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Dr. Noam Pik BVSc, BVMS, MBA, IVAS, MACVS 


General 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 Richard Ploeg  BVSc, MACVSc, MPhil

Veterinary Pathologist ASAP Laboratory


After graduation from the University of Sydney in 1996, Richard worked in mixed and small-animal practice for two years. He was then a resident and later an associate lecturer in veterinary pathology and anatomy at the University of Queensland.

In 2002 he worked as a pathologist at the Queensland government's veterinary laboratory at Yeerongpilly. Richard joined IDEXX in 2002 and worked as a diagnostic pathologist with them in both Brisbane and Melbourne until 2014.

In 2009 Richard spent time working as a pathologist at Utrecht University in Holland. He has just spent a year working as a pathologist at the University of Melbourne. He attained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004 and has completed a research masters on canine vascular neoplasia. Richard has a special interest in dermatopathology and loves comparative pathology. Richard likes to get involved with his cases and enjoys nothing more than discussing cases with his clients.



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

                                       


Trevor has been one our longest serving couriers at ASAP. He brings over 40 years experience in the transport and customer service industries. 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.






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.






Angela Coen - Client Relations Manager

 

Ange commenced her laboratory career at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, followed by several years in a small medical lab. Then 10 years at Gribbles Veterinary Pathology where she worked as the Project Manager/Client Services Manager. Ange was responsible for project management of large contracts with commercial and research organisations and government agencies, plus her roll of Client Services Manager involved close liaison with veterinary clinics. Prior to joining ASAP, Ange spent 3.5 years at Vepalabs as Client Services Manager.  Ange has extensive knowledge of the operations of veterinary pathology laboratories and a proven ability to understand of the needs of laboratory clients.




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








Scott Jenkins

Courier Manager


Scott has worked in numerous leadership roles in Despatch and Warehousing throughout his career. He joined Vepalabs in 2012 as a courier where he built long-lasting relationships with many of our current clients. Scott recently joined ASAP lab as courier manager where he continues to focus on strengthening client services and creating a strong team environment. Family orientated

Completed Diploma of Financial Planning 2014. Passionate Collingwood supporter




Kelly Hansford

Administration Officer


Starting off in the DNA department before moving into Specimen Reception where she has been a shining light the last 3 years. Kelli has recently been promoted to Administration Officer.  Accounts, general administration and client service are the main areas she takes care of but can still be found at Specimen Reception during the lab peak times.

In her spare time, Kelli has a love of everything vintage, from her 1963 EH Holden to the 1950's cookware that dominates her kitchen. She also loves to airbrush anything that stays still long enough! At the end of the day Kelli looks forward to going home to her family and her Labrador cross named Rosie.




Some of Our Drivers’ Profiles




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.




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.







 

Dr. Bradley Galgut BVSc (Hons), Diplomate ACVP


State Director and Specialist Veterinary Clinical Pathologist


Brad graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003. He spent 3 months at a mixed animal practice in Victoria, 2 years in small animal practice in suburban Melbourne, followed by 1 year as a locum vet in various small animal practices in England. Brad successfully passed the American College of Veterinary Pathologist Board exam in clinical pathology in 2010 after a 3-year residency program in clinical pathology at Kansas State University. He has a keen interest in companion animal and exotic/avian clinical pathology, with a particular focus on cytology and haematology.