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.

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.

Damian Bale

Territory Specialist

I have extensive experience within the pathology industry. My formal studies include Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics. I have spent collectively 2 years as an assistant general manager within a histopathology company. This is where I developed my passion for histopathology and cytology.

Naturally, this role at IVPath was an obvious career pathway for me. I have always had an interest in animals, so this role gave me the opportunity to cross pollinate my formal studies with my innate interest and genuine care for animals. Having grown up in semi-rural Rosewood, I was exposed to horses, cattle and even ducks and geese. My family and I currently own rescued dogs and guinea pigs who we adore tremendously. It therefore gives me great pleasure to translate this genuine compassion I have for animals and integrate that into my meetings with vets to ensure I am providing a meaningful service to them.

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!

Kailee Smith

Territory Specialist

Sometimes in life you have a true purpose, mine was to help animals and talk a lot. After spending 10 years in the veterinary industry I endeavoured to find a new challenge. A role where I could still help patients whilst building lasting relationships within the industry, to fulfill this purpose! This led me to Independent Veterinary Pathology (IVPath).

Majority of my veterinary nursing career was spent at an Orthopaedic Specialist clinic in Sydney working with a world-renowned surgeon. It was this role that catapulted my knowledge and experience within the field, and I am thankful for the experience.

I am excited to become a part of the IVPath team and to be able to provide an exceptional service for veterinarians and their patients across Australia. A service that I would hope for and expect for my own fur children.

Speaking of fur children, I have two French Bulldogs of my own; Alby & Fleur! They are the light of my life and constantly keep me on my toes. They are a constant reminder to smile and enjoy all aspects of life, and for that I am grateful!