Maggie Burley
AVN, Cert IV VN, Dip VN (Dentistry), VTS (Dentistry)

For more than 10 years Maggie has worked in small animal general practice. Her passion for dentistry has led to her obtaining the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dentistry), and the VTS in Dentistry – the first & only in Australia. She has studied under Veterinary Dental Specialists both in Australia and the United States and attended many dentistry focused conferences and workshops. Maggie is experienced in conducting nurse dental clinics and assisting in both general practice dental procedures and advanced specialty procedures. Maggie became focussed on dentistry after seeing many pets in obvious pain and discomfort due to oral health problems, and finds it highly rewarding to see the improvement in a pet’s life following effective and appropriate dental treatment. She values helping pet owners to better understand the importance of their pet’s oral health. Her hope is that veterinary dentistry continues to grow and that a good oral hygiene routine becomes a normal part of every pet’s daily life.

Dr Anthony Caiafa
Veterinary Dentist

Anthony graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1978. He worked in companion animal practice for 17 years and then returned to full time studies in 1995, to graduate with a Bachelor of Dental Science, dux of the year, in 1998, from the University of Melbourne.  Anthony currently works as a dentist on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland as well as in Veterinary Dental referral practice at North Coast Veterinary Specialists and Referral Centre, also on the Sunshine Coast.  He lectures to the undergraduate Veterinary Science students at James cook University, Townsville; as well as lecturing and running workshops on all aspects of Veterinary Dentistry around the world. He is also a chapter author in two respected Veterinary Dental textbooks.

Dr Marvin Kung
Small Animal Surgery Specialist

Marvin graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 and commenced work in general practice. In 2009 Marvin joined BVSC where he completed his internship and residency. He is a member of the ANZCVS in Small Animal Surgery and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He enjoys all aspects of surgery and is a registered specialist with the Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board. Marvin has a special interest in neurosurgery, especially surgery for spinal disease and has a surgical oncology focus.

Dr Ralph Webster
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal, Registered Australian Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Ralph graduated from Massey University in 2004. Following stints in general practice in both Australia and the UK, he completed an internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists in the UK. Ralph has practiced referral-only surgery since returning to Australia to work at Sydney University in 2009. His residency was completed through the University of Adelaide and private specialist practice, as well as an externship at Michigan State University, leading to specialist status through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2017 Ralph established Better Veterinary Referrals to provide specialist mobile surgery services to partnering practices throughout south-eastern Melbourne. Ralph has lectured in small animal orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and neurosurgery at Sydney and Adelaide Universities and has run numerous CPD courses throughout Australia.

Dr Katherine Steele

Katherine graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008. She completed a rotating and surgical internship in Brisbane prior to relocating to Victoria for a residency at Melbourne University in small animal surgery. She completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in 2016 and a Masters of Veterinary Science in 2017. Katherine joined BVSC in 2016 as a Small Animal Surgery Registrar and in early 2017, she successfully passed her exams becoming a board certified Small Animal Surgeon through the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Katherine maintains an interest in all aspects of small animal surgery, but has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery and oncology.

Victoria Koks
BGenStud, CVN | Veterinary Nurse

Victoria is a qualified veterinary nurse from Brisbane, with over 12 years of clinical experience. She has a background in education, completing a bachelor’s degree in 2012. Her passion for veterinary nursing developed when her clinic underwent a transition to team-centered practice and nurse consultations back in 2004. Since then, Victoria has developed broad experience in companion animal medicine, and has particular interest in standards of care, utilization of veterinary nurses, dentistry and nutrition. Victoria has concurrently managed six busy companion animal veterinary clinics and is and a 2015 alumni of the iLabs business accelerator. Victoria currently works in the Training and Development space, developing and delivering practical workshops and training sessions to the veterinary profession.

Marcia Fletcher
Registered Veterinary Nurse Specialist, Senior Veterinary Anaesthetic Technician & RECOVER CPR Instructor
Dip VN (Distinction) VTS in Anaesthesia & Analgesia

Marcia Fletcher graduated from Massey’s Veterinary Nursing Diploma with Distinction in 2003, and has worked for the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital as the Senior Anaesthesia Technician for the anaesthesia service since that time. Her day to day patients range vastly in size, from avian species, small animals, large animals, small mammals and exotic species.

In 2011 Marcia successfully passed her specialty examinations in America to become New Zealand’s first Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. In 2012 she was awarded the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association “Vet Nurse of the Year”, an award for excellence in veterinary nursing. In 2016 Marcia joined the credentials committee for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. She won an Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (IVABS) teaching award in 2016 and was nominated for the same award in 2017. In 2019 Marcia became a fully credentialed instructor of RECOVER CPR, one of three in NZ!

Loving all aspects of teaching, Marcia's passion has been instilling knowledge to both the veterinary and veterinary nurse students at Massey, as well as around New Zealand via her anaesthesia journal articles, conference presentations and webinars.

Robyn Taylor
Dip VN Lecturer

Robyn spent twelve years as an Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) nurse and Transfusion nurse at the referral campus of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the UK.  In that time, she became highly skilled in critical patient management, transfusion therapy and the many clinical nursing skills that go with such a specialised job role.  Robyn’s time spent in an international environment of specialists and a high case load of patients, has equipped her with invaluable knowledge and experience that allowed her to contribute to various publications, and speak at many conferences both overseas and locally.

On returning ‘home’ to Christchurch, Robyn felt she had something to offer the veterinary nursing industry in New Zealand, and currently teaches the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Ara Canterbury.

Dr Kellam Bayley
Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists & Registered Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Kellam graduated from Massey University in 2006 and worked in general practice for several years. He traveled to the UK to complete the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011. From 2013-2018 Kellam underwent a residency training program under the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO) based in Adelaide. He sat and passed ECVO diploma examinations in early 2019 and is now a registered specialist in veterinary ophthalmology. He also completed his Masters in Veterinary Science in 2017 at Massey University.

Kellam is based in clinical practice in Wellington, New Zealand and occasionally does some clinical work in Adelaide. Kellam has provided CPD seminars to local veterinarians and Massey University interns for several years and has presented a variety of ophthalmic topics at local (NZVA) and international conferences.

Steve Austin

Steve has been a leading and charismatic figure in the professional canine industry for over three decades. Steve has recently earned a highly recognised certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), joining over 2000 professional dog trainers worldwide. Steve earned this unique world recognition by passing an extensive exam and now earns the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer— Knowledge Assessed. (CPDT-KA). In 2019 Steve was appointed as Board Member of the CCPDT. Renowned worldwide, Steve has lectured at American Law Enforcement Agencies, trained Australia’s first truffle detector dog, trained Australia’s first water and effluent detection dog, taught animal training at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and presented Mount Everest Kennel Club in Katmandu.

Dr Angela Hartman
DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology

Angela is originally from Virginia in the USA and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry in 1988 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. This led to her working in a research laboratory in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Biochemist for 4 years. She then pursued a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis (UCD) and graduated in 1999. While attending vet school, she was employed as an ICU nursing technician at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UCD. She soon discovered her interest in diagnostic imaging after receiving her first lectures in the physics of radiology. After completing her veterinary degree, Dr. Hartman practiced as a general practitioner in a small animal practice for 1.5 years before being accepted for the 4 year radiology residency at UC Davis and obtaining her diplomat status in the American College of Veterinary Radiologists in 2003. She now practices privately both internationally and domestically via teleradiology and short term lectures, and provides on-site support to local clinics in the Nelson region as well as Universities in New Zealand, Australia and India.

Dr Sue Ramoo
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Internal Medicine)

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Dr Sue Ramoo worked in general practice for two years. During this time she developed an interest in internal medicine which led her to undertake an internship in critical care and internal medicine. After her internship she followed on to undertake a residency in internal medicine, at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Sue has since worked in private referral practices across Melbourne and has extensive experience in all aspects of internal medicine. She has published in various veterinary journals including the Australian Veterinary Journal. Sue's areas of expertise include gastroenterology, endocrinology and oncology.  

Dr Chris Tan
Small Animal Specialists Surgeon BVSc BSc (Vet) FANZCVS Diplomate ECVS

Chris is a graduate of the University of Sydney and registered specialist in small animal surgery. He spent 8 years in general practice both in Australia and the UK, before returning to Sydney to complete his specialist surgical training. After completion of his residency, Chris remained at Sydney university as a PhD student and later senior lecturer in small animal surgery. He continues to follow his passion for teaching as a tutor for the Centre for Veterinary Education and through his involvement with the AO foundation, a not for profit organisation which aims to improve patient outcomes through worldwide education programs for practitioners and research. Chris is also a conjoint lecturer at the Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, where he contributes to developing innovative solutions to clinical problems with the hope that our small animal patients will also benefit from the latest advances in medical technologies.

Dr Andrew Worth

Andrew graduated from Massey University in 1990 and has worked in both Australia, the UK and NZ as a small animal veterinarian. In 1999 he completed the membership examination of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientist in Radiology. From 2000-2003 he completed a residency in small animal surgery at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and he became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2006.

Dr Nicola Wilkinson

Nicola is a RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) with 19 years experience in the veterinary industry having worked in first opinion and specialist practices across the UK and Australia. Nicola is passionate about gold standard care and best practice within veterinary nursing, and has completed a BSc (Hons) in Clinical Veterinary Nursing, Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (small animal) and more recently a Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Nicola has a keen interest in pain management, anaesthesia and emergency and critical care.

Nicola strongly believes that veterinary nurse students are the future and strives to teach them to be motivated to learn, stay current and generally to keep being awesome! 

Kiara Stoboi

Kiara is qualified and an Australian Registered Veterinary Nurse with over 8 years of experience including 4 years in general practice and 4 years in wildlife and exotic vet nursing. Her wildlife and exotics nursing experience adds another dimension to our team. At the start of her Veterinary Nursing career, Kiara spent 6 months working overseas with primates gaining industry experience.

Kiara has a strong passion for vet nurse development and training new vet nurses, and holds her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She splits her working time between being a Nurse Educator for  ACVN and working in clinic still as an Emergency Veterinary Nurse at the University of Queensland in the Small Animal Hospital, which also involves clinical teaching