Meet our team

Warren Foreman - Senior Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Management
  • MAC.V.Sc
  • CMAVA

Warren graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1979 with honours. He became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1985. Warren has also gained certificates in Canine Medicine, Cardiology, Ophthalmology and Practice Management.

Warren's employment began at the Trinity Gardens Veterinary Hospital in 1980. He has also worked at practices in South Melbourne and the Riverland before returning to Adelaide in 1992. He established Adelaide Animal Hospital in 1999 and expanded the group to include sites at Prospect, Goodwood Road & Stirling.

Warren has undertaken advanced studies in dentistry, ultrasonography and orthopaedic surgery. 

He is an avid cyclist and enjoys relaxing rides with friends in his spare time. He also enjoys diving, hiking and participating in long distance cycling events – completing the Paris Brest Paris 1200km bike ride in 2015.
 

Piri Cutts - Veterinarian & New Graduate Mentor

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Post Graduate in Ophthalmology
  • Post Graduate in Sonology
  • Post Graduate in Rabbits and Rodents
  • Post Graduate in Surgery

I am originally from Melbourne, but I obtained my veterinary degree at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. I have since moved to Adelaide for the amazing opportunity to work with the brilliant and supportive AdelaideVet team, and have never looked back!

All my life I have been passionate about animals and their welfare, and becoming a veterinarian was my dream. I have a thirst for knowledge and am always working towards broadening and strengthening my veterinary skills in topics of interest to me. Specifically internal medicine, surgery, ultrasonography, pocket pets and eyes.

When I am not busy being a vet, I love nothing better than sharing the couch (or bed!) with my cat Snoop, American Staffordshire Nala and Kelpie X Baci.

I love being outdoors, walking or running with my dogs, spending time at the beach, going to the gym, dancing and music, travelling, reading, and spending quality time with my wonderful family and friends.
 

Chiew-Lian Cheng - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

I completed my veterinary training at The University of Melbourne in 2006. After working at a small animal practice in Melbourne, my husband and I returned to Adelaide to be close to our family and friends. 

I joined AdelaideVet in December 2008, spending time between the two clinic locations at Prospect and Trinity Gardens.

In 2016 I have been lucky enough to be transferred to AdelaideVet Stirling, working as a part-time veterinarian since becoming a local Hills resident.

I now have a large garden where I spend most of my free time, growing vegetables and flowers to the sometimes challenging weather of chilly winds and frosts that was never a concern when I was living in the Adelaide Plains.
 

Stephanie Ortega - Veterinarian

 
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Hons)  
  • Bachelor of Science

I am originally from Wisconsin USA but have been living in Australia for over 13 years. I completed my veterinary degree at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, in 2006. After graduating I moved to Port Augusta, South Australia, where I worked in rural mixed practice for three years.

I started work at AdelaideVet in 2006 after moving back to Adelaide. I am now able, with a great support team, to focus on small animal care. I am passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine and enjoy working with rabbits.

At the moment I do not have any pets to occupy my free time; so instead, I spend most of my time ballroom dancing and training in Latin dance teams to perform within Australia.
 

Simon Craig - Head Veterinarian Goodwood Road

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • MANZCVS (Small animal medicine) 2007
  • MANZCVS (Small animal dentistry) 2008

Simon was brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, and has always been passionate about animals. He studied veterinary science at Massey University in NZ and graduated with distinction in 1999 before discovering how much better the weather was in Australia.  

After working for two years in Melbourne Simon travelled to the UK where he worked for a large practice group in Kent for 3 years. On returning to Australia in 2005 he has spent the last 8 years at Gordon Veterinary Hospital in Sydney before moving to Adelaide in 2013 to take up an exciting position at AdelaideVet. 

Simon obtained his Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in small animal internal medicine in 2007 and then small animal dentistry and oral surgery in 2008.  

Simon's main interests are dentistry and internal medicine. 

Outside of work, Simon loves road cycling, cooking, eating, drinking wine and spending time with his partner Joanna and their son Ben. He is manipulated on a daily basis by his food motivated brown Burmese cat, Tui.
 

Stephanie Crocker - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I grew up in Adelaide and graduated with my degree in November 2015. I completed the majority of my veterinary placements in Adelaide and country South Australia, but also had the opportunity to go to South Africa to work with wildlife and cattle farmers.

My interests include dermatology, surgery, exotic pets and wildlife.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing sport, walking my cocker spaniel Chloe and travelling, having spent my gap year on exchange in Belgium.

I am excited to have started my Veterinary Career at AdelaideVet.

 

Elle Parker - Veterinarian & Behavioural Services

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Hons)
  • MANZCVS – Behaviour

I graduated from Murdoch University in WA in 2010. After initially working in emergency practice and then in general practice, I quickly discovered my enthusiasm for animal behaviour, psychology and mental health. 

I have a passion for animal welfare and the human-animal connection and have found my calling helping pets with behavioural problems. 

I moved to South Australia in 2016 to join the team at AdelaideVet.

Outside of veterinary science I enjoy spending time with my dogs, traveling, cooking, writing and pilates.

 

Casey Tucker - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Arts, Italian
  • Master of Science, Urban Habitat Management
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I grew up near Boston, USA, and obtained my Bachelor's degree at the Johns Hopkins University.  Later, I moved to Adelaide, where I worked as a veterinary nurse, studied for my Master's degree at the University of Adelaide, and met my husband.  I had always hoped to be a vet, so I returned to America, to study Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  During this time I completed a parasite research project in Taiwan and an internship with the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.  

After graduating, I joined a small animal practice outside of Boston.  My husband and I moved back to Adelaide in 2016, where we are enjoying spending time with family and friends.  

I'm really excited about joining the wonderful team at AdelaideVet.  I love general practice because of the variety of cases I am able to see each day.  I am particularly interested in soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology.

Outside of work, I am passionate about traveling, running, and diving.  My husband and I also enjoy relaxing with our American Staffordshire, Kyuss. 
 

Anna Duffield – Veterinarian

On parental leave

  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I was born and raised in Adelaide and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I have a passion for canine and feline surgery as well as an interest in geriatric medicine. 

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, walking and spending time with my friends and family, including my Labrador Stella, cat Mittens and tropical fish.

I am excited to be continuing my veterinary career with AdelaideVet and look forward to continuing to develop my skills and interests.

 

Kate Carracher – Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Science 
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

I graduated from Murdoch University in WA in 1997. I have since worked in various practices in Victoria and the U.K before settling back in Adelaide in 2001 which is when I originally worked at AdelaideVet until 2007.

For the following 9 years we lived overseas in Singapore & New York and in early 2017 we made the decision to return to Adelaide as our children were entering senior school.

It is exciting to be back at the wonderful practice of AdelaideVet.

We are a family of 7 with 3 children, a lovely dog Lulu, and an elderly Burmese Max.
 

Jessica Paterson – Head Veterinarian Prospect

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Science
  • Post Graduate Foundation Small Animal Internal Medicine
  • Post Graduate Foundation Feline Medicine

I graduated from Murdoch University with the prize in Small Animal Surgery in 2003.  Since then I have worked in a variety of roles within Adelaide and Perth, ranging from Emergency and Critical Care to Boutique Small Clinic work and management.  I worked with Adelaide Vet from 2008 until 2012 and then recommenced work with the group again in 2018.  

I have a keen interest in Small Animal Diagnostic Work Up, specifically Feline medicine and Endocrinology, and have experience and enthusiasm for ultrasonography adding to my skills in diagnostics. My compassion and attention to the individual case and patient needs helps build strong pet and client bonds that carry through to my focus and passion for my profession. I also enjoy soft tissue surgery and would like to further my expertise in soft tissue reconstruction surgeries.

I have two fur kids – Theo the Viszla and Baxter the Moggy cat,  along with two human kids I rear when I'm not working. I have also taken up crochet and knitting as a hobby donating or selling my work and am happy to be called a bit of a “nanna”.
 

Carla Pendini – Veterinarian

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2017)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience (2013)

I joined the AdelaideVet team in 2011 as an Animal Caretaker while studying my DVM in Adelaide and was offered a position as a full time vet upon completion of my degree. 

During my time with AdelaideVet I enjoyed working with the cats in our boarding facility as well as the wonderful array of wildlife that is admitted to the hospital. I have a particular interest in all things feline and hope to continue to broaden my knowledge of feline medicine.

I have two of my own cats, one of which is a tabby stray that was brought into our Prospect clinic in 2015 and I subsequently hand raised and another elderly torti who has been my companion since 1998.

When I am not working you can find me outdoors at the beach, running and rollerblading or spending quality time with my friends and family.
 

Daria Gillespie – Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, I completed my training at Massey University in Palmerston North. I moved to Adelaide shortly after graduating, having previously discovered how lovely the city and climate is.

Here I worked in mixed practice for a time before joining the wonderful team at AdelaideVet. I enjoy being able to provide quality care to my patients and have a particular interest in canine and feline surgery.  I am currently excited to be expanding my skill set in dentistry and diagnostic imaging.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time at the beach and keeping fit by playing rugby and hiking. I am passionate about travelling and enjoy exploring all that South Australia has to offer.
 

 

Litto Suu – Veterinarian

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science - Biology and Biomedical Science

I was originally born and raised in India where I attended an American international boarding school in Kodaikanal. I then moved to the United States to complete my higher education. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biomedical Science in 2007 followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduating, I moved to Denver, Colorado where I worked at a busy general and 24-hour emergency practice before joining a referral speciality center as an emergency veterinarian. In 2017, my husband and I relocated to Adelaide, in search of new adventures and cultural experiences, and I joined AdelaideVet. My professional interests include anaesthesia/pain management, soft tissue surgery, and emergency and critical care.

Our pet family includes a rambunctious, one-eyed bandit cat named Mad-eye and a hyper, chocolate Labrador named Ace. 

In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, backpacking, travelling, and cycling.
 

Edwina Low – Veterinarian

I am originally from Melbourne but moved to Sydney to study my veterinary degree, graduating in 2014. I then started my life as a veterinarian working in Port Lincoln and then moved back to Adelaide in 2016.

I joined the team at AdelaideVet in 2017 to work the night shift so that I could spend more time practising emergency medicine. I am now studying for my memberships in Emergency and Critical Care medicine which I hope to complete in the next 18 months.

When I'm not working I enjoy riding my horse Khali and compete in dressage competitions regularly. I also enjoy spending time with my very energetic rescue dog Kelly.
 

Nick Male – Head Veterinarian Stirling

I graduated in the year 2000 from Murdoch University in Western Australia and since then I have worked in many small animal hospitals.

I spent 2006 at the Murdoch University Pet Emergency Centre as an emergency registrar, and then in 2008, my family moved to South Australia. From then until late 2018 I held a senior veterinarian position at Marion Animal Hospital and was Veterinary Manager of the Hospital for 5 years.

My special interests include skin and ear disease, internal medicine, emergency medicine, medical imaging and surgery.

I am very happy to chat to you about the way the body works and to explain your pet's options diagnostically and with treatment.
 

 

Magnolia Bell – Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)

I began working with AdelaideVet in 2016 as an Animal Caretaker whilst undertaking my veterinary studies at the University of Adelaide. I graduated in 2019 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and was delighted to continue working with this incredible team as a Veterinarian.

I enjoy all facets of small animal work, especially diagnostic imaging and internal medicine.

Outside the workplace I dabble in pottery, scuba diving and volunteer work with a marine wildlife rescue group.

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Dearsley – Veterinarian

  •  
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)
  • Bachelor or Psychological Science

I was born and raised in Adelaide and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2019 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

I am excited to be joining the excellent team at AdelaideVet where I can continue my education in all aspects of small animal veterinary work. I have a particular interest in diagnostic imaging.

When not working you can find me at the beach, reading, travelling, scuba diving, walking with my crazy Vizla, Flynn or enjoying the many beautiful wine regions that Adelaide has to offer.

 

Peter Atkinson – Veterinarian

  •  
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)

I grew up north of Adelaide in the beautiful Barossa Valley. I was fortunate to not have to move too far to follow my path and become a vet at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2019.

I have a passion for caring for people and pets alike, and AdelaideVet is the perfect place for me to do that. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, but in particular medicine and pharmacology.

I also enjoy being out of the clinic, specifically waterskiing, snow sports, travel and most recently scuba diving, as well as exploring South Australia's great food and wine regions.

 

Melanie Soda – Veterinarian

  •  
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Medical Science 
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Originally from Adelaide, I graduated from the Australian National University and the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Medical Science. I then obtained First Class Honours at the Australian National University in Biology. Afterwards, I moved to Melbourne to complete my DVM. Deciding Canberra and Melbourne were too cold for me, I moved back to Adelaide where I have worked full time as an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian, before moving on to GP work with AdelaideVet.

My interests include feline medicine, emergency and critical care and now I'm enjoying learning more about ultrasonography.

In my free time I enjoy finding new hiking spots around Adelaide, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

 

Hospital Manager

Tracey Hunt - Hospital Manager (AAH Group) & Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I commenced working as a veterinary nurse in 1987 in a mixed animal practice in Queensland. As I was still at school when I started nursing I could only work after school, weekends and school holidays, so in 1989 when I moved with my family to Adelaide I gained a full-time position in a veterinary practice where I worked for ten and a half years as a veterinary nurse. During this time I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1991 and received an Australasian award for Excellence in Veterinary Nursing in 1996.

In 1999 I joined the team at AdelaideVet. I worked in the capacity as Practice Manager until October 2004 when I took maternity leave for the arrival our second child. After 7 months maternity leave, I returned to AdelaideVet as a Veterinary Nurse. Two children were not enough so along came the third in June 2006 and once again I have returned to AdelaideVet.

I am very passionate about veterinary nursing and the veterinary industry in general. During my career, I have been actively involved in committees relating to the veterinary industry and am currently a committee member on the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia on both Divisional and National levels.

My family includes my two beautiful daughters, Claire born October 2002 and Kate born November 2004, a handsome son Lachlan born June 2006 and my husband Stuart. I am a devoted pet owner with two beautiful Golden Retrievers, Zoe and Max, as well as our Ragdoll Abby.

AdelaideVet is a great place to work with a great team of competent and highly qualified vets, nurses and receptionists. I feel privileged to be a part of this team and to be able to look after your pets.
 

Administration Staff

Louise McDonald - Training Coordinator & Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work with animals and I am so honoured to be part of the team at AdelaideVet. The animal care industry is a challenging and rewarding industry to be a part of and I truly enjoy these challenges, the lessons learnt, the team members and of course meeting all our clients with their wonderful pets.

I have two mischievous Siberian Huskies of my own named Mya and Kaley, who rule our household and I am definitely guilty of bringing home more rescue and foster animals than I can count. I love to travel and see new places and if this isnt possible then curl up with a good book, although this is increasingly difficult with a busy husband and an even busier young son!

I look forward to all the little surprises my role brings to me every day!
 

Jacqui Johnson - Administrative Officer & Work Placement Coordinator

  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management

I was very fortunate to start work with the fantastic team at AdelaideVet Prospect in early 2010. Coming from a background of Retail and Office Management, it was an absolute dream to be able to incorporate my prior skills within the animal care industry.

I have since migrated from our Prospect hospital to the AdelaideVet Support Centre, working “behind the scenes” in many varied aspects of administration.

At home I am kept very busy by my 3 young children and my dog, a beautiful Border Collie X named Bowie. After taking him in as an abandoned 6-week old pup, he was the perfect addition to our home and was a great education of the ins and outs of puppy training and care, the developing needs of a young dog, and now the needs of a mature working dog. It's so lovely to watch his friendship grow with my children. 
 

Veterinary Nurses

Stephanie Nicholson - Practice Manager Trinity Gardens & Senior Veterinary Nurse

I have been a part of the AdelaideVet team since 2008. I am a qualified veterinary nurse and have completed my Diploma in veterinary nursing, general practice. I have always had a passion for nursing and since I began my course, I knew I wanted to work in an emergency clinic just like AdelaideVet. I have a passion for animals and thrive on the challenges they bring every day.

I have a range of different animals including 1 beautiful cat, 2 rescue chickens and a Lawsons dragon lizard

Veterinary nursing is a challenging but rewarding career and working at AdelaideVet gives me the chance to learn and work in different situations allowing me to improve my nursing skills every day. I love being a part of the AdelaideVet team. It is a fantastic place to learn and the standards of care are second to none.
 

Michelle Rowe - Practice Manager Trinity Gardens & Senior Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Introduction to Animal Care
  • First Aid
  • Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care

I joined AdelaideVet in February 2008 as an animal caretaker and became a qualified veterinary nurse in 2010. My interests are in emergency and critical care nursing, and I look forward to furthering my knowledge in this area.

I enjoy working at AdelaideVet as it is a very challenging yet also an extremely rewarding place to work and I am lucky to be surrounded by an amazing team who offer incredible support, skills and knowledge.

Away from work I love nothing more than to have a snuggle with my two gorgeous boxers named Storm and Lexi. They are also both regulars at the hospitals.
 

Stacey Wooldridge - Practice Manager Trinity Gardens & Senior Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I started working at AdelaideVet Trinity Gardens in 2001 until 2009, and have returned in 2015 after many years of nursing and managing other practices around Adelaide.

During my nursing career, I have obtained my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, a Diploma in Practice Management, Accreditation as a Veterinary Nurse and have also been part of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia on a state level. I have an interest in Emergency Nursing and Dental Nursing.

When I am not at work, I enjoy competing my horse Button Up and being in the outdoors. I also enjoy playing netball, basketball and hockey.
At home, I have a Border Collie called Quinn and an Exotic Shorthair cat called Lotus.

I am excited to be back at AdelaideVet and am looking forward to a new chapter in my nursing career.
 

Tara Russell - Senior Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I started my career in Veterinary Nursing in 2005 and joined the AdelaideVet team in June 2011. I am looking forward to many great years ahead working in an atmosphere full of friendly people with a passion for excellent animal care.

I grew up on large acreage where my parents always had plenty of space to indulge me with any pet that I wanted. I learnt to love many different sorts of creatures and today I have two cats, Isosceles and Nakion, one very naughty but adorable Kelpie X, Bailey, and a super goofy Labrador, Wally. On top of my pets I have a strong interest in wildlife and have a small colony of plains rats, sugar gliders and squirrel gliders. My husband and I also have a few large aviaries stocked with small soft bills, various parrots and stone curlews.

I have a very supportive husband, Matt, who enjoys spending time helping with our extensive family. We both share a passion for animals and conservation of wildlife and we're supporting that passion by building our very own wildlife hospital on our 100-acre property. In 2014 Matt and I welcomed our daughter, Charlotte, into our family and in 2015 we welcomed another daughter, Adeline, into our family. We encourage our children to interact and play with our menagerie at home whilst teaching them strong foundation for their own love of animals.

Vicki Clark - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate in Veterinary Nursing RCVS
  • Diploma of Dermatology Veterinary Nursing RCVS

I qualified to be a veterinary nurse in England and worked there as a nurse for 13 years. I came over to Australia and started working at AdelaideVet in 2005. I also hold a Diploma in Dermatology and have an interest in feline and canine behaviour.

Along with my husband and my young daughter, I share my home life with our five dogs whose names are Pyper, Lylly, Tarot, RineandMouser the Blue Heeler, our two cats named Mason and Tanis, as well as seven horses and a rabbit called Thumper. I breeds and shows dogs, and enjoy trail riding and dressage with my horses.
 

Leanne Bowen - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I have been working at AdelaideVet since 1999. I am a qualified nurse and my nursing career spans over ten years.

I am involved in Pet Pep - an education program for primary school children to teach them about the responsibility of owning pets. 

I have two children named Yasmin and Cooper,and am now working part time due to my busy schedule. I also have two dogs Skunk - a Staffordshire X, a Bull Terrier named Spud and a cat named Oliver.

I love my role at AdelaideVet, the other team members and the Standards of Care we offer.
 

Heather Browning - Veterinary Nurse

  • Advanced Veterinary Nursing Certificates
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Studies)
  • TAFE Tutor in Veterinary Nursing

I have been a member of the AdelaideVet team since 1999 as a senior qualified veterinary nurse. In 2002 I travelled overseas to London to expand my veterinary nursing skills for a period of six months. I worked in a quiet small and large animal practice in the country town of Wendover and also at an emergency and referral centre in Wimbledon.

In 2005 I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Animal Studies, majoring in Wildlife Biology with the University of Queensland. Last year I was also fortunate enough to broaden my knowledge and skills whilst nursing for a few months at the Adelaide Zoo.

My interests here include emergency and critical care, wildlife nursing and I am also the coordinator of the Cat Adoption program.

I have four cats at home that can play fetch - Homer, Amara, LouisandMo. When I am not at work I regularly participate in Hip Hop classes, gardening and am a keen follower of motorsports and love travelling.
 

Tanya Morris - Veterinary Nurse

 
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Senior First Aid
  • Certificate IV in Photography

I began working as part of the AdelaideVet team as an Animal Caretaker in May 2010 and went on to become a Trainee Veterinary Nurse while studying for my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

I have been a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2014. I find my job extremely rewarding and would not wish to do anything else.

I have adopted two black and white cats through our wonderful kitten adoption program, Sadie and Jude.
 

Lauren Hoffman – Veterinary Nurse

On parental leave

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I joined the AdelaideVet team in January 2015 after moving from rural NSW where I was lucky enough to work in a large mixed animal practice for 7 years.

I enjoy the large range of procedures that AdelaideVet provides. I have an interest in pathology and really enjoy the time I get to spend with patients nursing them back to health.

Outside of work I enjoy music and photography and indulging in good food and entertainment. My fiancé and I have a domestic short haired cat at home called Elsie.
 

Dani Bell – Veterinary Nurse 

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I started working with the amazing AdelaideVet team in December 2015. Prior to becoming a team member at AdelaideVet I have worked at other veterinary practices around Australia.

I currently hold my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and hope to further my education, experiences and skills within the Veterinary Industry.

When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my 2 beautiful cats Scarlet and Dorothy.


 

Jessica Male – Veterinary Nurse

  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science (Biological and Biomedical Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (ECC) (Currently Studying)

My Veterinary Nursing career started back in 2001 while I concurrently studied a degree in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. I then went on to also study a degree in Registered Nursing and have worked as a nurse for both humans and animals since 2008 (and so far I have never got the two confused!). I have worked in a range of veterinary clinics, both small and large.

I am very passionate about good quality Veterinary Nursing education and continuing education, and so I additionally combine my clinical work with part-time work as a Veterinary Nurse Educator for the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing.

Originally from Perth, I now live in the Adelaide Hills on a small property with my husband Nick (a vet), our three daughters, and a menagerie of animals ranging from dogs and cats, to horses, turkeys, goats (including a celebrity goat named Dibble Dabble) and plenty in between!

In my spare time, I enjoy being a mum, horses, dressage and baking.

I am delighted to be a part of the AdelaideVet team and enjoy contributing to the care of all those wonderful patients out there!

Megan McCann – Veterinary Nurse

  •  
    Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

As a kid I have always loved animals and wanted to be a veterniary nurse after my own cat got very ill.

In 2018 I completed my Certificate IV in veterinary nursing in a smaller clinic.

In 2019 I started at AdelaideVet. I am proud to be a part of a wonderful team that demonstrates such a high level of care and support to patients and owners. I aim to enhance my skills and experience to be the best vet nurse I can be.

In my spare time I enjoy being outside, travelling and being at home with my two cats and birds.

 

Jazmin Pearce – Veterinary Nurse

  •  
    Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

I am pleased to have become a team member of AdelaideVet in 2019.

I began my Veterinary Nursing career in 2008 and shortly later earned my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and have been gaining experience ever since.

I have been facsinated by animals from a young age and in high school learnt about veterinary nursing, I have a deep respect for the profession. I love being a veterinary nurse, and particualry favour Puppy Preschool, bird care and expanding my knowledge of emergency and critical care.

In my leisure time I am either making memories with family and friends or I am doting on my whippet 'Willa' and Conure 'Ezra'.

I am looking forward to the possibilities and experiences available as an AdelaideVet team member and working alongside such wonderful people.

 

Tarquin Frahn – Veterinary Nurse

  •  
    Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

I have been vet nursing since 2013; I had been working in a regional mixed practice with small animals, large animals and wildlife up until September 2019, when I joined the fantastic team at AdelaideVet.

I have been interested in insects and animals since I was a child and have had a range of pets. In the past few years I have started rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey.

At work, I have an interest in wildlife, emergency and anaesthesia. In my spare time, I love spending time outdoors.

My current animal family includes a Siberian Husky called 'Ember' and my Nankeen Kestrel called 'Jandals' (named by my girlfriend from New Zealand).

 

Bianca Smits – Veterinary Nurse / Acting Practice Manager - Prospect

  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II Animal Care

I have been a team member at AdelaideVet since January 2006 when I was employed as Animal Caretaker. I worked through my Veterinary Nursing Certificates over the years and was promoted to Veterinary Nurse once I completed my studies. I knew I would have a job with animals as animals have always been my passion.

Working at AdelaideVet has fulfilled my expectations of animal care and I have seen so many interesting cases whilst working here. It is a great place to learn and work as the team and standards of care are above and beyond.

When I am not working I love to spend time with my pets: Ozzie, my American Bulldog, who is always up for some fun and his bossy little sidekick Missy, my Maltese X Yorkshire.

I also have an Alexandrine parrot called Maurice who thinks the world is all about him and will never let you think otherwise. He is very inquisitive and loves to learn new exciting tricks like learning how to ride on his toy skateboard or shake your hand to be polite.

 

Sue Lewis – Veterinary Nurse & Client Relations

  • Diploma in Management
  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate in Medical Terminology
  • Certificate in OHS
  • Certificate in First Aid

I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse based at our AdelaideVet Prospect Clinic. I love meeting and assisting clients with their fur babies and I have ample opportunity to do this whilst on desk. It is lovely to hear their stories and see them at each return visit.

At home I have 3 dogs, a Border Collie and 2 small aging Poodles, along with 3 rescue turtles, a rescue cockatiel and 2 house cats.

I work with a great team of staff at Prospect and all members show dedication and professionalism to bring a united service to our valued clients.
 

Donna Jeffries – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies

At the age of thirty, I decided to change my career path and landed in Heywood/ Portland Veterinary Clinic in Portland, Victoria. There I started in Customer Relations but soon discovered my interest in Orthopaedic Surgery and moved into surgery.

I was there for over two years and enjoyed the variety of small, large and wild animals that we treated, especially x-raying a Wedge-tailed Eagle.

My life took another twist and my family and I moved back to Adelaide. In February 2008, I started work at Norwood Veterinary Clinic in Adelaide and in August moved to AdelaideVet Prospect.

In November 2010, I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. After so many years at AdelaideVet Prospect I now call it my home. My passion lies with theatre nursing and I get great comfort caring for your fur babies when in hospital. Dentistry is another interest and I look forward to further studies in that field.

I am owned by a Cocker Spaniel called Chilli, a Border Collie called B.J., a hand raised Tabby cat called Camo, and our latest edition, a cheeky Ginger female cat called Scout.
 

 

Chevon Daumann - Veterinary Nurse

 
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III in Business Administration
  • Certificate II in Retail operations

I joined the team at AdelaideVet in January 2010 as an Animal Caretaker and since have completed a traineeship to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse. One of my favourite areas of my role at our Prospect Road Hospital is running our Puppy Pre-school classes, I enjoy being able to help new puppy owners shape their puppies into well-mannered and dearly loved family members. I have a keen interest in cat and dog behaviour and am always looking for avenues to increase my knowledge. I also co-ordinate our cat adoption program, being able to help homeless cats and kittens find the loving forever homes they deserve is very fulfilling for me. 

Being a Veterinary Nurse has been my career goal ever since I was a little girl. I have always had a passion for animals and have grown up with an array of pets. At homeI am owned by my four beautiful cats named Beej, Spanky, Pippi and Lucky, along with my two very cheeky dogs, Roxie the Poodle x Kelpie and Blue the American Staffordshire Terrier. 

I am very proud to be a part of such a dedicated team with high levels of compassion and fantastic standards of care. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at AdelaideVet and look forward to meeting you and your furry family.
 

Leanne Hill – Veterinary Nurse

  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

I love working for such a caring, enthusiastic team who all care for every pet like they are our own.  

My life outside of work is pretty crazy. I have two energetic children who keep me busy, two Maltese Shih Tzu crosses, Ky and Kozi, and have recently adopted a kitten called Jello (who is giving the children a run for their money in the energy stakes).

We also have a turtle and a bearded dragon called Spikey.


 

Emma Nolan – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate in Animal Care
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) (Currently Studying)

I began my Veterinary Nursing career with AdelaideVet in 2008. I have completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and am currently studying to gain a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice).

I consider myself very lucky to have found a career where I am able to advocate for the health and well-being of animals and to work with passionate and like-minded people.

I have 2 cats; Lilly Pad & Marshmallow and 2 dogs; Iggy Pup and Drew Barrymore.
 

Kat McEwen – Client Relations

  • Bachelor of Science (Anatomy and Physiology - Physics)
  • Certificate II Animal Studies
  • Certificate III and IV Frontline Management
  • Senior First Aid

I have been nursing at AdelaideVet Goodwood Road since 2007 and I am still excited about every aspect of Veterinary Nursing and find there are always new techniques and skills to be learned.

It’s a pleasure to be working with such a great team, who uphold such a high standard of care for both our patients and their parents.

I share my home with my husband, my teenage daughter and my gorgeous fur kids – Kallisto, my beautiful hearing impaired Dalmation, Megarea, my once very black kitty who is now very slightly grey and the newest addition is Nox – the loudest cat on the planet!
 

Stacey Braithwaite – Veterinary Nurse

On Parental Leave

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 
  • Certificate II Animal Studies
  • Qualified Fauna Rescue Carer

I am an outdoors enthusiast and live an extremely active lifestyle with my English Staffordshire Terrier Chuk. It is not uncommon to see us kayaking, bush-walking, kite-surfing, motor-biking or boating together.

I am extremely passionate about animal welfare and have always had a particular interest in large and active breeds along with the rare and endangered, specifically natives. My passion for wildlife means I am constantly fostering or caring for weird and wonderful creatures in my aviaries at home.

I love learning something new everyday and continuing to uphold such an outstanding level of patient care at all of the AdelaideVet clinics.
 

Karen O’Reilly – Veterinary Nurse

  • BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care
  • RCVS NVQ in Veterinary Nursing Level II & III Qualified VN (London) 
  • City & Guilds Level III Certificate in Assessing Trainee Veterinary Nurses
  • Unsuvet Pet Diabetes Advisor

I am originally from London and worked at the famous RSPCA Animal Hospital in Putney, London. I moved to Australia in 2009 and have worked for AdelaideVet since then. 

I am very passionate about animal welfare. I have worked for two charities in Sri-Lanka and Barbados to desex and treat the street animals. I have a soft spot for strays. 

I very much enjoy working at AdelaideVet Goodwood Road. Nursing is my passion and there's nothing more than I love nursing a sick patient back to health. 

I have 2 gorgeous kids who are lots of fun, a cat called Bruce and 5 chickens!

Hayley Burdett – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II in Business (Office Administration)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I started my Veterinary Nursing career in a small animal practice where I worked for almost five years. During this time I was fortunate enough to be able to complete my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

In 2012 I was fortunate enough to join the team at AdelaideVet.  I enjoy attending a wide variety of continuing education courses to constantly update my knowledge and better my skills.

At home, I have a menagerie of pets who like to keep me busy. When I am not at work I spend a lot of time caring for my god daughters.

 

Linda Pink – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies

A Brit by birth, I moved to Australia with my family in 2000. After my two daughters grew up I decided to pursue a career in veterinary nursing and I’ve never looked back. 

I started studying veterinary nursing in 2011 and since then I have worked hard to become a qualified veterinary nurse. I have worked in various small animal practices in South Australia and have joined several volunteer organisations. I have been a committee member of the SA Division of the Veterinary Nurse Council of Australia since 2012. I am also a member of SAVEM (South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management) and a former carer for Fauna Rescue.

I am now excited to be working in a rewarding career with like-minded and skilled professionals with the Adelaide Vet team.

I strongly believe that animals have a healing power and we have a lot to learn from them.

I have a cream Persian cat called Fudge, a blue Himalayan rescue cat called Icy and a Sharpei-cross rescue dog with special needs called Tigger.

When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my pets and family, travelling and fine wine and dining.

Belinda Battersby – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Animal and Laboratory Techniques
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Senior First Aid
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Dive master

I have been a veterinary nurse since 2003 and have worked in mixed animal practice as well as small animal, and more recently in specialist and emergency/critical care. I enjoy continuing to learn about all aspects of veterinary nursing and have become both a Registered Veterinary Nurse and an Accredited Veterinary Nurse.

I enjoy volunteering with animals and have worked overseas in Tonga with South Pacific Animal Welfare, Vanuatu with Vets Beyond Borders, and am a member with the South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management, and a member of the Vet Nursing Council Australia.

In my free time I scuba, free dive, guide snorkel tours, hike, dance, bird watch and generally enjoy outdoors.

I have a patient husband, 2 adult daughters, 5 cats, horses and chickens on our property in the Adelaide Hills.

Samantha Tiller – Practice Manager Stirling & Veterinary Nurse

  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Cert II Animal Studies
  • Cert IV Hospitality (Food & Beverage)
  • Senior First Aid
  • Diploma in Professional Counselling (Currently Studying)

I started my nursing career back in 2000 after completing a Certificate IV in Hospitality and deciding that Veterinary Nursing was where my heart really was (and always had been). I have spent the last 20 years working in various small animal practices around Adelaide and I joined the AdelaideVet family in March 2014.

I enjoy all aspects of nursing. Everything from emergency medicine through to nutrition but I have a passion for dog training and running Puppy Preschool classes. I believe that starting owners on the right foot with training can help build a beautiful bond between owner and puppy and I love being a part of that.

I share my home with Jovie the Australian Kelpie, Dudley the Mutt and Elsie & Timmie our cats (they both think that they own the house and we just rent couch and bed space).

When I’m not working I am enjoying time with my family either at home or at our shack on the banks of the gorgeous Murray River.
 

Melissa Carr – Client Relations

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)
  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Senior First Aid

After working in the dental industry for seven years, I took the opportunity to follow my dream of working with animals and started work at AdelaideVet Stirling at the beginning of 2014.

My experience with dogs goes back a long to my first Siberian Husky and my involvement with competitive dog sledding when I was a teenager.

Currently, my husband and I share our lives with our 2 Siberian Huskies, 2 Golden Retrievers and a French Bulldog.

We actively participate in dog sledding, obedience and conformation shows.
 

Karen Hague – Veterinary Nurse

  •  
    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Animal Technology)
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Environmental Management)
  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)

My Veterinary Nursing career began in 1998 where I worked as part of a small team at Stirling Veterinary Clinic (now AdelaideVet, Stirling). I was working part time initially whilst I furthered my studies, but I soon realised my passion was for helping our clients and their pets which I continue to do today.  

I live in the Adelaide Hills with my husband and two daughters. We share our lives with our beloved Jack Russell, Tayla and our Cavalier King Charles, Lani.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending it with my family and our horses on my parents farm.
 

Amanda Standish – Client Relations & Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (NZ)

I have been a Veterinary Nurse since completing my training in 2014. I started working with AdelaideVet in September 2016.

I enjoy working with a lovely, caring team of people. I am passionate about helping people and their animals and will always pride myself to giving the highest level of care to the best of my ability every time. Every day I am learning something new and love how challenging and rewarding this career is.

In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors and spending quality time with my family and friends.


 

Tayla Atkinson –  Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II in Business Administration
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate in First Aid'
  • Certificate in Nutritional Consult Nursing (currently studying)

I started working with AdelaideVet in 2013.  My passion for animals and their well-being has been an ambition since a young age. I am now happy that I can play an important part in the health and lives of many animals inside and out of this hospital.

I completed my Veterinary Nurse Traineeship with AdelaideVet and since completion of my certificate have discovered a special interest in nutrition and general medicine. I am currently doing further studies in Veterinary nutrition. I love working at AdelaideVet as each day brings something new and I get to create new and strong bonds with patients and clients alike.  

I am owned by two beautiful domestic felines, who safe to say I absolutely adore! When I’m not at work helping all the beautiful creatures or studying towards my
certificate, I'm outdoors enjoying the simplicity of nature or spending quality time with my felines.

Jasmin Weatherly - Veterinary Nurse 

I worked as a media advisor for almost six years, but a life-long love of animals (and caring for my lovely horse Archer through various illnesses and health issues) inspired me to pursue a career change.

I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017, and then commenced my vet nursing career as a surgical nurse at an equine veterinary clinic, before joining the AdelaideVet team in September 2018.  

Since becoming a vet nurse, I’ve developed a special interest in surgery and anaesthesia, and I’m keen to further develop these skills. I am excited to have joined the AdelaideVet team, and enjoy working with a lovely, caring group of professionals to provide gold standard care to our clients.

In my spare time, I enjoy riding Archer, yoga, and travelling.

Aimee Freckleton – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II Animal Studies 2008
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2011

I began my Veterinary Nursing career back in 2007 at a small animal practice in Adelaide where I worked for over 10 years, learning many valuable skills and being fortunate enough to complete my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing traineeship during this time.

After taking a small break from Vet Nursing in early 2018 to take up a full time career in Travel, it was not too soon till I was back in the industry where I then took up a casual position with the wonderful team at AdelaideVet.

At home, I have a very spoilt tabby cat named Calvin who keeps me on my toes!
 

Olivia Coates – Veterinary Nurse

I joined the very talented team at AdelaideVet in late 2018 after relocating back to Adelaide from Brisbane where I had been working for several years at a small animal practice whilst studying for my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Becoming a Veterinary Nurse (trainee) has fulfilled my life-long desire to work with animals. I grew up surrounded by animals as my family has operated cattle properties for many years and I have lived in rural South Australis for most of my life.

I spent most of my childhood on and around horses, as well as with the endless menagerie of animals that farm life brings and for this, I am very grateful. I have never had a day in my life where I have not had an animal in my care and wouldn’t have it any other way.

I feel very fortunate and proud to be given the opportunity to become a part of the AdelaideVet team. I know working with such a compassionate, highly skilled and motivated team I have the best chance of becoming the best nurse I can be.

I look forward to completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019, with further studies in the Veterinary sector likely to follow under the guidance of the amazing AdelaideVet team.
 

Karoline Wulf – Veterinary Nurse

I have been a Veterinary Nurse since 2008 and have a love for emergency nursing and pride myself in delivering a high standard of care to all my patients.

I have lived in the beautiful Adelaide Hills for over 20 years on a property with dogs, cats, chickens and horses. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, cooking, taking part in dog obedience training and keeping fit, I like to compete in Olympic lifting. I also hand rear kittens, so I am often seen with a small kitten in tow.

 


 

Kristina Gaddi – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II Animal Studies