Members of Council
Dr Zoe Lenard, President
Following graduation from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in 1999, Zoe worked in general practice in inner Sydney. Zoe undertook a residency in Diagnostic Imaging (2003-2006, Murdoch University) and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Radiology in 2007. Zoe is a Director of the Veterinary Imaging Centre, Perth Veterinary Specialists and Animal Emergency Care (in Perth) and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University. Her interests include abdominal ultrasonography and cross sectional imaging, as well as the conversion of vet practice to “digital” imaging and increasing digital connectivity in practice. Zoe is a passionate educator, training residents and vets in practice. She teaches for the Centre for Veterinary Education (Sydney) and lectures locally and internationally. She is driven to help educate practicing vets about getting more from their in-house imaging, thereby improving patient outcomes.
Dr Bruce Smith, Honorary Treasurer
Bruce Smith is a registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery. His surgical career has included intern and residency training at Murdoch and Louisiana State Universities, a Master of Science research degree and specialist qualification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. From 1997 to 2012 he was engaged in private practice referral surgery on the Eastern Seaboard. From 2012 to 2015 he assisted in the establishment of a veterinary medical centre at the University of Queensland, Gatton. He is returning to private referral practice in Canberra in the 2nd half of 2015. Bruce has served the college as a chapter officer, membership and fellowship examiner and observer. He has mentored membership candidates and supervised fellowship candidates in his area of small animal surgery.
Dr Amy Lane, Honorary Secretary
Dr Amy Lane graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 and spent several years working in mixed practice in the Central West of NSW. She then relocated to Perth, WA, where she worked in small animal practice for a few more years before commencing an internship with Perth Veterinary Oncology. She undertook a residency training program through the ANZCVS and was awarded Membership in Small Animal Medicine in 2008 and her Fellowship in Veterinary Oncology in 2012. She has since relocated to Newcastle, NSW, and is currently taking a break from clinical practice to concentrate on her young family. She is a member of the Animal Care and Ethics Committee at the University of Newcastle, and looks forward to contributing to the significant work that the ANZCVS Council undertakes.
Dr Allen Bryce, Awards Convenor
Allen joined the College in 1989, gaining membership in epidemiology. He has served as President of the Epidemiology chapter, as an examiner, and mentored veterinarians studying for the College’s epidemiology examinations.
He is now a life member of the College, and in 2019 was elected as a College Councillor.
Allen is semi-retired since leaving the Australian public service in 2015, from the position of Executive Director, Veterinary Medicines with the APVMA. Before that, he served as a veterinarian with the Australian government, in Canberra and Brussels; the New Zealand government in Wellington, the Northern Territory government in Darwin and the New South Wales government in several locations.
Apart from his veterinary undergraduate degree, Allen has a Masters in Veterinary Public Health Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Executive Management.
Since ‘retirement’ Allen served on the ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board, as a member and Vice-President; as the ACT member on the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and on their Finance, Audit and Risk Management committee; as a part-time on-plant abattoir veterinarian; advised 2 committees of the Therapeutic Goods Administration; and as a consultant on a range of projects. He assisted in setting up Pets in the Park Canberra, a service for homeless people and their pets, and volunteered for the Early Morning Centre and for Safe Shelter, which also provide services for homeless people.
Now that he has time, Allen wants to give back to the profession as a College councillor. He brings to the table a wide knowledge of veterinary science in Australia, a belief in life-long learning, and strengths in organisation, management, procedural fairness and governance.
Dr David Tabrett
David graduated from the University of Queensland in 1989 and soon after moved south to the Hunter Valley to work in mixed and small animal practice in the Newcastle region for the past 29 years.
David founded the Newcastle Animal Emergency Centre in 2004, growing to a team of 75 staff offering 24/7 ER service, and adding referral services in Surgery, Critical Care, Dermatology, and Rehabilitation. David has completed Membership of the College in Small Animal Medicine in 2000, and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2005. Recently David served a 6-year term as Treasurer of the Chapter of Emergency and Critical Care.
A longstanding member of the local branch of the Australian Veterinary Association, David has served in the roles of Treasurer and President. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show for pet talkback over the past 12 years, and teaching veterinary nurses in critical care for TAFE, David was recognised as the 2017 Australian Small Animal Practitioner of the Year by the Australian Small Animal Veterinarians SIG of the AVA.
David is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Psychology with the University of Newcastle.
Dr Charlotte Cantley
Charlotte (Lotte) graduated from Cambridge University in 1992 and worked as a large animal house-surgeon at University College Dublin. She moved to New Zealand in 1994 as an equine resident at Massey University where she completed a Master of Veterinary Science and attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in radiology and equine surgery. Lotte enjoyed equine first opinion and referral practice in NZ for 15 years before working in veterinary industry for 3 years. She now works as Continuing Professional Development academic director for the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) and has recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education at the Royal Veterinary College, London. Lotte is a strong advocate for lifelong learning and has a great interest in the wellbeing of the profession. She has spent many years working with a volunteer veterinary group providing vet-services for working animals and education for the local subsistence farmers in Fiji. She has been an active member of several voluntary NZVA committees over the years and passionately supports collegiality and education within the profession.
Dr Peter Bennett, Chief Examiner
Peter is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and after working in general practice underwent advanced training in internal medicine in New Zealand, the USA and Australia, before taking a Faculty position at Purdue University, Indiana USA. In 1999 he obtained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Canine Medicine and Diplomate status in Small Animal Internal Medicine from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He obtained Diplomate status in Veterinary Oncology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001. From 2001 Peter worked at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist. In October 2012 he moved to Sydney where he has joined the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a Clinical Specialist in Veterinary Oncology and Small Animal Internal Medicine and currently holds the position of Associate Professor. Peter has presented at numerous seminars both nationally and internationally, and is actively involved in teaching of veterinary medicine to veterinary students and postgraduate veterinarians. Peter has a strong interest in clinical oncology with a special interest in the palliative care of cancer patients and cancer immunotherapy. Peter is an active member of the Veterinary Cancer Society, the Veterinary Comparative Oncology Group and is a past President of the Oncology and Small Animal Medicine Chapters of the College.