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    386 Australian Veterinary Journal Volume 82, No 7, July 2004

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    Associate Professor Douglas BruceCopeman has received an AO inthe General Division (for serviceto veterinary science, particularly inparasitology, as a leading researcher,educator and administrator).

    An AVA life member and formerrecipient of the Kesteven Medal (1980),Associate Professor Bruce CopemanBVSc, MSc, PhD, FACVSc, MACVSchas enjoyed a close association with theAVA.

    Shortly after graduation he waselected secretary of the then fledglingAVA North Queensland Branch in 1961.He has since served a number of terms assecretary, treasurer and President of thesame Branch. Professor Copeman wasQueenslands representative on theCouncil of the AVA in 1982 and playeda pivotal role on the OrganisingCommittee as treasurer and convenor ofsocial events for both AVA NationalConferences held in Townsville during1979 and 1989.

    Associate Professor Copemans interestin overseas veterinary service wasawakened early in 1961 when heaccompanied a shipment of sheep toKuwait and co-operated with a variety ofoverseas veterinarians for the first time ina professional capacity.

    In 1970 he joined the staff of theGraduate School of Tropical VeterinaryScience at James Cook University whichgave him the opportunity to extend hisinterest and service overseas in training,research and administration. Perhaps hismain contribution to the veterinaryprofession has been his support of theParasitology Department at Balitvet(Indonesian Research Institute forVeterinary Science) in Bogor, Indonesia.Since 1990 he arranged one AQIS andthree ACIAR sponsored research projects(two on fasciolosis and two ontrypanosomosis) at Balitvet to helpsupport the ongoing research activities ofParasitology staff.

    A highlight of the research revealednew biological approaches to the controlof fasciolosis, a disease widely regarded inmany southeast Asian countries as one ofthe most important to impact cattle andbuffaloes. New and substantiallyimproved tests for Trypanosoma evansiwere developed through this project.

    This research also graphically

    demonstrated the likely devastating effectinfection with T. evansi could have onwallabies should it enter Australia orPapua New Guinea. The success of theseprojects laid the foundation forsubsequent research initiatives(supported by ACIAR and/or AQIS).Collaborating with former students andother veterinary colleagues over the pastdecade Associate Professor Copeman hasexamined the control of fasciolosisthroughout Indonesia, Philippines andCambodia and contributed to thediagnosis of T. evansi in Papua NewGuinea and Indonesia.

    This valuable research providedformer students and colleagues fromRIVS in Indonesia and the VeterinaryCollege at the University of SouthernMindanao, Philippines with valuablefunds to continue their research.

    Associate Professor Copemanrepresented James Cook University from1991-96 on the committee of aconsortium that managed an AusAIDproject to upgrade universities in Bali,Lombok and Timor.

    He has also supervised 52 MSc or Phdcandidates from overseas countriesincluding Indonesia, Papua New Guinea,Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, China,Japan, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh,Afganistan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria,Gambia, Brazil, Mexico, Greece andSwitzerland. Associate ProfessorCopeman is a worthy AO honoursrecipient.

    Veterinarian celebrates Queens BirthdayBy Mark Thornley

    Professor Bruce Copeman AO