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Managing Director, Marketing Manager

Graduated from Murdoch University in 1996 after completing an independent research contract on the effects of Progesterone on exercise physiology in racing mares. After graduation Noam gained further qualification in business management and veterinary acupuncture. He has worked in his own clinic and has lectured at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel before returning to Australia in 2001. Upon his return Noam worked as an emergency and critical care clinician at the Animal Emergency Centre in Mt Waverley before establishing the South Eastern Animal Emergency Centre in 2003 and the Veterinary Referral Hospital in 2005. He is a member of the ACVS in the chapter of Emergency and Critical Care. Noam has a keen interest in delivering high quality clinically-oriented services to the veterinary community and especially in the filed of genetics. He helped bringing this great team of people together to establish the ASAP Laboratory.

Dr Judith Nimmo BSc, BVSc(Hons), DipPath, MSc, Dip ACVP, PhD, MRCVS

Director and Specialist Veterinary Pathologist.

We are proud to welcome Judith Nimmo (formerly Wilkie) and Beastly pathology to the team. Judith graduated in Science and Veterinary Science with honours from the University of Queensland. After graduation Judith completed an internship and diploma in Veterinary Pathology at Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Canada and gained a MSc [with distinction] in Veterinary Pathology from the Royal Veterinary College in London, England, which included a dissertation on proliferative mammary lesions in cats. She returned to Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada as an asistant professor in veterinary pathology and gained a diplomate qualification of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.  Judith was awarded a Scholarship by the Medical Research Council of Canada for a PhD on “Cell-mediated Immunity in Dogs with Atopic Dermatitis” (U of Guelph) with Dr Julie Yager, a leading veterinary dermatopathologist.

Judith has had extensive experience in diagnostic veterinary pathology in Australia and overseas including at Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Benalla,VPS (now Gribbles) and Idexx Laboratory in Melbourne and in teaching pathology at Universities  of Saskatchewan, Guelph and Melbourne. Judith is a registered Veterinary Specialist Pathologist in Victoria, has written in over 30 referred journal articles and chapters in textbooks, and has given more than 25 presentations at national and international conferences. She is on the editorial board of “Veterinary Dermatology” and is a reviewer for several international journals. She has a special interest in surgical pathology and dermatopathology and is a member of The International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathologists as well as the Australian Society of Veterinary Pathologists and the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Dr. Carl Muhlnickel BVSc. MACVSc.

Director, Senior Veterinary Clinical Pathologist,

Currently undertaking a recognised specialist training programme under the direct supervision of Dr Judith Nimmo for the purpose of obtaining specialist registration.

We are excited to welcome Carl to our team of pathologists. After graduation, Carl began his working life in small animal practice in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He was accepted as an Intern in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne, where he was exposed to the breadth of veterinary practice, which encouraged him to pursue a career in Veterinary Pathology. Carl was then lucky enough to secure a residency position in IDEXX CVDL in 1998, with subsequent successful completion of Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Science in veterinary pathology. To this day, he has remained in practice serving the veterinary community, predominantly in Melbourne, as a dedicated and conscientious Veterinary Clinical Pathologist. He values the development of a personal relationship with clients and working colleagues. Away from work he endeavors to juggle the many aspects of life, including family, golf, computer gaming and art, which he has yet to master.


Dr Peter Lording BVSc(Hons) MVetSc,


Consultant and Specialist Veterinary Clinical Pathologist

We are privileged and honoured to welcome Dr Peter Lording to our team, his responsibilities will involve client relations, training and continuing education, as well as consulting on difficult and complex cases. Peter graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in 1970 and worked in general practice for five years in Melbourne, London and Manchester. He undertook a residency training program in clinical pathology at the University of Saskatchewan Canada from 1975-1977, completed a research project investigating the adverse effects of long-term administration of trimethoprim/sulphadiazine in dogs, and was awarded a MVetSc in 1977. On returning to Australia, Peter established CVDL and pioneered private veterinary diagnostic laboratory services in Australia. CVDL set a precedent in gaining QA certification and NATA accreditation in veterinary testing, and established the benchmark for excellence in providing comprehensive laboratory services exclusively for veterinary practitioners.

Peter has always had the greatest admiration for veterinary practitioners, who face so many diverse challenges every day, and one of the best aspects of running CVDL was the privilege of having clients who were colleagues. He particularly enjoyed the personal and fun relationships established with so many veterinarians and looks forward to linking up again with former clients.


Peter is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology and since 1989 has been a registered specialist in general and clinical pathology. He has authored/co-authored 30 scientific publications, presented papers at national conferences, and conducted many continuing education courses, seminars and workshops for veterinarians. Peter is currently the staff clinical pathologist in the Department of Veterinary Clinic and Hospital at the University of Melbourne where his main responsibilities are clinical pathology service work for the hospital clinicians, undergraduate teaching, and post-graduate training.

Dr Lorna Rasmussen - Specialist veterinary pathologists

Lorna is an enthusiastic pathologist, whose experience ranges from teaching anatomical and clinical pathology at an undergraduate and postgraduate  level to over 20 years of pathology service  rendering (anatomical and clinical) to small and large animal practitioners, zoological collections, and laboratory animal and fish technicians and researchers. Lorna is also a technical NATA assessor.

Lorna have kept her skill and knowledge base current by regular attendance of continuing educational courses, reading journals and interaction with colleagues.  She is a great and most welcome addition to our pathology team.

Dr Julie Wayne BVSc. MACVSc

Currently undertaking a recognised specialist training programme under the direct supervision of Dr Judith Nimmo and Lorna Rasmussen for the purpose of obtaining specialist registration.

Julie joined us as a staff veterinary pathologist mid 2010. She was awarded the National AVA Pathology Prize for Undergraduates in 1990 and gained her membership of the Australian College in veterinary pathology in 2000 after completing an internship at Queensland university. Since then Julie gained further experience working with the DPI, Gribbles, ACE laboratories and Gippsland Pathology. She also acted as a lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Liverpool. Julie will report both clinical pathology and histopathology cases.

Dr Christina McCowan

BVSc, BSc (Hons), MACVS (Feline Med), MACVS (Path), PhD

Pathologist with a special role in reporting ophthalmic pathology, an area where she has gained vast experience over the years. Christina is responsible for training of ophthalmology residents in pathology, for their specialty, at Melbourne University Veterinary School, where she was recently appointed an honorary fellow.

Christina graduated from University of Queensland in 1982. She then worked as an employee and a practice owner in mixed practice before returning to study, completing a second BSc in 1997, and her PhD in the characterisation of axon glial interactions in 2006.  As part of her fellowship training program, Christina spent some time with Prof. Brian Summers at the University of London.

Over the last few years Christina was employed as a tutor in the pathology department at Melbourne University Veterinary School, with duties principally directed to the diagnostic section, but also included 3rd year anatomical pathology classes, and oversight of the introduction of immunohistochemistry techniques to the laboratory. During this time Christina also received ophthalmic specimens from external providers including leading ophthalmology specialists.

Christina is widely published in neuropathology and ophthalmic pathology. We are sure you will benefit greatly from Christina’s unique set of skills. 

Mr. Ted Lovett B.App.Sc

Senior Scientist

Ted received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science from RMIT in 1988. Ted has worked full-time in medical testing laboratories for nearly 30 years, with the last 12 years mainly in veterinary testing. Most recently, he has been senior scientist inbiochemistry and haematology in two prominent Victorian Veterinary laboratories, and is delighted to join the experienced ASAP team

Mr. Trevor O'Donnell


Couriers Manager

Trevor has been one our longest serving couriers at ASAP. He brings over 40 years experience in the transport and customer service industries to his new role as courier manager. Having driven everything from 21 wheelers interstate to cranes and owning his own customer service business, Trevor has a strong focus on clients' needs and meeting their courier expectations.

Please feel free to Contact Trevor for any courier related inquiries

Dr. Sue Foster,  a veterinary medicine specialist available for phone consultation. We invite you to use this complimentary service to discuss your pathology results and get independent medical advice on case management and treatment options

Dr Sue Foster  BVSC, MVetClinStud, FANZCVS (Feline Medicine)

After graduating from The University of Melbourne in 1988, Sue worked in private mixed practice for 7 years before working as a resident, then senior registrar at The University of Sydney from 1995 to 1999. She completed a Masters 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. Leaving Murdoch at the end of 2003, Sue then lectured at The University of Sydney as a visiting scholar in 2004 before joining Vetnostics in 2004. Sue is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at Murdoch University and a medical consultant for Vetnostics and now ASAP laboratory. Sue is a registered specialist in feline medicine (WA) but she lectures in both canine and feline medicine, both within Australia and internationally, and sees cases of both feline and canine internal medicine in practice.

Sue is available to take your calls 9AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday on one week and Mon-Wed on the alternate weeks as she dedicates time to academic work on alternate Thursday and Fridays.


Please call Sue on 0423 783 689.  You may need to leave a message. Please indicate the best time for Sue to call you back.


Laura Henderson - Clients relations manager.

Originally hailing from New Zealand Laura graduated from Massey University, Palmerston North with a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing.  She has over 14 years of Nursing experience in both general and specialist veterinary practices from around the world.

Laura's experience in the Veterinary field and knowledge of the day to day running of a clinic helps her understand your needs as a client. Please feel free to contact Laura on 0432 807 097 or email  laura@asaplab.com.au if you have any concerns or would like to schedule a visit to your practice.

Hazel Stapleton

Multitasking in administration and as a laboratory technician in the lab. Hazel is a qualified myotherapist and has experience in retail, bookkeeping and a QC laboratory in the pharmaceutical industry. Hazel is also working as a support worker with intellectually disabled children. She is a proud mother of 2 wonderful kids, 1 dog, 2 horses and 5 chickens.

Rachal MacKay - laboratory manager

Rachal is one of our most senior scientists and act as the laboratory manager and staff coordinator. She has vast experience in human and veterinary haematology but most importantly is a great personality and has a practical approach to running our lab.

Naree Bloom

Naree is is heading our Microbiology Department. She also has extensive experience in veterinary haematology and biochemistry.

Matthew Smith

Matt has recently joined ASAP laboratory as a scientists primarily working in the microbiology and biochemistry departments. He is also working as a general technician in the laboratory

Daniel Riedle

Scientist Biochemistry and haematology

Lisa Agnew

Scientists and Specimen reception

Kelly Hansford - Specimen reception

Some of Our Drivers’ Profiles

Mick Simpson

Mick has been our courier manager since opening until February 2013 when he decided to step down from the managemenrt role. He is still helping to run the courier department on weekends and enjoy retirement and spending more time with family and friends. Mick has been instrumental in setting up ASAP's courier department, his contribution, caring attitude, experience and knowledge of the veterimnary pathology industry are some of the main reasons for ASAP's success.

Chris Hageman

Chris joined our courier department as a permanent driver - Chris worked in Australia Post for almost 30 years as a senior postal services officer. His experience spans customer service, staff management, QC and OH&S, stock control and accounting. He is also the Scoresby fire brigade volunteer elected treasurer. I am sure you will find his gentle manner a pleasure to work with.

Margaret Flanagan 

Margaret has been driving for ASAP since day 1. She has a strong background in education and animal welfare. She is currently running Flanagan farm where she dedicates most of her time and energy for the rescue and care of neglected and deserted animals

Isaac Rapoport 

Isaac has been driving for ASAP since 2010. He is always the most helpful person and always have new ideas to improve ways to get there faster or look after our clients. He is a valuable member of our team

Peter Scott 

Peter always makes your day brighter with his lovely smile and happy personality. He is a great team player and a fantastic addition to our team

Jacki Simpson

Jackie has been driving at ASAP since 2009 and is an East run specialist. She know most clinics and is a very caring a careful person. We are privileged to have jackie as an integral part of our team

Jonathan Wielunski

Jonathan is a sensitive person with a great attitude to life. He is never upset or phased about anything and going out of his way to pick up that extra sample is never a problem for him.

We are lucky to have Jonathan on our team

Pam Tait

Pam works mainly at night. She is a dedicated and devoted team member that always pays attention to details and is a pleasure to work with. We are delighted to have her as an integral part of our team.

Carmel Jones

Carmel cheerful smile and friendly nature suit her duties as she visits our many clients. She enjoys the variety of each run and is always keen to help out whenever she can.