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.
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.