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BVSc MBA PhD GradCertEdStud (Higher Education) MANZCVS

John graduated from The University of Sydney and worked mostly in small animal practice for over 10 years. While in practice he completed his College membership in pharmacology and an MBA from Macquarie University. John joined the University of... read more

BVSc FANZCVS (Specialist Small Animal Surgeon) GCHEd PhD

Tania is a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery having obtained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. Tania is a practicing Veterinary Specialist Surgeon at Charles Sturt University, where... read more

BVSc (Hons) PhD MVetClinStud MANZCVS (Small Animal) FANZCVS (Feline) GradCertEd

Vanessa is Head of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney and is a registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. Vanessa was pivotal in establishing the Valentine Charlton Cat Centre, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary of... read more


Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009 and worked in private practice for 3 and a ½ years at various clinics in Sydney including the RSPCA Yagoona. She then started a rotating internship at the University of Sydney, then a... read more

BVSc (Hons) PhD MACVSc

Dr Sandra Baxendell is a University of Queensland graduate who got her first goat in 1971, the same year she started her veterinary undergraduate study. She then went on to do her PhD using goats as her experimental model. During her studies... read more

BVSc (Hons), DipVetClinStud, MVS, FACVSc (Radiology)

Cathy Beck graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 and after working for two years in private practice, completed a mixed animal internship at the University of Sydney, Camden where she developed an interest in imaging. Cathy then moved... read more


Lucas graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland and immediately undertook a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists. He then completed surgical internships in Adelaide and Perth and also gained tertiary... read more

DVM PhD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Niek Beijerink graduated with a veterinary degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He completed a PhD (canine endocrinology and reproduction) in 2007 and then a residency in Small Animal Cardiology in 2010. He is a Diplomate of the... read more

BVSc FANZCVS (Canine Medicine) DACVIM

Peter Bennett is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. After spending some time in general practice he undertook a non-traditional training program in small animal medicine in New Zealand and the USA. He obtained Fellowship in Canine... read more


Sue Bennett is a graduate of Murdoch University and spent the first half of her working life in general practice before training for specialist qualifications in Small Animal Medicine through the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and... read more

BVSc (Hons I)

Anthony Bennett is a veterinarian and the star of Village Vets Australia on The LifeStyle Channel. Anthony graduated from Sydney University in 2004 with first class honours. His first job was at the Berry Vet Clinic, working for Geoff Scarlett... read more

BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Derm.) DipEd Dipl. ECVD MANZCVS

Sonya Bettenay graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1980. She completed her dermatology residency and achieved board certification in veterinary dermatology with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1991 and with the... read more


Martijn is a veterinary imaging specialist who graduated from the veterinary school at the University of Utrecht. After graduation, he worked in a referral clinic in the southern Netherlands, where he developed his interest in diagnostic... read more

BVSc PhD DVOphthal DipVetClinStud MRCVS

Mark Billson graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990. He developed an interest in eyes early in his career that led to research into a bacterial eye disease in cattle and in 1996 Mark was awarded his PhD. Mark moved to the University of... read more


Dr Rod Bishop is an emergency physician who has recently retired from clinical practice after nearly two decades at the director of one of Sydney’s busiest emergency departments. He continues his academic affiliation with the Sydney Medical... read more

BVSc MACVSc MRCVS DipVetWildMed MBA AIMM GradCertCaptAnMan

David graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982 with second-class honours. He worked for five years in private practice including companion animal, equine and mixed practices. From 1988 to 1990 he taught part-time at Sydney TAFE in the... read more

BVSc MANZCVS (Feline Medicine) Dipl. ECVIM-CA

Lara is both an ECVIM Diplomate in Small Animal Medicine and an Australian Fellow in Feline Medicine. Originally from Canberra, she has worked in the UK and Australia in both general small animal and referral practice since graduating from the... read more

DVM MSc MANZCVS (Small animal medicine) MRCVS

Dr Bordicchia graduated in Italy. After a few years in practice working with horses, he discovered an interest in small animal medicine. He was granted a scholarship to spend 6 months at the Ecole Veterinarie in Toulouse before completing a one... read more


Leah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 1999. Following graduation, she worked in a number of veterinary practices in Australia and the UK before commencing a residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the University... read more

BVSc (Hons I) MVetClinStud FANZVCS

Jody graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney and worked in private small animal practice for a number of years before returning to the university for an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery and Postgraduate... read more


Marnie graduated with a veterinary science degree from Murdoch University in 1998 and spent several years working in mixed practice in Australia and the UK.  She worked for the State Veterinary Service during the foot and mouth disease... read more

BVSc (Hons I) MVetStud FANZCVS

Kath graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal. Kath worked in private small animal practice in Sydney and the UK for three years. In 2006, Kath completed her internship in small... read more


After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Victoria worked in veterinary general practice in the UK and Australia. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2014 on exotic disease risks to the pig industry in Australia. Dr ... read more


Jen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997. She spent four years working in mixed practice in rural Victoria before working in several UK practices over the following year. On her return to Australia Jen worked in Brisbane for two... read more

Dr Med Vet MVSc Dipl. ECVS

Laurencie graduated from the University of Nantes, France in 2006. She then completed a rotational internship at the University of Maison-Alfort in Paris, followed by a surgical internship at the University of Lyon. In 2008, she moved to Belgium... read more

BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Canine Med.) FANZCVS (Derm.)

Mandy is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in Veterinary Dermatology; a registered specialist in veterinary dermatology and Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine (Dermatology) at Murdoch... read more

RVN, DipVN (Surgical), VTS (Anaesthesia & Analgesia), VTS (LAM – Research Anaes)

Chris is a registered veterinary nurse with 12 years’ experience working in general practice, specialist, university and research settings. Chris has spent the last 6 years of his career dedicated to anaesthesia and analgesia spending four... read more

BVSc (Hons) MANZCVSc (SA Surgery) FANZCVSc (Dermatology)

Greg Burton spent 10 years in small animal practice in Melbourne before completing a 3 year residency in dermatology in 1997. He obtained a Fellowship and specialist registration in veterinary dermatology in 1997, and since then has been in... read more


Jason Byrd is the Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida’s... read more