Meet the Team

Dr Ralph Webster


Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal
Registered Australian Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Ralph is the director and founder of Melbourne Animal Specialist Hospital (MASH). His vision when forming MASH was to create an expert team, with a strong focus on collaborative case management to ensure the best possible care is provided to every patient.

He aims to provide his clients with treatment options that are tailored to their particular needs and supports them in making informed decisions about the best solution for their pet.

Ralph is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small animal Surgery and a Registered Australian Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He regularly attends international specialist conferences to ensure he is up to date with cutting edge surgical advances that optimise his surgical outcomes at MASH.

Outside of work Ralph is a part time taxi driver for his two kids and a keen, but relatively inept, spear fisherman.

Lauryn Barendregt

Nursing Manager

Lauryn is an experienced and fully qualified veterinary nurse. She has extensive experience in specialist referral nursing, having worked in multiple specialist hospitals.

Joining the MASH team in 2020, she is dedicated to providing the very best patient care and has a keen interest in critical anaesthesia.

When she is not at work she is volunteering at her local church or out camping and adventuring with her husband, their Kelpie Clayton and cat Murray.

Renee Roman

Client Relations Manager

Renee joined the MASH team in Sept 2020. She brings a wealth of experience, with a nursing career spanning more than 20yrs. She is committed to a high level of patient care and holds a Diploma in General Veterinary Nursing.

During her career she has worked in small animal practice, mixed practice, and specialty referral practice.

Renee’s fur family consists of a rescue cat named Lionel & a British Blue Cross named Lenny.

Alex Podesta

Veterinary Nurse

Alex is a Fully qualified Cert IV veterinary nurse with a strong interest in all aspects of surgical nursing.

She joined Better vet referrals in 2022. When she is not working she enjoys horse riding, reading, camping with friends and relaxing at home with her cat Crookshanks and dog Lulu.