Our team

Dr Andrea Schaffer-White

BVSc (hons.), B.A., Post. Grad. Dip. Ed

Dr Andrea Schaffer-White, studied veterinary science at the University of Queensland. After graduating with honours in 2007, Andrea spent several years in private practice working with both small and large animals. Andrea worked as an Anatomical Pathology Resident at the University of Queensland, which incorporated research and commercial pathology casework.
In partnership with Independent Veterinary Pathology, Andrea will provide personalised service to her colleagues and their patients in the veterinary field – whether they are furry, feathered or scaly!
Outside work Andrea enjoys exercising, playing with her dogs and simply floating in the pool.

Dr Margie Roser

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS(ECC), MANZCVS(Pathology), Dip ACVP

Dr Margie Roser is a passionate animal health advocate with a penchant for diagnostics backed up by extensive clinical and laboratory experience. She is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathology, as well as holding a membership to the Austra lian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in both anatomical and clinical pathology as well as emergency and critical care.

Margie spent the first 8 years of her career as a clinician, work ing in Canberra, Sydney and the obligatory locum’s pilgrimage to the UK before embarking on a pathology career. She completed her pathology training at the NSW state veterinary diagnostic laboratory, before moving to Brisbane to concentrate on small animals.

Margie aspires to bridge the gap between pathology and medicine and make in forma t ion more accessible to both clinic ians and pet owners.

In addition to diagnostic work, Margie is also a radio presenter, and has recently won the Australian Commercial Radio award for best new-comer on air. She loves educating and engaging with both vets and pet parents to try to keep our furry family members as healthy as possible. She has also produced a smal l you tube web series for pet owners.

In her spare time, Margie and her husband are building their own house, fit for their cheeky cairn terrier called Evie. She also is a keen opera singer and music theatre buff.

Veronica Parkin

Operations Manager and Quality Manager

I am the Operations and Quality Manager at IVP.I went to work in pathology while still studying applied science at QUT. I have worked in the pathology industry now for 15 years.

I took a short break from pathology in 2008 and did a short two year stint working in Dubai as an Executive Assistant in the interior design and facility management sector. It was an amazing experience.

Among previous positions, I have been involved in startup laboratories, successfully implementing operational and quality systems to enable excellent pathology service.

I love making a difference in people’s lives, I pride myself on doing everything possible to ensure that our clients can trust that their specimens are in safe and caring hands.

Outside of pathology, I love to travel and explore other cultures, reading and going to the beach. When I am not at the beach, I spend time with my three cats, Buddy, Bear and Bounce.

Rowan Steinkamp

Laboratory Manager

After attending St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, I went straight into university studies and also managed to land a casual role in a small histology laboratory at the same time. This starting opportunity opened the wonderful field of pathology to me and I have now worked in the pathology industry for nearly 10 years, specialising in histology. I am excited to join IVPath as their Laboratory manager.

I have completed degrees in science, health management and business management and I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to IVPath to ensure your pet’s pathology is well looked after.

IVPath is a family owned company and I am enthusiastic to help develop and grow with it, especially being that we are in a field heavily dominated by the corporate. I love the fact my role will directly help the clinicians and patients, as behind every sample is a loved pet and family member.

In my spare time, I enjoy gaming on my Xbox One, getting out into the great outdoors whether it be running, cycling, fishing or camping, but most importantly, spending time with my husky cross, Enzo.

Denise Ratapu

Business Development Manager

I have worked in the health industry for 26 years. My background is largely in nursing, until 9 years ago when I entered the wonderful world of sales and marketing within the pathology sector. From here I moved on to business development, which allowed me to combine both my nursing and sales & marketing knowledge.

Working at Independent Veterinary Pathology (IVPath) as the Business Development Manager and managing the Sales team is allowing me to explore and grow with the company which is very exciting and it is stirring up some innovative and not so innovative ideas and the odd brain storming, over thinking get nowhere nights; but I would not have it any other way.

As a child we had dogs, cats and dad was a fanatic with his tropical fish. As an adult, I was fortunate to have 14 years of loyalty and love from my dog Beau, whom is and will always be the oldest grandson in the family (a bit of family fun but true). A few years passed, when last year we rescued a cute little black Shih tzu called Max. We have gone from him being an outside dog (lasted 1 day), to now having his own spot in the lounge room and recliner of his choice. He has trained us well.

Patrick Tierney

Territory Specialist

I basically went straight from St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace to a career in pathology and I would never change it as its lead me to where I am today and it has been an awesome life journey.

Working for Independent Veterinary Pathology is like belonging to a family, we are a team here. I have spent all my working career working for large corporate companies, so to now be working for a small family owned company the difference is evident. Having access to everyone in the so called food chain of Independent Veterinary Pathology is very important; this is something you seldom get in the corporate world. The main thing I noticed is that the customer/animal really is first, and that’s something I love. This job allows me people contact and the opportunity to show Veterinary clinic’s a service that will not only assist them, but the animal owners and ultimately the animal themselves.

Growing up I had a beautiful purebred German Sheppard called Karl, he was a truly loyal mate and a fierce guard dog. Now my family have down sized and we have fish in an aquarium and two chickens called “Lucy & La La”, named by my youngest son.

My two beautiful children and my wonderful wife are my most significant achievements in life. From a more personal point of view, making people smile and laugh on a daily basis. I believe we need to enjoy life everyday and creating a smile on someone’s face is gold to me. My external interests are four-wheel driving, camping and socialising.