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.
 

David Mason - Head Veterinarian Trinity Gardens &Veterinary Manager

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Certificate in Business Administration
  • MANCZVSc (Small Animal Surgery)
  • CMAVA
  • GAICD
  • MBA (in progress)

I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999, and started my veterinary career at the Whittlesea Animal Hospital in Victoria, working with both large and small animals for three years. After this, my wife and I worked in the UK before returning to Australia and settling in Adelaide.   I have undertaken further study in small animal surgery, gaining my membership of the Australian College in Small Animal Surgery in 2005. I also have a strong interest in ultrasonography, in which I have undertaken further specific training.

After becoming a partner in AdelaideVet, I undertook further business training, and now my time is divided between mentoring, clinical work and leading the veterinary team.

I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young children, and value any time spent snow skiing and bushwalking finding GeoCaches. Currently, we are owned by 2 indoor cats and our little dog Ziggy.

 

Piri Cutts - Veterinarian & New Graduate Mentor

On parental leave

  • 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.
 

Chris Brown - Veterinarian

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science (Pre-Veterinary)
I graduated from the University of Adelaide with the first class of Doctor of Veterinary medicine cohort. I am originally from Adelaide Hills but have also lived in the Northern Territory. I have a keen interest in canine and feline surgery but also enjoy my exotic pets with a particular focus in ornamental fish medicine. In my spare time I do enjoy dancing the Argentinian tango, playing tennis and travelling. I also like to play 'Masterchef' in the kitchen cooking up a storm. My family consists of my lovely wife, two Labradors, a cat and an aquarium.
 
I am delighted to have been welcomed into the AdelaideVet team and look forward to meeting you and your pet soon.

 
 

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.

 

Tiffany Peters - Veterinarian

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

I grew up in Adelaide where I graduated from my veterinary degree in 2015. After completing many of my placements with AdelaideVet I was delighted to be offered a full-time position  as a Veterinarian with such an incredible and passionate team.

My interests include companion animal internal medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology, and diagnostic imaging - areas I can't wait to develop further skills in.

When I am not in the clinic I enjoy reading, performing, relaxing at the beach, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

I am looking forward to meeting you and your wonderful pets.
 

Elle Parker - Veterinarian & Behavioural Specialist

  • MANZCVS – Behaviour
  • 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

  • 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.
 

Jessica Steel – Veterinarian

I grew up in the Adelaide Hills before moving to Sydney to complete my Bachelor of Veterinary Science. I moved back to Adelaide immediately after graduating in 2014 and practiced at a large small animal hospital in the southern suburbs where I quickly gained lots of hands on experience!

I love all aspects of small animal medicine but have a special interest in managing chronic pain and geriatrics – so come see me with your ‘golden oldies’. I am also undertaking further studies in rehabilitation and sports medicine so I can offer more services to these patients.

My partner and I have now settled on 30 acres in the Adelaide Hills where we have lots of animals including horses, sheep, dogs and cats.
 

Practice 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 remember I have wanted to work with animals and I am so excited to be part of the team at AdelaideVet. At AdelaideVet, I am really enjoying the challenges, the team members, and of course, meeting all the clients with their wonderful pets.

I have two mischievous Siberian Huskies of my own named Mya and Kaley, along with two affectionate ringtail possums, Pacey and Penny. I love to travel and see new places and make it a priority wherever I go to visit the local animal sanctuaries!

I look forward to all the little surprises and challenges that my Training Coordinator and Veterinary Nursing role brings and always look forward to meeting all of our customers.
 

Jacqui Johnson - Administrative Officer & Work Placement Coordinator

  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management

I was very fortunate to start work with the fantastic team at the Prospect Road Veterinary Hospital 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 various aspects of administration and human resources.

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 has been a great way to learn in detail 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

On parental leave
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Diploma in Veterinary Nursing 

I have been a part of the AdelaideVet team since 2008. I am a qualified veterinary nurse and have recently completed a 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 2 beautiful cats, 3 chickens, a Lawsons dragon lizard and a cheeky bunny

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.
 

Sally Patterson - Veterinary Nurse

On parental leave

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

I began Veterinary Nursing in 2007 in a small animal practice in Adelaide. In my nursing career, I have also had an opportunity to spend some time working in a country practice on the Yorke Peninsula.

I joined the team at AdelaideVet in February 2013 and love working here. Every day is challenging and rewarding. We are always supported and encouraged to continue our education and further our skills. I have an interest in wildlife and nutrition.

At home, I have a beautiful rescue Border Collie named Marley, whom I adopted from the Hahndorf Interim Shelter. I also have Marshall, a seriously affectionate ginger cat who was an adoption kitten at our Trinity Gardens Hospital.
 

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.

 

Chantelle Baohm – Practice Manager Prospect

  •  
    Certificates in Enrolled & Advanced Veterinary Nursing
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)
I joined Adelaide Vet in a leadership role in 2019. I have 24 years of experience in the Veterinary Industry working as a Head Veterinary Nurse, Nursing Manager, Tutor, Training Co-ordinator and Practice Manager. These roles have been in Private Practice as well as the University of Adelaide & TAFE SA.
 
I have a strong interest in customer service and internal medicine, in particular rabbit medicine.
 
I have a myriad of pets at home who are all rescues but one. Three dogs -  Chester a Cavalier King Charles, Bella a Cavalier x Beagle & Bodhi a West Highland White Terrier. Two Domestic Shorthair Cats - Tommy & Crumbs, and Archie the Netherland Dwarf rabbit.
 

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.
 

Bianca Smits – Veterinary Nurse

  • 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.
 

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.
 

Caitlin Coates – Veterinary Nurse

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

I joined the team at AdelaideVet Prospect as an Animal Caretaker in March 2011. In this time I have learnt so much and have been able to complete my Certificate II in Animal Studies and have also completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015.

I have always loved animals and have always wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse. I am so happy I get to work with animals everyday and am grateful to be apart of such an amazing team at AdelaideVet.

At home I have 3 female Persians called Leedan, Mufdi and Linda. I love Persians, especially their squishy faces and how fluffy they are.
 

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 – Veterinary Nurse & 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
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

I started my nursing career in 2011 in a small animal practice. I was fortunate enough to complete a Veterinary Nursing Traineeship where I learned invaluable nursing techniques.

I started working at AdelaideVet Trinity Gardens in December of 2018 where I looked forward to working in a fast paced, high standard of care and emergency clinic. With every day I’m learning something new and love how challenging and rewarding this career is.

I live on the Fleurieu Peninsula with my husband and love of my life, American Staffy, Jada. Together we love exploring what the Fleurieu has to offer.
 

Shane Palmer – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate I & II Animal Studies
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing (currently studying)

I started employment with the Adelaide Vet team in Trinity Gardens in 2019 as a Veterinary Nurse in training.

I am very excited to be part of a team who demonstrates such a high quality of care to their patients, and who will support me in achieving my goals within this industry. I am looking forward to developing my skills further in the variety of services that AdelaideVet have to offer.

Every day I am welcomed home by my English Staffordshire ‘Hazel’ and my Golden Retriever ‘Maverick’.
 

Nikita Tormet – Veterinary Nurse

  On Parental Leave

  • Certificate II in Wildlife Studies
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

My passion for animals started at a very young age. My parents would often find me trying to ‘save’ wildlife that ‘needed a home’ and often joked that I would need my own zoo when I grew up.

I started my vet nursing career in when I was 17 completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I worked in a small veterinary practice near my home and have worked in veterinary nursing ever since, with many years experience in emergency and critical care.

My husband would still agree that I have a tendency to bring new pets home. We currently live with my four cats, two dogs, two rabbits and some other small pets. I have taken a break from hand rearing kittens as I have a toddler at home and am currently expecting another bub soon but hope to continue again in the near future.

I am very excited to have joined the AdelaideVet team.

Michaela Camerom – Veterinary Nurse

  • Bachelor Natural Science (Animal Science)
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II Animal Studies

I started my career in 2011 at a busy General Practice Vet clinic in Sydney. Here, I worked my way up from reception to a Senior Nurse. While I was at the practice I completed my Bachelors degree in Animal Science, which included a field project on Flying Foxes.

I moved to wonderful Adelaide in 2019. Although I miss my friends, family and old work family, I am enjoying exploring Adelaide and its surrounds.

I have a keen interest on learning to make sure I can be the best nurse for my patients. Like all our staff, I have always loved animals and felt that my job needed to be based around animals.

Outside of work, I love playing netball or spending time with friends and my cat Ziek.

Client Relations

Lucy Scheid – Client Relations & Veterinary Nurse

On parental leave

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Fitness

I have worked as a Veterinary Nurse for the past few years and have loved every minute of it as I am dedicated to helping animals, big and small, and ensuring that they have the utmost care.

I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 and really enjoy working with the caring and knowledgeable team at AdelaideVet.

When I am not working or studying I spend a lot of my time with my pets including Dexter the Siberian Husky, Tiddles the tabby and Raphael the Domestic Short Hair. I just couldn’t imagine my life without animals.
 

Jenna Nicholson – Client Relations

  • Cert III Business Administration
  • Cert III Hairdressing

After 10 years working in the hairdressing industry, I was extremely excited to begin my new career with AdelaideVet in January 2015!

My role is Client Relations and I love greeting our clients with their furry family members! I have already learnt so much from my amazing and knowledgeable work colleagues and I feel extremely lucky to be working with such a passionate team of animal lovers!

My love for animals is definitely inherited from my wonderful Mum. Growing up in a country town we had a cat, rabbit and chickens who spent everyday playing in our backyard together.
I now live in the city with my husband and beautiful cat Boots. She is absolutely the queen of our house and I love spending time with her!

I could not imagine working in a better environment that AdelaideVet and I'm excited for all the possibilities for my future in this amazing industry.
 

Cassandra Giglio – Client Relations

Having animals in my life has always been important to me, whether it is having a companion to play with or snuggle with. The love that furry creatures bring me is why I want to pursue a career with animals.

I am very thankful AdelaideVet has given me an opportunity to work in my dream industry. I wish to further my career by completing a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course in the future. 


 

Animal Caretakers

 

Sarah Robinson – Animal Caretaker & Client Relations

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies

I have always enjoyed being around animals which led me to decide that a career in the Animal Industry is the choice for me.

Before working at AdelaideVet I worked at a dog boarding kennel for 4 years, as well as doing some work at another veterinary clinic.
I have also completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies which I found really interesting.

I live in the Adelaide Hills with my two cats Pippa and Tillie as well as my Australian Shepherd Echo. 

I enjoy working at AdelaideVet as it is a great team and I am always learning lots of new things and meeting lots of interesting pets.
 

Claudia Matto – Animal Caretaker

  • Certificate I Animal Studies
  • Certificate II Animal Studies

I joined the AdelaideVet team in 2015 as an Animal Caretaker and I couldn't be happier. I am so grateful for this opportunity and for the amazing team I work with each day.

I am looking forward to completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in the future and furthering my career.

Outside of work I love nothing more than spending time with family and friends and of course my American Staffordshire, Diesel!

 

Tracy McNally – Animal Caretaker & Trainee Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)
  • Bachelor of Social Work

When faced with the daunting task of returning to work after full-time parenting, my previous career as a social worker simply wasn’t going to cut it. So after some soul searching I decided to follow a completely new path and join the Veterinary Industry. I’m so glad I did. It is such an honour to be involved in the care of people's cherished companions.

I especially love getting to know each cat that spends time in our boarding facility and think of myself as the concierge of a 5 star hotel. You might even get a postcard from your pet while they’re on holiday with us!

My family includes two animal-loving daughters, an elderly cat and a retired racing greyhound known for getting himself into all sorts of mischief.
 

Lizzy Davey – Animal Caretaker & Client Relations

  • Bachelor of Science - Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Science - Veterinary Bioscience
  • Bachelor of Science - Veterinary Medicine (Currently Studying)

In 2012, I decided to pursue my childhood dreams of becoming a Veterinarian. This jump ignited my passion and dedication to the Animal Health Industry. My recent studies have also stimulated an interest in the welfare considerations of both domestic and livestock animal practices. 

At home, I have a dog, called Bob who is the love of my life, two cats and a fiance.

I look forward to meeting you, and the gorgeous furry, feathery and scaly friends you bring along!
 

Hailei Brooks – Animal Caretaker & Puppy Class Trainer

  • Bachelor of Science - Animal Behaviour (Currently Studying)

Since I was a child animals have been a big part of my life. I spent a lot of time reading books about animals or playing with my own pets, learning to read their body language and understand them. Now that I'm older I am studying a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behaviour at University so that one day I will hopefully move into the area of behaviour with dogs or horses.

I am fortunate enough to have started working with animals at the age of thirteen at The Animal Barn (previously in Woodcroft). I also have experience at another Veterinary Clinic as their Animal Caretaker, and now enjoy working with the friendly team at AdelaideVet.

My pets at home include my 3 dogs, 5 cats, a python and 2 horses. I spend most of my spare time caring for and playing with them!

I am looking forward to working with the AdelaideVet team and all of their wonderful clients for a long time to come, while improving my skills and knowledge everyday.
 

Stephanie Garrard – Animal Caretaker & Client Relations

  • Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate III in Retail Operations
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)

Caring for animals has always been a big part of my life. I remember when I was younger I would always make sure my parents had the TV turned on when Harrys Practice would be starting and would sit there intently watching the entire show every week.

This passion has lead me to travel to Ontario Canada and work throughout the winter at a dog sledding kennel. While over there caring for the 300+ dogs of the kennel and taking them out for daily sled runs it became cemented to me that working with animals is what I needed for my career.

After coming back to Australia I began studying my Certificate III in Companion Animal Services at Tafe SA. This then led onto being accepted into the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

As part of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing I was required to apply at veterinary practices around Adelaide in order to complete placement. Luckily enough I was offered the opportunity to come to AdelaideVet Trinity Gardens for this placement. After my placement had finished I knew that working in an emergency hospital was truly for me and I didn’t want to leave so I applied for the job as Animal Caretaker to ensure I would continue working and learning with all the wonderful staff at the hospital.

Outside of work and studying I enjoy playing basketball, bike riding, hiking, travelling and spending time at home with my two Chihuahuas Ruby and Major, my Domestic Short Hair Sonic and Rex Rabbit Jax.
 

Magnolia Bell – Animal Caretaker 

  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) (Currently Studying)

Even as I was growing up I never considered a career path that didn’t involve animals.

My interest in domestic animal heath, as well as wildlife, naturally led me down the path of Veterinary Medicine and now I am getting through my degree and loving it!

I hope to pursue my interest in wildlife as well as orthopaedic surgery down the track.

When I don’t have my head buried in a textbook, I enjoy spending time with my crazy Bearded Collie Poppy, volunteering with Koalas and other native wildlife as well as spending time at the beach.

I also love travelling and most recently spent an incredible month in rural Thailand, volunteering at an Elephant Sanctuary.

I’m excited to join the team at AdelaideVet and learn from the exceptionally capable staff while on my journey to become a ‘dog-ter’.

Can’t wait to pamper your pawed friends while they’re on holiday with us!
 

Melissa Napolitano – Animal Caretaker 

  • Certificate 1 in Animal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) (Currently Studying)

I have always been passionate about the Animal Industry and have my hopes set on becoming a Veterinary Nurse in the near future.

I am currently in year 11 and have plans to gain further certificates after I graduate from year 12 in 2017.

I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to work as an Animal Caretaker at AdelaideVet. My role as an Animal Caretaker is to maintain our cat boarding facilities along with making sure our clinic is tidy and organised.

I absolutely love the position of Animal Caretaker and hope to someday move up to become a Veterinary Nurse.

At home, I have a beautiful brindle English Staffordshire bull Terrier named Tyson. He is five years old and a huge part of my life.

 

Bonnie Parker – Animal Caretaker & Puppy Class Trainer

 

Animals have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember so a career in the animal industry made perfect sense to me. Over the years I had the blessing of living with pets from boisterous dogs with incredible individuality, rabbits, guinea pigs and even chickens. A life without animals is definitely not the life for me.

Adelaide Vet is not only a fantastic team of people who make work feel like home, but they encourage learning in all areas and fields. Thanks to them, I now have the opportunity to not only work every day in a field that I am passionate about, but I simultaneously get to increase my knowledge and practical experience whilst studying.

Following completion of the veterinary nursing certification, I hope to turn my focus towards the field of animal behavioural science as this is what most interests me and where I feel and hope I can make the most difference in the lives of animals.
 

Kobe'Lee Jeffries – Animal Caretaker 

I started working at Adelaide Vet Prospect as an Animal Caretaker in June 2016.

My mum is a vet nurse and for as long as I can remember I would come into her work on the weekends and help look after the cats in cat boarding. So it's the perfect first job for me. I enjoy getting to know all the cats that come into boarding and I love the feeling when I first walk into the room and all the cats are happy to see me. 

I have two dogs called Chilli and BJ and two cats called Camo and Scout. I have an interest in media, visual arts and playing AFL.   

 


 

April Matters-Smith – Animal Caretaker 

 
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Cert II in Animal Studies
  • Currently studying a Diplomaa in Animal Technology

I have been drawn to animal care since a very young age, I rescued my first stray animal when I was 8 years old and also nursed my first juvenile bird into adulthood at 11 years old. I have always been surrounded by small animals and couldn't imagine being without my furry friends both at work and at home. I completed by Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017 and began working at AdelaideVet in 2018.

My house is ruled by my three adopted friends; Lola (Born 2012) is a white and brindle American Staffordshire Cross, Bob (born 2008) is a blue grey domestic long haired cat who owns the house (and also me!) and Indi (born 2013) is my tortoiseshell domestic short haired cat.

I spend a good portion of my recreational time going on play dates with Lola, at the beach or reading. I would eventually love to focus more on the care of native animals alongside domestic animals. I am grateful and happy to be a part of the team at AdelaideVet and I look forward to meeting you and your companion animals.

Lily Walker – Animal Caretaker 

 
  • Currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)

I have always been passionate about animals and their welfare, so it was a dream come true when I began studying to become a Veterinarian after finishing high school.

At home, I own dogs, cats, rabbits and a bird which I love to care for and I'm very excited to be working at AdelaideVet so I can further develop my skills and knowledge on their care and well-being.

I am looking forward to meeting you all and giving your best friends a 5 star holiday experience!!

 

Ashleigh Brennan – Animal Caretaker 

 

I began my journey here at AdelaideVet Prospect in December 2018. I am so grateful to be surrounded by such a lovely team who work so well together in caring for our clients and their pets. I have always loved being around animals as it instantly brightens up my day!

After working in hospitality for 7 years and finishing a business course, I realised I wanted to go down a different and more rewarding career path. I love my position as an Animal Caretaker and look forward to completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

At home, I have a very spoilt French Bulldog named Arlo.

I look forward to meeting you all and your beautiful pets!
 

Clinic Cats

Zuri - Adelaide Clinic Cat

Zuri is a gorgeous grey and white domestic short-haired cat that came to AdelaideVet as a stray in 2010. It was soon discovered with her physical examination that Zuri was pregnant and had about a month before she was due.

The AdelaideVet team decided to keep Zuri as she had such a lovable nature, and all of her kittens were adopted to new homes through our Cat Adoption program.

Zuri is a funny girl who has taken it very seriously to find where all the sunny spots, comfy chairs and snuggly beds in the hospital are.

She has also figured out who provides her with food and will keep a close eye on them when it’s getting close to meal time!

Be sure to say hello to her when you next visit our Trinity Gardens Hospital!
 

Kevin - Prospect Road Clinic Cat

Kevin is a cheeky & mischievous ginger & white domestic short hair who found himself at AdelaideVet Prospect mid-November 2014.

The staff instantly fell in love with his loving, beautiful nature and decided he would be the perfect fit for the new clinic cat.
Kevin started off quite shy but soon showed his real character. He loves to greet clients & patients on the front desk (but watch your car keys as he has been known to take off with them!), sit on staff members shoulders as they are trying to work & also being a great uncle to orphaned adoption kittens needing some love.

Next time you are in at AdelaideVet Prospect be sure to give Kevin a big hello, he absolutely loves any kind of attention.

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