A message from the Executive Dean

Katrina Falkner

I’m looking very forward to seeing you at our first Faculty-wide forum tomorrow. In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to report on some recent achievements we’ve enjoyed across the faculty. 

Equine Health and Performance Centre Accreditation
After much hard work and preparation by staff in the Equine Health and Performance Centre, the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia awarded accreditation to our hospital in March. The University’s Companion Animal Health Centre is already accredited, so this award makes us the first and only practice in the State to be accredited in both companion and large animal practice. 

The accreditation recognises the high standard of service and expertise that our practice offers in all areas, including staff capability, facility, equipment levels, record-keeping, commitment to continuing education.

I would particularly like to thank Casey Hogan, Dr Olivier Simon and Dr Sam Franklin, as well as all staff in the Equine and Large Animal department for their work in this success. 

SA Young Achiever Award Success
Congratulations to Dr Nicole Foster for winning the University of Adelaide STEM category of the 2022 Channel 7 Young Achievers Awards. University of Adelaide STEM Award honours the innovative and visionary achievements of young STEM learners and recognises the impact their contributions make to our world.

Dr Foster completed her PhD in 2021, and her molecular approach to analyse environmental DNA buried in the sediment record has uncovered historical changes in South Australia’s coastal plant communities. Her work provides vital information on habitat resilience and adaptation in the face of climate change.

I also want to acknowledge Dr Cheng Tang, who was shortlisted as a finalist. His work has helped establish the concept of electrocatalytic refinery (e-refinery) to defossilise, decarbonise and decentralise the present chemical industry.

Congratulations to you both. We are proud to have such talent in our faculty. 

Faculty-wide Forum reminder
Thursday 12 May, 11:10am - 12noon
The Braggs Lecture Theatre

Finally, I would like to encourage you to attend our first Faculty-wide Forum tomorrow from 11.10am-12noon at The Braggs Lecture Theatre. The event will be broadcast via Zoom and recorded for those unable to attend. Please check your Outlook calendar invite to access the Zoom link. 

The forum will be a great opportunity to kick off discussions about our vision and our developing priorities, as well as answer your questions. I look forward to seeing you there. 


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