NVC Vet Advisory Committee
Clinical decisions made by veterinarians
The Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) is an independent group of veterinarians and support team managers that are involved in the clinical decisions of NVC. VAC has active involvement in the vision, future, education and training, diagnostic equipment, suppliers and technology that ensure NVC is leading the veterinary industry.
All VAC members are nominated by their NVC colleagues to represent the clinical direction of the group. The VAC topics and discussion points are shared with all NVC veterinarians to provide clear communication regarding the topics presented and decisions that lead our clinical excellence.
Dr Alex Whan
Chairperson Veterinary Advisory Committee - BVSc (Hons)
Dr Alex has over fifteen years of veterinary experience, studying Veterinary Science at Melbourne University and graduating in 1998. Alex has spent time practicing veterinary medicine in both Australia and overseas and has experience in both large and small animal medicine. Alex was the Lead Veterinarian and Practice Owner at Brunswick Central Veterinary Clinic in Melbourne for 8 years, establishing the clinic from the first day of operation into a multiple million-dollar operation. Dr Alex is now leading the Operations team of NVC with a key focus on excellence in standards of care and client service. Dr Alex is passionate about her team supporting the veterinary clinics and empowering them to deliver veterinary excellence.
Dr Stephen Coles
Committee Member - BVSc, MACVSc, DipAVDC
Dr Coles has been a Veterinary Specialist for over 35 years and brings a wealth of industry and commercial experience He has owned and operated multiple practices in Melbourne. Dr Coles was a Founding Executive Director of Greencross Ltd from June 2007 to January 2011.
Dr Peter Elliot
Committee Member - BVSc
Peter has over 25 years' experience in general small animal veterinary medicine. He also has many years of management experience which he has gained through twelve years as a Co-owner and Lead Veterinarian of the Vetcall clinics on the Gold Coast. He has a special interest in feline medicine and improving the quality of life in older pets.
Dr Natalie Lloyd
Committee Member - BVSc
Natalie has over 21 years’ experience as a Veterinarian, graduating from Massey University in New Zealand. Natalie brings a wide variety of experience to her role on the VAC, having worked both within NZ, and overseas, and gained great experience working on the supplier side with Masterfoods. Natalie has worked in companion animal practices for most of her career and has a passion for companion animal medicine. She is passionate about continuing not only her own education, but also the education of her staff members to ensure that her team are constantly learning and providing the most up to date care for our clients. As well as being a member of the NVC Vet Advisory Committee, Natalie is a member of the Companion Animal Veterinarians branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association and has been nominated as the NZVA representative of the Victoria University Animal Ethics Committee.
Dr Andrea Montesano
Committee Member - BVSc
Andrea graduated in Veterinary Science at Melbourne University in 1997. She was previously a partner at Reservoir Veterinary Clinic and continues to be Lead Veterinarian there. She has practiced in small animal medicine since graduation and considers ongoing active education of veterinary team members is critical to providing excellent patient care. Andrea has a broad range of professional interests, including team building, leadership skills and implementing change. Her passion is clinical work, patient care, client care and getting best outcomes for her patients using up to date evidence based medicine and techniques.
Miranda comes to the Vet Advisory Board with a broad range of experiences and knowledge with over 20 years' experience in the veterinary industry as a qualified Veterinary Nurse, Practice Manager and a partner. As a previous Practice Owner, Miranda has specific experience in and is particularly passionate about customer service and patient care, ensuring that both pets and their owners are well looked after.
Shae Whittaker has over 13 years’ experience as a Veterinary Nurse, gaining her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing whilst working in small animal clinics in Melbourne. Looking to further her skills, Shae spent time nursing in Queensland learning all about ticks, toads and snakes before relocating back to Melbourne. Shae is passionate about nurse consultation, patient care and customer service and is currently the Practice Manager of two busy inner city Melbourne clinics.
Shae can be reached at email@example.com
Bec joins the Veterinary Advisory Committee with over 6 years of experience. She completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as well as a Diploma in Vet Nursing/Practice Management. Bec has vast experience working with animals which she gained from growing up on a farm. This experience and her love for animals drew her to pursue a career in the veterinary industry. Bec is currently the Practice Manager and Senior Nurse at MyVet Byron Bay. While she finds all aspects of her job exciting, Bec has a particular interest in canine behaviour.