The Board is comprised of nine members, who the Minister nominates and the Governor in Council appoints: four members must be veterinary practitioners; one member must be a veterinary practitioner employed by the Crown; one member must be a veterinary practitioner employed by The University of Melbourne; one member must be a lawyer; and two must be persons who are not veterinary practitioners, known as community members. Board appointments are for a three-year term and Members are eligible for re-appointment.

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Associate Professor Peter Mansell BVSc PhD MANZCVS (Epi)
Veterinary Member and President
The University of Melbourne appointment

Associate Professor Peter Mansell graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1986 with honours. He initially worked in mixed practice in the Goulburn Valley at the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic before completing a Doctor of Philosophy in 1991 for studies on haemophilia A in German shepherd dogs. After a period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada he was appointed as a Senior Tutor with the Rural Veterinary Unit within the Maffra Veterinary Centre. He returned to the University of Melbourne’s veterinary school at Werribee on academic staff in 1994, in a teaching and research in the field of diseases of and management of cattle. He is a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Epidemiology). Peter was appointed to the Board as the University of Melbourne’s nominee in June 2008. He became the Deputy President in March 2013 and the President in March 2016.

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Dr David Beggs BVSc MVS
Veterinary Member and Deputy President

Dr David Beggs graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1990 and worked initially in Smithton, Tasmania. In 1992 he moved to the Warrnambool Veterinary Clinic, where he was a partner from 1994 to 2008 and now works as a part-time associate. David holds a Master of Veterinary Studies degree in Dairy Cattle Medicine and Production. He has worked for more than twenty-five years as a rural practitioner in mixed species clinical work, and has researched and consulted in dairy herd health. He teaches part-time at The University of Melbourne Veterinary School. David has been involved in the provision of continuing education for cattle veterinarians through the Australian Cattle Veterinarians as Scientific Officer and Chair of the Education Committee. He is an Associate Editor of the Australian Veterinary Journal, past Convenor of the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference and is President of Mpower (a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that provides disability related services in south-west Victoria). In 2015 David received the AVA President’s Award for his outstanding practical contribution to veterinary science or practice in Australia. David was appointed to the Board in March 2010, and is a member of the Finance, Administration and Information Technology Committee and convenor of the Complaints, Regulation and Process Committee.

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Dr Tracey Bradley BVSc MPH MANZCVS (Epi)
Veterinary Member
Minister’s appointment

Dr Tracey Bradley graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1989 and worked in mixed practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. In 1995 Tracey joined the then Department of Agriculture and worked in five locations across Victoria in field roles and managing the Johne's disease laboratory at the Victorian Institute of Animal Science. During this time she was awarded Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Sciences in Epidemiology and completed a Masters degree in Public Health. Tracey has taught in various units of the University of Sydney Masters of Veterinary Public Health Management by distance education.  In 2007 Tracey was appointed Principal Veterinary Officer, Aquatic Animal Health in a role predominantly embracing molluscs and finfish in both marine and freshwater environments. Her work covers the areas of research, policy and national strategy. Tracey was appointed to the Board in August 2013 and is convener of the Registration Committee

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Ms Kerren Clark BSc Grad Dip Health and Medical Law GAICD
Community Member

Ms Kerren Clark is principal of Numbat Consulting and a senior consultant at the Clifton Group. She is a director of the Lake Mountain and Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort Management Boards and a Trustee of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.  Kerren was a community member of the Victorian Board of the Medical Practitioners Board of Australia for seven years and of the Consultative Council for Human Research Ethics for five years. As a volunteer, she was a director of Doutta Galla Community Health, a member of the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee and she chaired the West Centre against Sexual Assault and the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance.  Kerren has a strong background in non-government boards, community committees and community groups.  Kerren holds a science degree, a Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law and a Diploma of Company Directorship. She has worked for the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Australian Services Union and a number of state and federal members of parliament.  Kerren was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Complaints, Regulation and Process Committee.

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Dr Andrew Giddy BVSc Grad. Dip Bioethics MAICD
Veterinary Member

Dr Andy Giddy graduated from University of Melbourne in 1989.  He commenced small animal practice in outer Melbourne and established a new practice with a partner in 1991. Having enjoyed the set up and management more than daily practice he moved into the pharmaceutical industry and spent the next ten years in human pharmaceutical drug development. Whilst in industry Andy completed a Graduate Diploma in Bioethics and various post graduate management and finance qualifications. In 2000 he returned to Australia as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. In 2006 Andy returned to early stage pharmaceutical development as CEO of a research hospital in Melbourne. During this time his interest in veterinary practice re-emerged and he chaired an animal ethics and governance committee and also become involved in vocational education, including contributing to the development of an associate degree in veterinary nursing. Andy is now employed full time at La Trobe University involved in vocational education transition and various development projects. He is a current director of Scientia Clinical Research Ltd and Vethear Consulting Pty Ltd and previously held directorships at Nucleus Network Ltd, AMREP AS Pty Ltd, and the Australian Centre for Health Innovation, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.  Andy was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Finance, Administration and Information Technology Committee.

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Ms Kathryn Johns B Ec. CPA
Community Member

Ms Kathryn Johns holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting Major) from Monash University and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Kathryn has over 20 years Senior Finance Management experience spanning diverse organisations within a range of sectors including not-for-profit, hotels, tourism, arts, media, publishing, entertainment, retail, health, insurance, and mining. She is currently Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Lentara Uniting Care and is a non-executive Director at Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres.  Kathryn was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is convenor of the Finance, Administration and Information Technology Committee.

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Mr Owen Mahoney LL.B
Legal Member

Mr Owen Mahoney was admitted to legal practice in 2001.  He is an administrative and criminal lawyer with developed experience in occupational discipline and regulation acquired at the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency.  Owen was a barrister at the Victorian Bar between 2007 and 2014. He has also been employed by several statutory authorities including Victoria Legal Aid, the Mental Health Review Board and the Office of Police Integrity. Owen has held an appointment as a sessional legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal (and the predecessor Mental Health Review Board) since 2008. He holds an appointment as a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, assigned to the Civil Claims and Residential Tenancies Lists.  He is also the President of the Australian New Zealand Association of Psychiatry Psychology and Law and is a committee member of the Council of Australasian Tribunals Victoria. Owen was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Complaints, Regulation and Process Committee.

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Dr Rachel Peacock BVSc MVS MVetMedSc DipPractMgt MANZCVS (ECC) DipACVECC
Veterinary Member

Dr Rachel Peacock graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and worked in small animal practice in Melbourne for two years before making a change to emergency and critical care practice. In 2007 she completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in small animal medicine and surgery and became a Member of the Emergency and Critical Care Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In the same year, Rachel become the Veterinary Director of the Animal Emergency Centre in Mount Waverley; Melbourne’s largest 24 hour veterinary emergency hospital. In 2009 she completed a Diploma of Practice Management. In 2010, Rachel moved to Perth to complete a residency in veterinary emergency and critical care and become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. She returned to the Animal Emergency Centre where she currently works as a registered specialist and is responsible for veterinary standards of care and clinical training across the national Animal Emergency Centre group. Rachel has a special interest in clinical toxicology and completed a Masters of Veterinary Medical Science in 2014 with a thesis titled “Intravenous lipid emulsion for the treatment of permethrin toxicosis in cats”. Rachel has lectured on clinical toxicology topics both locally and internationally and has authored a number of journal articles in this field. She examines for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, reviews examination papers for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, is a new graduate mentor for the Australian Veterinary Association and an Academic Associate of the University of Melbourne. Rachel was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Registration Committee.

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Veterinary Member

After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1997, Allison spent 2 years in mixed practice in Gawler, SA, before moving to the USA to undertake a residency in large animal internal medicine at the Ohio State University. She completed her Masters of Science and was awarded Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2002.  Allison then became a faculty member at Auburn University in Alabama and completed a fellowship in emergency and critical care and obtained Diplomate status in 2007.  Allison worked as a specialist and taught veterinary students at Auburn University for 12 years, and has over 300 publications/book chapters/scientific presentations/lectures. She was awarded 30 research grants totally almost $0.5 million, and has presented research throughout the world in the areas of equine endocrinology, fungal disease, neurology, infectious disease and pharmacology.  Allison led the large animal internal medicine training program at Auburn University for 12 years and has advised 22 residents who are now boarded specialists. She has chaired the ACVIM certifying examination committee. While at Auburn University she was heavily involved in international education and was admitted to the Global Teaching Academy.  Allison resigned her position as a Professor of Equine Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care at Auburn University in 2014 to return to family and friends in Australia, importing her two cats.  Allison now has a baby girl, and sees emergency and internal medicine cases for Gisborne Veterinary Clinic and Elite Equine Veterinary Services. She is still advising 3 graduate students and is in the final stages of completing her own PhD.  She was a keynote speaker at the last PanPac conference and continues to provide advice to drug companies and write lay equine educational articles.  Allison has a clinical interest in emergency and critical care, neurology, endocrinology, cardiology, ophthalmology, infectious disease, ultrasonography and endoscopy.  Allison was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Registration Committee.