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ASVP  2017 conference theme is ... 
Following the Diagnostic Pathway

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And congratulations go to  ........

Congratulations to the following Aussie veterinary pathologists who are newly certified Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists - 2016

Anatomic Pathology:    Margaret Roser
Dual Certified in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology:       Stephen Yeomans

New Arrivals


Appointment Announcements


Australian Registry of Wildlife Health welcomes Dr. Hannah Bender in the role of Wildlife Pathologist.


Hannah joins us to enhance the diagnostic and research services of the Registry, working closely with both Karrie and Jane in the Registry, and Lydia Tong in the Pathology Lab of the Taronga Wildlife Hospital. 


Hannah is a veterinary pathologist with a long held interest in wildlife health and conservation.  After graduating from the University of Sydney’s faculty of Veterinary Science in 2005, Hannah undertook a PhD studying the genomic basis of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) at The Australian National University.  Hannah was fortunate to participate in collaborative, multi-disciplinary field trips throughout Tasmania, working alongside conservation biologists, ecologists and epidemiologists to characterise the pathogenesis of an unusual emerging disease.  She used molecular cytogenetic techniques to confirm DFTD clonality, and collaborated on tumour sequencing projects to identify the DFTD cell of origin. Hannah additionally identified a novel pattern of telomere length dimorphism in dasyurid marsupials, consolidating her belief that Australian animals are some of the strangest, and most surprising and rewarding species to study. 


Hannah subsequently undertook three years of residency training in anatomic pathology at Cornell University, followed by a fellowship in comparative pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.  During this time she gained broad exposure to a rich variety of veterinary and zoonotic diseases in species ranging from cats and dogs, to bats and skunks.  She was fortunate to participate in the 2012 AQUAVET program, nurturing a budding interest in aquatic animal pathology.  Hannah’s term in the USA culminated in board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and in 2013 Hannah returned to Australia, first to a lectureship at Murdoch University, followed by a year at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, evaluating Ebola virus pathogenesis in a ferret model of disease.

Hannah couldn’t be more excited to join the Registry and looks forward to collaborating with a great team, and to utilising her experience in diagnostic and experimental pathology to investigate disease outbreaks in free ranging wildlife.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Hannah on 02-9932-4201, or

Dr Mel Gabor appointed Director Laboratory Services - NSW DPI

NSW DPI has the pleasure of announcimng the appointment of Dr Melinda Gabor to the role of NSW DPI Director Laboratory Services. Dr Gabor has a strong background in science and delivering high quality diagnostic and analytical services. She has an international reputation as a veterinary pathologist with qualifications from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr Gabor demonstrated advanced and highly advanced core capabilities for the role through independent review and she competed against an international field. 


NSW DPI offers a range of laboratory services including veterinary and plant health diagnostics, edible oil testing and animal feed testing. NSW DPI Laboratory Services conducts over 300,000 diagnostic and analytical tests a year for our customers in New South Wales, Australia and overseas as well as being responsive to assist in biosecurity emergency events.


The appointment of Dr Gabor to this role ensures NSW DPI Laboratory Services remains committed to delivering world class, quality assured laboratory services to support market access and the growing expectations of our customers. 


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