What are The Veterinary Leadership Awards?

Annual Awards recognising exceptional achievements in leadership in the veterinary profession at a national level.

This Awards Night is proudly sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Australia and the Lincoln Institute.

Nomination included provision of a written submission by the Employer or manager in relation to the nominee.

This submission centred around 12 key leadership criteria and included the areas of personal leadership, team leadership, resilience, emotional intelligence, driving culture, business leadership and financial performance …to name a few.

Finalists and Winner were selected on the basis of assessment of written submissions, and finally a rigorous panel review by Lincoln’s leadership experts.

Where and when do they occur?

  • Held on the first night of Lincoln Institute’s Annual 3-day Omega Summit
  • The 2021 award’s night was Thursday 10th June 6:30-10.30pm.
  • The venue for 2021 was the Sheraton Grand Mirage, Gold Coast.
  • This is the Award Night’s third year. The event was postponed from 2020 due to COVID.

Australia’s Best Team Leader Awards 2021

2021 Overall Winner:

The winner of Lincoln’s Best Team Leader Award has demonstrated exceptional leadership in all aspects of practice life.  As the Head Receptionist of a general veterinary practice, he has managed the competing demands of clients and the clinical team in one of Sydney’s busiest and high-profile practices.

We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times. Occasionally we meet people who consistently work though this and don’t just ‘show up’ but bring every ounce of their reserves to be a constant source of inspiration to those they lead. This year’s winner combines an exceptional talent for managing the volatility of face-to-face client contact with a willingness to step in with bold initiatives to improve workflow across the entire practice. This hands-on approach has gained the respect of the entire team as well as clients.

As Head Receptionist, this year’s winner maintains an exceptional grip on the client interface and has been instrumental in the development of process and systems to enable the practice to continue to thrive in extraordinary times.

Mackenzie Foord – Reception Team Leader

Summer Hill Village Vet, Sydney NSW

I believe I must have been nominated and awarded Best Team Leader due to several factors. Namely, my strengths of open-mindedness, tenacity and bravery.

(received award and a cash prize of $1000 from Lincoln Institute)


Katie Green – Head Nurse

Stabler & Howlett Veterinary Surgeons, Mackay QLD
(received award and a cash prize of $500 from Lincoln Institute)

2021 Highly Commended Finalists

  • Dylan Mallett – Pet Doctors Palm Beach, Gold Coast QLD
  • Natasha Royer – SummerHill Village Vet, Sydney NSW
  • Rebecca Geloven – Northern Illawara Vet Hospital, NSW

(all Finalists received a cash prize of $500 from Lincoln Institute)

Australia’s Best Team Leader Awards Hall of Fame

2019 Winners

Finalist & Overall Winner:

Brooke Wright

Practice Manager – Pets and their People

(received award and a cash prize of $1000 from Lincoln Institute)

Finalist & Highly Commended:

Dr Julia Dowsett

Associate Veterinarian – Southern Downes Veterinary Services

(received award and a cash prize of $500 from Lincoln Institute)

Finalist & Highly Commended:

Dr Courtney Reddrop

Veterinary Director – Animal Emergency Service

(received award and a cash prize of $500 from Lincoln Institute)

Finalist & Highly Commended:

April Maney

Receptionist – Hall Veterinary Surgery

(received award and a cash prize of $500 from Lincoln Institute)

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