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    450 Australian Veterinary Journal Volume 83, No 8, August 2005

    Australian

    VETERINARYJOURNAL

    MANAGING EDITOR MARK THORNLEY

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    An Orangutan ponders thespecies future.

    Photo: Mark Thornley

    Renowned for hisinspiring overseasproject work, DrAlan Baker was recentlypresented one of theAVAs highest honours -the Kesteven Medal.Alan received the jointAVA & AustralianCollege of VeterinaryScientists (ACVS) awardat the ACVS annualdinner held on the GoldCoast Saturday 2 July2005.

    Since 1972 Alan hascontributed to manyanimal reproduction andmanagement projects in under developedcountries including Fiji, Vanuatu, Indonesia,Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh.

    A popular Kestevenwinner, he has helpedimprove the quality oflife for many overseascommunities.

    In 2000 Alan servedtwo years as theinternational veterinaryconsultant to the AsianDevelopment Bank andHis Majesty'sGovernment Nepal forthe third LivestockDevelopment Project.

    Paying homage toAlans technical andscientific contributionsto international

    veterinary science, the Kesteven Medalcitation was read by AVA Board member DrDiane Sheehan.

    An Order of Australia recipient andformer Assistant Chief of the CSIROAnimal Research Laboratories, Dr IanParsonson is an unassuming achiever.

    An AVA life member, Ian excelled as alarge animal veterinarian before studyinganimal viruses. Havingserved as an RAAF navigatorflying Lancaster Bombersfrom Britain in the SecondWorld War, he recentlycompleted a book entitledVets at War, A history of theAAVC 1909-1946

    Launched at TheOfficers' Mess at the RoyalMilitary College Duntroonin July 2005, the ceremonywas officially opened byLieutenant-General Peter Leahy, Chief ofthe Australian Army and a grandson ofBob Wardle (a Veterinary Captain inWWI).

    During the four year book project Ianworked closely with historians at theAustralian Defence Forces, the AustralianWar Memorial to help capture theveterinarians authentic stories.

    I really wrote the book to recognisethe largely forgotten contributions ofthese young veterinary graduates whoserved during the World Wars and then

    returned to organise the AustralianVeterinary Association and our professionas we know it today, said Dr Parsonson.

    I also tried to acknowledge the role ofthe thousands of Australian horses thatnever returned due to quarantine

    restrictions.Published by Australian

    Army History Publications,the book introduces the rolesof veterinarians in the SudanWar in 1887 and the BoerWar in 1900 before focusingon the colourful history ofthe Australian ArmyVeterinary Corps (AAVC)who played a vital role in themobile fighting tactics ofmany allied forces

    campaigns. Many members of the AVAs Veterinary

    History SIG attended the book launchincluding Dr Bob Taylor and his sonGraham, Dr Peter Mylrea (whose fatherwas in the British Army VeterinaryCorps), Dr Frank Doughty (representingthe Henry family), Dr Dick Roe and AVAVeterinary Director Kevin Doyle.

    For further information regarding thisbookhttp://www.warbooks.com.au/IndividualBooks/vetsatwar.html.

    Vets at War-Lest we ForgetBy Mark Thornley

    Dr Ian Parsonson (left) andLieutenant-General Peter Leahy

    Kesteven Medal winner

    Dr Alan Baker