AVA Election

Tom Lonsdale and Breck Muir are candidates for positons on the board of the Australian Veterinary Association. The 1997 elections will be the fifth elections that they have contested. For background information please consult Tom Lonsdale's Home Page and the Raw Meaty Bones Campaign page.

Nomination for position as director on the Board of the AVA for Dr Breck Muir, Stella Street Veterinary Clinic, Stella Street, Long Jetty, NSW 2261, Telephone 043 326 026

Breck is a respected veterinarian who places 'service before self'. For 33 years livestock and pet owners have had the benefit of his good humour and thoughtful assistance.

Breck has long been a supporter of the AVA at branch level and since 1991 has made an impressive contribution to the national life of our profession. When he realised the enormity of the artificial pet food problem affecting our animals and our profession he took a principled stand.

As we approach the millennium AVA members can now enjoy the benefit of and place their trust in Breck's public spirited contributions.

Nominated by Dr Ian Billinghurst, Mort Street Veterinary Clinic, Lithgow, NSW 2790, Telephone 063 52 2824

Nomination for position of President Elect of the AVA for Dr Tom Lonsdale, Riverstone Veternary Hospital, Garfield Road, Riverstone, NSW 2765, Telephone 02 9627 4011

In this age of propaganda and suppression of free speech, Tom Lonsdale is a source of reason and hope. He has dared to diagnose and advance solutions for the ills of our profession. His papers and articles are essential reading for all veterinarians at index.html/

Tom is a 1972 London graduate and has worked in the UK and Africa. In 1981 he commenced a multi branch mixed practice in Western Sydney.

The AVA needs a voice of reason at the helm and it gives me great pride to nominate Tom Lonsdale for the position of president elect.

Nominated by Dr Alan Bennet, Bligh Park Veterinary Clinic, Bligh Park, NSW 2756, Telephone 045 877 177

Tom Lonsdale's Manifesto Statement for the 1995 AVA Elections, further recycled for the 1996/1997 elections

6 March, 1995


The issue of self-regulation of the profession will dominate this election and from which all other veterinary matters, social, political and scientific flow. We must safeguard that privilege by fearlessly identifying our problems, providing a diagnosis and then proceeding to a remedy. In this way, we can honour our compact with society in the provision of timely, effective advice regarding all aspects of animal care. My candidacy in this election is founded on these beliefs.

Our most pressing problem of self-regulation is that thirty years ago, due to lack of vigilance, we allowed economic colonialists free entry to develop their pet food culture. At the time we were scientifically and socially naive and, as a community, we were persuaded to favour foreign-owned, expensive items over the superior, cheap local produce. Given the difficulty of correcting culturally conditioned errors it must be a concern to all Australians that the AVA and various government departments are still in denial over this issue. When we stop the internal battles over this absurdity, we can redirect our resources for the good of the community. Everyone from either side of the debate will have a role in retrieving our credibility and setting about the task of re-education.

Methodically identifying and isolating problems has been my approach as a practice manager. By building on basic principles, common sense and past achievements we can steer a way forward. Free speech has been restored to the letters page of the AVA News and thus, the voice of the individual members has been retained in the Association's affairs. The landmark 'Diet and Disease Report' was published and Australian pets consequently reap the benefit. I am confident that very much more can be achieved as an elected representative.

For the future I envisage a renaissance for the profession as we show a lead in animal welfare, the human economy and the natural environment. New environmentally-friendly industries should emerge for the feeding of the world's pets. Spin-off benefits would likely include solutions for our feral goat, rabbit and kangaroo problems. Our farming communities and our children should obtain a sounder economy and a better environment. Veterinarians working in primary industry, government, teaching and general practice should all gain a new importance.

In all things timing and information are crucial. It is my view that for the first year of Executive membership I shall bring a welcome outsider's view whilst learning the ropes of the organisation. In 1996/7, the presidential year, I shall make myself available to meet the needs of the Association. The purpose of the AVA is to serve all the members and this can only be achieved by constant rejuvenation with new ideas and new members. Of course the budget must balance. As a practitioner I am well aware of the need to be available, whether in person or on the phone, and I can be contacted on (02) 9627-4011.

This important decision is yours. I urge you to post your vote for the self-regulation and self-determination of our profession.

Tom Lonsdale