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2023 Australasian Veterinary Leadership Awards Winners

Two Queensland-based veterinary practices have been victorious at the 2023 Australasian Veterinary Leadership Awards, winning Best Led Practice and Best Team Leader.

The 2023 Australasian Veterinary Leadership Awards, hosted by Lincoln Institute of Veterinary Business, celebrate the achievements of veterinary practices and individuals overcoming systemic workforce challenges, including mounting pressures on mental health.

Dr Michael Powell, Veterinarian and Co-Director of Lincoln Institute of Veterinary Business, says the Awards aim to shine a spotlight on those who are creating positive change through effective and exemplary leadership, in turn inspiring their peers to follow in their footsteps.

The 2023 Australasian Best Led Practice Award winner is Animal Options Vet Clinic, located in Ormeau, Queensland.

Animal Options Vet Clinic is recognised as the most outstanding veterinary practice in Australia and New Zealand to excel across 18 key selection criteria that evaluate workplace culture, human resource management, and business acumen.

Dr Powell says, “This year’s winner of the 2023 Australasian Best Led Practice Award, Animal Options Vet Clinic, embodies humility, self-awareness, and personal accountability.

“Most importantly, they create meaning from adversity and never lose sight of their purpose, leading to a strong theme of psychological safety, respect, and care for each other.”

The 2023 Australasian Best Team Leader Award winner is Tanya Kunzel from Ripley Vet Hospital, located in Ipswich, Queensland.

Ms Kunzel is the successful nominee from a pool of 600 delegates in Australia and New Zealand who is selected based on 12 key selection criteria that evaluate personal leadership, teamwork, and professional excellence.

Dr Powell says, “Ms Kunzel has demonstrated exceptional leadership in all aspects of practice life.

“As the Practice Manager, she has managed the compelling demands of clients and the clinical team through extraordinarily difficult times as the industry resets, following the toughest years the industry has ever faced.”

Dr Powell says, in the face of growing awareness of mental health issues in the veterinary industry, including the increased risk of suicide amongst veterinary practitioners, the importance of the Australasian Veterinary Leadership Awards cannot be understated.

“There is tremendous power in recognising achievement in an open-neglected discipline, such as leadership. This type of peer recognition inspires other veterinary practitioners to push the boundaries on what is possible for the industry and prioritise worker wellbeing.

Lincoln Institute of Veterinary Business is a training organisation that specialises in promoting more effective leadership in veterinary practice. It is run by veterinarians who have enjoyed long and fulfilling careers, as well as the distinction of running very successful veterinary practices.

“Besides our extensive work within the industry, it is this intimate understanding of the specific leadership challenges that so open stand in the way of success in veterinary practice that makes us well positioned for identifying and recognising this talent.

“That, coupled with our passion to create a movement for change for the better in the sector motivates us to do so.”

About Lincoln Institute

Lincoln Institute of Veterinary Business is a professional development organisation dedicated to creating a sustainable future for the veterinary sector since 2011. A leader in pioneering research and non-clinical training, educa1on, and support, Lincoln Institute is at the forefront of the veterinary industry. Developed by veterinarians for veterinarians, Lincoln Institute of Veterinary Business offers a range of virtual and live courses in leadership, management, and business development to veterinary practitioners worldwide.

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MEDIA RELEASE, 27th June 2023

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