VBB has been an important part of Ian’s veterinary life since 2005, when he was elected its inaugural president and commenced work, together with Sikkimese veterinarian, Dr Thinlay Bhutia, to establish the now highly regarded SARAH Program, India’s first state-wide anti-rabies project.
In early 2020, he led VBB’s Australian Veterinary Emergency Response Team, coordinating the deployment of AVERT volunteers following the catastrophic bushfires that ravaged unique landscapes in many states, leading to the death, injury or displacement of countless numbers of wildlife.
Ian has devised and delivered training courses in the Asia-Pacific region, is the author of widely referenced publications on clinical aspects of animal welfare work and has been a regular guest speaker at animal welfare meetings.
He is a strong proponent of the “One Health” philosophy, promoting the collaboration of veterinarians, doctors and other health professionals in efforts to combat disease. Ian operates a veterinary neurological referral practice in Adelaide, South Australia.