Board Members

The Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria has 9 members:

  • 4 members are veterinary practitioners
  • 1 member is a veterinary practitioner employed by the Crown
  • 1 member is a veterinary practitioner employed by The University of Melbourne
  • 1 member is a lawyer, and
  • 2 members are persons who are not veterinary practitioners, known as community members.

Board Members are nominated by the Minister of Agriculture and appointed by the Governor in Council. Appointments are for a 3-year term and Members are eligible for re-appointment.

 Image of Associate Professor Peter Mansell Professor Peter Mansell BVSc PhD MANZCVS (Epi)
Veterinary Member and President, The University of Melbourne appointment
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). Professor Peter Mansell 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. Dr Beggs holds a Master of Veterinary Studies degree in Dairy Cattle Medicine and Production. He has worked for more than 25 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. Dr Beggs 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, Dr Beggs received the AVA President’s Award for his outstanding practical contribution to veterinary science or practice in Australia. Dr Beggs was appointed to the Board in March 2010. He is a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Committee, and the Board's Registration 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, Dr Bradley 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, Dr Bradley 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. Dr Bradley was appointed to the Board in August 2013 and is Chair of the Board's 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. Kerren holds a science degree, a Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law and a Diploma of Company Directorship, and has a strong background in non-government boards, community committees and community groups. She is a member of the Southern Alpine Resort Management Board and a director of Flemington Financial Services Limited. Ms Clark was a community member of the Victorian Board of the Medical Practitioners Board of Australia for 7 years and the Consultative Council for Human Research Ethics for 5 years. As a volunteer, she has been 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. She has undertaken work 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. Ms Clark was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Board's Professional Standards Committee.


Dr David Colson
Veterinary Member
Dr David Colson graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1988, then completed a Masters in Dairy Cattle Medicine and Management in 1995. Dr Colson has worked in mixed practice in South West Victoria for over 28 years, with a focus on dairy cattle. For the past 3 years, Dr Colson has worked with the Vet Group as a small animal senior clinician, establishing policies and supervising patient care and client satisfaction standards in a busy small animal clinic. Dr Colson is a member of the Cattle Chapter (Ruminant Nutrition) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. He has been a Board member of WestVic Dairy (DA – RDP) and The Vet Group, and has held honorary positions with the Western District Branch of the Australian Veterinary Association. Industry, scientific and education programs in which Dr Colson has participated include Project leader of the Dairy Australia National Lameness Project in 2013/14, Austrade agricultural missions to China and India, the ANZCVS Scientific Program committee for College Science Week, and the Melbourne & Sydney University Academic Associates Program. Dr Colson is a member of the Board's Professional Standards 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 10 years in human pharmaceutical drug development. While in industry, Dr Giddy 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, Dr Giddy 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. Dr Giddy 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. Dr Giddy was appointed to the Board in March 2016. He is Chair of the Board's Professional Standards Committee and is a member of the Board's Audit and Risk 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. Ms Johns 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. Ms Johns was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is Chair of the Board's Audit & Risk 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. Mr Mahoney 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. Mr Mahoney 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. Mr Mahoney was appointed to the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Board's Professional Standards Committee.

Dr Stacey Sullivan

Veterinary Member
Dr Stacey Sullivan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2004, then completed a residency in equine medicine at the University of Melbourne Equine Centre. Dr Sullivan has a Masters of Veterinary Studies and is currently completing a PhD in exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage in racehorses. Dr Sullivan is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine, and sits on the fellowship examination committee. Over the years, Dr Sullivan has worked in several large private equine referral practices in Australia and overseas, including Oakey Veterinary Hospital, Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, and Rossdale and Partners in the UK. With clinical experience in small animal emergency and mixed practice, Dr Sullivan currently runs a consultancy equine medicine service to several equine referral hospitals in Victoria. Dr Sullivan is a member of the Board's Registration Committee.