The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council is an incorporated association with the following members:
- The state and territory Veterinary Boards of Australia*
- The Veterinary Council of New Zealand
- Australian Veterinary Association Ltd (AVA)
- New Zealand Veterinary Association Ltd (NZVA)
Each member organisation has a representative on Council.
Member Representatives 2020 - 2021
Dr Mark Simpson (Chair)
Prof Ted Whittem
Dr Fiona Thompson
Dr Tony Leeflang
Dr Emma Watkins
Dr Peter Gibbs
Dr Megan Pickering
VCNZ & NZVA
Dr Lindsay Burton
Dr Nick Sangster
*The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia resigned from AVBC and was removed from Voting Members listed in Clause 6 of the AVBC Constitution in February 2019.
Dr Julie Strous BVSc, PDM, GAICD began work with AVBC in 2001 and has been in the role of Executive Director since 2002. Her first task was to compile policies and procedures for veterinary accreditation in Australia and New Zealand. Since then she has participated in more than 35 university site visits. A highlight for her has been the opportunity to be part of the internationalisation of veterinary accreditation.
Dr Strous’ role in AVBC is to work with the Council and its committees to ensure the quality of the veterinary profession in Australia and New Zealand. Apart from veterinary school accreditation, AVBC administers statutory veterinary examinations and specialist assessments on behalf of the state and territory veterinary boards and the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.
Dr Strous is a veterinary graduate who has studied in a variety of areas, including ethics and theology, animal production in developing nations, and business. She has worked in mixed practice, sustainable farm management, chaplaincy, university teaching and management.