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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).

Robert Leach

Programs and Administration Manager

After returning home from almost two years working at a wildlife rescue and conservation NGO in Malawi, Robert joined the VBB team during the Australian bushfire crisis of early 2020 to coordinate the AVERT response.

Robert initially graduated as a human nurse, and transitioned into the veterinary field six years ago working at a veterinary specialist centre and locum nursing at a small animal clinic. He has completed a Master of Veterinary Studies from the University of Sydney with a dissertation in animal reproductive technologies exploring potential avenues of eradicating African Swine Fever through genetic editing. Robert has also completed further studies in animal welfare, and is a qualified rabies educator.

Alongside his VBB responsibilities, Robert also lends his time to the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of New South Wales, and is an animal welfare representative on two Animal Ethics Committees.

Robert lives in Sydney with his four cats, two chickens and the occasional rehabilitating wildlife.

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