Christopher Tan reelected to AO VET Asia Pacific Regional Board
20 April 2020
Congratulations to Christopher Tan reelection to a three-year term on the AO VET Asia Pacific Board. As a registered specialist in small animal surgery, he will continue to serve as the board’s delegate to the AO VET Education Commission.
Christopher Tan is a fellow of both the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He attended his first AO educational event—a principles course—in 2009 and returned the following year for an advanced course. In 2011, he became an AO VET faculty member.
‘The premier provider’
“I believe AO VET stands alone as the premier provider of postgraduate training in veterinary orthopedics and can enhance its educational programs by increased collaboration between all members within the Asia Pacific region and, indeed, the world,” Tan said.
Prior to commencing his residency at the University of Sydney (Australia)—where he worked under Prof Kenneth A Johnson, who introduced him to AO VET—Tan spent eight years in general first opinion practice. That experience provided him with insights into the challenges faced by general practitioners. His appreciation for the value of education was deepened while working as a tutor in undergraduate surgery teaching at the University of Sydney.
‘Passion for teaching’
“Even before commencing my residency, I developed a passion for teaching,” Tan said.
During his residency he was deeply involved with undergraduate teaching and upon completion, he was appointed senior lecturer in small animal surgery at the University of Sydney; that role included clinical teaching and delivering lectures, tutorials, and practical classes, as well as curriculum development and supervising residents. In 2016, he was awarded the excellence in clinical teaching award from the University of Sydney.
Furthermore, Tan brings significant experience in postgraduate education: He has lectured at a number of conferences, and has developed a number of new workshops for the university of Sydney. In 2018, he completed his PhD on canine tarsal bone biomechanics at the Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories (SORL) at the University of New South Wales and continues pursuing his research interests as a part time academic at this institution.
In addition, Tan has significant community engagement and operational experience, and—with his second term on the AO VET Asia Pacific Board commencing in July 2020—he looks forward to bringing orthopedic surgeons closer together, fostering a culture of collaboration in research and support in surgical training.