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Service medallion for long serving vet

Murray Local Land Services veterinarian, Dr Dan Salmon, left, receives a NSW service medallion fron The Hon. Troy Grant.Retiring Murray Local Land Services veterinarian, Dan Salmon, has been recognised for his long and distinguished service to the NSW government.

Dr Salmon was awarded the NSW Service Medallion by the Deputy Premier, The Hon. Troy Grant, at a recent ceremony in Sydney.

The award recognises his contribution to policy and procedures, disease management, mentoring and program development over more than 40 years.

Now based in Deniliquin, Dr Salmon began his career at the Corowa, Urana and Jerilderie Pastures Protection Board in 1973.

Over the years, he has contributed to the writing of policy and procedures for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, with significant input into the state policy for managing Bovine Johne’s disease.

He also managed the local implementation of national, state and local disease control programs, while leading the regional livestock health team.

For 20 years, Dr Salmon wrote a highly regarded quarterly animal health newsletter, distributed to the rural producers of the region.

He currently leads the Murray Local Land Services Animal Biosecurity and Welfare team, and has been active in mentoring veterinary students in the principles of public veterinary practice.

With Dr Salmon due to retire in the near future, Murray Local Land Services General Manager, Gary Rodda, paid tribute to the long-serving veterinarian, who is currently on long-service leave.

“Dan is an outstanding leader and a worthy recipient of the NSW Service Medallion,” he said.

“His service to our organisation, and to the organisations that preceded us, is unparalleled, and I congratulate him on this honour.”

Media contact: Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252, mob: 0427 459 755, email: matt.g.lane@lls.nsw.gov.au