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  • Companion Animal Health Centre

    Head of Department of Companion Animal Health: Professor Peter Hill


    Professor Peter Hill is a UK graduate with 28 years experience in both general practice and specialist referral work. After spending five years in a private small animal hospital, he trained as a dermatologist in the USA and then worked in dermatology referral centres in Edinburgh, Bristol and Sydney.

    Peter is the only veterinary dermatologist in the world to have been board certified as a Diplomate in the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as having a PhD. He has trained nine dermatology residents, written two textbooks, published 80 scientific papers, and given over 260 invited talks and presentations.

    Peter is passionate about treating skin diseases and sees patients at the CAHC on a referral basis. Outside of work, his veterinary skills are occasionally called upon by Stanley the Terrier dog, and Maui and Tilly, the family cats.

    Clinical Services Lead: Associate Professor Anne Peaston


    Associate Professor Anne Peaston is a Registered Specialist in the discipline of Veterinary Oncology, with experience encompassing veterinary clinical medicine and biomedical research.

    Certified in 1993 as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology, she became the first Oncology Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1994 and in 2000 gained a PhD for work investigating neuroblastoma in children.

    After a decade of cancer-related research in the USA, she returned to Australia to take up an appointment as Senior Lecturer in our new veterinary school.

    Anne conducts a weekly referral Oncology Service and oversees Clinical Services in the Companion Animal Health Centre, and directs a small research group focussing on clinical questions. And of course, formal and informal teaching permeate these activities.

    Spare time? She encourages her garden, emphasizing Australian native plants to attract vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife, while minimizing her cats’ access, to their chagrin!

    Dr Lynette Bester Anaesthesiology

    Dr Lynette Bester qualified in 1980 as a veterinary nurse (Dip Cur Anim) and was offered a position at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria as theatre sister for four years. This stimulated my interest in further study and she completed my BVSc degree in 1990. Again the University offered her a position as lecturer in veterinary anesthesiology

    Enjoying the teaching component, it encouraged Lynette to do the tertiary education diploma (DTI) after-hours, which she obtained the diploma in 1992. Lynette completed her residency and obtained a MMedVet(Anaes) in 2009.

    Other areas of interest include critical care, pain and fluid management; regional anaesthesia; and teaching new techniques of practical training.

    Dr Anthony Nicholson Anaesthesiology

    Dr Anthony Nicholson gained his veterinary degree from the University of Sydney. Having an interest in research and marine mammals he then successfully undertook a PhD program in marine mammal respiratory anatomy & physiology at the University of Adelaide.

    After a brief post-doctoral diversion into animal models of human disease he decided to bring his interests in the respiratory system and wildlife together by specialist training in veterinary anaesthesia. This he did at the University of California, Davis after which he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. Since then he has had the pleasure of anaesthetising species ranging from mice to elephants with many in between.

    Anthony has recently joined the anaesthesia team at the CAHC and in his spare time enjoys cat-herding (Gordon Bennett & Fluffy), photography, music and cooking

    Dr Luiz Santos Anaesthesiology

    Dr Luiz Santos graduated from Santa Catarina State University (UDESC/2003) in Brazil. Soon after graduation Luiz did an internship in Equine Medicine & Surgery and later on completed a Masters degree in Veterinary Sciences at UDESC/2007.

    Luiz completed an internship at Louisiana State University and a residency in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Cornell University, and in 2012 became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA).

    He has worked at the University at Pennsylvania (New Bolton Center) as a Research Associate and Clinical Instructor.

    When moving to Australia in 2012 Luiz worked as a Registrar in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital. Luiz has joined Adelaide University as an Anaesthesia Lecturer in 2014.

    Dr Gavin Newman Ophthalmology

    Dr Gavin Newman is a graduate from Cambridge University in the UK. After initially working with all creatures great and small in the Yorkshire Dales he started his training as a Veterinary Ophthalmologist in 2000.

    Following emigration to Australia he passed his qualifications in Veterinary Ophthalmology with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007.

    Since then he has been working at a specialist veterinary ophthalmology clinic in Adelaide and has been examining eyes and performing complex ocular surgery on animals referred from veterinary surgeons across South Australia.

    He has three children, a patient wife and a cat called Slinky. He has recently acquired a kitten named Patchwork, who is currently terrorizing them all.

    Dr Jane Yu Small Animal Medicine

    Dr Jane Yu graduated from Melbourne University in 2011 and over the next two years gained broad clinical experience in mixed practice in country Victoria. She returned to Melbourne to take up an opportunity for advanced training in small companion animal emergency and general medicine through the internship program at Advanced Vetcare, a referral hospital offering specialist emergency, medicine and surgery services.

    In 2016, Jane was awarded Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the discipline of Small Animal Medicine, a necessary step along the way to Specialist certification.

    Jane’s experiences working as a locum general practitioner and as an Emergency Veterinarian at many different practices in addition to Advanced Vetcare have further developed her knowledge and many technical skills used in diagnosis and treatment of complex cases.

    In October 2016, she co-founded Central Veterinary Emergency, an emergency and referral hospital where she managed the internal medicine cases, rapidly building a busy schedule. Fortunately for us, Jane turned to Academia in mid-2017, joining the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences as a Lecturer in Companion Animal Internal Medicine.

    Jane enjoys all aspects of internal medicine and emergency work, and will use her expertise in these to play a major role in the Companion Animal Health Centre, providing advice and assistance in diagnosis and management of all types of medicine cases.

    Jane is a workaholic, but when she is not at work, you may spot her shopping at the farmer's market!

    Dr Penny Tisdall Surgeon

    Dr Penny Tisdall is a registered specialist in small animal surgery. Penny graduated from the University of Sydney with BSc(Vet) for studies on portosystemic shunts in dogs in 1992 and with a BVSc in 1994.

    After working for several years in private small animal practice in western Sydney she returned to the University of Sydney to complete a Small Animal Surgical Residency starting in 1997. She has completed a Clinical Masters in aspects of feline megacolon and has contributed to over 25 published papers on various aspects of small animal surgery including parianal fistula, liver shunts, skin reconstruction, feline palatine and gastroduodenal ulcers. She obtained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2002 by examination.

    Penny retains an active role in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in surgery chapter education committee. Penny is happy to accept all surgical referrals including a full range of soft tissue procedures, orthopaedics including assessment and treatment of challenging lameness and a full range of neurologic investigations and surgery. She also has particular interest in feline and oncologic and reconstructive surgery.

    Penny has worked exclusively in referral surgical practice for 15 years and has been living and working taking surgical referrals in Adelaide for the last 7 years.

    Dr Olaf Schaaf Surgeon
    Olaf Schaaf

    Dr Olaf Schaaf is a registered specialist in small animal surgery in Australia, UK and Europe. Olaf graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997. After working in small animal practice in inner Sydney and South-East Brisbane for 7 years he developed a keen interest in surgery, which culminated in working as a surgical intern at Queensland Veterinary Specialists.

    In 2006 he started a 3.5 year small animal surgical residency program at Murdoch University in Perth which fulfilled the requirements of both the European and Australian Colleges. In 2011 he became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons by examinations in Small Animal Surgery.

    Since 2010 he has worked in private referral specialist practises in Brisbane and Perth. In 2012 he joined the team at the University of Adelaide running the small animal surgical service.

    Olaf is happy to accept all surgical referrals, including soft tissue cases. He has keen interest in arthroscopy and orthopaedics, challenging lameness cases and neurosurgery.

    His research interest and publications include the Aberdeen knot and suture material properties, bone healing substitutes and interosseous ligament in dogs.

    In his spare time he enjoys family time with his 2 young daughters and taking on the elements with his windsurfer. The family is now completed by “Murphy” a crazy Jack Russell Terrier, Flynn, a sweet Staffy x Dachshund adopted from the RSPCA, Higgins a smoochy Rag Doll and 2 chirpy budgies.

  • Equine Health and Performance Centre
    Sam Franklin

    Head of Department: Dr Sam Franklin

    Dr Sam Franklin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (equine) and RCVS recognised specialist in Equine Sports Medicine.

    Sam’s areas of special interest are exercise physiology and equine sports medicine, with a particular focus on cardio-respiratory causes of poor performance.

    Sam graduated from the University of Bristol and after several years in mixed practice returned to Bristol to complete a PhD relating to dynamic airway obstructions in equine athletes. She subsequently ran the Equine Sports Medicine Referral service at the University of Bristol for 11 years before moving to the University of Adelaide in 2010.

    Sam was responsible for the development of the technique of overground endoscopy, and is a member of the committee for the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology.


    Clinical Service Lead: Dr Olivier Simon

    Dr Olivier Simon graduated from the Université de Liège, Belgium in 1992 and, after working in mixed primary opinion (large and companion animals) ambulatory practices in France for 4 years, he returned to academia to complete an ACVS and ECVS approved residency programme at the Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada.

    He then returned to Belgium in 2000 and became a partner and co-owner of two very busy, exclusively referral private Equine Clinics (De Bosdreef – De Morette) where he worked as senior surgeon for 17 years.

    He became a board certified diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006. Always interested in working in an academic setting, he decided to apply for the position of Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the University of Adelaide in July 2016 and joined the team of the Equine Health and Performance Center on January the 30th 2017.

    With a very strong and diverse clinical background in every aspect of equine surgery and lameness examination, Dr Simon has developped a special interest in laparoscopy techniques (including the development of some novel procedures), transendoscopic laser surgery and the managment of sub-chondral bone cyst-like lesions.

    Practice Manager: Ms Casey Hogan

    Casey Hogan is a graduate of the university in the area of horse husbandry and management. Casey was delighted to get the opportunity to return in the role of Practice Manager for the new Equine Health and Performance Centre.

    Previous to this she spent 11 years working for the South Australia Police, Mounted Operations Unit where Casey was responsible for all facets of horse husbandry and supervised a team of stable hands.

    Casey completed a period of equine veterinary nursing and a cert IV in Youth Work during this time also. She has a passion for horses and young people, which has lead to her current position.

    In her free time Casey trains and competes her own horses and is always looking to further develop her knowledge and skills.

    Clinical Staff

    Dr Tiago Afonso Equine Internal Medicine Specialist
    Tiago Afonso

    Dr Tiago Afonso graduated with his degree in veterinary medicine in 2008 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, after which he completed large animal internships at Ghent University, Belgium, and at the University of Guelph, Canada.

    He then pursued a PhD program in Equine Cardiology at the University of Georgia, U.S.A. in 2011.

    Two years later he was enrolled into a large animal internal medicine residency program at the same institution. Concluding both programs in July of 2016, he became a board-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine, by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

    Before joining The University of Adelaide as a senior lecturer in March 2017, he spent 6 months in private practice, at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, as a senior veterinarian, during the busy foaling season.

    His main interests include the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, gastrointestinal emergencies, and all aspects of critical care and neonatal medicine.

    Dr Claudia Cruz Villagran Equine Internal Medicine Specialist

    Dr Claudia Cruz Villagran graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, in 2008.

    As a student, she did 6 months of community work with working equids in various rural communities throughout Mexico. After graduation she completed a rotating internship at an equine private hospital in Texas, USA. She then completed a mixed-large animal internal medicine residency at The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine; followed by a Master of Sciences in comparative and experimental medicine at the same Institution (research focused on bone marrow-derived equine mesenchymal stromal cells).

    Afterwards, she worked at a charitable hospital for working equids in Fès, Morocco. She has joined The University of Adelaide as a lecturer in equine medicine. Claudia is a board-certified internal medicine specialist from both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (large animal) and the European College of Equine Internal Medicine.

    She enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, surgery, and lameness.

    Dr Lidwien Verdegaal Equine Internal Medicine Specialist

    Dr Lidwien (Elisabeth) Verdegaal completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 1996.

    After working in practice for two years, Lidwien completed her residency at Equine Internal Medicine at Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences where she developed interest in neonatal medicine (head of NICU rotations), endocrinology, cardiology and equine sports medicine.

    Lidwien qualified as an Equine Medicine Specialist at the Royal Dutch Association of Veterinary Specialists; a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM); and Australian registered specialist. After completing her residency, she travelled to the Middle East to work as an equine medicine specialist for eight years in two private equine clinics: in Jordan for the Royal Family and in Kuwait where she was part of a team establishing a new equine referral hospital.

    Her areas of special interest include exercise in sport horses, cardiology, adult and neonatal critical care and equine infectious diseases. Lidwien joined the School of Animal and Veterinary Science as a senior lecturer 2011 where her time is divided in lecturing equine medicine, clinics and research.

    She is currently establishing her research area in thermoregulation in exercising horses. Besides work, she loves horse-riding in her free time.

    Dr Erik Noschka Equine Surgeon

    Dr Erik Noschka’s areas of special interest include general equine surgery, soft tissue surgery, upper airway surgery, colic surgery and minimal invasive surgery.

    He graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Leipzig in Germany and has over 12 years of experience in working at several academic surgical referral institutions.

    Following a surgical internship in Leipzig and a PhD in equine laminitis at the University of Georgia (USA) he completed successfully a combined residency in large animal surgery with a masters of science on colic at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States. He also served as a Mountain Ranger in the KFOR Kosovo campaign and is a reserve officer.

    Since February 2011 he is on staff at the University of Adelaide as Equine Surgeon and was responsible for the construction and equipping the EHPC.

    Dr Jose Len Yin Theriogenologist

    Dr Jose Len Yinis completed a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology.

    His areas of interest are in vitro embryo production, semen preservation including cryopreservation, embryo transfer and breeding management of the mare and stallion.

    Jose graduated from the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico then worked as a stud veterinarian before completing a residency/master program in Theriogenology at Louisiana State University.

    He joined the University of Adelaide in 2012 where he runs the reproduction services of the Equine Health and Performance Centre.

    Dr Kirsty Gallacher Theriogenologist

    Dr Kirsty Gallacher is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology. Kirsty graduated from the University of Glasgow vet school (Scotland) in 2006. After graduating she came to Australia to do an internship at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital.

    She has worked in private equine practice in both Australia and the UK since then and done multiple stud seasons.

    She completed a Theriogenology residency at Cornell University in 2012 with a large focus being equine reproduction and canine reproduction.

    She has since joined the team at the University of Adelaide in 2014 and will be providing reproduction services at the Equine Health and Performance Centre.

    Dr Marco Lopes Equine Surgeon

    Dr Marco Lopes is a veterinarian dedicated to equine surgery and lameness.

    He completed his initial veterinary education in Brazil and subsequently obtained a masters degree (also in Brazil), focused on gastrointestinal surgery in horses and a PhD from Virginia Tech (USA) on equine gastroenterology, fluid therapy and nutritional support. Most recently, Marco completed a residency in equine surgery at the University of Missouri, U.S.A.

    Marco has worked as a large animal/equine surgeon, teacher and/or researcher at several institutions in Brazil and in the U.S.A.

    His research interests include equine surgery, lameness, gait analysis, gastroenterology, fluid therapy and nutritional support.

  • Production Animal Health Centre

    Clinical Head of Department: Dr Kiro Petrovski

    Dr Kiro Petrovski graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from School of Veterinary Medicine in Europe.

    He spent more than 6 year in private clinical practice, dairy and pig farms. He has completed postgraduate training in cattle health and been in academia for 6 years before moving to Australia in January 2012.

    Kiro is especially interested in cattle health, herd health, mastitis, lactational physiology, antimicrobial chemiotherapy, antimicrobial resistance and dairy farm herd health consultancy.

    Practice Manager: Dr Mandi Carr

    Dr Mandi Carr graduated from the University of Queensland in 1998 and has worked in large animal private and government practice for the past 13 years.

    Mandi is especially interested in beef cattle production medicine and herd health. Mandi is currently undertaking a Masters of Veterinary Science with an emphasis on internal parasites in beef cattle.

  • Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
     Lucy Woolford

    Clinical Service Lead: Dr Lucy Woolford

    Dr Lucy Woolford spent two years working in a mixed clinical veterinary practice in the Mid North of South Australia.

    In 2005 she returned to Western Australia to pursue interests in conservation and health of Australian wildlife, undertaking a PhD examining the pathological, aetiological and epidemiological aspects of a debilitating viral-associated skin cancer in the endangered Western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville).

    Following the PhD, Lucy left the sunny shores of Western Australia to undertake a residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, London, and the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. This residency, funded by The Horse Trust, enabled a focus on the health and disease of horses. During the residency, she undertook a research project examining aspects of immunological tolerance in the equine uterus and placenta.

    In September 2010, Lucy completed the qualifying examinations of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She joined the University of Adelaide’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in November 2010.


    Dr Darren Trott Microbiology
     Darren Trott

    Dr Darren Trott joined The University of Adelaide in January 2010. His diagnostic experience includes managing the Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory at The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science for 10 years as well as conducting contract research (antimicrobial susceptibility testing, methods development and microbial ecology) for a number of pharmaceutical companies including Bayer, Pfizer, Elanco and Virbac.

    His special interests include gastrointestinal microbial diversity, antimicrobial resistance and anaerobic microbiology. Dr Trott is a member of the Australian Companion Animal Infectious Diseases Advisory Board.

    Dr Stephen Pyecroft Pathology

    Dr Stephen Pyecroft worked in general mixed veterinary practice before returning to post graduate research study in aquatic animal health.

    During his PhD studies he developed an aquatic animal health consultancy servicing the aquaculture and aquarium industries in Australia and overseas.

    Following a brief stint in the British FMD response, he took up a position with the department of Primary Industries in Tasmania as a fish pathologist.

    Stephen has completed the requirements of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in both Pathobiology and Aquatic Animal Health chapters and is currently the President of the AAH chapter.

    In late 2012 Stephen accepted a Senior lectureship in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Adelaide, School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences.

    Dr Milton McAllister Pathology
     Milton McAllister Dr Milton McAllister is a veterinary pathologist who has 20 years experience working for state and university veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the USA.
    Dr Ryan O'Handley Parasitology
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    Dr Scott Lindsay Pathologist
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  • Technical and Professional Staff
    Name Position Name Position
    Companion Animal Health Centre
    Dr James Mutton Clinical Veterinarian Dr Zsofia Medgyesi  Clinical Veterinarian
    Dr Nori Acevedo Clinical Veterinarian Dr Brook Saloma Clinical Veterinarian
    Dr Peter Hutchison Clinical Veterinarian  
    Jane Zielinski Nurse Coordinator    
    James Englert Nurse Jennifer Smith Nurse
    Hayley Schmaal
    Nurse Saskia Lehmann Nurse
    Millie Hampel Nurse Arin Collins   Nurse
    Shannon Wehr Nurse Danielle Samways Nurse
    Jackie Thurgood Nurse (Surgical)
    Christine Collard Client Services Suzi Waechter Client Services
    Diann Pritchard Client Services Jodi Kotsano Client Services
    Sabrina Thomas Central sterile supply Diann Pritchard Pharmacy Technician
    Equine Health and Performance Centre
    Dr Belinda Noble Clinical Veterinarian Dr Jennifer Abi Younes Clinical Veterinarian
    Dr Kendra Mc Lead Clinical Veterinarian Dr Tessa Cornell Intern
    Claire Abbott Nurse Jenny Scott Nurse
    Naomi Wigzell Nurse Sharyn Collins Nurse
    Alison Gray Technician Courtney O’Leary Technician
    Gregg McKee Theriogenologist Technician Lee Applebee Client Services
    Alison Gray Equine Technician  
    Production Animal Health Centre
    Dr Colin Trengrove Clinical Veterinarian Dr Roy Kirkwood Clinical Veterinarian
    Dr Kapil Chousalker Clinical Veterinarian Dr Kiro Petrovski Clinical Veterinarian
    Sarcha Alderson Nurse
    Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
    Cheryl Day Histology Technician Rebecca Summerton Laboratory Technician
    Ken Lee Microbiology Technician Adrian Hines Necropsy and Parasitology Technician 
    Tracey Murnane Laboratory Technician

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