The Board Of Examiners

Dr Peter Bennett, Chief Examiner

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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 Sharanne Raidal, Assistant Chief Examiner (Examinations)

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Sharanne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989. She completed a residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland, a PhD on equine pleuropneumonia at the University of Sydney, and survived 12 great years in Perth, which included stints in private equine practice as well as clinical, research and teaching positions at Murdoch University. Since 2006 she has been teaching at Charles Sturt University, where she is an Associate Professor in Equine Medicine and currently coordinates final year clinical placements. Sharanne became a Fellow of the College in Equine Medicine in 2009, and has examined at Membership and Fellowship levels in equine medicine and veterinary physiology. Her veterinary interests have mostly centred on equine medicine – particularly respiratory diseases and neonatology, but she is also interested in teaching and learning, particularly how this can be done to best facilitate the transition from student to practice and other workplaces.

Dr Katherine Briscoe, Assistant Chief Examiner (Training and Credentials)

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Kath graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003 with First Class Honours and the University Medal. As a new graduate, Kath worked at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital for 18months prior to spending 12months locuming in the UK. On her return to Australia, Kath completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery and anaesthesia at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney before embarking upon her Fellowship training at the Valentine Charlton Cat Centre. Kath became a member of the ANZCVS in Feline Medicine in 2008. During her Fellowship training program, Kath was involved in the clinical teaching of final year veterinary students and performed research on the immunohistochemical features of feline inflammatory bowel disease and low grade lymphoma. Her abstract presentation of this research at College Science Week in 2009 won her first prize, and the final paper was published in the Journal Of Comparative Pathology. Kath is currently working in private small animal referral practice at the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney

Dr Stephen Atkinson

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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 Linda Abraham

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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

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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 Lydia Hambrook

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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 Petra Muellner

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Petra is a graduate of the University of Munich in Germany and pretty soon after graduating discovered her passion for epidemiology and all things population health.

As postgraduate she completed a MSc in Medical Epidemiology at the School of Public Heath in Bielefeld (Germany) and a Dr. med. vet. in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Bern (Switzerland) before moving to New Zealand to embark on a PhD at Massey University. Petra calls New Zealand home and since 2009 is Director of her own company EPI-interactive, where she and her team provide consultancy and interdisciplinary IT and data visualisation services to clients from a variety of backgrounds. Before making the leap to work for herself she has held senior positions both at the EpiCentre, Massey University, and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, and worked as Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Petra is a Diplomate of the ECVPH and contributes to the ECVPH as a member of the Credentials Evaluation Committee. She holds adjunct academic positions at Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) of the University of Minnesota (USA). Following roles as first Examiner and then Head Subject Examiner of the ANZCVS Epidemiology Chapter Petra has joined the Board of Examiners in 2019.

Dr David Collins

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Dr Dave Collins is a 1995 University of Sydney graduate. He spent a few years in mixed practice in Melbourne and in the UK before settling back into small animal practice in Sydney, collecting a few memberships in Medicine of Dogs, Medicine of Cats and Emergency and Critical Care before attaining his Fellowship in Small Animal Medicine in 2013. In 2005, Dave started Vets on Tour, which runs veterinary conferences in skiing locations in New Zealand, Japan and Italy. In 2015 he started a referral hospital, Northside Veterinary Specialists in the north of Sydney. He is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine as well as mentoring students, new graduates, interns and residents. He has examined Membership and Fellowship exams for the College and is excited to now join the Board of Examiners.

Dr Zoe Lenard, President

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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.