Dr Lawrie was Chief Veterinarian with Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in New South Wales from 1993 to 2008, responsible for 4 veterinary hospitals with up to ninety veterinary and support staff.
He was involved with numerous prosecutions under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as an expert veterinary witness.
He has worked as a veterinary consultant with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Australia, South Korea and the South Pacific and was the secretary of the Animal Management in Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) group in Australia from 2003 to 2007.
Dr Lawrie has extensive experience in the ethical regulation of animals in research as a welfare member of the animal Research Review Panel (ARRP) and was awarded a Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Animal Welfare in 2004.
“I am very excited to be at Murdoch,” Dr Lawrie said.
“Even though I am a University of Sydney Veterinary School graduate I have thought for a number of years that Murdoch has been the leading veterinary school in Australia.
“I think that there are a number of exciting challenges for the veterinary industry here in Australia, in Asia and globally and I think that Murdoch is really well positioned to play a major role especially in Asia.”
Dr Lawrie was elected to the national board of the Australian Veterinary Association in 2006 and became president in 2008.
Immediately prior to starting he spent a week in India presenting to small animal practitioners on veterinary practice management in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.