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ASVP  2017 conference theme was ... 
Following the Diagnostic Pathway

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And congratulations go to  ........

Dr Philip Ladds AM

Dr Philip Ladds AM is a Life Member of the ASVP and was awarded an AM in the 2018 Australia Day Honors Award for significant service to veterinary science as a clinician, to education as an academic, researcher and author, and to professional associations.  Dr Tony Ross pays tribute to Dr Ladds:


It is a pleasure to write an appreciation of Philip Ladds for his wonderful contributions to veterinary science and in particular to veterinary pathology. I have known Phillip Ladds for 44 years since he was my supervisor for a Master’s degree in Tropical Veterinary Science at James Cook University.


Philip has done many fine things on the national and international stage in veterinary pathology. But the finest, in my opinion, was to educate and mentor an international network of veterinary pathologists for all over the developed and developing world. There are 41 pathologists scattered around the world with a post graduate degree supervised by Philip Ladds. He was a foundation member of the Post Graduate School of Tropical Veterinary Science at James Cook University, Townsville in the early 1970s and continued as Associate Professor, in this role into the 1990s. This is where some of his best work was done.


International recognition followed with invitations to lecture and write in many counties over many decades. Philip made outstanding national and international contributions to scholarship in his field by publishing over 100 scientific papers, refereeing and editing scientific journals and writing book chapters and specialist books. His expertise has been used in many countries, particularly throughout Asia, on lecture tours, short courses and consultancies on animal diseases.


Particular evidence of his world-wide expertise in veterinary pathology was his continued authorship of the chapter on the male genital system in the international 3 volume “bible” of veterinary pathology “Pathology of Domestic Animals” for its 3rd (1985) , 4th (1993) and 5th (2007) editions.


He is also an international expert in the field of diseases of Australian fauna. His outstanding book “Pathology of Australian Wildlife” is again the “bible” in its field. It was published by CSIRO Publishing in 2009 and is still the “go-to” book today.


In addition to his veterinary degree and Master’s degree from U Queensland, and PhD from Kansas State University, Philip has gained specialist qualifications from Australia (Fellow Australian College of Veterinary Pathologists), and internationally: America (Diplomate American College Veterinary Pathologists) and the UK (Fellow Royal College of Pathology).


His colleagues bestowed on him Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology for outstanding contributions to veterinary pathology. Leadership positions on advisory boards, academic committees and as national examiner of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists further demonstrate his prominent position nationally and internationally in veterinary pathology.


Philip is a modest and dedicated man who has led and inspired many others from all around the world in the field of Veterinary Pathology over a long period of time. In my opinion his record of achievements puts him ahead of all other veterinary pathologists currently practising in Australia and equal to the very top echelon of veterinary pathologists world-wide.


Philip is struggling with Parkinson’s Disease and lives quietly with his devoted wife Jenny in Kingscliff NSW.


On behalf of the members and committee of the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology I congratulate Philip and his family on this important and well deserved honour.



Tony Ross BVSc MSc PhD

Life Member ASVP

Adjunct Professor

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

James Cook University

29 January 2018



Congratulations to the following Aussie veterinary pathologists who are newly certified Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists - 2017

Anatomic Pathology:    Leah Manning and Wenqi Wang
Clinical Pathology:       Kathryn Jenkins

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