Dr Eric Allan
B.V.Sc Hons (Melb)
Lecturer in Veterinary Practice
Eric was born in Glasgow, Scotland but moved with his parents to Australia while still at school.
Eric started his veterinary career in Dairy practice in Gippsland Victoria. After several years of calvings, milk fevers and mastitis he did a series of locums then headed to the U.K. where he joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and then worked in a series of practices in England.
On returning to Australia Eric became the house surgeon in a large Melbourne practice for five years before purchasing his own practice in S.E. Melbourne which he ran for the next 26 years.
In 2005 Eric commenced a series of short term appointments at Australian Veterinary Schools as “Practitioner in Residence.” He has a passionate interest in the preparation of graduates for their professional careers and joined Charles Sturt University School of Animal and Veterinary Medicine in 2008 to take responsibility for the coordination of the Veterinary Practice stream of subjects plus “Transition to Practice” a new and innovative subject which is undertaken by the senior (fifth year)veterinary students.
Eric has published eight books for pet owners (including Everydog – 4th edition 2009 and Everycat -4th edition due 2011) plus a series of publications for veterinary graduates making the transition from University to practice.
The subject of loss and grief is one that all veterinarians must come to terms with. Eric has been particularly interested in helping both young veterinarians and also clients to cope with the sometimes extremely stressful issues that surface during the times of loss and especially when euthanasia has been chosen.
Eric’s other interests include golf, hockey, history and literature.