Trisha Clarke

BVSc, PhD, PGrad DipED

After graduating from The University of Queensland (UQ), Trish worked as a small animal veterinarian for 15 years. Subsequently, Trish embarked on a full-time teaching career in the vocational training of veterinary nurses with TAFE Queensland in 1993, after completing a post-graduate diploma in education at UQ in 1990. In 2002, Trish was appointed as the inaugural coordinator and lecturer of the final year of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) degree at the School of Veterinary Science, UQ. In this role, Trish was awarded a UQ Excellence in Teaching Award (2006) for her contribution to the field of veterinary technology education in Australia. Trish has also extensively researched veterinary nursing and veterinary technology education in universities internationally, travelling to Michigan State and Purdue Universities, USA, in 2007, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University, Japan, in 2009 and the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and others in 2009.

Trish’s teaching interests lie in veterinary technology professional studies and clinical education. Her research interests culminated in Trish being awarded a PhD by UQ in 2019. Her thesis examined the role of higher education in the advancement of veterinary technology in Australasia, focusing on the history and professionalisation of veterinary nursing and veterinary technology in Australasia and Asia, and curriculum design.

Trish has published in the veterinary, veterinary nursing and higher education literature in Australia and internationally and is a member of the editorial board of The Veterinary Nurse Journal (one of the first international peer-reviewed veterinary nursing journals). She has presented at veterinary technology/veterinary nursing conferences in Australia, North America and the Netherlands. Trish is currently the AVA (National) representative on the National Industry Advisory Group for Veterinary Nursing, and the AVNAT Regulatory Council (Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia), as well as a member of the AVA (Queensland Division) Education Committee.


Empowering veterinary nurses to advance their profession: A need to focus on the instrument and the music of their professional practice

Speaker: Trisha Clarke