Founder & Director

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Simon Wai-Shing
BVSc (Hons)

Simon has always been passionate about being a vet (especially when it comes to exotic and wildlife medicine!). After graduating from the University of Sydney he dived straight into mixed practice in Dubbo. Although he had a lot of fun, the country was not for him and so he moved back to Sydney. There, he joined a clinic he never should have. After a very short stint there, he moved to Glenorie Veterinary Clinic, a very supportive practice, and has been there ever since.

After working in the profession and going through the whole recent graduate journey he, like many other vets, became acutely aware of the challenges vets face everyday. Simon quickly discovered there was a real lack in support for recent graduates and a real absence in resources available at a time when our learning and development had really just started. He wanted to fix that.

BAR VETS really just started as an online forum with a small group of vets and two like-minded veterinary specialists in Sydney.

And the idea started to take shape into something much bigger and much better. What if every recent graduate could have access to the greatest veterinary minds in the profession?

First two specialists joined. Then four. Then six and thus

BAR VETS Magazine was born.

BAR VETS Specialist Consultants

John Angles
BVSc, BSc(Vet), MVS, PhD, MANZCVSc, DACVIM (Small Animal Medicine), DECVIM-CA
Small animal medicine consultant

John graduated in 1988 with honours from the University of Sydney and worked for 5 years in small animal practice in Canberra, before completing a small animal medicine residency at the University of California at Davis. He then spent 4 years as lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University College Dublin prior to joining the Animal Referral Hospital in 1993.

John has advanced training in veterinary immunology and genetics, and extensive experience working with dog and cat breed clubs in Europe and the USA. He was awarded a PhD in Comparative Pathology in 2005 by the University of California at Davis, investigating causes for autoimmunity in dogs. John has published extensively in both veterinary and medical literature. His current research is directed at molecular causes for diseases in dogs and cats, with specific emphasis on mitochondrial DNA defects, haematologic diseases and breed-associated autoimmunity.

John is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM and ECVIM). He receives referrals in all aspects of canine and feline medicine.


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Christopher Tan
BVSc BSc(Vet) FANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) Diplomate ECVS
Small animal surgery consultant

Chris graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 and spent the next 8 years working in general practice in Australia and the UK, before returning to Sydney to complete his residency in small animal surgery. He is both a fellow of the Australian College of veterinary scientists and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and is currently completing a PhD in tarsal bone kinematics, whilst continuing to practice and teach at the University of Sydney.

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Linda Vogelnest
BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Feline Medicine) FACVSC (Dermatology)
Veterinary dermatology consultant

Linda graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984 and worked in private and university small animal practice in Australia and England for over ten years before following a long time interest in dermatology. Linda achieved Membership of the ANZCVSc in Feline Medicine in 1997 and Fellowship in Veterinary Dermatology in 2003. She ran a small and large animal dermatology service at the University of Sydney from 1999-2012, before moving to private referral practice at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in 2013.

Linda has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications, and lectured in both Australia and internationally. She continues to teach pre-clinical dermatology to veterinary students at the University of Sydney, and is passionate about promoting a greater understanding of dermatology for all vets. Linda loves everything dermatological, but her special interests include atopic dermatitis, otitis, skin surface cytology and biopsies, and also dermatology in exotics and large animals.

Are you a specialist? Do you like teaching? Are you interested in joining the BAR VETS Consultant Team?
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