College Council for 2015/2016 are:


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

Dr. Mandy Burrows, President Elect and Awards Committee Chairman
 Mandy is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Dermatology. She is a consultant in veterinary dermatology and has two dermatology practices in Perth, Western Australia that provide secondary and tertiary referral advice for skin, ear and allergy problems in dogs, cats and horses. She lectures in dermatology at Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital and she teaches undergraduate veterinary students and the dermatology unit of the Masters in Veterinary Medicine at both Murdoch and Massey University, New Zealand. She currenlty serves on the Advisory Committee for the Registration of Veterinary Specialists. She is a member of the Board of the Journal of Veterinary Dermatology, the Australian Advisory Board for Infectious Diseases in companion animals and is the current Australian and New Zealand representative on the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology as well as the Australian representative on the Publicity committee for WCVD7. She has extensive experience with clinical dermatology in companion animals and she enjoys teaching dermatology to veterinary undergraduate and postgraduate students

Dr. Michael Paton, Honorary Treasurer

Michael is a University of Queensland graduate who worked in private practice in Queensland, Northern Ireland, London and Perth between 1978 and 84. Joined the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia in the 1984. Gained Australian College of Veterinary Scientists qualification in epidemiology in 1989. His research career included leading a team studying the epidemiology of Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) in sheep. He gained his PhD on this subject and is the author of a chapter in "Infectious Diseases of Livestock”, 18 scientific papers and 33 international and national conference papers on CLA and other topics. He has been active in the Animal Welfare Chapter including being its president. He appreciates the great support he has from his family and enjoys travel, wine and creating food and music.

Dr. Wayne Ricketts, Honorary Secretary 

Wayne has been a member of the College since 2002 gaining his membership in animal welfare. Wayne joined the executive of the Chapter in 2004 and for many years was a member of the CEC Committee as Science Week Convenor. He took over the chairperson’s role in 2010. He has worked in veterinary practice in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and then joined New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture working in the area of the import and export of animals. His interest in the welfare of animals during transport led to a role as Technical Adviser to the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. During his time at the Ministry of Agriculture he was also Adviser to two Ministers of Agriculture. He recently worked for the New Zealand Veterinary Association as the Veterinary Resources Manager. He co-chaired the National Animal Welfare Emergency Management Advisory Group (NAWEM) for the past 7 years.

Wayne joined World Animal Protection in March 2014 as Programme Manager Disaster Management for the Asia-Pacific region. In his new role he works with countries in the Asia-Pacific region to assist them with emergency planning for animals to protect their animals and communities from disasters.


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 Philip Moses, Councillor 
Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in several large animal and mixed practices until cured of the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the Royal College in 1994 then worked in referral practice before returning to Australia in 1996. Started residency in small animal surgery in private practice in Brisbane completing MACVSc in 1998. Moved to the University of Sydney as Senior Registrar then Acting Head of Surgery in 2000. Travelled to the US to the University of Florida as a visiting scholar in 2001 before returning as a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. Appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Queensland. Interests include urinary tract, vascular, neurological and orthopaedic surgery as well as animal welfare. Currently involved in several research projects with Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney and the University of Queensland. Has presented at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas, published widely in Veterinary Journals as well as several Textbooks. Philip is an elected member of Association Orthopaedic and a chartered member of the AVA. Philip is a President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and a member of the IRTF. Philip is the father of six beautiful children and a devoted supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.
 Dr Bruce Smith, Councillor  
Bruce Smith is a registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery. His surgical career has included intern and   residency training at Murdoch and Louisiana State Universities, a Master of Science research degree and specialist qualification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.  From 1997 to 2012 he was engaged in private practice referral surgery on the Eastern Seaboard. From 2012 to 2015 he assisted in the establishment  of  a veterinary medical centre  at the University of Queensland, Gatton. He is returning to private referral practice in Canberra in the 2nd half of 2015.  Bruce has served the college as a chapter officer, membership and fellowship examiner and observer. He has mentored membership candidates and supervised fellowship candidates in his area of small animal surgery. 
Councillors can be contacted through the College Office using the following details:
Telephone: 07 3423 2016
Fax: 07 3423 2977