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Biographical entry Wishart, David Sutcliffe (1916 - 2013)

18 April 1916
22 December 2013
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Science administrator and Veterinarian


David Wishart was a veterinarian whose research was into stock improvement. Early in his career he was stationed at the State Research Farm, Werribee, Victoria, where he started research into improving livestock production through genetic improvement, artificial breeding, nutrition and husbandry. A study tour in 1949 resulted in a strategic plan for livestock production research in Victoria and the setting up of an animal husbandry research centre at Werribee. In the 1950s he initiated the first project in Australia to produce piglets free of Mycoplasma pneumonia and was involved in the planning of a number of veterinary research facilities throughout the state. Wishart was appointed in 1960 to the planning committee of the Faculty of Veterinary Science for the re-establishment of the BVSc at The University of Melbourne, including the planning for the Veterinary Clinical Centre at Werribee. As Director of the Department of Agriculture, Victoria, he oversaw the opening of new animal and agriculture research centres and a network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories.



Education - BVSc, University of Sydney
1953 - 1954
Career position - President, Australian Veterinary Association, Victorian Division
1955 - 1968
Career position - Senior Veterinary Research Officer, Department of Agriculture, Victoria
1960 - 1961
Career position - President, Australian Veterinary Association
1968 - 1979
Career position - Director (later Director-General), Department of Agriculture, Victoria
Award - Fellow, Australian Society of Animal Production
Award - Gilruth Prize for Meritorious Service to Veterinary Science, Australian Veterinary Association

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  • Caple, I., 'David Sutcliffe Wishart ISO BVSc 1916 - 2013', Australian Veterinary Journal, 92 (4) (2014), 114. Details

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