Gavin Newman MA (Cantab) VetMB CertVOphthal

Gavin has practised 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 in the UK (Dr David Habin DVOphthal) which lead to him taking the next step for more study after emigrating to Adelaide in 2004. In 2006 Gavin gained a Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the UK by examination and 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 10 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 number of species referred from vets from all over the state of South Australia.

Since the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide opened 6 years ago, Gavin has been providing the ophthalmic teaching and lecturing to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students.  A part of the job he loves and feels extremely honoured to carry out!

Recently Gavin applied to become an Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology which required an application to the RCVS providing evidence of prior ophthalmic qualifications and extensive experience in a number of topics within Veterinary Ophthalmology. Gavin was accredited by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the UK in 2019. It is noted this accreditation is not recognised by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council as a training program which meets 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 keep abreast of 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 (however thankfully this did not require more exams!). It also means he can visit home on occasions with a trip to the Veterinary Ophthalmology Conferences in the UK and Europe!

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