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.

 

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”.

 

Nick Male – Head Veterinarian Stirling

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
  • Bachelor of Science

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.

 

Alex Harrison – Head Veterinarian Goodwood Road

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (with Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) 2005
  • MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) 2010

I grew up in Western Australia, graduating from Murdoch University in Perth in 2000. Shortly after, I worked in the vet school at Melbourne University alongside the specialists, and supervising students. I then spent 13 years working in a busy group of hospitals in Adelaide's south (including 10 years as a partner), honing in on my surgical skills and accepting second opinion cases from colleagues.

I completed post-graduate qualifications and was admitted to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2005, achieving Memberships in Small Animal Medicine. I followed up on this with Memberships in Small Animal Surgery five years later.

My interests include oncology, medical imaging, and reconstructive and orthopaedic surgery. I have experience in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and advanced medical imaging including endoscopy, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT).

My veterinary experiences range from working out of a caravan in WA's far north, trapping and release of endagered species, working with a male Silverback Gorilla at one of Australia's zoos, being a business owner as well as working in a university environment. I enjoy the enormous diversity the profession brings.

Outside of work, I enjoy travel, photography, spending time with family and in the natural world (and have fond memories of time spent in Borneo and Cost Rica).

Simon Craig - Veterinarian

  • 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.

 

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.
 

Elle Parker - Veterinarian & Behavioural Services

On parental leave

  • 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.

 

Chalette Brown - Veterinarian & Behavioural Services

 
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Member of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists  – Veterinary Behaviour

Originally from South Africa, I have lived in South Australia for more than 16 years. I graduated from the first cohort of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students of the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy Campus) in 2013.

I have a keen interest in behaviour medicine which started in veterinary school and has led me to completing further continuing education in the field, including becoming a member of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in 2017, and was awarded the Robert Holmes award for outstanding achievement.

I have worked in both general practice and behaviour referral practice since graduation, I have also worked for Kersti Seksel, a registered specialist in Veterinary Behaviour Medicine at Sydney Animal Behaviour Services in 2016.

I serve as a guest lecturer at the University of Adelaide in behavioural medicine and am an examiner for the membership examinations for the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Behaviour.

I am a Fear Free Certified Professional, passionate about creating a low stress experience for my patients and those who visit AdelaideVet!

Outside of veterinary work I enjoy spending time with my lovely husband (also a veterinarian) and two beautiful daughters. I own a cat, dog and some fish too. I love being outdoors and exploring nature with my family.

 

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.
 

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.

 
 

Casey Tucker - Veterinarian

On parental leave

  • 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. 
 

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.

 

Litto Suu – Veterinarian

On Parental Leave

  • 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

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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.
 

Magnolia Bell – Veterinarian

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • 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, internal medicine and surgery.

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

 

 

 

Emily Dearsley – Veterinarian

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

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

I also enjoy being out of the clinic, specifically water skiing, snow sports, travel and most recently scuba diving. I also love to explore South Australia's great food and wine regions.

 

Melanie Soda – Veterinarian

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 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, spending time with my family and friends and hanging out with my little dwarf lop rabbit Saturn.

 

Ashlee Harkins – Veterinarian

Being raised in a defence force family, I have had the privilege of living in many parts of Australia, particulary sunny North and Far North Queensland. After graduating with my Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from James Cook in 2018, I made the move to a mixed practice on the Eyre Peninsula.

Having developed an interest in learning emergency medicine and eventually ultrasonography, I made the move to join the supportive and innovative team at AdelaideVet. I have since fallen in love with Adelaide and all it has to offer.

When not at work, I can be found exploring the city and the various gardens usually with a coffee in hand. I enjoy horse riding, travelling, swimming, sketching, reading and have become a bit more of a home body with my cat Licorice. She has quickly and easily taken over the position of 'Head of the House'.

 

 

Rebecca Young – Veterinarian

I grew up in the picturesque Clare Valley and from there moved to country Queensland to complete my Veterinary Degree. Graduating in 2017, I decided to move back to South Australia to be closer to family and have spent the last 3 years working in a busy small animal clinic on the Yorke Peninsula. I have since decided to move to the 'big smoke' of Adelaide and continue to develop my skills in internal medicine, diagnostic imaging and surgery at the wonderful AdelaideVet.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring the wine regions South Australia has to offer and drawing/painting in my downtime. My dog Harper (an English Cocker Spaniel), controls most of my life but I wouldn't have it any other way!

I cant wait to meet your beloved pets!

 

Amber Jurek – Veterinarian

I grew up in Adelaide and pursued my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian, graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2020 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

During my degree I attended several placements with the wonderful team at AdelaideVet, and am very excited to now call myself a part of the AdelaideVet family.

I absolutely love learning so enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, however I particularly look forward to continuing to foster my interests in pathology, diagnostic imaging and internal medicine.

When not at work I spend most of my spare time adventuring down the coast with my beuatiful Border Collie, Kai. Otherwise I'm often found out in nature, reading, writing, practicing yoga, meditating, enjoying music or a good cup of tea!

 

Nicole Poh – Veterinarian

I am originally from Penang, a small island in Malaysia. In 2015 I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to come to Australia to pursue my veterinary dream at the University of Adelaide. I graduated in 2020 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

I have a special interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery in small animals. AdelaideVet is a great platform for me to showcase and enhance my surgical skills and also other aspects of veterinary practice.

Outside of the workplace, you can find me exploring cafes and restaurants around Adelaide. I also love to practice yoga and meditation to cope with stress and enhance self awareness.

I am thrilled to start my veterinary career with the amazing team at AdelaideVet. My missionis to get your pets back on their paws again and I look forward to seeing you around the clinic!

 

Maged (Mac) Mena – Veterinarian

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

Since an early age, I have always loved animals and the natural world. I pursued my veterinary studies and graduated from the Cairo University in Egypt in 2004.

I moved to Australia with my family in 2009, but my enthusiasm and passion for the veterinary field never wavered, which led to the successful completion of the same degree in the two countries! I graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2017, with The Adelaide Graduate Award.

Through out my veterinary career, I have particularly enjoyed small animal medicine and pathology.

When not at work, I enjoy reading, playing soccer, table tennis, and going out with family and friends.

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

Support Team

Tracey Hunt - Hospital Manager - AAH Group

 

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 Adelaide Animal Hospital. 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 Adelaide Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Nurse. Two children were not enough so along came the third in June 2006 and once again I have returned to Adelaide Animal Hospital.

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 cats - Sonia and Pascal and a beautiful Golden Retriever called Jake.

Adelaide Animal Hospital is a great place to work with a great team of competent and highly qualified vets, nurses and receptionists. I consider myself to be a competent veterinary nurse with high standards and feel privileged to be a part of this team and to be able to look after your pets.
 

Jacqui Johnson - Administrative Officer

 

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 Adelaide Animal Hospitals Support Centre, working “behind the scenes” in various aspects of administration and human resources.

At home I am kept busy by my dog, a beautiful Border Collie X named Bowie. After taking him in as an abandoned 6 week old pup, he has been a perfect addition to our home and has been a great way to learn in detail the ins and outs of puppy training and care, and the developing needs of a young dog. I am also finding it fascinating to watch his friendship slowly grow with my new son. My son giggles as he offers his hand to Bowie for a lick over and over. And Bowie is always cheekily lingering right beneath the high chair at meal time waiting for the food to come tumbling down. They are making a great team.
 

Louise McDonald - Training Coordinator

  • 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 Adelaide Animal Hospital. At Adelaide Animal Hospital, 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.


Veterinary Nurses

Bianca Smits – Veterinary Nurse & 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.

I 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.
 

Stephanie Nicholson - Veterinary Nurse & Practice Manager Trinity Gardens

 

I have been a part of the Adelaide Animal Hospital team since 2008. I am a qualified veterinary nurse and have recently completed a course in Emergency medicine. I have always had a passion of nursing and since I began my course, I knew I wanted to work in an emergency clinic just like Adelaide Animal Hospitals. I have a passion for animals and thrive on the challenges they bring everyday.

I have 2 dogs and a cat of my own - German Shepherd cross named Charlie, a Maltese cross Shi Tzu named Callie and a cheeky female domestic long haired cat named Billie who came to the clinic as an adult stray.

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

Stacey Wooldridge - Veterinary Nurse & Practice Manager Trinity Gardens

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I started working at Adelaide Animal Hospital Magill Road 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 a special 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 Adelaide Animal Hospitals and am looking forward to a new chapter in my nursing career.

 

Samantha Tiller – Veterinary Nurse & Practice Manager Stirling

  • 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.
 

Michelle Rowe - 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 Adelaide Animal Hospital in February 2008 as an animal caretaker and became a qualified veterinary nurse in 2010. My special interests are in emergency and critical care nursing, and I look forward to furthering my knowledge in this area.

I enjoy working at Adelaide Animal Hospital 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 hospital.
 

Leanne Bowen - Senior Veterinary Nurse

 

I have been working at Adelaide Animal Hospital team 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 Yasmin and Cooper, and am now working part time due to my busy schedule. I also have two dogs Skunk, a Staffy cross, a Bull Terrior named Spud and a cat named Oliver. I love my role at the Adelaide Animal Hospital, the other team members and the Standards of Care we offer.

 


 

Tanya Morris - Senior Veterinary Nurse

 
  • Currently studying Certificiate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Senior First Aid

After spending a great deal of time searching for my perfect career path I finally realised I should just do what I love and work with animals. I began working as part of the Adelaide Animal Hospital team as an Animal Caretaker in May 2010 and have since become a Trainee Veterinary Nurse while studying for my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I find my job extremely rewarding and would not wish to do anything else.

I have one goofy and utterly adorable Doberman cross Rottweiler dog called Ava. She is quite social and very popular at the dog park. I have also adopted a black cat named Jude, through our wonderful kitten adoption program.
 

 

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 Adelaide Animal Hospital 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 interest 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, Louis and Mo. When I am not at work I regularly participate in Hip Hop classes, gardening and am a keen follower of motor sports and love travelling.

 

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.
 

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.

 

Jess Male – Veterinary Nurse

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

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 gotten 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, 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 Veterinarian), 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 and dressage, and baking.

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.
 

Lucy Scheid - Veterinary Nurse

 

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 upmost care.

I am looking forward to working with the caring and knowledgeable team at Adelaide Animal Hospital and completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015.

When I am not working or studying I spend a lot of my time with my pets Dexter, a 5 year old male Siberian husky, Tiddles, a 10 month old female tabby and Raphael, a 5 month old grey domestic short hair. I just couldn’t imagine my life without animals.
 

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.

 

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.
 

Jasmin Weatherly - Veterinary Nurse 

  • Bachelor of Media
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Equine Science
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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

  • Certificate III Retail Supervision
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)

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.

 

Kristina Gaddi – Veterinary Nurse

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.

 

Michaela Cameron – Veterinary Nurse

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.

 

Kate Daniels  – Veterinary Nurse

Always having an interest in animals, I was incredibly fortunate to work out a way to work that into my career. Starting out by completing my Animal studies Certificate II in 2018 and then completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019, I gained employment at AdelaideVet as an Animal Caretaker through my work placement. I am looking forward to beginning my veterinary nursing training in 2020 and furthering my skills to provide the best care possible to all the animals I can.

I have a full house at home with my dog Jagger (a Border Collie X), my own two cats Missy and Esme and I also foster kittens, which keeps me very busy and is what originally got me interested in the animal industry.

I cant wait to get to know you all, whether that be through looking after your cats in our boarding facilities or providing the best nursing care possible in our hospital.

 

Tarquin Frahn  – Veterinary Nurse

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

Alanah White – Veterinary Nurse

Since graduating my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016 I have been working full time as a Veterinary Nurse in a small animal parctice in Stirling. As of August 2020 I have been given a great opportunity to join the team at AdelaideVet!

I am excited to work in such a progressive and fast paced environment and looking forward to furthering my knowledge in non-routine surgical cases and emergency nursing.

With my famiy originally based in NSW, I was born in the country town of Tamworth. Over the course of my life I have lived in four different states and have found myself happily settled in the Adelaide Hills. I have always been surrounded by an assortment of animals growing up, ranging from dogs, cats bunnies, guinea pigs, native birds, parrots and hand raised sheep. I have also thouroughly enjoyed volunteer work through the Hahndorf Animal Shelter and RSPCA whilst studying.

In my spare time I enjoy strong coffee, hiking through the Adelaide Hills, DJing professionally for events and clubs around Adelaide and spending my summers by the beach!

 

Jazmin Pearce – Veterinary Nurse

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 evr since.

I have always been fascinated by animals and in high school, while learning about veterinary nursing developed a deep respect for the profession. I love being a veterinary nurse especially favouring puppy pre-school, 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 my conure 'Ezra'.

I love the possibilities and experiences available to me as an AdelaideVet team member and working alongside such wonderful people.

 

Melissa Napolitano – Veterinary Nurse

Ever since I was young, and through out my schooling years, I have been passionate about the animal industry. I have always had my heart set on working with animals and I am thrilled that I achieved my goals by completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2021. I cannot wait to continue my education and further grow my skills with such a strong and supportive team here at AdelaideVet.

I have a special interest in animal dentistry, radiography and emergency nursing.

I have two beautiful birds at home, a rainbow lorikeet called Mango and a conure named Pickles. In my down time I love spending quality time with my birds, playing video games as well as creating different aesthetics of artwork.

 

Laura Golding – Veterinary Nurse

My veterinary nursing career began back in 2016 in a regional mixed animal practice in the Riverland.

My love for animals was strong from a young age and a career working with them was always on the cards!

In 2017 I made the move from my hometown of Loxton to Adelaide to continue working as a veterinary nurse. I was fortunate enough to join the AdelaideVet team at the start of January 2021.

I have a special interest in emergency nursing and emergency and sterile surgery. I also have an interest in canine and equine behaviour and have been lucky enough to explore this throughout my nursing career.

I have more pets than I can count, but my Burmese cat 'Coco', Italian Greyhound 'Indy' and horse 'Dakota' are my three fur babies that I talk about the most.

When I am not veterinary nursing, I'm usually training circus and aerials or taking a very required nap to re-coup!

 

Renae Crase – Veterinary Nurse

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

I am born and bred in Adelaide and received my certificate IV qualification in 2015. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the pilot program of the Hills Nutritional Nurse Consultation course in 2016 and have a passion for nutrition. I also love to run Puppy Preschool classes!

I currently live in the Adelaide Hills with my partner Mark, my son Isaac and our beautiful Labradors Koda and Pippin.

When I am not nursing, I love to experiment in the kitchen, watch movies and spend time with my family.

Lena Logan – Behaviour Technician

  •  
    Bachelor of Social Science and Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Certificate in Dog Training Theory
  • Force Free Accredited Dog Trainer

Originally from Sweden, I moved to Adelaide in 2008 to study a Bachelor of Social Science and Psychological Science. I graduated in 2011 and worked as a Social Worker for a year before deciding to pursue my passion of working with animals.

My husband and I moved to England in 2013 where I studied my BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. During my studies I worked at the RSPCA and Guide dogs for the Blind. I also volunteered at the local dog obedience centre.

After we had our son, we decided to move back to Australia and my husband got a job in Melbourne. I got a job as a Dog Trainer and started doing private consults and puppy classes.

When we had our duaghter in 2019, we decided it was time to move back to Adelaide where my husband is from. I was lucky enough to secure the job of Behaviour Technician at AdelaideVet. I love working with the team and helping the dogs and cats who need behaviour support.

I am a Force Free Accredited Dog Trainer through the Pet Professional Guild Australia. I am committed to providing high quality positive reinforcement training, and always strive to increase my knowledge of Animal Behaviour.

Client Relations

Sue Lewis – 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.
 

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.
 

Amanda Standish – Client Relations

  • 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.

 

 

Sarah Robinson – 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.

 

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 –  Megarea, my once very black kitty who is now very slightly grey and the newest addition is Nox – the loudest cat on the planet!
 

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.
 

Cassandra Giglio – Client Relations

  • Certificate III Animal Studies (Wildlife)
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)

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

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!


 

Stephanie Massacci – Animal Caretaker & Client Relations

  • Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate III in Retail Operations
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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.

 

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!!


 

 

Chantelle Rendall  – Animal Caretaker 

  • Certificate I, II, III in Advanced Stablehand
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Manual Handling Certificate
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (currently studying)

I joined the AdelaideVet team in August 2019 as an Animal Caretaker, I am very appreciative and grateful to workig amongst such a supportive team.

I grew up around animals (cats, dogs and racehorses) from a very yound age and in 2015 I started working in the animal industry in Perth.

My family includes one loving son, two off the track standardbreds (Shadow and Kenny), and a domestic short hair named Kitty.

I am looking forward to completing my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing amongst such a helpful and knowledgable team and to also meet our lovely clients.

 

Danika Dayman  – Animal Caretaker 

From a young age I have always been passionate about animals and always dreamed of working with them.

In 2017 I was lucky enough to make that dream come true by getting a job at the Lincoln Vet Centre through my work experience at high school. I was employed as a kennel hand and in 2019 was promoted to Boarding Manager. I also completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies.

In 2020 I made the decision to relocate from teh Eyre Peninsula to Adelaide. It was a hard decision to make as I was really close to the team I worked with and they taught me so much, but I am so glad I did! I unwittingly chose a difficult time to move as it was just when COVID-19 hit, but after getting my current job as Animal Caretaker at AdelaideVet I have loved every minute of it. Everyone is so lovely and I am looking forward to starting my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

 

Eboni Sheridan  – Animal Caretaker 

In 2020 I started working at AdelaideVet as an Animal Caretaker after completing my Certificate III in Companion Animal Services. I am very fortunate to work with such a supportive and caring team.

I have had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember. Working in the animal industry, where I am expanding my knowledge about such a vast range of different animals, is a dream come true.

I am most grateful for the opportunity to look after the injured and sick Australian wildlife that come into the practice, it gives me a really valuable appreciation for our native animals.

I would like to further my education by studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services in the near future.

In my free time I spend time with my family and friends, or with my mischievous but beautiful Keeshond Luna, and my sister's extra cuddly RSPCA rescue, Staffy x Ridgeback, Kobi.

 

Vittoria Storti – Animal Caretaker 

In 2021 I started my new journey as an Animal Caretaker with AdelaideVet, and decided to focus on my passion for animals. There is definitely a big jump from singing confidently on stage in front of an audience, to starting a new career path in the veterinary industry!

I am grateful to be part of an amazing and supportive team, who cherish and care for animals while working so well together every day.

In the near future, I look forward to taking the next step and studying for my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

 

Doggy Daycare

Emma McGrath – Doggy Daycare Coordinator

 

Originally from the UK, I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I grew up with several family dogs, big and small.

For 8 years I travelled all over the world, performing on cruiseships and along the way I met my Australian husband. I have been in Adelaide now since 2014, but when I migrated I decided it was time to pursue a career in the animal industry.

I previously worked at Dogcity Daycare for three years, gaining hands on experience about the doggy daycare industry. I then went on to work at the Animal Welfare League, where I developed a higher proficiency dealing with high risk animals. Working at the AWL exposed me to the more complex areas of the animal industry, from helping abused, abandoned  or sick animals, to implementing behavioural strategies in the aggressive dog pens, and through this I became very interested in dog behaviour. I worked closely with the AWL behaviour team and honed in on my skills working with dogs that exhibited aggression and behavioural issues.

After the AWL I worked at Beau's Pet Hotel as a Team Leader / Animal Attendant, where I gained leadership experience. I also completed a Guide Dogs leadership course through the Adelaide University.

I joined the AdelaideVet team in the very early stages of development of the daycare centre and have been so gratefu l to witness it's speedy eolution into a bustling hub for domestic dogs.

As the Doggy Daycare Coordinator I am responsible for showing my team how to navigate the dynamic context of canine social behaviour.

At home I have Ernie, who is a rescue Maltese, he is a regular at Doggy Daycare and you may have seen his face on our socials many times as he loves to pose!

 

Callan Gillard – Canine Educator

 

After moving back home to Adelaide from life in the big Melbourne city, I am very happy to be a part of the AdelaideVet Doggy Daycare team.

After working in various clerical roles through out my 20's, I went back to college to complete an animal studies certificate and live out my dream to work with animals. I gained experience working with a variety of animals in both daycare and veterinary environments, as well as volunteering with animal welfare organisations.

I am the proud owner of a bengal cat who I adopted out of foster.

Working with animals has been the greatest achievement of my life and it's great to work with an extraordinary team at AdelaideVet.

 

Rob Quinnell – Canine Educator

 

I have been with AdelaideVet Doggy Daycare since it's inception back in August 2020. I relocated from the Gold Coast due to a work opportunity for my partner Di, who is leading on the development of the new Lot Fourteen precinct in Adelaide.

I have always been passionate about animals and the environment and have volunteered for a range of organisations. I decided on a career change and after completing a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I combined my previous experience into working as a wildlife/education ranger at David Fleays wildlife park on the Gold Coast for over two years.

I have a degree in Sports Management and previously worked in the sports management, community and education arena both in Queensland and in the UK, most recently with the Australian Institute of Sport and Cricket Australia.

I am a keen triathlete and have competed for Australia in many international events, both olympic and iron man distances.
 

Stephanie O'Connor – Canine Educator

 

I grew up in Scotland where I was surrounded with dogs, cats and a view of highland cows and horses. I have always had a love for animals but particularly dogs, having grown up with Basset Hounds.

I moved to Australia when I was 17 and shortly after started my career as a flight attendant with QANTAS, where I stayed for 6 years, however, having my own two dogs (which is now three) I had a passion for training and took the leap to start a career in dog behaviour.

I have a background working with dog training from puppy preschool right through to level four and behavioural classes.

I have 3 dogs and 2 cats, a Border Collie called Cooper, a Golden Retriever called Bear and an Italian Greyhound called Winnie. You will regularly see all three dogs at daycare helping with assessments and making friends with your playful pups.

I also work at an axe throwing venue here in Adelaide, in my spare time teaching people how to throw axes at targets and competing in tournaments.

 

Chloe Bottomley – Canine Educator

 

I come from a background of dog training and running Puppy School classes. I have a Certificate II in Animal Studies and come to AdelaideVet with previous doggy daycare experience.

I have two golden retrievers of my own and am always finding new and exciting ways to enrich their lives both mentally and physically. They also attend daycare and you may see them around helping out with assessments and playing with your pups!

 

Jade Hassett – Canine Educator

 

I grew up in the Adelaide Hills, on a property in Birdwood. My family has always had pets such as dogs, birds, ponies and sheep. I love all animals but from as early as I can remember dogs stole my heart overall.

I currently have two cats and am in the process of getting a Cocker Spaniel.

When Doggy Daycare opened at AdelaideVet Goodwood Road, I was lucky enough to be chosen as part of the new team. While I work here some days, I also work as a dog groomer at Fluff n Stuff Dog Styling. Prior to my current positions I have worked as a dog walker and an attendant at a dog boarding kennel and cattery.

Working with dogs is my passion and I feel extremely lucky not only to have found an industry I love, but to work alongside a great team.

I am currently undergoing studies in my Certificate III in Animal studies at the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing, set to finish at the end of 2021. With a great interest and passion for the behaviour and welfare of dogs, I look forward to continuing my studies in these fields.

In my spare time I like to go for walks, relax on the beach or with my cats, and camping.

 

Kim McLean – Canine Educator

 

I have been living in Australia since 2014, I first came here as a backpacker but quickly fell in love!

I have always loved animals and I've grown up with a vast variety of them around me. I spent some time working with horses, which I absolutely loved but after adopting my special needs dog, my love and interest in Canine Behaviour really began to develop.

I have completed a certificate II in Animal Studies and volunteered for the RSPCA, I also worked for a dog training business where I was able to grow my knowledge in canine behaviour.

I loveto learn and am always studying to further my knowledge.

 

Kimberley Hand – Canine Educator

 

I grew up and currently live in the Adelaide Hills. I grew up on a small hobby farm, which allowed me to explore my love of animals of all different shapes and sizes.

I have always worked with animals, in one job or another; from working as a Wildlife Keeper with native Australian animals, to working in boarding kennels with people's much loved dogs and cats. These jobs have all given me very different experiences and taught me different things.

Getting my first dog (a working line Border Collie from an active sheep farm) inspired my passion for dog training and getting my second dog (a Belgian Shepherd Malinois) got me into competative dog sports which is what my free time revolves around.

Training and competing with my dogs in a wide avriety of of dog sports from tracking to obedience and even to the more uncommon/unusual sports such as dryland sledding, weight pull and lure coursing, is something that is a full time hobby and ongoing passion of mine.

Training dogs and working with them to help build a fantastic relationship based on mutual trust and respect to help us both achieve anything we set our minds to, is what it is all about!

 

Clinic Cats

Zuri - Trinity Gardens 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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