jack-of-all-trades veterinarian and gained extensive experience in all facets of small and large animal medicine and surgery.

After seven years in practice, Ben wanted a new challenge and to diversify, and became a Technical Services Veterinarian at two large animal pharmaceutical businesses (Merial and Boehringer-Ingelheim). Following his keen passion for nutrition and education, Ben joined the Royal Canin team in January 2018. On top of this, he continues to work in general practice most weekends in Shepparton.

Course fees
Registration Type
Recent Graduate (Grad year: 2015, 2016, 2017))$95
New Graduate (Grad year: 2018)$95
Vet returning to practice$95


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