Dr Jennifer Hyams

After graduation from Sydney Uni in 1980, Jen worked in mixed rural practice. In 1995, she took a position as a part-time Lecturer in Animal and Equine Sciences at Charles Sturt University (CSU), before joining the new veterinary program full-time in 2005. In 2016 Jen was appointed a CSU Faculty of Science Course Director, with a portfolio including Bachelors of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology, Equine Science and Animal Science

Jen was an inaugural member of the VERA Executive Committee from 2012. In 2015 Jen was awarded the VERA Excellence in Teaching Award, based on her involvement in the development of, and scholastic research into, the CSU veterinary science course, particularly in the areas of graduate attributes, curriculum development, problem- based learning and admission processes. Jen became VERA President in 2016, and will step down from that role during 2018.

Immediate Past President

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. 


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 Counsellor - Dr Robert Hedlefs
  • Dr Gail Anderson
  • Dr John Aspley-Davis
  • Dr Laura Dooley
  • Dr Edith Hampson
  • Dr Malcolm McLennan


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