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Margie McEwen

Dr. Margie McEwen


VetPrac Director

Margie is the Director of VetPrac, and she is a passionate veterinarian dedicated to offering the best education from around the world.

Having received teaching awards from universities in her role as lecturer and clinical tutor she applies her specialty in anaesthesia and analgesia clinically and academically.

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Margie worked in general practice. While at Scone Veterinary Hospital in NSW and performing mixed practice duties as well as horse and small anaesthesia on a routine basis, Margie became fascinated with veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. In 1997 she was awarded membership of ANZCVS, and in 2000 completed an anaesthesia residency at Cornell in New York. Margie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2002.

Margie worked at Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, as an assistant professor for six years, and this is where her passion for teaching and learning originated. Her interest in communication education began to develop, as well. She then went to work as a clinical anesthesiologist at Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, in Massachusetts.  In 2010, Margie moved back to Australia and worked for the University of Adelaide as a senior lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia where she applied her internationally developed knowledge and experience in teaching, learning and communications training.

In 2014 Margie moved to Darwin with her family for fun and adventure.  She worked in a local general practice, and as a locum specialist anaesthetist for the University of Queensland, in Gatton. In February 2015 she commenced her role as a senior lecturer and team lead for the UQ Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Department. During this time she managed clinical work as an anesthesiologist and department head, alongside student teaching and learning responsibilities. She taught into the Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Technology programs. And routinely emphasized hands on clinical skills while teaching in the veterinary hospital at UQVets in Gatton.

Margie’s teaching and learning philosophy aligns perfectly with VetPrac. It incorporates the scholarship of teaching and learning, accommodates different learning styles, and at the same time ensures the focus is always on the participant. She has been recognized and awarded by students and colleagues, alike, and has received accolades for her passion and innovation in education and understanding skill development methods.

Margie’s experience, expertise and passion for education and communication, has opened the door to incredible opportunities with VetPrac. Becoming part of the VetPrac team has been the most natural and exciting career move for Margie, adding to and continuing Ilana Mendels’ amazing and inspirational work.

“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember,  Involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin