Our Team

Dr Rachel Peacock


Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Registered Specialist Veterinarian in Emergency and Critical Care

Rachel has over 15 years’ experience as an emergency and critical care veterinarian and specialist. During this time she has treated thousands of pets exposed to poisons, venoms, accidental drug ingestions and other hazardous substances. Rachel oversees the development of resources used by the Animal Poisons Centre’s veterinarians and poisons information specialists and provides poisons continuing education to veterinarians around the country.

Rachel’s veterinary toxicology research has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and in 2014 she was awarded a Master’s degree for her research thesis on permethrin toxicosis in cats and the use of intravenous lipid emulsions. She has lectured to veterinarians Australia-wide and internationally on toxicology topics and techniques, and has extensive experience developing training programs for veterinarians practicing in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care.

Living in Melbourne’s beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Rachel is a keen gardener and is very mindful of the potential danger to pets of products commonly found in Australian homes and gardens; especially given she shares her home with two inquisitive and stubborn, yet small, terriers who like to investigate everything.

Kasra Ahmadi


Poisons Specialist

Kasra is a registered pharmacist who has undergone training in the area of toxicology and poisons information at the very start of his professional career. What attracted Kasra most into his chosen field, was the need to combine both specialised knowledge with critical decision making. Kasra is also a current Therapeutic Guidelines expert group member in the area of toxicology and toxinology.

With over 12 years’ experience working in Poisons Centres, Kasra has provided risk assessment and poisoning management advice for over 50,000 cases relating to pharmaceuticals, drugs of abuse, agricultural products, industrial and domestic chemicals, venomous bites and stings, chemicals and other hazardous substances. Kasra is passionate about the role that poison centres play in improving patient outcomes through provision of up-to date and evidence-based practices.

Kasra’s other interests have been in the areas of operations and management, having had over 10 years’ experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare management and ownership.

After his own dog was accidently poisoned whilst he was away on holidays, he felt compelled to assist and play a pivotal role in the management of poisoned animals in Australia.

Nick Merwood

BSc MPharm

Poisons Specialist

Graduating with a Master of Pharmacy, Nick’s interest in clinical toxicology led him to a role as a Specialist in Poisons Information in 2009. Nick has experienced poison centre training and managerial roles, including being appointed as the Acting Head of Department of his home-state poison centre on numerous occasions.

Over the last decade Nick has continually grown more fascinated with toxicology and has experienced poison centre clinical roles in both Australia and overseas. In 2017, Nick was contracted as a consultant to assist in establishing a new poison centre in a state-of-the-art facility in Doha, Qatar. During his time in Doha, Nick worked alongside internationally recognised clinical staff in developing operational and clinical management guidelines and was instrumental in establishing the countries first poisons register.

Nick has a thirst for knowledge and is driven by the need to improve morbidity and mortality outcomes through evidence-based practices. As an experienced Poisons Specialist at the Australian Animal Poisons Centre, Nick has a passion for animal welfare and strives to continually improve the management of poisoned animals in Australasia.