Simon Dean was born and raised on a sheep and cropping farm east of Stawell, in Victoria’s southern Wimmera region.
After completing his secondary schooling locally, at Stawell Secondary College, Simon began his Veterinary Science Degree in 1994 at Melbourne University, graduating with honours in 1998.
Simon’s rural background has been a key influence on his career, even while studying; while at University, he was awarded a Department of Primary Industries scholarship, continuing his work with the Department for six months following graduating, focusing on bovine johnes disease, enzootic bovine leucosis control and eradication programs.
In May 1999, Simon began working in a private veterinary practice in Kyabram, where, once again, dairy was the main focus of his practice and interests.
A move to south west Victoria came in July 2000, where Simon continued his focus on dairy, whilst also developing his equine, sheep and small animals skills.
2005 saw a stint in the United Kingdom where, across several practices in rural England and Wales, Simon again extended his experience working with cattle (mainly dairy), as well as equine, sheep and small animals.
In 2006, he returned to the south west, working in a local vet practice, until commencing as a foundation partner at Hampden Veterinary Clinic. He combines this with family life with wife Fiona and their four young children.
APAV accredited, Simon is also a JD Map (cattle) accredited veterinarian and Australian Cattle Vets Accredited Pregnancy Tester.
Beyond the clinic, Simon maintains a key interest in farming, football, golf and tennis; he has played football with local Hampden and Warrnambool and District league clubs since moving to the region in 2000 and is currently a member of the Cobden Golf Club and Hampden Tennis Association. He is also a member of the Noorat Primary School Council.
David grew up on a dairy farm near Cobden in south west Victoria. His secondary education was completed as a boarder at St Patricks College Ballarat where he was a member of the 1st XI cricket and 1st XVIII football in 1990. In 1991 upon completion of his schooling he moved to Melbourne and commenced a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree graduating in 1995.
With David’s background growing up on the family farm and interest in all things to do with the dairy industry, his veterinary career has seen him practice in all three dairying regions of Victoria, in addition to working in England, Wales and Ireland during 1998/99.
During his nineteen years in veterinary practice he has completed the following continuing education:
• Attended the AVA conference in Brisbane in 1996
• Attended ACV conferences in 2007 and 2011
• InCalf advisor shortcourse 2001
• Countdown Downunder advisor course 2003
• ACV accredited pregnancy tester 2003
• ACV accredited preg testing examiner 2009
• DPI Gross Pathology course 2008
• Post graduate course in Ruminant Nutrition 2005
• Achieved membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Ruminant Nutrition in 2006 (MANZCVS)
On a personal level, David is 42 years old, married to Leah and father to three girls. He lives in Cobden and his family is currently hosting an exchange student from Germany for 12 months.
David has extensive community involvement, namely with the Cobden Football Netball Club since playing under 16 football in 1986, until his retirement in 2009. He has been a committee member of the club since 2012 and took on the presidency in 2013.
Xavier grew up the son of a 3rd generation dairy farmer just outside of Terang in South West Victoria.
After attending school locally he boarded at St. Patrick’s College in Ballarat for the last 3 years of secondary schooling. Upon graduation he attended Melbourne University for his first year of study before completing his Veterinary Science degree at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
Xavier worked for 3 years at Korumburra in South Gippsland, primarily dealing with dairy cattle but also treating dogs, cats, sheep and horses. After this he moved to England for 3 years where he worked for the Westpoint Veterinary Group based out of West Sussex.
After leaving England, Xavier worked as a consultant for BPU meat Uruguay for 3 months in 2008-09. After finishing in Uruguay in February 2009 Xavier returned to Australia to join the newly formed Hampden Veterinary Clinic.
Xavier has a passion for dairy cattle medicine and herd health strategies to minimise disease and maximise profits.He has just completed the Repro Right course run by Dairy Australia. This course focuses on reproduction in dairy cattle, encompassing calf health, bull fertility as well as cow fertility. He is an Australian Cattle Vets Accredited pregnancy tester.
Xavier is also an APAV accredited veterinarian (APAV is the national program designed to integrate private veterinary practitioners into the national animal health system to support the international standing of Australia’s animal health service capability).
An active member in the local community, Xavier has been involved as a player and coach with the Terang/Mortlake football club since returning to Australia. He is also a committee member for the Western Branch of the Australian Veterinary Association.