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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.

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. Fenella Long BVM&S, MRCVS, Dip ACVP, PhD

Registered Specialist Veterinary Pathologist.

We are privileged to welcome Fenella to the ASAP as a part time pathologist. Fenella brings a fantastic range of experience to the lab and  we are sure you will enjoy working with her. Fenella graduated at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh.  She then spent 3 years working in mixed practice in Seymour Victoria followed by a year’s instructorship in large animal practice in WA.

Fenella then entered a residency program in pathology at the Melbourne University Veterinary school, Werribee, followed by an internship at the North Caroline State University.  She then returned to Melbourne and worked as a staff pathologist at CVDL. Fenella then travelled to Glasgow Veterinary School where she completed a PhD in molecular oncology. Returning to the US, Fenella worked as a pathologist at University of Pennsylvania where they had a busy diagnostic histopathology and necropsy service.

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.

Charlene Wynne

Clients relations manager.Charlene has been a veterinary nurse for the past 17 years. She began her nursing career working in a veterinary clinic and emergency centre and has worked in both small and large animal practices. Charlene was also involved as wildlife Victoria liaison for drug supplies and assistant drug supply co-coordinator for the AVA bushfire taskforce.

Her experience in the veterinary field and the day to day knowledge of the running of a veterinary clinic helps her to understand your needs as our client.

Please don’t hesitate to Charlene or email her on 0432 807 097 or charlene@asaplab.com.au if you have any concerns.

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

Rachal is one of our most senior scientists and act as the laboratory staff coordinator. She has vast experience in human and veterinary haematology.

Naree Bloom

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

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

George Sofronidis B.Sc (Hons)

Manager of our molecular DNA department

George Sofronidis has over 20 years of dedicated experience in molecular biology and the way it can assist in areas of human and animal management.  Following his initial work and research in forensic science at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and human diagnostics he moved his focus into the area of animal reproduction and conservation.  A career which has seen him work on some of Australia’s most endangered mammals and research which has focused on the role of sperm competition and conservation genetics.  George has worked at Monash University, Melbourne University and the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board.  His strong appreciation for the benefits animals bring to our society saw George in 2000 establish Genetic Science Services, a company dedicated to bringing animals into the DNA testing revolution.  He is dedicated in building and developing relationships with animal enthusiasts both, domestic and livestock.  George has developed a respected canine testing  business and in October of 2010 he moved to Australian Specialised Animal Pathology (ASAP Laboratory) joining a team of highly qualified veterinary pathologists and scientists. He has continued to focus on educating breeders, vets, associations and pet owners on the benefits of DNA testing in particular the insight it brings to canine owners.

Julie Boydell

Manager of our Histopathology department and OH&S officer

Julie has vast experience in both human and veterinary histology. She produces fantastic sections for our pathologists to have a look at, as well as processing all the special stains to identify those elusive organisms and cells

Dr Janette Mattey BVSc

Netty is has joined ASAP in 2009 as a resident veterinarian training in patholiogy. She works as a scientist in the laboratory while studying. She has a keen interest in toxicology and pharmacology. Netty has vast experience in veterinary emergency and critical care

Jenni Best is the latest addition to the team. Jenni is working in the laboratory, specimen reception and in administrative roles, you will often hear her answering the phone when you call the lab. She is a very enthusiastic veterinary nurse with primarily Avian experience. Jenni has worked in the retail industry over the last few years. She is a proud mom and the owner of Buffy the cat.

Some of Our Drivers’ Profiles

Mick Simpson 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 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

Sam Miller 

THE most professional driver ever and a long term valuable member of our team. Sam is also in charge of all those in-clinic diagnostic solutions orders such as fluid packs, Heartworm and FIV/FeLV tests etc.