Gavin Newman MA (Cantab) VetMB CertVOphthal

Gavin has practiced in the special interest area of veterinary ophthalmology for nearly 15 years now. His interest in eyes was initially sparked by working with a close friend and ophthalmologist in Leeds, UK (Dr. David Habin, DVOphthal), which led to him pursuing further study after emigrating to Adelaide in 2004. In 2006, Gavin gained a Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the UK through examination and by providing an assessed casebook to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which is the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons in the UK.

For the last 15 years, Gavin has been working as a clinician in the special interest area of veterinary ophthalmology at a Veterinary Ophthalmic Referral Clinic in Adelaide, providing diagnostic, surgical, and medical treatment for all manner of ocular conditions in a variety of species referred by vets from all over the state of South Australia.

Since the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide opened six years ago, Gavin has been providing ophthalmic teaching and lecturing to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students. This is a part of the job he loves and feels extremely honored to carry out!

Gavin was accredited by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the UK in 2019. It should be noted that this accreditation is not recognized by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council as a training program meeting the standard accepted for specialist registration in Australia. Therefore, he is not able to be referred to as a “Specialist” or “Ophthalmologist” in South Australia.

For Gavin’s own interest and to stay updated on the latest developments in Veterinary Ophthalmology, he is also a member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (BrAVO) and the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (fortunately, this did not require more exams!). This also means he can occasionally visit home with a trip to the Veterinary Ophthalmology Conferences in the UK and Europe!

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