Our Team

Experts Driven to Find Solutions

Dr Sophia Edwards

BUSINESS UNIT MANAGER - AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Sophia is our internal reproduction expert. Sophia joined Vetoquinol Australia in November 2014, after completing her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Queensland. Her research, funded by MLA and supported by Vetoquinol (formerly Bioniche) was focused on improving the management and understanding of FTAI in northern beef production herds.

During this time Sophia consulted to various Dairy and Beef herds to assist in improving their reproductive management. Recently, Sophia completed a Masters of Business Administration to enhance her skills in this field. Having grown up on a commercial and seed stock beef operation she has an in depth understanding of the daily activities involved in livestock enterprises. With her background her aim is to build the bridge between the deep scientific understanding of reproduction in livestock, and the business aspects of livestock enterprises acknowledging that all activities are aimed at turning a profit.

Sophia has a track record of improving and solving reproductive issues within livestock herds. With global and local connections, Sophia is able to source knowledge from a wide variety of sources to provide you solutions. Whether it is tweaking programs, or building a business strategy around your reproductive management she can assist. With an approachable personality, Sophia welcomes you to get in touch.

Maurizio Rossi

MARKETING MANAGER - AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Maurizio is a veterinarian who joined Vetoquinol Australia in February 2016. Prior to coming to Australia he previously worked for Vetoquinol Italy as the Product Manager for Food Producing Animals. Maurizio has worked with products in relation to food producing animals in the veterinary phamaceuticals from 2000, prior to joining Vetoquinol Italy in 2010.

During his work experience he has collaborated in many projects at international level acquiring a deep knowledge and understanding of the needs for vets and producers.

Maurizio’s ability to help facilitate the communication between people with different backgrounds and experiences, creates relationships useful for all the stakeholders in the world of food producing animals. In Australia, Maurizio is following and organising all the activities Vetoquinol is currently involved in field, conferences, meetings, events, scientific studies and trials.

Julie Pocock

TERRITORY MANAGER - QLD & NSW

Julie grew up in the beef industry, with her both her family running operations from seed stock through to paddock to plate enterprises. She runs a successful seed stock operation and is involved in showing and judging cattle all over Australia and overseas.

Julie spent 13 years working as a Veterinary-Nurse and Practice Manager in Toowoomba, expanding her understanding of the medical challenges faced by producers, and the ways to prevent and treat these. She thrives on further developing her technical knowledge across all areas, but especially reproduction.                                                      

She loves working closely with her clients as a valued team member and business partner. She has a passion for training and loves to get in the field and assist in upskilling employees in the use of our products.

Prior to joining Vetoquinol, Julie also spent 7 years working for a large multinational Animal Health Company in both small animal and Equine roles.  More recently she also worked for an Australian Animal Health Company working across a vast number of species from poultry, small animals and sheep to horses and cattle. Julie is excited to continue to expand her knowledge and assist her customers to achieve their goals in reproduction.

Shane McLeod

Shane McLeod

TERRITORY & KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER - VIC & TAS

Shane grew up in Tasmania’s Huon Valley where he began his career working for one of the state’s leading rural companies before moving to Victoria.

Since then Shane has gained 25+ years’ experience in multiple sales and management roles with a number of key rural suppliers, veterinary wholesalers and veterinary companies supporting all rural and veterinary segments of this industry.  Within these companies he filled individual sales roles to senior management, which also covered international key account roles throughout Asia Pacific and America.

Shane has been working with clients over many years to support and provide product knowledge, training and client profitability which has been built through long term and trusted industry relationships.