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Some of Our Volunteers

Cassandra
Cassandra
Cass is a small animal veterinarian from Sydney who is very passionate about sustainablity and minimising our ecological footprint. She works within the ClimateSmart team on developing course content, some graphic design, surveying participants and helping out with the technical platform we use. We love Cass for her slightly dry humour, her wit and her ability to get things done!
Corinna
Corinna
Corinna works for a large pharma company in a techincal role but has a background as a scientific educator. Within Vets for Climate Action she wears a few hats and is heavily involved within the Seminars team as well as assisting the Industry team in some of their work. We love Corinna for her extremely sharp intellect, passion for climate and care for those around her.
Terry
Terry
Terry is a vet nursing lecturer from Perth and cared about climate since, well, caring about climate first became a thing! Terry works within our ClimateSmart team where her expertise in educational development comes to the fore. She has also delivered talks and written articles on climate in a veterinary context. We love Terry for her experience, her energy and because she's just so down to earth.
Tony
Tony
Tony is veterinary student at Murdoch University. He has the privilege of working with a small group of students who lead a climate action special interest group there. With VfCA Tony hopes to help integrate vet students from all over the country and better unite them with VfCA. We love Tony for his careful demeanour, his passion and his respect for people around him.
Elise
Elise
Elise is a vet in a mixed practice in a small town in north east Victoria, and her favourite things are her kids, her garden, and her beautiful rural community. She’s a firm believer in the power of grassroots movements, and works with VfCA in the Rural and Policy teams. We love Elise because she's really considerate, she's down to earth and she's a strong believer in the power of communities to create political change.
Ron
Ron
Ron (the one on the right) is a former Chief Veterinary Officer for Queensland. His 43+ years working in biosecurity was rewarded in 2020 with the David Banks Australian Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award. Ron is particularly concerned about the climate change legacy that will be passed on to our grandkids. He initiated formation of the group of former CVOs to 'play our part’ in saving the planet. We love Ron because of his humour, his ability to communicate and work with a wide church, and for his love of his grandkids.
Anna
Anna
Anna is a small animal veterinarian with an interest in One Health. She has a Master of Public Health degree and is a PhD candidate focusing on antibiotic resistance. Anna is deeply passionate about taking early preventative action to protect and enhance human, animal and environmental health. She has significant experience in non-violent direct action and organising community events to support a safe climate.
...and heaps more!
...and heaps more!
We have more than fifty volunteers at VfCA - far too many to list here! If you'd like to get involved, we'd love to meet you too!

Our Board

Dr Jeannet Kessels - Board Chair
Dr Jeannet Kessels
Board Chair
Jeannet is responding with conviction and commitment to growing alarm at the effects of climate change on animals and the environment. She owns two awarded veterinary hospitals in Springfield, Queensland, engages in business consulting, and dearly enjoys her family. A driving force behind our organisation, she dedicates herself to VfCA on a full time basis.
Dr Angela Frimberger - Deputy Board Chair
Dr Angela Frimberger
Deputy Board Chair
Angela is a biologist, veterinary oncologist, mother, small business owner and climate advocate. She brings years of experience in small-scale climate advocacy, ranging from her Climate Reality training, to regular speaking engagements, to founding Climate Vets, a global network of animal health professionals concerned about climate change.
Dr Helen Scott-Orr AM PSM - Advisor to the Board
Dr Helen Scott-Orr AM PSM
Advisor to the Board
Helen comes from an extensive career in public service, including being the first female Chief Veterinary Officer of NSW, and is deeply passionate about climate and the potential for the veterinary community to advocate for and achieve emissions reductions. Helen compliments her great sense of energy and humour with a wealth of experience in governance and strategy.
Mayleah House - Secretary & Board Member
Mayleah House
Secretary & Board Member
Mayleah passionately champions a climate positive future where nature and animals thrive. She is an experienced corporate campaigner, and brings her expertise in climate advocacy, legal risk, and corporate governance to the VfCA board. Mayleah is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She is a current Westpac Future Leaders scholar and Masters of Environment & Sustainability candidate.

Our Patron

Prof Peter Doherty AC FRS FMedSci
Prof Peter Doherty AC FRS FMedSci
Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize for his discoveries about transplantation and “killer” T cell-mediated immunity, an understanding that is currently translating into new cancer treatments. The first veterinarian to win a Nobel, he was also Australian of the Year in 1997. Peter is still active in research and also maintains a public profile. His twitter feed mixes his outspoken views on the need for urgent climate action with his fantastically dry sense of humour.

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