Our Team

Sally Colgan

Chief Executive Officer

Sally graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990 and completed an Internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery, followed by a Residency in Large Animal Surgery (Equine) at Tufts University, Massachusetts in 1996.

She left full time clinical practice to establish the veterinary contract research company SCEC in 2002. She has also implemented and ran a large, surgically based macropod population management program in western Sydney. She has published on this project, and in other areas of research arising from her work with the veterinary pharmaceutical industry.

Sally has worked in the animal health industry, in veterinary specialist referral practice and in university practice, in Australia, the USA, and the UK. Sally is a board-certified surgeon with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a chartered member of the AVA and the President of the AVA special interest industry group (AVI). She convened the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) National Conference for 5 years (2014-2018).

Sally has a keen interest in animal welfare and has worked on volunteer veterinary programs in South America and will be working in Thailand and the Pacific in 2020. She is a Category A member of the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee and the Northern Sydney Local Health District Animal Ethics Committee (NSLHD AEC).

Phoebe Fear

General Manager

Phoebe graduated as a Veterinarian from the University of Sydney in 2000 and worked in clinical practice in Sydney and the UK until 2006. She completed postgraduate dermatology veterinary studies and progressed into the Animal Health Pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years where she worked both in technical services and marketing and completed further management courses at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).

Phoebe has been involved with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) as a veterinary member and more recently working as the Executive Officer Southern Region (NSW, VIC and ACT) during challenging periods encompassing the Australian bushfire crisis in 2020, flooding in 2021 and COVID-19 pandemic. This has contributed to her focus on assisting animal welfare and One Health initiatives and her subsequent move to join the Vets Beyond Borders team.

Phoebe lives with her husband, two sons and formidable rescue dog Lydi!

Robert Leach

Programs and Administration Manager

Robert transitioned into the veterinary field in 2014 after graduating as a Registered Nurse. After several years of working in small animal hospitals and clinics, Robert completed a Master of Veterinary Studies from the University of Sydney, with his thesis exploring African Swine Fever eradication potentials through genetic editing. Robert has also completed further studies in animal welfare and behaviour, and is a certified rabies educator and community coordinator.

His time working in Southern Africa sparked a passion for OneHealth-based initiatives, and the benefits of volunteer veterinary support for programs in developing or underprivileged regions. Drawing upon his experiences of managing veterinary volunteers internationally, Robert joined VBB in early-2020 to coordinate the Australian Veterinary Emergency Response Team through the Black Summer bushfires. Robert is now VBB’s full-time Programs & Admin Manager.

Robert lives in Sydney with his four rescue cats and three backyard hens, and spends most of his down-time in the ocean or in his vegetable garden.

Our Board of Directors

Prof Julia Beatty

Prof Julia Beatty

Director

Prof Julia Beatty

Director

Jules graduated from the RVC, London in 1989 and has worked shelter, primary and referral practice in the UK, Sydney and Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in virology from the University of Glasgow, Fellowship of the ANZCVS in Feline Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London. Her current role as Chair Professor in Veterinary Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, CityU, has seen her lead the establishment of the first clinical department of the first veterinary school in Hong Kong. Improving animal welfare in the region, a core mission of the school.

Jules is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW, as the Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences at the University of Sydney, President of the
Feline Chapter of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and she currently sits of the RCVS Fellowship Scientific Advisory Panel, as well as international grant review and editorial boards. Jules is the founding Director of the Centre for Animal Health at Welfare at CityU, Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney, and Adjunct Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Texas A&M University.

She currently lives in Hong Kong with her partner, Vanessa, and 2 pre-loved and currently-loved cats, Albert and Joey.

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