Figure 1. V and A Short Beaked Echidna©
You’ll know immediately that we’re talking about Dr Graeme Allan (BVSc ‘66 MVetSc '72 DVetSc '12), a visionary educator in the field of veterinary radiology whose achievements were honoured recently at the University of Sydney Veterinary Faculty Alumni Award evening (27 July 2016) where Graeme accepted the Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This award celebrates Australia’s foremost thinkers and achievers who have left an indelible mark on the lives of their fellows and animals.
CVE collaborator & pioneer in Distance Education (DE)
Graeme is well-known internationally for his work in veterinary diagnostic imaging, particularly for making that discipline accessible to everyday practising vets.
To the CVE community though, Graeme is specifically honoured as an innovator in the field of continuing veterinary education, collaborating with the CVE along with Dr Russell Mitten to establish our first two Distance Education courses in 1991: Radiology and Cardiology, respectively. As the then Director Dr Doug Bryden noted (rather understatedly) in the 1991 Annual Report:
‘These programs are proving very popular and are delivering high quality continuing education to practising veterinarians. In the years ahead we hope to expand the subjects to the profession.’
It’s particularly gratifying then to see Graeme awarded (unanimously) this further and well-deserved honour, for which he was nominated by our Director Dr Hugh White, in this the CVE’s 25th anniversary year for DE.
Anyone who had the privilege of participating in Graeme’s DE Radiology program knows that he has tremendous drive to share his knowledge with his colleagues to improve their own veterinary abilities. Before the term was even coined, Graeme was an ‘early adopter’ of technology, enthusiastically embracing the digital age and revolutionising the delivery of DE. His course was the blueprint for the many that followed: 17 courses available in 2016.
Note: The beautiful image in Figure 1 is from Radiology of Australian Mammals – co-authored by Larry Vogelnest & Graeme Allan and published by the CSIRO.
(Image courtesy of Anne Fawcett www.smallanimaltalk.com)