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Who are Vetx Research?

We foster partnerships to develop products that will Improve the health and wellbeing of animals and protect humans from insect pests in and around the home


Who are Vetx Research?

We foster partnerships to develop products that will Improve the health and wellbeing of animals and protect humans from insect pests in and around the home

Who are VetX Research?

Our Mission

Vet x Research fosters partnerships to develop products that will

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of animals

  • Protect humans from insect pests in and around the home

with knowledgeable, capable staff working in state of the art facilities with world class systems and processes

Vetx Origins

Vet x Research was established in October 2013 following the merger of Wongaburra Research Centre in the Northern Rivers region of NSW and BioQuiv in Bowral.

Wongaburra Research Centre Pty Ltd

  • Derived from Warne & Webster Serum, established 2002
  • Established by Dr Maurice Webster in 2008
  • Initially operated under contract with Veterinary Health Research - VHR (Armidale, NSW) as its Companion Animal Division
  • Conducted tick efficacy studies, bioequivalence and target animal safety studies in dogs

BioQuiv Pty Ltd

  • Established by Dr. Bob Pigott in 2002
  • Conducted flea efficacy, bioequivalence, palatability, target animal safety in dogs and cats

Vetx Services and Facilities

Post-merger, Vet x Research consolidated its operations at Wongaburra Research Centre and further expanded by developing Vet x Clinical Research Network and Vet x Entomology.

Vetx Research operates at Wongaburra Research Centre (WRC). WRC was built in 2008 and expanded in 2013. It is an accredited Animal Research Establishment, licensed Animal Supplier and licensed animal hospital. Vetx Research is the first and only companion animal contract veterinary research organisation in Australasia to gain accreditation from AAALAC, which promotes care and welfare of laboratory animals. The centre houses state of the art animal accommodation and research facilities to support Vetx Research services.

Vetx Research services include small animal pen studies, small animal and horse clinical field studies (Vetx Clinical Research Network) and all aspects of insect and arachnid product research and development for the veterinary, pest control, garden and horticultural markets (Vetx Entomology).

Vetx Staff

Vetx Research is operated by Dr Maurice Webster and Dr Bob Pigott, with a combined total of 75 years veterinary experience. Mr Ian Ridley, with over 30 years of research experience, is the Director of Vetx Clinical Research Network and Vetx Entomology.

Vetx Research is staffed by an excellent team of veterinarians, scientists, veterinary nurses and animal attendants.

Vetˣ Staff

Vetˣ Staff


Maurice has worked in mixed veterinary practice in NZ, but has spent most of his career involved in research at university, in the animal health industry and as director of a contract research organisation. He has developed particular interest and expertise in the Australian paralysis tick Ixodes holocyclus.

  • 2013: Director Vetx Research
  • 2008 – 2013: Director Wongaburra Research Centre
  • 2002 – 2008: Managing Partner, Warne & Webster Serum
  • 1994 – 2002: Manager, Technical Services, Merial, Australia
  • 1988 – 1994: MSD NZ, Tech Services & Marketing,
  • 1981 – 1988: General Practice, Napier NZ
  • 1979 – 1981: Scientist (Epidemiology), WARC (Wallaceville Animal Research Centre, NZ)
  • 1977 – 1979: Post Grad studies – Massey University
  • 1977: BVSc, Massey University, New Zealand.
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Bob has experience in both small and large animal surgery and medicine and started his career in Bowral NSW in a truly mixed veterinary practice.

  • 2013: Director Vet x Research
  • 2002-2013: Director BioQuiv, Bowral, NSW
  • 2000-2001: Consultant to Purina Australia
  • 1989 – 1999: Biochemical Veterinary Research
  • Developed & registered Cu-Algesic with partners in Biochemical Veterinary Research Mittagong NSW
  • 1973 – 1989: General Practice UK & Bowral
  • 1973: BVSc, University of Sydney, Australia


Liz has over 25 years’ experience in general and specialty veterinary practice, field and pen based veterinary research and regulatory affairs in Australia the EU and USA.

  • 2015 Director, Clinical Research, Vetx Research
  • 2013-15 Regulatory Affairs Manager, Regeneus Ltd
  • 2004-13 Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bioproperties Pty Ltd
  • 1996-2004 Technical Services, Merial Australia
  • 1995-96 Companion Animal Veterinarian
  • 1995 MACVS (Small Animal Medicine)
  • 1994 MVetClinStud
  • 1993-94 Resident Sydney University
  • 1991-92 Intern, Cornell University
  • 1990 BVSc (Hons)
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Kasia Hunter
Chrissie Jackson


Ian Ridley joined Vet x in March 2014 as Director, Entomolgy bringing with him 30 years experience conducting both field and pen based animal studies, along with pest control experience and laboratory and field testing of household/home garden/commercial pesticides. His hands on experience include efficacy, safety and residue registration studies, quality assurance and Study Director of GLP studies.

  • 2014: Director Vet x Entomology
  • 2001-2013: Held a variety of senior positions at Agrisearch Services Pty Ltd, Gosford, NSW
  • 1999 - 2001: Principal/Owner Manager, Home Care Pest Control
  • 1984 - 1999: Project Biologist/Senior Project Biologist, Agrisearch Services Pty Ltd. Animal health and domestic pest product registration, laboratory and field studies
  • 1984: B.Rur.Sc., University of New England, Australia


Kasia has worked in mixed veterinary practice, equine practice and government veterinary roles, but has spent most of her career to-date involved in research and development in the animal health industry. She joined Vet x as a Research Veterinarian in December 2014. Kasia has experience in companion and production animal field and pen studies.

  • 2014: Research Veterinarian at Vet x
  • 2012-2014: District Veterinarian, Livestock Health and Pest Authority / Local Land Services
  • 2008-2012: Research & Development, Virbac (Australia)
  • 2008: Equine Medicine & Surgery Internship, Randwick NSW
  • 2006-2008: General Veterinary Practice, Katoomba NSW
  • 2006: BVSc (Honours Class 1), University of Sydney, Australia


Chrissie hails from the UK where she gained several years experience working in the zoo sector as a keeper and manager. Before joining Vetx Research in January 2013 Chrissie spent time travelling Australia and worked on cattle stations in the Kimberley. At university, Chrissie studied zoology and entomology.

Chrissie is secretary of the Vetx Research Animal Ethics Committee and AAALAC representative. Chrissie is also the QA Officer and together with Ian Ridley manages the entomology collection and acts as a Study Investigator.