Dr. Simon Dean
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.