Tuesday, March 8, 2022

International Women's Day, Flood crisis and supporting veterinarians in Ukraine


Today is International Women’s Day. I acknowledge the incredible work of female veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal health technicians, practice managers, and those working hard in our professional associations to support us.

I would like today to acknowledge my late colleague, Dr Helen Fairnie Jones, who co authored “She’s No Lady – She’s the Vet: Stories from 100 Years of Female Vets in Australia”. The book documents the incredible career trajectories of pioneering and trailblazing women, and can be purchased via this site

At the moment, colleagues on the East Coast of Australia, particularly South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, are experiencing the impacts of climate change, with record-breaking floods. I know of three veterinary practices that have been physically destroyed. They will rebuild, but they need support. The Australian Veterinary Association’s Veterinary Benevolent Fund is providing assistance, and accepts donations. 

Colleagues have established a Northern Rivers Livestock and Horse Flood Disaster fund to help purchase and distribute fodder, field equipment, animal yarding and transport, veterinary pharmaceuticals and helicopter fuel so that stranded animals can be located and fed.

To donate visit here:


For those seeking to act on climate change, please consider volunteering for and/or donating to Veterinarians for Climate Action. More info here

Meanwhile in Europe, The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), together with the European Federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA) have established a web portal designed to act as an information hub with links to different efforts to assist Ukranian veterinarians their families, and animals.

Please note that this page will be updated as information about new initiatives becomes available. www.VetsForUkraine.com