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!
Mr Kim Hudson - Executive Officer
Kim joins the College as Executive Officer.
After growing up in Rockhampton Kim moved to Brisbane to attend Queensland University, where he graduated with Bachelors of Laws and Arts. He then worked as a barrister for both a number of state government departments and agencies – such as with the Crown Solicitor, Department of Primary Industries, Transport and Main Roads. In 2000-1 he lived in London with his wife Debra and worked for Bexleyheath Council and the London Borough of Camden.
In 2003 Kim moved to the Office of Health Practitioner Registration Boards, which was responsible for registering 13 health professions in Queensland. While there he was responsible for developing strategic policies for the Boards, providing advice on professional standards matters and giving general legal assistance to the Office and the Boards. As health practitioner registration began gradually moving to a new national system he remained with the OHPRB; managing registrations and professional standards until the Office was disbanded in July 2013.
Kim has three children, two cats and is interested in fine furnituremaking.
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.
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.