Amy Dahl

VetPrac welcomed Amy to the team in June 2018. Amy is yet another VetPrac team member who has a passion for all things Japanese, having studied Japanese at school and university, and travelled there many times through language programmes at school and to visit extended family. Amy is also a very talented musician and has been a member of the Australian Girls’ choir. She also plays the piano and the trumpet, but her number one musical passion is singing, so if you hear any dulcet tones during a workshop, they are likely to be coming from Amy.

After working for several years in her family’s printing and manufacturing business, and starting a BA majoring in linguistics, Amy has realised her true calling is in animal health and welfare. She has volunteered at the RSPCA for over 2 years and commenced an online course in Animal Studies. Amy adopted 2 elderly Staffy X Rottweiler dogs, Dougie and Fugsey, from the RSPCA when they were both 12 years of age. They are quite famous (or should we say infamous?) and appear on the RSPCA Qld you tube page. Despite their advanced years, and the fact that Dougie is blind, they still get up to mischief on a regular basis! When they aren’t play wrestling each other, they are proficient escape artists. Fugsey will spot a weakness in the fence, point Dougie (the muscles) towards it, and they go on adventures together (much to Amy’s concern).

To contact Amy, please email her at:

Samantha Young – Corporate Travel Agent

Samantha is here to help those attending Vetprac workshops book your flights, accommodation and travel in major cities to save yourself the trouble of doing it yourself.


Samantha has worked with Flight Centre Travel Group for 7 years, Starting as a Leisure Consultant in Flight Centre brand for 3 years and then moving into a Ticketing Role and have recently moved across to Corporate Traveller. Samantha is passionate about providing great travel experience, she provides professional, quality service and understands the needs of the corporate Traveller and is 100% focused on customer service with a high attention to details. Samantha has done extensive travel of my own and her favourite place is Hawaii


Booking with Corporate Traveller offers significant savings over retail/online services.


Booking fee: $27.50 booking fee (inclusive of GST)
Phone: 07 3083 4010

Janine Irwin

Since joining VetPrac in 2017, Janine has been using her very well practiced skills in team work and efficiency, and her experience working as a Veterinary Technician, to plan and facilitate our workshops. The team at VetPrac is constantly amazed at how much Janine can fit into 24 hours. Despite having 4 children between the ages of 11 and 3, Janine still has time to be a group training officer for the State Emergency Service; Janine has volunteered for SES since her teenage years. She has been on the Committee for Relay for Life in Ipswich for 3 years and undertook the role of MC for the 2018 edition of the event, which raised $85,000.


Over the years Janine’s tireless volunteer efforts have been acknowledged with numerous awards, including a Community Leadership Award, Queensland youth alliance awards 2006, and a Flood Citation for volunteer assistance with S.E.S during the floods in the Ipswich area 2011.


Janine even has time to bake many tasty snacks that the VetPrac team enjoy at meetings! She enjoys escaping with her family to camp off the grid in their 1978 Jayco pop up camper, which (of course) they renovated themselves. Only someone with Janine’s superb planning and time management skills could find a weekend with no work and no kids hockey to organize such trips away!


We can rely on Janine to keep the VetPrac workshops running to schedule, in her cool, calm and collected manner, and, in the case of an emergency, we all know who to call first!


To contact Janine, please email her at:

Ilana Mendels

Dr Ilana Mendels isn’t just another animal advocate with the talent to excel in the veterinary community.


Ilana has a background in informal education and a certificate for youth leaders from abroad. She was the national head of education and leadership for her youth movement while studying at The University of Sydney. In 2003, Ilana was in mixed practice with Dr John Dooley in Wingham, NSW. Known as one of the finest truly mixed practitioners, she gleaned skills and wisdom which stay with her today. While on the mid-north coast she defibrillated the local branch of the AVA with a regular “cases with cakes” evening and some dinners in Port Macquarie, NSW, which brought people together and introduced new ideas such as the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid in canine nutrigenomics.


To further improve her skills, Ilana returned to Sydney as the surgical intern of Dr Tony Black, Dr Bruce Smith and Dr Steve Fearnside. She also wrote a program for new graduate support during this time, bringing together financial, counselling and legal advisers to assist young vets with life changing decisions. Some of those who attended still keep in touch with Ilana and she is a proud mentor for their success.


Driven by adventure and ambition, Ilana then travelled to England as a locum.


Throughout her experiences, Dr Mendels became aware of the “isolation” a vet can feel, particularly in a rural community, when things get busy or times get tough. Known for her optimistic outlook she is an advocate of “A valuable and honourable profession” with some ridiculous and hysterical moments. This monism towards a supportive profession drives every decision of her veterinary career.


In September 2009, Dr Mendels founded VetPrac to meet the professional and social needs of registered veterinary surgeons interested in provided quality services to their clients. VetPrac workshops have provided practical training for over 300 vets.


Check out photos and reviews from our previous workshops here.


In her spare time, Ilana enjoys time with friends, yoga, horse-riding, dancing, and baking. She occasionally escapes the mayhem of work to catch some rays on Bondi Beach or sip an apple & sage martini at the local jazz club. One day she hopes to travel to India to see the Vets Beyond Borders Clinic’s which are supported by VetPrac charity auctions.


Link-In with Ilana here and continue the dialogue that bridges the gap between learning and doing. Or to learn more about Ilana read the famous Small Animal Talk Blog she was interviewed for here.

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