Dr Adele Feakes

Prior to joining The University of Adelaide School of Veterinary and Animal Science, Adele was a principal of a successful "five veterinarian" rural mixed practice for 24 years.  The practice hosted many students from Australian and overseas veterinary schools and employed many graduates.

Adele has also worked in both an Animal Emergency Centre and in small animal practice, as a contract On Plant Veterinary Officer for the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS), and has more recently been a director on the Board of the Australian Veterinary Association. 

Adele Feakes joined the University of Adelaide in April 2010 as Lecturer Veterinary Skills - Practice Management. Adele’s teaching and research interests include development of professional capabilities in veterinary students.  

Immediate Past President

Dr John Baguley

John graduated from The University of Sydney and worked mostly in small animal practice for over 10 years. While in practice he completed his College membership in pharmacology and an MBA from Macquarie University.

John joined the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2003 where he coordinated the Professional Practice Program and the final year Veterinary Student Internship Program. John has a PhD in veterinary practice marketing and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education). His research interests include veterinary practice management and education.  He is currently Registrar of the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.


Dr Ken Jacobs


Dr Rebekah Brown

Rebekah graduated from the University of Melbourne and spent time in small animal practice locally and in the UK. She returned to university life to complete an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Sydney followed by 6 months at the Ohio State University. It was during these university appointments that she discovered the joy of teaching. After a period of developing online teaching materials at the University of Melbourne she is currently teaching in DVM1 and is involved with the preclinical extramural program. In her spare time she supervises Melbourne Polytechnic veterinary nursing students during work placements.

General Committee

  • Executive Officer - Sue McGrath
  • Policy Liaison - Dr Ken Jacobs
  • Dr Robert Hedlefs
  • Dr Jennifer Hyams
  • Dr Malcolm McLennan
  • Dr Susan Matthew
  • Dr Elizabeth Tudor


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