College Office Information
Dr Mary Anne Hiscutt - College Manager
Mary Anne grew up in rural Tasmania and attended Sydney University, graduating in 1986. After four years working in mixed practice on the central coast of NSW she and her husband travelled to the UK with a back pack each, returning six years later with three children and half a container of belongings. Settling in Brisbane, Mary Anne combined part time work in small animal practice with raising children but stopped work when numbers five and six arrived.
After a period away from practice Mary Anne is keen to reconnect with her profession in a completely different capacity and regards her role within the College as a learning experience and welcome challenge.
Mary Anne has a varied menagerie as well as six children and a husband!
Ms Robyn Pettigrew - Examinations Officer
Robyn joins the College as an Examinations Officer. Robyn has worked in tertiary education as a facilitator, an administrator and a manager. Her last employment position in New Zealand as an Academic Advisor included ensuring academic compliance for the School of Design and Humanties at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
Robyn also sees the aspect of ensuring compliancy important in her current role. This is to up-hold the integrity of the college examination process; making the attainment of college qualifications highly desirable for veterinary scientists worldwide.
Ms Sharon Tinsley - Assistant College Manager
Sharon joins the College as an Administrative Assistant after a period of time out of the workplace whilst raising her son. She has a 13 year old son, Mitchell, and is now returning to the workplace and looks forward to a long and rewarding career with the College. Sharon has experience in the office/clerical environment although in a totally different profession. She has a background in the legal environment bringing with her thirteen years experience as a legal secretary for a sole practitioner in Brisbane. Sharon looks forward to learning all aspects of the administration of the College.
Dr Rachel Tan - Project Officer
Dr Rachel Tan graduated from the University of Sydney before spending several years working in mixed practice on the South Coast of NSW. She completed an internship and residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University of Sydney before relocating to the United States. During her time at Virginia Tech in the USA, she gained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Master of Science Degree. She is also certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture from Colorado State University.
After returning from the USA in 2008, Dr Tan became a founding faculty member of the newly created undergraduate Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree at the School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, James Cook University (JCU), Townsville. Here she was the coordinator of the Equine Clinical Studies Program.
Dr Tan is a registered specialist in large animal internal medicine and her clinical interests include equine respiratory, endocrine, metabolic and infectious diseases. In addition to joining the ANZCVS team as the Project Officer, she works in private equine practice in Brisbane.
Lynda Kennedy – Assistant Examinations Officer
Lynda joins the College as Assistant Examinations Officer. Lynda began her career as a secondary Business and English Teacher. In addition to her Teaching qualification, she has a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Masters in School Management. Lynda has taught in secondary schools in both Brisbane and Rockhampton and worked at Central Queensland University, in both an administrative position and as a part-time lecturer and marker. Her most recent role was that of Assistant Head of the Middle School at The Rockhampton Grammar, during which she was responsible for the first year of transition of children from primary to secondary school. After many years in Rockhampton, Lynda has returned to Brisbane and is looking forward to applying her educational knowledge in the new setting of the College.
She has a married son, lives with her husband and her cat and enjoys going to the gym.
Mrs Thy Boskovic - Marketing, Membership and Events Coordinator
Thy joins the College as the Marketing, Membership and Events Coordinator after working as a marketing consultant for a private practice medical consulting firm. Within this role she worked with a number of practices to help establish and grow through implementing digital and traditional marketing tactics.
Thy has extensive experience working within membership organisations after previously working at AMA Queensland as the Membership Manager. Here she was responsible for the recruitment, retention and engagement of members and developed a good understanding of the challenges membership organisations face.
She holds a Bachelor of Communications (UQ) and Master of Business (Integrated Marketing Communications) (QUT). Thy has two young children and enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family.
Mrs Elaine Lowe - College Manager (Retired)
Mrs Elaine Lowe officially retired from the College on the 4th August, 2017.
Mrs Elaine Lowe worked as Administrative Officer of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists for nearly 27 years. She became "College Manager" in September 2008.
Elaine was initially offered the position of part time secretary of the College in May 1985 by the then Chief Examiner and Honorary Treasurer Dr Ted Moodie. Elaine had worked previously in the UK as secretary for the Board of Governors of a number of private schools.
Elaine's position with the College was initially poorly defined or understood. She was given a desk, a typewriter and an enormous pile of subscription forms and asked to process them and bank them. The College had previously not had an office, and casual secretarial work had been done by the Australian Veterinary Association (Qld) secretary and the secretaries of the various Presidents, Chief Examiners or Honorary Treasurers.
As time went by Elaine's job grew and began to define itself. Elaine found her feet, and began to take on a major organizing and administrative role within the College.
Throughout her College journey, Elaine's says her best memories are of good times with the people she has met and got to know along the way. Elaine looks forward to continuing her involvement with the College, which is ever-changing and ever-challenging.
All the members, staff and candidates of the College continue to appreciate Elaine's devotion and support. Her attention to detail and diligence are outstanding and very much appreciated.