The Board of Examiners for 2016 are: 

Dr Tias Muurlink Chief Examiner  

Tias is a graduate from the University of Queensland. The early part of his career was in private practice in Queensland and Victoria and focused on large animal practice and surgery. The last 10 years of this time was spent in Warwick where he cofounded and operated a practice with a strong equine component. After selling this, he joined the University of Melbourne and during 8 years in this institution gained his fellowship in Equine Surgery and went on to head the Equine Centre. A move back to Queensland followed with a year at University of Queensland as a specialist surgeon before migrating back into private practice. He is currently based at his farm just outside Warwick where he provides services to a number of clients and consultancy services to practices in South East Queensland. He has been involved training and supervising residents, mentoring large numbers of students and graduates, and has examined within the college at membership and fellowship level.

 Dr. Peter Bennett (Assistant Chief Examiner, Training and Credentials)

Peter is a graduate of the Universityof Melbourne after working in general practice underwent advanced training in internal medicine. In 1999 he obtained Fellowship of the Australian Collegeof 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 Bennett 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.  Dr Bennett has presented at numerous seminars both nationally and internationally, and is actively involved in teaching of veterinary medicine.  Peter has a strong interest in clinical oncology with a special interest in the palliative care of cancer patients as well as identifying the best options for treatment of individual patients.  Peter is an active member of the Veterinary Cancer Society, the Veterinary Comparative Oncology Group and is currently the President of the Oncology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists

  Dr Carolyn Guy  Assistant Chief Examiner (Examinations)


Dr Katherine Briscoe

  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 ANZVSc 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 Sharanne Raidal

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 Steven Atkinson

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 Gabrielle C Musk

Gabrielle graduated from Murdoch University in 1995. After 6 years in mixed and small animal practices in South Australia and the UK she started a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the Vet School in Glasgow.  She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2005.  In 2006 Gabrielle returned to Australia and soon thereafter started a PhD investigating High-frequency Jet Ventilation for resuscitation of preterm babies at the University of Western Australia. Gabrielle is now a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Murdoch University.  In this role she teaches undergraduate vet students, supervises Residents in Veterinary Anaesthesia, contributes to the clinical service in the hospital and undertakes research. Her particular interests include ventilation techniques, total intravenous anaesthesia, analgesic infusion regimens and pain assessment and management in sheep.


Dr Ian Hodge

Ian is a graduate of Lincoln University and Massey University, New Zealand. After obtaining a Diploma in Agriculture at Lincoln Ian worked in the UK at Reading Cattle Breeding Centre for three years. He then returned to New Zealand and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary physiology, a Post Graduate Diploma in veterinary physiology and then completed the Bachelor of Veterinary Science. After practicing for five years Ian completed the ANZCVS membership programme in dairy cattle medicine in 2003. Subsequent to that Ian became a PureMilk mastitis consultant looking at the complex interaction between the milking machines and the cows. Ian was President of the Cattle Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists between 2012-2015. Ian is a Countdown mastitis advisor, In Calf advisor and has recently been appointed General Manager-Technical Services for the Veterinary Enterprises Group in New Zealand. Ian was recently appointed to the Board of Examiners of the College and looks forward to assisting The College in this role.

Dr. Caroline Mansfield, President

Caroline graduated from Murdoch University in 1993, and undertook work in mixed and small animal practice for 4 years before starting a residency in small animal medicine at University College, Dublin. She gained her membership in Small Animal Medicine from the Australian College in 2000, and her boards (Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) in 2001. She returned to Australia and in between having 3 children, worked at Murdoch University first as registrar then from 2007 as Senior Lecturer. She moved to Melbourne in 2010, where she is Head of Small Animal Medicine, and Senior Lecturer. She has a great interest in clinical gastroenterology and research, and presents and publishes widely in that field. Despite the move to Victoria she remains a loyal West Coast Eagles fan

















All members of the Board of Examiners can be contacted through the College office.
Telephone: 07 3423 2016
Fax: 07 3423 2977
Email: admin@anzcvs.org.au