Dr Anne Fawcett BA (Hons) BScVet (Hons) BVSc (Hons) MVetStud GradCertEduStud (HigherEd) MANZCVS (Animal Welfare) DipECAWBM (AWSEL)
Featured Image: Dr Anne Fawcett at a graduation ceremony
I’m cheating again! I’m claiming Dr Anne Fawcett as one of my protégés! It’s almost true; albeit the roles could conceivably be reversed? At least she’s been to Scone! I first met Anne Quain as one of a remarkable cadre of students studying veterinary science at Sydney University in the late 1990s. Anne was already a graduate; in Philosophy. Many others were ‘post grads’. Anne was also a writer and very kindly agreed to be tutor and ‘editor’ of my introductory seminal tome ‘The Infinitive History of Veterinary Practice in Scone’. I doubt without Anne’s professionalism, patience and perseverance I would ever have crossed the finishing line?
The group of students I met then are now all mature professionals. There were those possessing ferocious intellect and most with invariably fearsome intelligence. Not surprisingly many have excelled. I introduced them to the veterinary panel of the RAS of NSW Royal Easter Show. They now dominate in all positions. Dr Mark Schembri and Sam Walker are both Councillors of the RAS of NSW. Each has served as Chairman of the Veterinary Committees, Sam as Chairman of Domestic Animals and Mark the Disciplinary Committee. NSW Monash Scholarship winner Mark has since pursued a career in medicine and Sam in International Banking. Others of the RAS of NSW veterinary panel from the era include Professor Joe Suttie (Medicine), TV Star Chris Brown, Chris Tan, Kym Hagon, Dave Woodward, Chuck Carter, Hadley Wilsallen, Edwina Wilkes and others I may have overlooked? It’s an eclectic selection; and I’m very proud!
Anne Fawcett is a lecturer in veterinary science as well as a companion animal practitioner in Sydney’s Inner West.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in philosophy with honours, she completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Science (Veterinary) at the University of Sydney. She completed a Masters in veterinary studies (small animal medicine and surgery) through Murdoch University. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.in Animal Welfare, and a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.
Together with Dr Siobhan Mullan, she co-authored Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases (published by 5M). She is a co-editor of the Vet Cookbook (published by the Centre for Veterinary Education).
Research and teaching interests include the interaction of humans and animals in a veterinary clinical context, clinical veterinary practice and veterinary ethics. Anne is the author of numerous academic publications including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is a founding member of the Human Animal Research Network at Sydney University.
She is currently undertaking a PhD in veterinary ethics under the supervision of Professor Paul McGreevy and Dr Siobhan Mullan (Bristol University).
“Unless there is compelling evidence for the absence of consciousness, we need to assume that animals are thinking, feeling, to some extent self-aware, beings with emotions and interests”.
“Scone really was a truly remarkable intellectual hothouse…some amazing concepts, techniques and personalities emerged…and so many great stories”!
Dr Anne Fawcett BA BVSC MVS GradCertES MANZCVS DipECAW & BM University of Sydney, University of Queensland