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Vanessa Barrs

University of Sydney
Head of Small Animal Medicine
Vanessa Barrs is the Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Head of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney and is a registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. She has served as President of the Feline Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Specialist representative of the NSW Board of Veterinary Practitioners and trustee of the Australian Feline Health Research Fund. Vanessa co-runs the feline medicine referral service at the Valentine Charlton Cat Centre and is a feline infectious diseases researcher. She was awarded the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association Distinguished Scientist Award in 2009 and an Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2011. She is currently President of the International Society of Companion Animal Infectious Diseases, is on the Board of Directors of the Australasian Society of Feline Medicine and is Scientific Editor for The Veterinary Journal. In addition to over 90 refereed publications and book chapters, Vanessa is a busy practitioner, enjoys all aspects of feline medicine and loves nothing more than helping sick cats get better.