The Board Of Examiners
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.
Dr Linda Abraham, Assistant Chief Examiner - Training and Credentials
Linda worked and qualified as a veterinary nurse in mixed practice in Cambridge prior to graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1994. After a short period working in general practice, Linda returned to the Royal Veterinary College to undertake a PhD in bone biology. Having completed the latter part of the thesis in Melbourne, Linda returned to pursue clinical training in Australia at the University of Melbourne. After her residency, Linda continued to work at the University of Melbourne, initially as a registrar and then as a member of the faculty of veterinary science. She obtained her membership in small animal medicine in 2000 and her fellowship in canine medicine in 2006. Linda has taught and examined undergraduate veterinary students during her university employment and is now involved with post graduate education from private practice. She has examined for the college at both membership and fellowship levels.
Dr Jennifer Carter, Assistant Chief Examiner - Examinations
Jen is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. She then went on to North Carolina State University where she completed a small animal internship followed by a residency in anaesthesia. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) in 2010 and, after spending 3 years on the faculty at Ross University, moved around the world to join the Faculty at the University of Melbourne in 2013 and remains there today. She is currently in the role of Senior Lecturer with a focus on teaching and learning and is an active member of the Melbourne Academy of Veterinary Teaching and Learning. In 2014 she completed a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching that served to spark her interest in assessment. In addition to her full time job, she serves as the committee chair for the Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner examination, a credential of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and as a member of the ACVAA standard setting committee for the written examination. Jen is involved in mentoring and teaching DVM students and residents as well as providing anaesthesia-based continuing education on a regional and international level and has examined for the college at the fellowship level.
Dr Stephen Atkinson
Steve graduated from the University of Queensland. He has worked as a Government Veterinarian; in Private Mixed animal practice; Teaching and examining at University of New England, University of Queensland Veterinary School, NSW TAFE (Animal Care and Welfare); Animal Welfare and Ethics with University of New England and CSIRO Armidale; and as a Consultant in Animal Welfare and Animal research Ethics. Other Activities (current and past): Director of Australian Veterinary Association; Chair of NSW Government Animal Welfare Advisory Council; member of NSW Government Animal Research Review Panel; member of NSW TAFE Animal Ethics Board; Member of three animal ethics committees; Examiner for the National Veterinary Exams. He was one of the first cohort to be admitted by examination to MACVSc in Animal Welfare, and is a previous assistant examiner and chief examiner in Animal Welfare for the ANZCVS.
Dr Lydia Hambrook
Lydia graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2002. She completed a fellowship training program at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre and became a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2012. Lydia has published internationally on the use of pimobendan in feline dilated cardiomyopathy, canine insulinoma, feline neisidioblastosis (hyperinsulinaemic, hypoglycaemic syndrome) and feline lung lobe torsion. She is passionate about all facets of internal medicine. Lydia has been actively involved in the ANZCVS Small Animal Medicine Chapter since 2012, acting as a fellowship examiner, Head Subject Examiner (at both membership and fellowship level), Head of the Chapter Examination Committee, CEC liaison officer, Chair of the Subject Standards Committee and Science Week Convenor. Since 2012, Lydia has worked in private referral practice at Advanced Vetcare. In 2016, she also began teaching third and final year veterinary students part-time at the University of Melbourne. Lydia joined the Board of Examiners in 2019.
Dr Yenny Indrawirawan
Yenny graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004. She spent a few years in Emergency practices around Melbourne. She completed Membership in Small Animal Medicine followed by attaining her Fellowship in Emergency and Critical Care in 2016. She is passionate about mentoring students, new graduates, interns, membership study groups and residents. In addition to her full time job, she is a tutor for emergency and critical care continuing educations and has examined for the College at membership and fellowship level. She is excited to join the Board of Examiners in 2021.
Dr Jana Leshinsky
Jana graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008. She spent a few years in general practice in Melbourne and Sydney, before commencing a rotating internship at the University of Sydney. She completed Membership in Small Animal Medicine in 2013 and then pursued residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney. Jana became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine) in 2021. She has also completed a research paper on the pharmacokinetics of caspofungin in cats (a novel treatment for fungal disease), as well as published a paper on a cat with an adrenal adenocarcinoma and concurrent meningioma. Jana currently works in private practice at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital and is passionate about mentoring students, new graduates, interns, and residents. Jana taught veterinary students during her training program and is continuing her passion for education as the rotating intern co-ordinator at SASH and regularly participating post graduate education. Jana has examined for the College at membership level for several years. Jana is excited to join the Board of Examiners in 2021.
Dr Rena MacFarlane
Rena was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Utah State University prior to completing her veterinary studies at Murdoch University in 2005. Following graduation, Rena completed a Preceptorship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at Murdoch Pet Emergency Centre, prior to working in country mixed animal practice. Rena has a keen interest in small animal medicine and surgery, and in particular exotic animals, and completed Membership examinations in Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets through the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2011 and Avian Health (Caged and Aviary Birds) in 2018, and has participated as both Assistant and Head Subject Examiner for the College since attaining qualification. Rena has worked at Larkhill Veterinary Hospital since 2011 as a small animal clinician, focused mainly on Unusual and Exotic animals, as well as having an interest in small farm health and general surgery. Outside if the Veterinary profession, Rena is an avid participant in horse sports and is attaining further Coaching qualifications through Equestrian Australia.
Dr Elizabeth Shiao Yuen Tee
Liz grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and graduated from University Putra Malaysia in 2000. She subsequently completed her Graduate Diploma in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney in 2002. Liz practiced as a Thoroughbred racetrack veterinarian for 3 years prior to commencing her residency in equine internal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden (UVTHC) in 2008. In 2013, Liz was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine. Liz continued her position at the UVTHC as a medical consultant and is extremely passionate about equine ophthalmology. She is also heavily involved in teaching and learning activities of the DVM undergraduates and is the unit of study coordinator for the DVM 4 equine clinical placement. Liz completed her Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2020 and was awarded a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2021. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education program and will hopefully complete her Masters in 2022. Apart from equine ophthalmology, Liz is passionate about innovations in teaching and learning, with an emphasis on cognitive load of multimedia learning and encouraging students to be metacognitive learners.
Dr Amy Lane, President
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.