Board of Directors, 2020-21

Jasmine Pengelly – President 

Cert IV VN, Cert IV TAE, Dip VN (ECC), AVN, RVN

Jasmine gained a passion for veterinary nursing working as a Junior Veterinary Assistant while still at school and has had 20years experience in small animal General and referral practice, both in a clinical and management capacity

Jasmine is a trainer and assessor for veterinary nurses and sits on the Board and NSW committees of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia. She obtained accreditation through the VNCA in January 2006, a Diploma in Critical Care and Emergency Nursing in 2007 and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2011.

Jasmine moved back to the beautiful mid north coast in 2014 and splits her time between training, clinical practice, VNCA and lots of time at the beach with her family.


Rebecca Coventry – Vice President


Rebecca (Bec) is a Veterinary Nurse who, over the years, has worked at a variety of clinics from General practice, Emergency and Critical Care and Specialist centres. She is currently employed at a Specialist Centre in Sydney, where she works in Oncology and Emergency Medicine. 

Bec is passionate about education of veterinary nurses and has been teaching Veterinary Nursing since 2009. She is currently Head teacher of Animal science for TAFE NSW Richmond campus, where she shares her knowledge and passion of the veterinary industry.

When she is not out and about rescuing wildlife as a member of Wires, Bec spends her downtime hanging out with her dog (Charlee Brown), her feral cat (Sami) and cleaning her many fish tanks.

Janet Murray

BSc Veterinary Nursing, AssocDegAdult&VocEd, Cert IV TAE, Advanced Animal Science – Veterinary Nursing (IRE), General Animal Science – Veterinary Nursing (NZ), RVN (WA), RVN (AVNAT)

Janet grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand and started out as a veterinary nurse in mixed practice. Four years later she travelled to the UK, where she locumed at various small animal referral practices, including specialising in ECC at The Royal Veterinary College, London. After two years she moved to Ireland where varied industry roles ensued over the next six years, including territory manager for a major pharmaceutical company and veterinary nursing/teaching at University College Dublin and Dublin SPCA. In 2012 she moved to Perth, undertaking a brief sales role and then on to her current role as a lecturer for Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing at South Metropolitan TAFE. Janet has most recently attained a Bachelor in Veterinary Nursing through Edinburgh Napier University and an Associate Degree in Adult and Vocational Education through Charles Sturt.

Jo Hatcher

Cert IV VN, Cert IV TAE, Dip VN (Management), AVN, RVN

Jo works as a veterinary nurse at the Gawler Animal Hospital in South Australia and also as a trainer and assessor for veterinary nursing students with the Animal Industries Resource Centre. Jo has been veterinary nursing for over 17 years and enjoys both the challenges of working in practice especially in emergency and medical nursing and is also very passionate about the training of veterinary nurses in the knowledge and skills required to ensure the highest levels of veterinary care is provided in practice.

Jo has been a committee member at both divisional and board levels for 11 years and has held positions such as President, Media Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Becoming a VNCA life member in 2016 was an honour that she is very grateful for the support of the VNCA throughout her career. The VNCA has come a long way since its inception and she is keen to see the membership grow and one day see registration of the veterinary nurses throughout Australia.

Jo loves spending time with her family, both the human and fur kind, and has an energetic Golden Retriever called Eddy. She enjoys playing hockey and drinking good wine.

Asha Yeoman

Cert IV VN,  DipVN (ECC), RVN

Asha is an Emergency and Critical Care veterinary nurse with over 13 years experience in a specialist setting. Working at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Animal Hospital, she assists in the teaching of Veterinary Medicine students, mentors Veterinary Nursing students, and enjoys a varied caseload of critical patients to care for.

Asha has presented at multiple industry events, as well as appearing in public forums such as major exhibitions to provide educational presentations to both veterinary professionals and pet owners. She has appeared as a guest on various media platforms and invited to speak at pet industry functions as an advocate for education and the nursing profession, and to increase the recognition of veterinary nurses as a vital part of the clinical team. She has also authored numerous articles, which have been published in the Australian Veterinary Nursing Journal.

Asha has been Chair of the VNCA’s Victoria Division since 2018, and is looking forward to continuing to promote the advancement and professional standing of vet nurses in Australia.


Zoë Markham

Cert IV VN, Dip VN (ECC), AVN, RVN

Zoë Markham is the current Chair of the Tasmanian Division of the VNCA, and has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for the past 16 years, working in clinics in South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. 

She holds a Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care, and a Certificate in Behaviour and Training, as well as a Vet Nurse Technician Certificate. As a Registered and Accredited Veterinary Nurse, Zoë is currently completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment so she can assist other nurses in gaining their qualifications.

Zoë is excited to be a Registered and Accredited Veterinary Nurse and hopes that all nurses will eventually be registered.