Our Team

Dr 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 at Tufts University, Massachusetts. She has worked in veterinary specialist referral practice, mixed 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.

In 2002 she left full time clinical practice to establish the veterinary contract research company SCEC/Eurofins SCEC. She also implemented and managed a large, surgically-based macropod population management program in western Sydney from 2005-2018. She is a published author in several peer-reviewed veterinary journals in topics ranging from equine orthopaedics to laparoscopic ovariectomy of macropods, to the pharmacokinetics of various veterinary pharmaceuticals in dogs and horses.

Sally was elected to fill the role of Director of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) in 2020. She is an active member of the AVA and is the Chair of the AVA’s Policy Advisory Council, a member of the executive committee of the AVA’s special interest veterinary industry group (AVI) and a longstanding member of the equine special interest group, Equine Veterinarians Australia. She convened the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) National Conference for 5 years (2014-2018) and remains active in assisting with delivery of veterinary CPD to AVA members.

Sally has a keen interest in animal welfare and is a Category A member of the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee and the DPI Forestry Corporation of NSW Animal Ethics Committee.

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.

Robert has also completed further studies in animal welfare and behaviour, and is a certified rabies educator and community coordinator. His time working across Southern African countries sparked a passion for One Health-based initiatives in low-middle income 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 indoor rescue cats and backyard hens, and spends most of his down-time in the ocean or in his vegetable garden.

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