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, practicing veterinary medicine in both Australia and overseas and has experience in both large and small animal medicine. Alex was previously the Lead Veterinarian and Practice Owner at Brunswick Central Veterinary Clinic in Melbourne, establishing the clinic into a multiple million-dollar operation.
Dr Stephen Coles
Committee Member - BVSc, MACVSc, DipAVDC
With 40 years’ experience in the veterinary sector, Stephen is highly respected in the industry as a General Practitioner and Specialist. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne and a Scientific Associate of the Zoological Board of Victoria. He is a Life Member of the Australian Veterinary Dental Society and a Member of the Regional Recovery Group Southern Brown Bandicoots Western Biosphere Reserve.
His past roles include Co-founder and Director of Animal Hospitals of Australia, Director of Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre and Preceptor University of Alabama. More
recently he served as Executive Director and Operations and Acquisitions Manager in Specialty and Emergency at Greencross Pty Ltd.
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.
Dr Vic Wheeler
Veterinary Manager (Melbourne & Tasmania)
Vic joined the NVC community as the lead vet at our Manningham Vet Clinic and has recently moved into the role of Vet Manager for Victoria. Vic graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2010 and began her career in mixed practice for three years before indulging her love of travel with a short working holiday to Australia. Vic is a keen surgeon and performs a range of soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures, she also holds a master’s in veterinary Infection and Disease Control
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 protected]
Dr Justin Choo
As a graduate of the University of Sydney and work experience that spans between Asia, Australia and the USA, Justin brings an international edge to understanding and managing different cultures and personalities. Justin has transitioned from Veterinary Manager into the role of Regional Manager for NSW and supports his teams with the standards of care, as well as assessing, diagnosing and treating animals presenting to the clinics.
Dr Julie Meadows
Committee Member - BVSc
Dr Julie graduated from the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, in 1988 and practiced as a veterinary GP in California for 20 years, including 10 years owning her own practice. She returned to the University of California Davis in 2008 to further develop their GP training program for veterinary students, focusing on clinical skills and communication.
In 2016, Julie returned to her professional roots, melding her loves of general practice and beaches by becoming lead veterinarian at a practice in Cairns. Sadly, the crocodiles and jellyfish kept her and her husband off those beaches and she ventured to Northern New South Wales in May of 2018 to continue her Australian adventure!