Directors

Professor Ken Mason

BSc BVSc MACVSc MVSc FACVSc
Managing Director

Ken is Managing Director of Dermcare-Vet, which he founded in 1979. He is also staff dermatologist at the Animal Allergy and Dermatology Service, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland.  He holds the degrees of B.Sc. (reproduction 1970), B.V.Sc. (1972), M.V.Sc. (Neurology 1984) from the University of Queensland and M.A.C.V.Sc. (Feline medicine) and F.A.C.V.Sc. (Veterinary Dermatology) from the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. He has post graduate training, research and teaching experience gained at the University of Queensland, the University of Florida and the University of California at Davis.

Ken spends time lecturing and teaching veterinary dermatology to veterinarians around the world, directing Research at Dermcare-Vet and seeing referred cases in his clinic. Ken has taught the veterinary dermatology and otology course to 4th year veterinary students at the University of Queensland. He also teaches pathology and conducts a Dermatopathology service through Vetnostics pathology group. He is or has been a member of three editorial boards for scientific journals, two of which are international publications in veterinary dermatology.


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Sharyn Mason

BSc BVSc
Director/Secretary

Tristan Mason

Head of Production - Deputy Managing Director

Buffy

C.M.O (Chief Moral Officer)

Buffy or Buffet as she is sometimes referred to due to her LOVE of food, is a Labrador who started her Dermcare journey as a patient of the Animal Allergy and Dermatology Clinic in 2017. When Buffy first arrived at Dermcare she was working for the Queensland Government, but due to severe allergies she was no longer able to work in her trained field. It wasn't long before Buffy captured the hearts of the Dermcare team and Dr Ken Mason. Due to her forced retirement, it was decided Buffy would become a permanent member of Dermcare, and live out her days on Dr Mason's farm.

The Government invested a great deal of time and effort into training Buffy, all of which was immediately forgotten, and replaced with puppy dog eyes, selective hearing and a habit of raiding the offices for toys or food.


Buffy's role at Dermcare is constantly evolving and changing. From training new staff pets in the appropriate codes of conduct, to performing quality control on all snacks and ensuring no toy remains intact, she plays a vital role in the happiness and productivity of the team here at Dermcare.


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Sales and Marketing

Dr Maeve Garde

MVB
Technical Service Veterinarian

Maeve graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. She has been working in general practice in...


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Jennifer Batchelor

Marketing and Graphic Design

Jennifer began her career as a Veterinary Nurse working in a small practice and completing a school based traineeship during year 12. She then moved...


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Emma Vickers

QVN
NSW, ACT and WA Territory Representative

Emma began working in a busy A class Veterinary Hospital in 2001 and completed her Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 2002. She was exposed to a wide...


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Kylie Drake

RVN DipVN (Surgical)
NSW Territory Representative

Kylie is a Registered Veterinary Nurse with 20 years’ experience, and holds a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgery). Having worked in General...


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Sara Message

QVN
QLD and WA Territory Representative

Sara originally hails from the UK, where she trained and qualified as a veterinary nurse. She has eleven years experience as a veterinary nurse,...


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Julia Butt-Fawkner

QVN
QLD Territory Sales Representative

Julia moved from Tasmania to QLD when she was 21 and started working as a veterinary nurse shortly thereafter. After spending 14 years working in...


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Ebony Huckstepp

QVN
VIC Territory Representative

Ebony began her veterinary nursing career working part time at a small animal practice while completing her final years of high school. Ebony...


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Research and Development

Dr Merja Ruutu

MSc PhD
Scientific Director

Merja obtained her PhD in 2006 in Finland in the area of cancer research then relocated to Australia to do post doctoral research at University of...


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William Miao

MSc Pharm. Chem. (Sydney), PhD Nat. Prod. Chem. (Griffith)
R&B Chemist

William has been an analytical chemist in quality control labs in diverse industries for decades. Inspired by the curiosity in medicinal plants, and...


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Durga Prasad Yarra

Analytical Chemist

Operations

Crystal Mason

AssocDegLaw (Paralegal) GradCertTMLP
Head of Quality, Compliance & IP

Crystal is a registered Australian Trade Marks Attorney and joins Dermcare with experience in securing, maintaining and enforcing intellectual...


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J. Williams

B. Med Chem.(Adv)(Hon) TBC OMG TTFN
Head of Operations

J. Williams has been a whirlwind of efficiency for Dermcare since late 2011; waging a war on waste and cutting through red tape at every...


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Rebecca Atkins

BSc (Hons)
Category 2 & 3 Production Manager

Bec graduated from Monash University in 2005 with an honours degree in Science, majoring in chemistry.  After working in academia she travelled...


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Deann Devy

Category 1 Production Manager

Dee began her career as a Veterinary Nurse working for Dr Ken Mason in his Veterinary Hospital when she was nineteen.  She has twenty plus...


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Karen Kelly

Distribution Manager

Karen is a Certificate IV qualified veterinary nurse and has 30 plus years of experience in veterinary speciality facilities. She has special...


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Cathy Matt

AssocDipAppSc – Chemistry
Quality Assurance Manager

Cathy joined the Quality Assurance team in 2020 and was promoted to Quality Assurance Manager due to her invaluable 30 years of expertise in the...


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Kaylah Brown

BSc
Quality Assurance Officer

Kaylah completed a Bachelor Degree in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Auckland in 2017 and was accepted for an internship for a leading...


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Christine Mah

Quality Assurance Officer

Jouko Laakso

Facilities & Information Technology Manager

Vanessa Coxhead

Production Technician

Stephen Pfeiffer

Senior Production Technician

Accounts and Administration

Lauren Turner

Accounts & Office Manager

Lauren began working at Dermcare a week prior to her 18th birthday in 2008 and was the baby of the Dermcare team. After three years she moved to...


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Animal Allergy and Dermatology Service

Lisa Wraith

QVN
Dermatology Nurse
Veterinary Nurse

Lisa started her animal and nursing career in her mid 20’s where she volunteered at the local animal shelter and within a month found a job...


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