Symposium Speakers

Speaker Information


Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams BSW AMHSW is CEO and Co-founder of Mindstar – a leading national “Workplace Wellbeing” and mental health corporate solutions provider.

Aaron is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and is a former Senior Mental Health clinician and trainer with the Department of Health. Aaron has spoken, lectured and trained widely on mental health. Aaron has been a speaker and chair at major clinical conferences including the International Mental Health Conference, National Suicide Prevention Conference, 2016 National AMHSW conference and the Australian National Rural & Remote Telehealth Conference.

Aaron has spoken at events for major organisations including: ANZ-Onepath, Macquarie, NAB/MLC, Zurich Australia, NRL Men AaronWilliams League Association, Telstra Business, Sunsuper, St Hillier’s Construction, AIA Insurance, Association of Financial Advisers, University of Queensland and Swisse Vitamins & Wellness. Aaron has also appeared widely on television and radio and in print media, including: Triple J Breakfast Show; Channel 7, 9 and 10 news; ABC-NEWS-24 Television; Channel 9’s A Current Affair; 2SM; & ABC Drive Radio.

Combining his clinical mental health background and corporate experience, Aaron’s mission is to give people the knowledge, inspiration and simple tools to improve and maintain their wellbeing and mental fitness.

Anne Fawcett

BA(Hons) BScVet(Hons) BVSc(Hons) MVetStud GradCertEduStud (HigherEd) MANZCVS DipECAWBM(AWSEL)

Anne Fawcett is a companion animal veterinarian, lecturer in veterinary science and diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine.
She is also a member of the animal welfare chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She co-authored Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases with Dr Siobhan Mullan, and is the author of numerous academic publications including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her research interests include AnneFawcett welfare and ethics.
In addition, Anne was co-editor of the Vet Cookbook, an initiative to promote mental wellbeing in veterinarians, nurses and others working with animals.

Audra Starkey


Audra Starkey is a clinically trained nutritionist (BHSc), accredited trainer, shift work veteran, and author of the best-selling book – Too Tired To Cook. She is the founder of The Healthy Shift Worker, a company that provides shift-work-specific wellness services for individuals, along with facilitating corporate wellness seminars designed to create an awareness on how a disrupted sleep-wake cycle and poor dietary habits can impact AudraStarkey health.

Brooke Williams

BPhty, MAnimSt – Masters Animal Studies – Physiotherapy

Brooke is a qualified Physiotherapist with post graduate qualifications (Masters in Animals Studies), and a Pilates instructor. She is amongst Australia’s leading Physiotherapists specialised in Animal Physiotherapy and the Director of Holistic Animal Physiotherapy. Currently working at the purpose built Rehabilitation center on the Sunshine coast, she also services inpatients at North Coast Veterinary Specialists (NCVS), and also directs the Physiotherapy clinics at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Animal Referral Hospital in Brisbane. In these settings she rehabilitates a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and enjoys providing holistic management to each of her clients. Her rehabilitation includes a comprehensive treatment with her advanced Physiotherapy manual skills, acupuncture, underwater treadmill training, laser therapy, and advice and provision of a specific home program to meet the needs of each animal. Brooke is highly motivated member of her field. She has been involved in development and teaching on APA courses for Physiotherapists. the University of LIverpool Post Grad Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy, and is an approved internship practice for CRI (Canine Rehabilitation Institute). She has lectured at Veterinary and APA conferences throughout Australia, and has written a chapter on Acupuncture in the latest edition of Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals (Blackwell Publishing).

Brooke always strives to provide the best quality of care for all animals, with a great deal of respect for their behaviour and condition, and aims to maximise their quality of life. She prefers to work closely with the owners of the animals to provide daily care and ongoing management, with plenty of advice and support and loves furthering the understanding of Rehabilitation amongst the Veterinary profession.

Cameron Broome


Cameron graduated from the University of Queensland. After undertaking a surgical internship in private practice, he completed a residency at Massey University in New Zealand. He passed his specialist in examinations in 2005. He was worked in private practices and universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including being Head of Surgery at the University of Glasgow. He is currently working at the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Melbourne. He has a preference for soft tissue surgery and a particular interest in minimally CameronBroome surgery.

Carmen Atkinson

Graduating from RMIT with Honours in 2001, Dr Carmen Atkinson successfully ran several Chiropractic Practices in Melbourne, before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2016. Before long she opened The Health Studio in Mooloolaba, a practice that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality Holistic health services and in doing so is creating a community of wellness focused people aspiring to live their best lives.CarmenAtkinson

During 2009-2012 Dr Carmen sat on the Board of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, a Non-for-profit organisation aimed at generating funds for Spinal research. During this 4 year period Carmen convened the largest Chiropractic conference in Australasia, co-coordinating 1000s of delegates, Exhibitors and speakers from all over the world, delivering the latest in research, practice management and personal development to Chiropractors and their teams.

Carmen is also an avid Ultra-distance endurance athlete and Coach. Competing in her first marathon in 2005, she quickly found a passion for races that went beyond the usual marathon distance of 42.2km. Carmen has since competed in over 20 Ultra-marathons and in 2018 claimed the title of the 100km Australian Trail Ultra-marathon Champion. Carmen has also completed 6 Ironman Triathlons including the illustrious Kona Ironman World Championships in 2015. Most recently Carmen completed the Australian Ultraman, a 3-day Ultra distance triathlon covering over 512km of swimming, cycling and running. There are many events still on Carmen’s bucket list, none more audacious than the Epic 5 a race that she has been selected for in 2021 involving 5 Ironman races, in 5 days, on the 5 islands of Hawaii.

Carmen draws on her experiences as a Chiropractor, a Coach and an athlete to help people realize their own potential to live an extraordinary life.

Caroline Montgomery

I began nursing in a mixed practice in a country clinic in NSW where I completed my Cert IV Veterinary Nursing. After five years I moved to Brisbane for a specialised nursing role which included surgery, oncology, intensive care and anaesthesia. After four great years, I headed to Singapore to gain international experience, then returned to Melbourne, Australia to work in a specialist hospital and from there I moved to Perth. Here I completed a veterinary traineeship in anaesthesia and analgesia at Murdoch University where I remain working as an anaesthesia technician. In 2018 I also gained CarolineMontgomery Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education and am now completing my Masters in Education through research at Murdoch University. I also teach Cert IV Veterinary Nursing at Applied Vocational Training in Perth and alongside this, I deliver anaesthesia workshops and lectures to graduated nurses. I am very committed to increasing continuing education for Australian nurses and technicians and have been appointed the Australian Representative for Veterinary Anaesthesia School for Technicians and Nurses (VASTA Australia) which is a high-level qualification in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Roger, a rescue cat called Maple and a Warmblood/Connemara pony called Ollie.

David Lurie

Dr. Lurie is a native Zimbabwean. He received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2000. He then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery with an emphasis on medical oncology at the University of Illinois in 2001. He subsequently completed residencies in medical and radiation oncology at the University of California, Davis in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Dr Lurie then went on to take a faculty position at the University of Florida where he was a founding member of the oncology program. He served in this capacity as the DavidLurie endowed chair for oncology for 4 years between 2005-2009. In August 2009 Dr Lurie moved to Miami to take up a position as head of oncology at Miami Veterinary Specialists and in December 2012 moved to Orlando to join Affiliated Veterinary Specialists as head of oncology. In April 2017 he moved to Sydney to join the Animal Referral Hospital and establish the ARH Cancer Care service in Homebush. Dr. Lurie is extensively published in the field of canine lymphoma and has a strong interest in hemolymphatic neoplasia in dogs and cats as well as all types of tumors requiring radiation therapy, including those of the central nervous system.

Esther Boon

Cert IV VN, Cert IV TAE

Esther joined the AIRC/CCG team in March 2012, after working as a Veterinary Nurse for 10 years. Esther spent 9 years working in Brisbane as a Veterinary Nurse, but started out her nursing career in a Bird and Cat Hospital in Oregon, USA. She is a past student of the AIRC, graduating with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2007. Esther has since completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Esther would love to see all Veterinary Nurses meeting their absolute full potential and aims to instill a passion for developing their nursing skills and upholding the highest of standards of care.

Giselle Hosgood


Giselle Hosgood is a registered surgery specialist and currently Professor and Head of Small Animal Surgery, and Interim Principal, at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University. Giselle’s clinical and research interests are focused on small animal soft tissue surgery. Giselle has been a committed mentor to numerous residents and interns in the USA and Australia, and continues to publish across many topics in the veterinary literature, with over 230 publications in refereed journals.

Hayley Squance

AVN, BAppSc(VTM), MEd, PhD

Hayley Squance is a veterinary technologist with over 20 years-experience in the veterinary profession. She has worked in various clinical settings including general and speciality practice in urban and rural environments. Hayley was the Associate Dean and Programme Director for the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University for over 10 years and during this time her interest in emergency and critical care evolved into disaster management. She developed the Veterinary Emergency Response Team in New Zealand. Hayley lead the team for many years which had multiple national and international disaster deployments and attended many technical large animal rescues as the team lead. She is a national animal welfare emergency management coordinator for the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand and has responded to over 30 events in the past 2 years. Hayley is in her final stages of an PhD in Emergency Management with the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University, project titled “Enhancing multi-agency collaboration for animal welfare emergency management”. She is an adjunct senior lecturer in animal emergency management at Massey University.

Helsa The


Helsa graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007, following 2 years in small animal general practice, she returned and completed her rotating internship in 2010. Following this, she stayed on for another 4 years overseeing the running of both the general practice and emergency service. Helsa’s journey into small animal medicine specialty started in 2015 where she undertook her residency at the University of Melbourne for the next 3 years. Alongside her clinical training, Helsa completed a double masters, one of which was looking into the virulence factors of E.coli in canine urinary tract infections which is where her interest in this area began. In 2019, Helsa became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine which allowed for specialist registration here in Australia. After spending many years in academia, a change was needed and Helsa currently is part of the internal medicine service at Animal Referral Hospital in Melbourne.

James Simcock

James is a Melbourne University graduate from 2005. He has completed his specialist training at Southpaws in Melbourne, this included an internship in oncology, an internship in surgery and an American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) residency in Surgery. James passed his ACVS surgery board exams in 2013 and became a Diplomate of the European college of Veterinary surgery in 2015. He is now one of the owners of Southpaws Specialist and referral hospital and a residency program director within the hospital. James is particularly interested in surgical oncology and orthopaedic surgery although really enjoys all facets of the surgical field. He regularly conducts CE training for general practice vets across a wide range of topics.

Jasmin Hyatt

(hons) DiplomateACT, MANZCVS

Dr Jasmin Hyatt graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (honours) in 2012. After two years in mixed animal practice in New South Wales and New Zealand Jasmin turned her focus to theriogenology, completing a comparative theriogenology residency (canine, feline, equine, bovine) through the American College of Theriogenologists.

Jasmin became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists & Associate Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2017 and is a Registered Specialist in Animal Reproduction. She is the Secretary for the Australian/New Zealand Reproduction Chapter. Jasmin has now returned to Australia and is the director of Veterinary Reproduction Consultancy, providing referral advice to veterinarians from around the country.

Jasmine Feeney

Cert IV VN, Cert IV TAE, DipVN

Jasmine gained a passion for veterinary nursing working as a Junior Veterinary Assistant while still attending school. Over the last 20 years she has worked in small animal specialist medicine practice at Sydney University, and small animal general practice in both nursing and management capacities.

With a range of experience across referral and general practice, Jasmine has delivered lectures and workshops both throughout Australia and internationally with an emphasis on clinical veterinary nursing skills and knowledge. She has been published in the Australian Veterinary Nurses Journal, and contributed to the ASAV Standards of Care – Anaesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.
Jasmine completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2002, obtained and maintained accreditation through the VNCA since January 2006, gained a Diploma in Critical Care and Emergency Nursing in 2007 and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2011.Jasmine’s passion for clinical excellence led her to join Animal Industries Resource Centre/Crampton Consulting Group as a training consultant and has spent the last 14 years in this position. Jasmine has volunteered for the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia since 2008 and has held a position on the Board for the past 4 years, she is the current Vice President.

Jason Whitton

Cert IV in Finance and MBA

As an experienced property investor that has seen lots of highs and lows in my investing life, I felt that investors needed a new approach to how they looked at property and creating passive income. In the last 2 decades alongside Positive Co-Founder, Author and Property Millionaire Sam Saggers, we have been providing education and services to investors with the long view in mind, focused on success for a lifetime. What was true then remains true today. We believe property is a long term investment and smart planning and a strategic approach can provide a path to the financial success that we all want for ourselves and our families.

Our incredible Positive Real Estate team now consists of over 70 people across Australia and New Zealand and our Education talent are comprised of seasoned professionals who have achieved success with their own investing and can now pass their knowledge and experience on to our clients. Over the last twenty years Positive Real Estate has cemented it’s reputation for providing a very successful Lifetime Mentoring Program which has taught thousands of clients to successfully and strategically invest in property and build a property portfolio for retirement. Our core values both personally and professionally has always been “Helping people who are passionate about real estate succeed.”

Jessie Rice


15 years of experience as a veterinary nurse obtaining; Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, certificate III captive animal management, certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment along with currently studying a bachelor of veterinary and wildlife science. I have a strong passion for conservation medicine and research, during my career I have worked extensively with wildlife, including a wide variety of native Australian species and various exotic species during my time at a number of zoo’s both nationally and internationally even having the experience of being involved in building a zoo; and at present Werribee Open Range Zoo. I am an active member of the international AZVT (American Zoo Veterinary Technician) having attended and presented at the 2017 and 2019 conference. Along my path I have also worked alongside and trained by some of Australia’s leading anaesthetists and gained knowledge in anaesthesiology, medical, surgical and emergency nursing. I love to travel and where possible combine my work with my interest in travelling the world.

Jo Hatcher

Cert IV VN, Cert IV TAE

Jo is an Accredited Veterinary Nurse who works in a busy Vet Practice in South Australia and as a trainer and assessor for Veterinary Nursing students with the Animal Industries Resource Centre. She enjoys both the challenges of working in practice, especially in emergency and medical nursing and is also very passionate about the training of Veterinary Nurses in the knowledge and skills required to ensure the highest levels of veterinary care is provided in practice.

Jo has worked in a variety of small animal practices as a general practice nurse and as a practice manager. With a great passion for the profession and raising the status of veterinary Nurses in Australia, Jo is an active member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) and currently sits on the board as the Immediate Past president and CPD committee chair. Becoming a life member of the VNCA in 2016 was a great career highlight and she is keen to one day see registration of Veterinary Nurses Australia wide.

John Hutt

BVSc(Hons) BA(Hons) MA(CW)

John graduated from the University of Queensland in 1988. He worked in general practice in Brisbane for 18 months before travelling to the UK in 1990, where he worked in small animal practice for the next 11 years. He was a clinical assistant in dermatology at the Animal Health Trust from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 John set up North Kent Referrals, a multi-disciplinary referral practice in the south of England, and he owned and ran the practice until its sale in 2012.

John is a registered specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology, is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) by examination in small animal medicine and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. John is a past President of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group.

Following his return to Brisbane in 2013, John joined the team at Dermatology for Animals. His clinical interests include the management of allergic skin disease in dogs, immune mediated skin disorders, and all aspects of feline and equine dermatology. John has regularly presented on the subject of veterinary dermatology to veterinary surgeons and nurses all over the world.

Outside of work, John’s major interest is in English Literature and Creative Writing. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Open University in 2006, followed by an Honours year in Creative Writing in 2009. He completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2018.

John Punke


Dr. John Punke graduated from the Veterinary College at the University of Georgia as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Over the next 8 years, he then completed 2 years of rotating and surgical internships at the Hollywood Animal Hospital, a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Georgia, and small animal surgery residency, clinical instructorship, and master’s degree at the University of Missouri.

John became a surgery specialist by passing the examination for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2014.

John has authored 11 peer reviewed articles (8 of them as first author) and a book chapter, is a grant recipient, a journal reviewer, consultant for Veterinary Surgeon Boards, and has lectured at numerous national and international veterinary conferences.

John is adjunct at the University of Adelaide, and a member of the Greencross Vets Team as a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery at the Adelaide Animal Emergency and Referral Centre in South Australia.

Leah Bradbury


Leah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 1999. She commenced a residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2003. In 2008 she became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia by examination. She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia.

Following completion of her residency she returned to work in Australia at the University of Melbourne where she led the anaesthesia team for 5 years. Leah then relocated to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga where she was involved in clinical work, teaching and research into animal welfare. In 2015 Leah founded Veterinary Anaesthesia Specialists, an anaesthesia consultancy and education company based out of Melbourne.

Linda Fleeman


Dr Linda Fleeman runs Animal Diabetes Australia, which is a clinical service that specifically caters for diabetic dogs and cats in Melbourne. Linda is an internationally renowned expert on the treatment of diabetes in dogs and is regularly invited to speak on this topic at international and national forums. Throughout her career, she has worked in both university referral practice and private practice, and her primary focus for more than 20 years has been on all aspects of diabetes in dogs and cats.

Linda graduated from the University of Queensland and completed a Small Animal Medicine Internship at Murdoch University and a Residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne. This was followed by a PhD at the University of Queensland on the clinical management of diabetes mellitus in dogs. She held positions as Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Queensland and Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney before founding Animal Diabetes Australia in 2010.

Maggie Burley

RVN, Cert IV VN, Dip VN, VTS

Maggie is a VNCA Accredited Veterinary Nurse with over 12 years’ experience in small animal general practice. Her passion for dentistry has led to her obtaining both the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dentistry), and the Veterinary Technician Speciality in Dentistry – the first Australian Veterinary Nurse to achieve this Specialty. She has studied under Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialists both in Australia and the United States and attended many dentistry focussed conferences, workshops and Dental Specialty Practices.

Maggie is experienced in conducting nurse dental clinics MaggieBurley assisting in both general practice dental procedures and advanced specialty procedures and oral surgery. Maggie became focused on dentistry after seeing many pets in obvious pain and discomfort due to oral health problems, and finds it highly rewarding to see the improvement in a pet’s quality of life following effective and appropriate dental treatment. She values helping pet owners to better understand the importance of their pet’s oral health and the impact it has on the pet’s overall health & quality of life. Her hope is that veterinary dentistry continues to grow and that a good oral hygiene routine becomes a normal part of every pet’s daily life.

Natasha Evans


Natashia attended the University of Sydney where she earned a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following her graduation from veterinary school, she spent time in feline only practice for three years. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Referral Hospital Sydney, a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Sydney, and a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at the University of Wisconsin.

Natashia has completed research on infectious diseases, urethral defects and focal pulmonary granulomas. Her findings have been published in multiple journals including the Australian Veterinary Journal and Medical Mycology. She has been invited to lecture on feline uretheral obstructions at the University of Sydney and in 2012 she was granted the Cancer Research Network Travel grant which enabled her to present her research at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Natashia is experienced in all aspects of small animal emergency and critical care and has a particular interest in management of sepsis and septic shock, infectious diseases (fungal diseases in particular) and mechanical ventilation. Her favourite part of veterinary medicine is seeing critically ill patients reunited with their owners. When not treating patients, Natashia enjoys travelling, exploring new places and ice hockey.

Peter Bennett


Peter is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and after 10 years in general practice undertook training in Small Animal Medicine and gained Fellowship of ANZCVS and Diplomate status from ACVIM. He then spent nearly four years on Faculty at Purdue University, Indiana USA working in the Oncology program leading to attaining Diplomate status from ACVIM in this area. He returned to Melbourne where he was a found of the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. Peter has provided continuing education since 2001 locally, nationally and internationally. He has run distance education programs for the Centre for Veterinary Education and the Massey MVM program since 2003. In 2012 he moved to the University of Sydney where he is now an Associate Professor in Oncology and Small Animal Medicine. Peter has worked to continue the growth of knowledge in Oncology in the veterinarians of Australasia.

Rachel Chay

Rachel is a veterinary surgeon who spent 15 years in companion animal practice – both general practice and emergency and critical care. She is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons in Feline Medicine and has completed a Masters in Human Resources and Organisational Development.

For seven years prior to joining the APVMA, she worked for Greencross as the General Manager of Education and later as Chief Veterinary Officer. Rachel is passionate about the veterinary profession and people within it. She is enjoying continuing her “non-clinical” career in leadership roles serving the veterinary community. Rachel relocated to Armidale, NSW to join the APVMA as Director of the Veterinary Medicines team in March 2019. She is an unapologetic crazy cat person who also happens to be a mother of four humans.

Rob Labuc


Rob Labuc graduated from University of Melbourne in 1982 and travelled to New Zealand to undertake an internship in medicine and surgery (both small and large animal) at Massey University.

Once completed, Rob returned to Australia where he worked in general small animal practice in Queensland for 15 months. He was appointed as registrar in small animal medicine at University of Melbourne in 1986, and began accepting referral cases at that time. In the 1990’s Rob was a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University, Perth, teaching small animal medicine to undergraduates and also developed a post-graduate course for distance education.

At the same time, he taught a Feline Medicine distance education course for what is now known as Centre for Veterinary Education, Sydney. Rob became a Fellow in Canine Medicine in 1993, allowing him to register as a specialist in this field. In 1998, Rob returned to Melbourne, and took up a role as a director and specialist consultant at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, where he remained until 2017.

Rob has lectured and published in the area of small animal medicine extensively over the past thirty years. Over the past twenty years, Rob has also supervised a number of residents, themselves preparing to become specialists.

In his thirty-five years of work in small animal medicine, he has treated many thousands of dogs and cats, as well as advised on management of thousands more through his communications with general practitioners.

He has now joined ARH Essendon Fields and Point Cook where he hopes to continue to provide specialist referral service to the veterinary community in the north and west of Melbourne.

Rosie Overfield

Rosie Overfield has worked in the veterinary industry for over twenty years as a nurse, HR consultant, coach and counsellor. She holds a Bachelor of Communication and a Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development, as well as being a registered practitioner with both the Australian Counselling Association and Yoga Australia.

Rosie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, has been the AVA’s Mental Health First Aid instructor, and now works across a number of care-giving professions in Australia.

She is passionate about workplace practices and programs that foster good mental health in employees, as well as designing unique wellness programs for large and small organisations.

Samantha Livingstone


I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 and went on to work in small animal practice in Sydney and Darwin for 3 years before falling into emergency and critical care. From here a love grew for the complexity of ICU patients, and the fast paced thinking required for emergency and ICU patients. I became a member of the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists chapter for emergency and critical care in 2017. In 2018 I started working with the Critical Care Research Group at the Prince Charles Hospital campus on animal models of heart transplant and ARDS, and in 2019 I began my PhD in coagulation dysfunction of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Subphenotypes. I also work as an emergency and critical care Vet at the Brisbane Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Service and at the University of Queensland Small Animal Hospital. Aside from working, studying and learning I enjoy running, cycling, hiking, watching netflix and spending time with my husband and pets – a cavalier named Arthur, and two amazing cats named Misha and Pepper. I enjoy teaching others, and hope to one day balance my time between teaching and medical discoveries.

Sarah Goldsmid

BVSc MVetClinStud FACVSc

After graduating, Sarah worked in a small animal practice in the Blue Mountains for 18 months. She returned to the University of Sydney to complete a residency in small animal surgery and a masters degree.
Following her residency, Sarah was senior registrar at the University of Sydney from 1991 to 1995. From 1996 to 1998, Sarah was a consulting specialist to the University Veterinary Centre, Camden. Since 1994, Sarah has also run a referral service in Hobart, Tasmania every couple of months.

Sarah gained membership in 1993 and then fellowship in 1996 of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal surgery.

She was one of the founding directors of the Animal Referral Hospital in 1999. Her interests include all areas of small animal surgery – soft tissue, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, oncology and reconstructive surgery.

Sarah Helmond


Sarah Helmond is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and spent 5 years in general practice before moving to the USA for a residency in Internal Medicine. After completing a residency at the University of Minnesota Sarah joined the faculty of Cornell University for a clinical research fellowship into coagulation disorders in dogs.

Sarah has worked in private specialty practice in California and Sydney. She currently is a medicine specialist at VRH in Melbourne and an internal medicine consultant for Idexx Laboratories. She has a particular interest in immune-mediated disease (especially IMHA and ITP) and coagulation abnormalities.

Simon Kudnig


Dr Simon Kudnig graduated from The University of Melbourne with an honours degree in 1990, and completed a MVSc degree in 1995. After spending several years in Melbourne establishing his veterinary career, Dr Kudnig completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery at Colorado State University (CSU) in the United States in 2003. He then completed advanced training in Surgical Oncology at CSU’s Animal Cancer Centre as the Clinical Fellow of Surgical Oncology. In 2004, Simon passed his American surgical board examinations (ACVS) and also became a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. He is a registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery in Australia and the United States. Over the years he has published scientific and peer reviewed articles and has authored textbook chapters. He has also co-edited a textbook entitled “Veterinary Surgical Oncology” which is the leading textbook in Veterinary Surgical Oncology. In 2012 he was accepted as an ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology. His primary interest is in surgical oncology, but he also has extensive experience in soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedics.

Trepheena Hunter

BAgSc (hons) MAgSc BVSc (hons)

After completing a research degree in animal production, Trepheena made the change to animal health and became a veterinarian. She worked in general practice for 8 years before moving into behaviour practice in 2012. Since then, she has worked in private behaviour practice and shelter behaviour. Trepheena has managed the behaviour department in a large open-intake shelter, as the Animal Behaviour Manager and then acting General Manager of Animal Welfare. Trepheena consults to shelters and rescue groups, lectures at conferences around Australia, and teaches veterinary students. Trepheena is currently completing her specialist training through American College of Veterinary Behavior.

Trisha Clarke

BVSc, PhD, PGrad DipED

After graduating from The University of Queensland (UQ), Trish worked as a small animal veterinarian for 15 years. Subsequently, Trish embarked on a full-time teaching career in the vocational training of veterinary nurses with TAFE Queensland in 1993, after completing a post-graduate diploma in education at UQ in 1990. In 2002, Trish was appointed as the inaugural coordinator and lecturer of the final year of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) degree at the School of Veterinary Science, UQ. In this role, Trish was awarded a UQ Excellence in Teaching Award (2006) for her contribution to the field of veterinary technology education in Australia. Trish has also extensively researched veterinary nursing and veterinary technology education in universities internationally, travelling to Michigan State and Purdue Universities, USA, in 2007, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University, Japan, in 2009 and the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and others in 2009.

Trish’s teaching interests lie in veterinary technology professional studies and clinical education. Her research interests culminated in Trish being awarded a PhD by UQ in 2019. Her thesis examined the role of higher education in the advancement of veterinary technology in Australasia, focusing on the history and professionalisation of veterinary nursing and veterinary technology in Australasia and Asia, and curriculum design.

Trish has published in the veterinary, veterinary nursing and higher education literature in Australia and internationally and is a member of the editorial board of The Veterinary Nurse Journal (one of the first international peer-reviewed veterinary nursing journals). She has presented at veterinary technology/veterinary nursing conferences in Australia, North America and the Netherlands. Trish is currently the AVA (National) representative on the National Industry Advisory Group for Veterinary Nursing, and the AVNAT Regulatory Council (Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia), as well as a member of the AVA (Queensland Division) Education Committee.

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