Are you getting what you’re prescribing? Compounding in the veterinary industry.

A panel discussion brought to you by Independent Vets of Australia

The use of compounded pharmaceuticals in veterinary practice has long been a topic of debate and conjecture. With patient outcomes being top of mind for many practicing veterinarians IVA has engaged a panel of experts in different sectors of the veterinary industry to shed light on and debunk some of the myths surrounding compounding in the veterinary industry.

Many veterinarians have experienced variances in patient response to compounded medication and Veterinarians have often asked, what guidelines or regulations do compounders have to adhered too? Is there a certain level of quality that has to be produced by a compounding pharmacy? Why do prices vary from compounder to compounder?

During this session, the panel of experts will have an open and frank discussion about these topics and more.


This will be a live discussion. If you have questions or concerns that you would like addressed during the session please forward them to info@independentvetsofaustralia.com.au.



Dr Hubert Hiemstra
Veterinarian & The Vet Vault Podcaster

Hubert is a veterinarian and owner of an emergency clinic in Perth, Western Australia. He qualified in 2002 in South Africa and has worked in practice within 3 continents over his 20 year career. In this time he has personally experienced and witnessed in friends and colleagues how the challenges of a career in veterinary science can affect even the strongest of people. It has become his quest to discover how to build a balanced and fulfilled life armed with a degree in veterinary science and a good attitude.

Hubert divides his time between clinical and leadership roles at his busy practice, raising three wild boys, and researching, writing, mentoring and, now, podcasting about non-clinical skills in veterinary science.


Dr Sue Foster
Medical Consultant – Vetnostics

Sue is Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) and a registered specialist in feline medicine. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine at Murdoch University (Western Australia) and a small animal medical consultant for Vetnostics (Sydney) and ASAP Laboratory (Melbourne). In her role at Vetnostics, Sue has had extensive exposure and experience in monitoring response to trilostane treatment in Australia dogs detecting numerous compounding problems in this role as efficacy of compounded trilostane and ACTH can be measured indirectly (ie not requiring pharmaceutical analysis.

Sue is also the current president and spokesperson of Vets Against Live Export (VALE).


Nick Bova
Managing Director – BOVA

Nick Bova is the Managing Director of Bova Aus, Bova UK and Head of Innovation and Strategy at Luoda Pharma. In 2010 the Australian retail pharmacy that Nick had worked in alongside is father, Colin Bova, separated and Bova Compounding which was founded in 2007 emerged as one of Australia’s first stand-alone compounding facilities. In 2017 Bova Compounding was rebranded to Bova Aus, when Nick launched a veterinary specials manufacturing business in the UK. Today, Bova Aus lead by Nick focusses solely on veterinary compounding and is the largest in the country, servicing thousands of veterinarians throughout Australia.

Helping veterinarians to solve the many unmet treatment issues in veterinary medicine and providing novel treatment options and solutions to fit animal’s individual healthcare and welfare needs is what drives Nick at Bova Aus and in veterinary compounding in general.


Dr David Fowler
Veterinarian and Practice Owner

David graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 and thereafter spent two years in mixed animal practice in NSW, and two years abroad, working in small and mixed animal practice in the UK and Canada respectively. After returning home, he entered small animal practice again in southern NSW where he has remained since, a principal veterinarian at North Nowra Veterinary Hospital and Jervis Bay Veterinary Clinic.


Dr Gerardo Poli
Emergency Service Director & The Vet Vault Podcaster

Gerardo is an emergency Veterinarian and certified performance coach in Brisbane Australia. He is dedicated to helping and inspiring vet students and veterinarians around the world by sharing his passion and knowledge. He is an inspiring public speaker and public figure with a dedicated online following. Gerardo is also the author of the world renowned MiniVet Guide and other educational resources. He hopes though his work he can help to advance veterinary standards, make the lives of vets a little easier and inspire the next generation of veterinary professionals to dream big and achieve the best.


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Jun 22 2021


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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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    Hugh McPherson
    Managing Director, Broad Reach Employee Relations

    In 2009, Hugh founded Broad Reach Employee Relations and has worked with clients on their requirements around compliance, performance and managing risk. In response to the needs of businesses based in Australia and abroad, Hugh included speaking at conferences and delivering training around the APAC region to the firm’s service offering. Hugh has presented on a variety of topics, including preventing and responding to employee harassment, building consistency in HR policies and procedures across multiple countries and approaching enterprise bargaining (managers and employees).

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