The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has announced Melissa King, former CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia, as its new CEO.

In addition to being CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia, King was also CEO of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Organising Committee and has over 25 years of global executive experience.

King has held senior executive roles with the Sydney Opera House and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as being a former Independent Director for the United Nations Association of Australia.

Dr Diana Barker, President of the AVA, said it is a pleasure to welcome King to her new role at the AVA.

“Her impressive leadership credentials will ensure the AVA continues to be a respected voice and powerful advocate for Australia’s veterinarians. The AVA Board has a clear vision to build a stronger, more effective AVA and we are delighted to have a CEO of Melissa’s calibre to drive this vision and improve outcomes for the veterinary sector.”

“The AVA Board would also like to thank Acting CEO Michael Ghattas, who has been an outstanding leader during this interim period. We are pleased Michael will continue in his substantive role on the AVA’s Executive Leadership Team as Head of Corporate Services,” said Dr Barker.

King said she was honoured to step into the role of CEO.

“I look forward to working alongside the dedicated Board, membership and AVA team to continue advocating for Australia’s veterinary professionals and amplifying their invaluable contributions to society.”

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