Board members

The Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria has nine members made up of:
  • 4 veterinary practitioners
  • a veterinary practitioner employed by the Crown
  • a veterinary practitioner employed by the University of Melbourne
  • a lawyer, and
  • 2 persons who are not veterinary practitioners.

Board members are nominated by the Minister of Agriculture (currently The Hon. Gayle Tierney MLC) and appointed by the Governor in Council. Appointments are for a 3-year term and Members are eligible for re-appointment. 

9th Board 2022-2025

The 9th Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria started its 3-year term on 18 June 2022. 

The members of the 9th Board are:

See biographical information about 9th Vet Board members below.
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Dr John Harte
President, veterinary member 
Dr John Harte is a veterinary practitioner with experience in small animal and equine practice. He has held director roles with the Vet Group in Timboon and the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in North Melbourne, and many other executive roles as a consultant, director, chairperson and CEO across various sectors including government, not-for-profit, membership- based, private and public sectors. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Dr Harte has a significant track record in both chair and non-executive director roles with over 16 different boards.

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Dr Kate Clarke
Deputy President, veterinary member             
Dr Kate Clarke has been reappointed to the 9th Board as Deputy President. A graduate of the University of Queensland and Member by examination of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Small Animal Medicine), Dr Clarke has worked as a veterinary practitioner in mixed and small animal regional practice for over 20 years in Australia and the UK. Dr Clarke brings strategic planning, leadership, communication and governance skills to the Vet Board from her Master of Business Administration, service on various community councils, and participation in the global Homeward Bound program. Dr Clarke works to bring people and initiatives together for sustained animal and human health and wellbeing. With a strong interest in mental health and career engagement, she is a Founding Director of the Sustainable Veterinary Careers not-for-profit initiative, Policy Advisory Councillor for the Australian Veterinary Association’s (AVA) Veterinary Business Group executive committee and an AVA graduate mentor, and the Board’s representative on the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Sustainable Practice Committee.

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Dr Charlie Blackwood
Veterinary member
A graduate of the University of Sydney with a Master of Veterinary Science (Small Animal Practice) from Murdoch University, Dr Charlie Blackwood has had a 30-year career as a veterinary practitioner with a focus on small animals, horses and cattle. At Warrnambool Veterinary Clinic, Dr Blackwood’s work involves surgical and medical treatment of small animals, with additional work in beef and dairy cattle. Dr Blackwood is a Member of Australian and New College of Veterinary Scientists (Ruminant Nutrition). Dr Blackwood, who is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors, also brings significant experience in governance to the Vet Board. He has been a Director at Warrnambool Veterinary for over 20 years and was a Member of the Board of Moyne Health Service for 12 years. 

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Dr Tracey Bradley
Crown appointment, veterinary member
Dr Tracey Bradley was reappointed to the eighth Board as the Crown nominee for the Board. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Dr Bradley has worked as a veterinary practitioner in mixed practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. Dr Bradley is a Member by examination of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Epidemiology) and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health. Dr Bradley joined the then Department of Agriculture in Victoria in 1995, working in field and laboratory roles. She now focuses on aquatic species as the Principal Veterinary Officer, Aquatic Animal Health, covering areas of research, policy and national strategy. Dr Bradley was recently seconded to the Department of Health for 8 months to work in the Intelligence Unit on the COVID-19 response in Victoria.

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Dr David Colson
Veterinary member
A graduate of the University of Melbourne with a Master of Dairy Cattle Medicine and Management and a member of the Cattle Chapter (Ruminant Nutrition) of the ANZ College of Veterinary Scientists, Dr David Colson worked in mixed practice in South West Victoria for over 30 years - most recently as Senior Veterinarian with The Vet Group where he helped to develop strategy and policy and maintain clinical standards. Dr Colson brings extensive clinical experience as a small animal and production animal veterinary practitioner to the Vet Board. His long-term professional involvement in many and varied industry, scientific and education programs and industry networking has given him a broad understanding of the Australian veterinary industry and the environment in which it operates. Dr Colson has held honorary or Board positions with WestVic Dairy (Dairy Australia Regional Development Program) and the Australian Veterinary Association, and he served as Deputy President during the term of the eighth Vet Board.

 

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Ms Kerry Harris
Non-veterinary member
Ms Kerry Harris is a Certified Practising Account with extensive experience in finance and business management. Ms Harris has served on a number of other finance and audit committees as a member, chair and board director and is currently the Chair for Women Onside and a Committee Member on CPA Australia's Appointments Council. Ms Harris' executive experience equips her with a sound understanding of strategic planning, government relations, financial strategy and organisational behaviour.

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Lawyer             
Mr Andrew Jaworski is a qualified solicitor with a focus on the health industry who has worked in both the public and private sectors. Mr Jaworski is currently General Counsel of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, a role which has provided him with a strong understanding of inquiries, complaints, government and regulatory frameworks, ethics and statutory interpretation.

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Mrs Naomi Pye
Non-veterinary member             
Mrs Naomi Pye has a business management background through her director roles with the Gardiner Foundation, Southern Rural Water and Boldrewood Dairies. Through her committee experience with the Australian Dairy Farmers, United Dairy Farmers Victoria and the Victorian Farmers Federation, Mrs Pye has a sound understanding of the importance of governance, stakeholder engagement and innovation and and a strong industry reputational standing. As a non-veterinary member, Mrs Pye has experience in using veterinary services in an on-farm environment.

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Professor Josh Slater
University of Melbourne appointment, veterinary member             
Appointed to the Board in October 2021, Professor Josh Slater is an equine practitioner with 35 years’ experience in both first opinion and referral equine practice in the UK and has a wealth of experience of working with regulatory and professional bodies in the UK and in Europe. Professor Slater is currently Acting Head of the Melbourne Veterinary School and Head of Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has served on committees and advisory groups for the UK Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCSV), including the examination and registration of veterinarians from outside the UK, examination and registration of veterinary nurses, post graduate examination and certification (membership and fellowship examinations), the Practice Standards Scheme (guidance on standards in equine practice) and advisor to the RCVS Preliminary Investigation Committee for equine complaints. He has extensive experience with professional membership bodies in the UK including the British Veterinary Association, the British Equine Veterinary Association (past President), the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (past President), the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (Secretary) and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (past President). He brings a range experience to his role at the Vet Board including the examination and registration of veterinary professionals, professional development, continuing education and post graduate education and assessment, assessment and maintenance of competency, investigating complaints and conducting fitness to practise investigations (including veterinary student investigations), developing and issuing guidance and codes of practice on a wide range of veterinary practice and clinical standards in relation to clinical facilities, clinical standards, patient safety, training, operational protocols, regulatory compliance and meeting society’s expectations. He also has experience of working with UK and European Government departments and of providing advice direct to ministers, commissioners, and parliamentary working groups having worked on a wide range of projects which have led to the drafting of UK and European legislation including animal welfare legislation, identification legislation, animal transport regulations and veterinary medicines regulations.

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