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 Wenqi Wang

Dip ACVP, PhD, BVSc (hons).

Dr. Wenqi Wang graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Sydney in 2007 and started work as a small animal veterinarian. In 2009, she decided to pursue her interest in pathology and commenced a residency in anatomical pathology at The University of Queensland. During her residency she developed a keen interest in research and began a PhD in veterinary pathobiology and parasitology at The University of Queensland which she completed in 2015. During her time at the university she also conducted research into the pathogenesis of flaviviruses.

In 2017, Wenqi began to work part-time for IVP whilst also studying for her board exams. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) in the same year and obtained a position as a lecturer in veterinary pathology at The University of Queensland. While there she was involved in the diagnostic pathology service as well as teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. In 2019, Dr Wenqi re-joined IVP where she now works part-time reporting histopathology and cytology cases.

Dr Emily Jones

Dip ACVP, MANZCVS (Pathology), PhD, BVSc

Dr Emily Jones grew up on a beef cattle property in central Queensland and had always been fascinated by the variety of work that vets can do.  This inspired her to become a veterinarian and she went on to graduate from James Cook University in 2012.  From 2012 to 2016, Emily worked in both mixed and small animal general practices in Innisfail, Canberra and Melbourne, before settling in Brisbane.

It was in 2017 when Emily began her pathology journey, starting her PhD in pathology University of Queensland and was awarded her PhD on the pathology of bladder diseases in Australian cats and dogs in 2020. In 2021 Emily passed the American College of Veterinary Pathology certification and the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists membership examination.

Emily continues to teach and research in the field of pathology, as well as work as an emergency veterinarian at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science. Outside of pathology, Emily enjoys spending time with her partner and their two cats, Kit and Spike, as well as exercising and spending time with friends and family.  

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.

Denise Curtis

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 clinics 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.

My two beautiful children 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.

Anita Paul

Territory Specialist

I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Technology. I went on to work at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre for 4 years learning everything from surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and internal medicine. I have also worked in finance and in pet insurance. These previous roles set the foundations for my position at Independent Veterinary Pathology (IVPath)

My desire to work for IVPath is the ability to continue to help animals, veterinarians and owners in a different format. Drawing upon my skills, I enjoy making connections with our clients to provide a quality service that is meaningful for them and financially beneficial for the owner. Most importantly, it is truly satisfying to know we are helping play a part in an animal’s treatment.

I have two cats of my own who I adore tremendously. Caesar and Murphy! Their predecessor Pepsi, was another cat of mine who had been in my life for 17 years and only recently passed away. He was the cat who certainly set me on my animal trajectory many moons ago. Shout out to you Pepsi!

Gavan van der Wal

Territory Specialist WA

I have over 35 years experience in both public and private sector pathology, with a degree in Laboratory Medicine from Curtin University in WA, and post-graduate qualifications in leadership in healthcare from ACU Canberra. I initially majored in Histopathology and Cytology, spending the first half of my career in laboratory operations, then gravitating to business development and marketing.
I have always enjoyed the personal interaction with clients, and working for such a dedicated group of people within the Independent Veterinary Pathology family is most satisfying.
At home we have a delightful Cocker Spaniel called Pilot, two cats (Snuggles and Lola) plus 10 seahorses living in a 400 litre reef tank.