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Dr Tanya Stephens

Tanya Stephens
  • Location: Australia
  • Year of Fellowship: 2020
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Field of work

Clinical practice (private)

Areas of special interest

  • Small animal practice
  • Wildlife research
  • One welfare

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • Innovation in professional practice
  • International issues
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement

Professional positions

  • Chair, Australian Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Trust.
  • Exec member AVA SIGs AVAWE and AVCB.
  • Honorary consulting veterinarian Children’s Medical Research Institute.
  • Member Animal Welfare Chapter ANZCVS Subject Standards Committee.
  • Veterinary member NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Australian Council of Professions.
  • One of two experts in the Office of the Chief Professionalist.
  • Chair NSW Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission Animal Welfare Committee.
  • Member NSW Kangaroo Management Advisory Panel and Kangaroo Management Taskforce.


  • Belle Bruce Reid Medal awarded by the University of Melbourne to Australia’s most notable women veterinary science graduates. 2006.
  • Australian Veterinary Association Meritorious Service Award 2017.
  • Rotary Business Community Award for services to the Children’s Medical Research Institute 2020.


Born in Somerset arriving in Australia as a teenager, Tanya is a graduate of the University of Sydney with postgraduate qualifications in International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law from Edinburgh and a member by examination of the Animal Welfare Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

A small animal practitioner who established her own practice in Haberfield, Sydney, Tanya very much enjoys practice. She is also a wildlife researcher with original research published in Nature on galactosaemia in kangaroos.

Tanya’s interests lie in animal welfare, research, promoting the use of evidence based veterinary medicine, professional ethics, wildlife, the environment and sustainable agriculture and is a regular presenter at veterinary conferences and universities and published author on these topics.

Tanya is the editor of a forthcoming book, ‘One Welfare in Practice: The Role of the Veterinarian’ which brings together her interests in professional ethics, animal welfare, human wellbeing and the environment.

Tanya is an active member of the Australian Veterinary Association, holding leadership positions in AVAWE and AVCB, the welfare and ethics and conservation biology SIGs, and an active member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Animal Welfare Chapter. She enjoys mentoring veterinary students and new graduates as well as supporting veterinarians from developing countries through the CVA.

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