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William Patrick (Bill) Tranter


Bill was born on the Atherton Tablelands and grew up on a dairy farm at Millaa Millaa. He studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland and was a university medalist.


Bill started at TVS in 1976 as a new graduate and became a partner in the practice in 1977. Over many years Bill has become internationally recognized as a dairy veterinarian and has lectured in New Zealand, the United States, and Vietnam.

He is an adjunct Professor at James Cook University where he lectures regularly while still providing veterinary clinical services to dairies. His heart is here on the Atherton Tablelands and on local dairy farms. He is a thorough and dedicated veterinarian, whether he is treating a dairy cow or a bandicoot.

Ian David (Ian) Hosie


Ian was born on the Atherton Tablelands and grew up in Tarzali. His family still has beef cattle properties in Tarzali. He completed a Bachelor of Rural Technology at Gatton and subsequently studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland.


Ian became a partner of TVS in 1978 and has worked with Bill for over 35 years. The partnership between Bill and Ian has been the backbone of the practice during this time. There would be few longer-lived or more stable partnerships in veterinary practice.

Ian is an adjunct senior lecturer at James Cook University.

Ian is a calm and caring veterinarian, and is confident treating all species. He has established an extremely loyal and dedicated client base, particularly on extensive beef properties and is experienced and skilled in bull testing.

Francis Paul (Frank) Condon

Frank was born in Ayr (North Queensland) but grew up on a sheep and cattle property at Windorah in Western Qld and later at Glen Innes on the New England Tableland in NSW.

He spent years studying, first to complete a Bachelor of Science and later Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. After graduating, he initially in Glen Innes for two years where he developed a desire to work with horses. In 2001 he joined TVS and became a partner in 2002.

Frank is an adjunct senior lecturer at James Cook University.

He is a thorough and determined veterinarian, happy to treat all species. He is experienced in all aspects of equine reproduction and dentistry and has a particular interest in equine lameness and surgery.


Tamara Olley-Dredge

Tamara was born in Lismore NSW. While growing up she spent time on her family’s beef and horse property located in the area. She studied a Bachelor of Applied Science – Animal Studies (Animal Production) with an Honours year at University of Queensland, Gatton. She then went on and studied Veterinary Surgery and Medicine at Murdoch University in Perth and graduated in 2006.

While she was at university in Perth, Tamara worked in the live export industry loading cattle and sheep boats in Freemantle and processing beef cattle all over South West, Western Australia.
Tamara started as a new graduate at Tableland Veterinary Service in January 2007 and became a partner in 2011.

She is happiest providing veterinary services to a wide variety of animal species and believes that the variety keeps her on her toes. She has developed a large amount of experience treating many species. She plays a role in teaching James Cook University veterinary students and has a special interest in cattle medicine and surgery.


Ryan Cockrem

Grew up in Malanda before studying veterinary science and graduating from the University of Queensland. He worked in NSW and in the United Kingdom in mixed practice for many years before returning to the Tablelands to work at Tableland Veterinary Service. Ryan is a mixed veterinarian and genuinely likes the variety of working with many species, often performing dairy cattle work in the morning, artificial insemination in a mare after lunch and some small animal surgery later in the day!

Mick Ruppin

Mick graduated from the University of Sydney and started work at Tableland Veterinary Service in 2007.  He took a two year break from TVS in 2010-2011 and completed an Equine Internship at the University of Sydney and travelled to England to work in mixed practice. During other short breaks he has worked for the NSW DPI as part of the Equine Influenza outbreak, as Raceday Vet at Royal Randwick Racecourse and at a veterinary emergency centre.  He returned to Tableland Veterinary Service in 2012.

Mick is interested all aspects of veterinary practice and enjoys the challenge of treating all creatures great and small. He has a special interest in horses and gained his Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Surgery in 2012.

His veterinary claim to fame is working with the racehorse Black Cavier. He owns an ex-trotter, Flash, who doubles as a faithful companion and universal blood donor!