RSPCA Tasmania appoints new Chief Veterinarian

RSPCA Tasmania appoints new Chief Veterinarian


RSPCA Tasmania is excited to welcome experienced veterinarian, Dr Andrew Byrne to the new role of Chief Veterinarian and Animal Care Manager.

Dr Byrne has 30 years veterinary experience and was recently the Chief Vet for RSPCA Victoria. He may also be familiar to many as the public face of RSPCA pet insurance.

Dr Byrne will be based at RSPCA’s Launceston Animal Care Centre but will travel widely and use contemporary communications technology to liaise with other veterinary and Animal Care Centre staff around the state.

RSPCA Tasmania CEO Peter West says that thanks to the Work for The Dole program, RSPCA’s Launceston Animal Care Centre has a new facility exclusively for vet activities.

Now that we have the infrastructure and the fulltime expertise, we intend to considerably ramp up our de-sexing, vaccination and microchipping services for dogs and cats statewide,” Mr West said.

Obviously, RSPCA animals continue to be our first priority, but our longer term plan is to make these important vet services available to the general public.

We are very pleased that someone with such expertise and outstanding reputation has chosen to come to Tasmania to lead the implementation of our new vet care strategy,” Mr West said.

Dr Byrne says he’s looking forward to his new challenge.

I am keen to bring my expertise, knowledge and passion to assist RSPCA Tasmania in developing our veterinary program.

I will be drawing on my thirty years’ experience from other RSPCAs around the country and in private practice to bring improved animal welfare outcomes to Tasmanian animals.

RSPCA President Simon Froude says Dr Byrne’s appointment heralds a new era for RSPCA Tasmania’s vet services.

With Andrew’s considerable veterinary and management experience and with an additional new vet recently appointed in the south, RSPCA Tasmania is set to embark on another exciting phase in our renewal strategy.

Andrew will help us develop and implement strategic initiatives that will improve animal care and welfare outcomes in the Tasmanian community and at the same time, create sustainable value to the RSPCA,“ Mr Froude said.

We have taken the bull by the horns, as it were, and introduced new services that will not only benefit the community and fulfil our mission, but also have potential to sustain our animal care and inspectorate operations into the future”.