Vetnostics - Our Team

QML Pathology Vetnostics boasts an exceptional team of experienced and dedicated veterinary pathologists who offer a highly personalised service..


 Pathologists
Dr John Mackie
Dr John Mackie: Supervising Veterinary Pathologist
BVSc (Hons), PhD, FACVSc, Diplomate ACVP.

John graduated from the University of Queensland in 1979 and worked in mixed practice for three years, followed by a PhD in immunology at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has over 30 years' experience as a veterinary pathologist, with the Victorian Department of Agriculture, on faculty at Texas A&M University and (since 1995) in various private diagnostic laboratories. He joined QML Pathology Vetnostics in 2015 and has recently accepted the role of supervising veterinary pathologist. John is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and his special interests include liver, gastrointestinal and skin pathology, infectious diseases and toxicology.

 
Dr Brett Stone
Dr Brett Stone
BVSc (Hons), BBiomedSc (Hons), MPhil, MANZCVS, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical Pathology).

Prior to commencing BVSc studies, Brett completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Class 1 Honours at James Cook University. His honours research was in the field of Microbiology and Immunology and focused on Helicobacter pylori infection in cats. Brett graduated as a veterinarian from the University of QLD with Class I Honours in 2001 and worked in mixed animal practice on the outskirts of Brisbane. In 2004 he returned to the University of QLD to undertake a pathology internship/residency funded by QML Pathology Vetnostics, and a concurrent Masters research project investigating E.coli serotype 0157 infection in cattle. In 2006, Brett lectured in clinical pathology at the University of QLD, worked as a pathologist at QML Pathology Vetnostics and attained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Pathology. In 2007-2008, he worked as a diagnostic pathologist at Cytopath Ltd in the UK, before returning to QML. After a brief hiatus, Brett accepted the role of supervising veterinary pathologist at QML in 2014. Brett has extensive experience in both clinical pathology and histopathology with a special interest in cytology, immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Clinical Pathology.

 

Dr Susan Boyd
BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) Cert SAM DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

After graduating Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland, Susan spent several years in small animal practice in Australia and the UK, during which time she achieved Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine and completed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate of Small Animal Medicine. From 2002, Susan was a resident and then Lecturer in clinical pathology at The Royal Veterinary College, UK, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Clinical Pathology in 2005. This was followed by time in commercial diagnostic laboratories in the UK and Brisbane. With over 17 years experience in diagnostic pathology, Susan enjoys all facets of clinical pathology, with a particular interest in haematology (including exotic species) and cytology including bone marrow pathology.

 

Dr Louise Sullivan
BVSc (Hons), BSc (Vet) (Hons), MVetPath, MANZCVS, Diplomate ACVP (Anatomic Pathology)

Louise grew up in Brisbane and received her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney, during which she completed a BSc (Vet) thesis on immunohistochemistry of tumours of the canine skin and oral cavity. Following graduation, she worked in small animal general and emergency practices in Perth, before completing residency training programs in anatomic pathology at Murdoch University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Veterinary Pathology degree from Murdoch University, investigating rodent lung pathology. After completing her residency training, Louise worked as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania with a primary focus on surgical pathology service, before returning to Australia. Louise’s major interest is surgical pathology and since 2015 she has worked for private veterinary pathology laboratories in Adelaide and Brisbane. Louise is Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Pathology and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Anatomic Pathology. Her special interests include gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disease, oncologic pathology and immunohistochemistry.

 

Dr Helen Owen
BSc BVMS (Hons),MPhil, PhD, MANZCVS, DACVP

Helen completed her veterinary degree at Murdoch University, graduating in 1999. She then worked in small animal practice for two years in Adelaide before returning to Murdoch to undertake a PhD in rickettsial species in ectoparasites. Helen commenced her pathology training in 2006 at the University of QLD with an internship/residency funded by QML Pathology Vetnostics. Following this, she worked as a pathologist at QML Pathology Vetnostics and in 2008 attained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Pathology. In 2008-2009, Helen worked as a diagnostic pathologist at Cytopath Ltd in the UK. She returned to the University of QLD in 2009, initially as Lecturer and subsequently Senior Lecturer, and in 2018 completed a Masters degree in the development of clinical reasoning and assessment of preclinical BVSc students. Helen is looking forward to returning to diagnostic pathology after her time in academia. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and her special interests include infectious disease and wildlife pathology.



Internal Medicine Consultants
 

Dr Sue Foster
BVSc., M Vet Clin Stud, FACVSc (Feline Medicine)

After graduating from The University of Melbourne in 1988, Sue worked in mixed practice for seven years before working as a resident, then senior registrar at The University of Sydney. She completed a Masters degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies on the effects of phenobarbitone on adrenal function tests and serum biochemistry in dogs. In 2000, Sue became a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Feline Medicine and took up a position as Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at Murdoch University. In 2004, she Iectured at The University of Sydney as a visiting scholar and joined Vetnostics. Sue is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University and a medicaI consultant for Vetnostics. She also works as a locum for both private and university clinical practices. Sue is a registered specialist in feline medicine (WA), lectures in both canine and feline medicine and sees canine and feline cases in clinical practice.

 

Vetnostics/Veterinary Support Officer

Phone: 1300 838 765 - Option 6
Email: vetnostics@qml.com.au



Tracey Nelson: Veterinary Operations Support Officer
OLY, Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Cert IV Front-line Management

Tracey began as a small animal veterinary nurse in 2001 and went on to complete her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. In 2006 she joined Provet and worked as an Operations Coordinator and Customer Service Officer. Over the past 18 years, Tracey has developed an extensive knowledge of the veterinary industry with an exceptional customer service focus. Based in our Brisbane laboratory, Tracey's role is dedicated to optimizing customer service and the efficiency of our veterinary pathology operations. Please do not hesitate to contact Tracey if you have any questions regarding any operational aspect of our service or account enquiries.