VetShare understands that in the local veterinary wholesale market there is a significant presence of foreign-owned companies which has resulted in reduced local ownership and control.
VetShare is a start-up company and will be a wholesaler that purchases veterinary drugs and other supplies from manufacturers and sells them on to veterinary practices throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania with a profit margin.
VetShare believes it will be profitable because of its customer service excellence, strict terms of trade, ready-made customer base and competitive pricing structure.
VetShare’s vision is to be the preferred veterinary wholesaler in Australia. The company will be principally owned by Australian vets who will have control over the company’s direction and decisions.
Key People and Corporate Governance
VetShare has appointed a Board, which is responsible for the overall governance of VetShare including setting its strategic priorities and direction, monitoring its business affairs and its financial objectives and results.
Dr Mark Ethell
BVSc MVetClinStud MACVSc FACBS Diplomate ACVS
Chairman of the Board
Mark Ethell co-founded VetShare with Paul Rennie in 2012 when they saw the opportunity for a wholesale supply company that was 'owned by vets for vets'. This was particularly timely given the growing trend of multinational buy-outs of existing players.
Mark is the owner of The Canberra Veterinary Group comprising small animal and equine practices in the Australian Capital Territory. He was the inaugural President of the Australian Veterinary Business Association and still serves on the Board. Mark has also served as President of the AVA (ACT Div), AVA Policy Councillor, and on the Committee of the Australian Veterinary Practice Management Association for several years. He also sits as the only external member of the University of Sydney Steering Committee for their Veterinary Teaching Hospitals.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Sydney with Bachelor and Masters degree and is a specialist in equine surgery following training at the University of Florida. He has also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Massey University in New Zealand. Apart from referral surgery consultancy, Mark is passionate about the leadership of veterinary businesses.
Mr Paul Rennie
Paul Rennie has been involved in the veterinary industry for over 32 years. With previous roles in Cenvet Australia Pty Ltd including General Management, Sales and Marketing management, and Customer Service and Logistics management, Paul has an in-depth knowledge of the veterinary industry and is widely credited for personalising the wholesale customer/supplier relationship.
Since leaving Cenvet Australia Pty Ltd, Paul has completed a major Market survey for Pfizer Animal Health and is a co-founder of VetShare.
Dr Lindsay Hay BVSc MVS MACVSc AIMM
Lindsay graduated with his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney in 1974 and was employed as a veterinary associate at St George Animal Hospital in Sydney. In 1985 he joined
Ian Eade in partnership at the Baulkham Hills Veterinary Hospital and has been the sole owner there since 1998.
Lindsay gained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (1980) in canine surgery, an MVS from Murdoch University (1996) and completed a Graduate Certificate in Management (Veterinary Practice) at the University of Western Sydney in 2000.
Lindsay was a member of the national Australian Veterinary Association committee (2000- 2007), President of the Australian Veterinary
Practice Management Association and founding Board Member of the
Australian Veterinary Business Association.
Avi holds a number of senior management positions in a large multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer and has moved to Australia as Regional Vice President for the company’s Oceanic activities in early 2011. Avi has a Diploma in Marketing and Certificate in Business Administration from Damelin Business School in Johannesburg. He also holds a Pharmacy Assistant Diploma as well as Product Management Diploma with the Smart Group based in South Africa.
Avi is a highly motivated senior executive who has extensive business leadership and senior management experience across all aspects of his businesses from strategic business planning, sales and marketing, product and business development, human resources and financial accountability. He has managed regional businesses across continents, including responsibilities from a start-up to an expanding international business portfolio.
Catherine (Cath) Colton is the Business Manager for VetShare. Cath is also the Director/Owner of Veterinary Business Solutions and has worked in different management roles in the veterinary industry for over 13 years, as Manager of Cenvet Business Services, UNE Partnerships and also Practice Manager for a New England Veterinary Centres. Cath looks after the Customer Sales Team, Purchasing & Accounting/Admin Teams and also ensure all Shareholders and VetShare clients are very well looked after. Cath also manages the electronic interfaces with OPEN VPMS, Rx Works and VetLink as well as VetShare VetOrder.
Sarah joined VetShare as company secretary in July 2013. She has over 20 years’ experience in legal and management positions both in Australia and internationally, and has extensive experience in corporate governance, transactional management, corporate law and capital raising. She has worked in general counsel roles in several Australian financial services and fund management entities, and has acted as company secretary for multiple entities, both listed and unlisted.
Sarah is now the Principal of corporate legal practice CapitaLegal, which she started in May 2011. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Major) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW, and Graduate Diplomas in Applied Finance and Legal Practice. She is a member of the Law Society of NSW, a Fellow of FINSIA and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.