Our People 2020-04-06T17:41:48+10:00
Sally Colgan
Sally ColganChief 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.

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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
ROBERT LEACHProgram Manager

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

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Robert is a human nurse who transitioned into the veterinary field six years ago when he began working at a veterinary specialist centre and locum nurse 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 behaviour, and is a registered wildlife carer in Sydney.

His time working in Southern Africa sparked a passion for wildlife conservation and OneHealth – the symbiotic relationship between people, animals and the shared environment. Robert engages in animal welfare advocacy and conservation education through social media platforms and a North-American based veterinary journal.

Alongside his VBB responsibilities, Robert also lends his time to the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of New South Wales. Robert lives in Sydney with his four cats, and the occasional possum or bird.

CAROLINE ZAMBRANO
CAROLINE ZAMBRANOMarketing & Social Media Coordinator
Caroline is a writer/editor specialising in the pet industry with 15 years pet journalism experience, including editor of Dogs Life magazine and Pooch Magazine and managing editor of PETS and Choosing Your Dog magazines.
Under her leadership, Dogs Life was awarded ‘Highly Commended for Consumer Magazine of the Year’ in the 2007 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards.

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Caroline has a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Media. She gained experience in public relations interning for the American Red Cross in the United States and worked as a Communications Specialist for Epilepsy Action Australia.

Caroline has been published and continues to write for a number of pet publications/websites, such as PETS, Dogs Life, National Geographic Kids, Pet Industry News, Australian Better Homes & Gardens and Dogs NSW Journal. She has also written pet content for publications such as Coles, The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie and Practical Parenting.

Caroline lives in Sydney with her husband, two school-aged daughters and their Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Cruz. Caroline volunteers for Pets in the Park and is Secretary of the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW (www.ldc.org.au).