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Saturday, August 12 • 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Plenary: From frocks to crocs: One vet’s journey - Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition

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Growing up in bushland on the upper North Shore of Sydney was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with all creatures great and small. From the hallowed halls firstly of a Methodist Ladies College and then Sydney University, life took a series of unplanned and unexpected turns from working in zoos, rural practice and even sailing the Australian coastline. Then in the late '80s I arrived in Cairns for a two week locum and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. In the intervening years I have co-founded the first wildlife rehabilitation group in the region, become involved in indigenous animal health programmes throughout Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait islands, raised six children, chased cassowaries and crocodiles all over the Cape and found time in between to gain two higher degrees and dual College membership as well as running a busy avian, reptile, wildlife and exotics practice, which extends throughout the region. In my spare time I teach courses in animal health, wildlife medicine and rehabilitation and drugs and poisons legislation. I have been fortunate enough to consult throughout the Asia Pacific region for species as diverse as macaques, tigers and other big cats, and crocodiles. My career highlight is undoubtedly being asked to give a series of lectures on wildlife medicine and conservation biology to a large group of international veterinarians on tour in Galapagos.  My life motto is to not take oneself too seriously, so this session will hopefully present an entertaining view of one vet's journey to the wilds of frontier land.

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Annabelle Olsson

Principal, Boongarry Vet Surgery
I am a wildlife, avian, reptile and exotics vet based in Cairns, but with a practice which extends throughout Cape York. I have research degrees in health of free living flying foxes, and anaesthesia in crocodiles. I am President of the Wildlife Conservancy of tropical Queensland... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Arena 1