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”.

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

  • 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

 

Originally from South Africa, I have lived in South Australia for many 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 do some casual teaching at the University of Adelaide in animal behaviour and welfare as well as behavioual medicine and have been 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
Originally from the USA, I have been living in Australia for over 25 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.
After moving back to Adelaide, I started working with the great team at AdelaideVet in 2009. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, but I have a soft spot for rabbit medicine and wellness.
When not working with the AdelaideVet team, I like to keep busy with walking, dancing, reading and trying to develop a green thumb

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.
 

 
 

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.

 

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.
 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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 as DUX of my class for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

During my degree I attended several placements with the wonderful team at AdelaideVet and it really fuelled my passion for the profession, and thus I am very excited to now call myself a part of the AdelaideVet family.

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

I spend most of my spare time adventuring down the coast with my beautiful Border Collie, Kai. Otherwise I'm often found out in nature, reading, writing, practicing yoga, meditating, enjoying music or a good cup of tea!

 

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.

Jomana Talaat - Veterinarian

I have graduated from Cairo university in 2010.  Then, I moved to Australia in 2011 with my family where I undertook  my Doctor of veterinary medicine degree from university of Adelaide and graduated in 2014.

After graduation, we moved to Queensland where I worked as small animal veterinarian before I came back to Adelaide in 2016 gaining new skills and experience . I always enjoy my work as a vet and my mission is to always be there to help your pet.

My  main interests are diagnostic imaging particularly  abdominal ultrasonography, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and dermatology.

Outside of work, I enjoy traveling (when it is allowed), swimming and spending time with family.  We are a J family.. My whole family names start with J, my lovely dog is Jasper, my husband is John and my kids are Jayden and Jasmine. The only exception is my Turtle Covey who was named after Covid 19 – He kept us busy during the lockdown.

I am looking forward to seeing you and you fur babies.

Daniel Lawrence - Veterinarian

I graduated from Murdoch University in 2007 and moved to Adelaide to start my career as a Veterinarian. I have an interest in emergency medicine and diagnostic imaging (radiology/sonology).
I joined the Adelaide Animal Hospitals group in 2021.
When not at work I spend time with my pet cat Obi (Obi-Wan when he is naughty!).
 
 
 
 
 

Melinda Bakker - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of science 
  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (High distinction)
  • Post graduate in Feline Medicine 

 

Originally from country Victoria, I completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University before moving to Perth to study Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University. 

I graduated Dux of my class in 2014 and returned to Melbourne where I worked in small animal general practice across several large and privately owned hospitals. 

 

I have an enduring passion for feline medicine and have completed post graduate studies in this area as well as regularly attending feline medicine conferences both locally and internationally. 

 

I have strong focus on fear free handling and prioritise reducing any stress that may be associated with vet visits for my patients and their owners. 

 

When I am not working, I am kept busy running around after my young daughter and 2 cats. I love to cook, study, travel and soak up time with family and friends. 

 

Meghan Biggar - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of science
  • Doctor of veterinary medicine

I grew up in Alberta, Canada where I completed my undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta. I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in Melbourne Australia.

During my schooling in Australia, I completed a specialty equine rotation at the University of Copenhagen, as well as a rotation at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand elephant sanctuary. 

Straight out of university, I decided to pursue mixed practice, as it involved a variety of animals and emergency cases. I worked for 2.5 years in Canada before moving to Australia to be with my partner.

I have a special interest in cytology, soft tissue surgery, and medical imaging. 

Outside of work,I enjoy going hiking and camping, writing music, as well as travelling as much as possible.

Blake Ryan - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Splitting my time growing up between Western Australia and Port Lincoln my family settled in Perth where I commenced my veterinary degree, graduating in 2018. 

 

In 2018 I started work in Perth, in emergency practice. This exposure helped me to develop a keen interest in the treatment and diagnosis of complex medical cases.

Since moving to Adelaide in 2021 I have pursued an interest in feline medicine, attending the International Society of Feline Medicine congress in that year. I am very passionate about providing the highest level of care to these often misunderstood creatures.

Our fur family consists of Periwinkle, a food obsessed and larger than life British Shorthair cat and the newest addition Basil, a Flemish Giant X rabbit who loves any form of contact/affection.

Away from work my interests include playing and watching basketball, cooking/barbecuing for friends and family and visiting local breweries. 

 

Lauren Bielby - Veterinarian

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Growing up in the Adelaide Hills surrounded by animals, I have always dreamed of becoming a Veterinarian. I achieved this dream in 2021, graduating from the University of Adelaide and joining the AdelaideVet team thereafter.

I have a real passion for small animal work but have a keen interest in all things surgical.

Outside of work, I love to take my two crazy dogs Creature and Precious (both Brussels Griffons) on all sorts of adventures. I also love travelling, horse riding and spending time with family and friends. 

Looking forward to getting to know you and your fur babies!

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.

 

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.
 

Louise McDonald - Senior Administration Assistant

  • 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 proud that since 2011 I have been able to call AdelaideVet my home. I really enjoy the challenges, the team members, and of course, meeting all the clients with their wonderful pets.

I live with my husband and son in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and we have one elderly Siberian Husky named Kaley who is definitley the boss of the house and has us all pandering to her needs. In my spare time I love to travel and see new places and make it a priority wherever I go to visit the local animal sanctuaries and rescue missions to see how we can assist in their wonderful work.

I look forward every day to all the little surprises and challenges that my role brings and always look forward to meeting all of our clients.

 

Jenna Nicholson – Administration Assistant

  • 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 started in Client Relations and I thoroughly enjoyed greeting our clients with their furry and feathered family members. I have learnt so much from my amazing and knowledgeable work colleagues over the years and I feel extremely lucky to be working with such a passionate team of animal lovers! I have since become part of the wonderful administrative team and provide support across the entire AdelaideVet group.

I could not imagine working in a better environment and a more knowedgable team than AdelaideVet and I enjoy every day working in this amazing industry.

 

 


Veterinary Nurses

Bianca Smits – Veterinary Nurse & Practice Manager Prospect

  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate II Animal Care
  • First Aid Officer
  • Fire Warden

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 became a qualified veterinary nurse and now manage the Prospect clinic.

I still love my nursing and have a special interest in veterinary nurse consulting as I feel I can build a relationship with our clients and most importantly their beloved fur babies.

Working at AdelaideVet has fulfilled my expectations of animal care as the team and clinic have such high standards of care and will go above and beyond to care for every animal that comes through our door. Over the years I have seen so many interesting and amazing cases which makes AdelaideVet a great place work and learn.

At home I have an Alexandrine parrot called Maurice who is a little crazy but very loving, I also have a bull mastiff cross that I adopted from the RSCPA called Gary. Gary is one giant teddy bear with lots of love and slobbery kisses to give to everyone.

 

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 horses, going to the gym and walking my Border Collie Quinn. I also have 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

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Hospitality
  • Certificate IV in Celebrancy
  • Certificate II in Animal studies

I started my nursing career back in 2000 after completing a Certificate IV in Hospitality and then deciding that Veterinary Nursing was where my heart really was (and always had been). I joined the AdelaideVet family back in 2014 after spending almost 15 years working in various clinics around Adelaide.

I enjoy all aspects of nursing, everything from emergency medicine right through to nutrition, but I have a passion for dog training and training puppies. Running Puppy Preschool classes for over 20 years has been a wonderful part of my job (can you even call playing with puppies a job?!) and the bond that I share with my puppies is priceless.

My role these days as the Practice Manager leaves little time to train puppies and monitor our critical hospital patients, but I still find opportunities to come out to the hospital and help out from time to time. Having the opportunity to still be ‘on the floor’ on a regular basis is a great reminder that I still genuinely love what I do and I am tremendously passionate about animal healthcare and pet owner education.

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).
In my spare time you’ll find me running my online health, beauty and well-being business and spending time with my family, either at home or at our shack on the banks of the gorgeous Murray River.

 

Michelle Rowe - Senior Veterinary Nurse

 

On Parental Leave

  • 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 - Head 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

 

I started my Veterinary Nursing career at AdelaideVet in 2010 as a Veterinary Nurse placement student and they have not been able to get rid of me since.
I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2013 and have progressed to being one of AdelaideVet's senior nurses. I have worked at all of our locations across a wide range of our Nursing rolls and love working with all of our incredible AdelaideVet family.

At home I have a big male domestic short hair black and white tuxedo cat named Jude who I adopted very shortly after joining AdelaideVet because he was just too cute and nothing has changed since

 

Tara Russell - Senior Veterinary Nurse

I have been a veterinary nurse since 2004 and came to be part of the Adelaide Vet team in 2011. 
My interests are wildlife and birds. So much so that my husband and I have built 1acre of aviaries on our Adelaide Hills property. I share my hills home with my husband and 3 daughters and a menagerie of pets. 
At home I enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy books, doing puzzles, adventures with my family and consider myself a novice sewer. 
I am continually learning something new everyday with Adelaide Vet and enjoy the challenges our busy practices provide. I look forward to all the knowledge and skills Adelaide Vet will help me grow too!
 
 
 

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.

Tayla Atkinson - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II Animal Studies
  • Certificate II Business Administration
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Nutritional Nurse Certified Consultant
  • A/Diploma in Health Science (NutMed)
  • Currently studying Certificate IV TAE
 
I started my career with AdelaideVet in 2013, I am a Certificate IV Qualified and Registered Veterinary Nurse with the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia. I have always had a passion for the veterinary industry but more importantly, my passion lies in the development of Veterinary Nurses and Support Staff.
 
With the development of the team in mind, I also have a love for medical and nutritional nursing. I take pride in the standards of care we deliver at AdelaideVet for the best outcome for your pets. When I am not busy caring for the team and your pets, you will find me reading, eating, gardening and enjoying the simplicities that life has to offer.
 

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.
 

 

Danielle Bell - Veterinary Nurse

I was lucky enough to be welcomed by the AdelaideVet team after relocating from the Gold Coast to Adelaide.

With 12+ years of experience within the veterinary industry I pride myself in providing your beloved family member with high quality nursing care.

My interests include radiography, wound management and emergency/critical care nursing.

At home, I have 2 domestic shorthair cats, Dorothy and Julia.

 

 

Lauren Hoffman - Veterinary Nurse

I started my career in the veterinary industry after doing work experience at my local mixed practice veterinary clinic in country NSW as a 15 year old. I worked up from walking dogs and cleaning cages and instruments to reception duties, monitoring anaesthetics, assisting vets in clinic and on farm and developing good relationships with all of our farmers and clients.
 
I moved to Adelaide in 2015 and started at AdelaideVet knowing that the Trinity Gardens clinic was a good fit for me with the varied range of procedures and busy days would keep me enthused.
There have been procedures that I would have never dreamed of seeing, that I have assisted with and have worked with so many great colleagues during my time here.
Pathology is one of my favourite parts of veterinary nursing. I love seeing how much information our patients' blood can give us, to help make them feel better.
 
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and very eccentric cat Elsie. I also enjoy music and photography.
 

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

On Parental Leave

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

I began my Veterinary Nursing career with AdelaideVet in 2008 and over the years, have worked across multiple clinics and have gained a wealth of experience.

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 and a rescue dog called Charlie.

 

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.

 

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.
 

Aimee Freckleton – Veterinary Nurse

On Parental Leave

  • Certificate II Animal Studies 2008
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2011
  • Diploma Visual Merchandising 2018

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, it was not too soon till I was back in the industry I love where I took up a Veterinary Nurse position with the wonderful team at AdelaideVet in 2018.

I have a menagerie of very spoiled animals at home including a Black Labrador named Buffy, Two Tabby cats Calvin and George and a loveable Mini lop named Chai

Olivia Coates – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate III Retail Supervision
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing (AIRC)

I joined the very talented team at AdelaideVet in late 2018 after relocating back to Adelaide from Brisbane where I had spent several years working at a small animal practice.

Becoming a Veterinary Nurse has fulfilled my life-long desire to work with animals. I grew up surrounded by animals on the family farm and I have lived in rural South Australia for most of my life.

I spent most of my childhood around horses, as well as with the endless menagerie of animals that farm life brings and for this, I am very grateful.

I feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of the AdelaideVet team. I know working with such a compassionate, highly skilled and motivated team can only strengthen and develop nursing skills.

Kristina Gaddi – Veterinary Nurse

Always having a love for all animals I started my nursing career in 2011 in a small animal practise.

I started working at AdelaideVet in 2018 where I have developed special interests in emergency surgery, critical care nursing and radiography. I love seeing those patients that come in unwell go home to their families back to their healthy self. Whilst this isn’t the case for all, just being there to care and support them is fulfilling. 

Having recently said goodbye to my beloved 16yr old Amstaff. We are waiting patiently for the perfect puppy, adult or senior to add to the family. 

 

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 have now made Adelaide my home and enjoy exploring Adelaide and its surrounds.

I have a keen interest in learning to make sure I can be the best nurse for my patients. I have a special interest in behaviour enrichment and am Fear Free Certified. I also offer nutrition consultations at both Prospect and Trinity Gardens. 
 
Like all our staff, I have always loved animals and felt that my job needed to be based around animals. Outside of work, you’ll find me training our two border collies or catching up with friends.

 

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 and once I completed my studies I was employed as a veterinary nurse. I've really enjoyed 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), two birds - Merci (A rainbow lorikeet) & Arturo (a Princess of Wales parrot) and two cats Missy and Esme. I've also fostered over 150 kittens, which keeps me very busy and is what originally got me interested in the animal industry.

I can't 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.

Caitlin Jackson - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 
  • Certificate II Animal Studies 
I started my nursing journey in 2015 in Melbourne and was recently given the opportunity to join the AdelaideVet team. 
 
Veterinary nursing is such an awarding job in so many different ways and getting to be a voice for animals is a massive highlight. 
 
I am a mum to my cat Koda, who I rescued years ago after she was rushed to my place of work with a punctured lung at only 2 weeks old. She is now thriving and spoilt rotten.
 
 
 

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!

 

Megan McCann - Veterinary Nurse

I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse and have been nursing since 2015, where I have since had the privilege of joining AdelaideVet in October 2019. I love working at AdelaideVet and it is a great team work alongside those who have such high standards of care.

I love being a Veterinary Nurse and I love that every day is never the same, where I can make a difference to both animals and their owners. In particular I specifically love theatre, emergency cases, diagnostics such as radiography and ultrasonography, and caring for hospitalised patients.

I have since made the decision in 2021 to do further study and have begun a Bachelor of Animal Science towards Veterinary medicine.

Meanwhile at home I have a cheeky black and white cat called Turbo, a cockatiel and a chicken! In my spare time I love to go hiking, travelling or play tennis. 

 

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.

 

Renae Blatchford – Veterinary Nurse

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.

 

 

Liana Zupan – Veterinary Nurse

I began veterinary nursing back in december 2017 when I was offered a traineeship in a small animal practice, allowing me to study at TAFE while learning on the job. Being passionate about animals since a very young age, I have always known that I I have wanted to work with and care for them. I have a special interest in developing my skills in emergency nursing and anaesthesia.

In my spare time I am often found hanging out with my best friend Bonnie (Moodle) or doing pole fitness, painting, surfing and spending time in the sun.

 

 

Dana Murison – Veterinary Nurse

Since a young age I have always been a huge animal lover, which led me to pursue a career in the veterinary industry.

I began my studies in Veterinary Nursing at the beginning of 2020 while working as a dog groomer. Through out my studies I have found that I have a special interest in behaviour, emergency, and critical care nursing and I plan to do further studies in these subjects in the future. I am soon to be graduating and am excited to begin my career as a Veterinary Nurse with AdelaideVet!

I have a Shetland Sheepdog named Coco that gets all of my attention and cuddles when I am not giving them to all of the other animals at work.

 

Kacie Rushton - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate  IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate in Nursing Care of the Critical Patient
  • Certificate in Small Animal Anaesthesia 
  • Certificate in Oncology for Veterinary Nursing
 
I started working in a small animal practise in 2015 for 4 and a half years and in that time I was fortunate enough to obtain my certificate IV within veterinary nursing, certificate in oncology and my certificate in small animal anaesthesia. 
 
I then took a year and a half break to see if veterinary nursing was for me and in that break I worked in hospitality and then fell pregnant with my beautiful son. When my son was 4 months old, I realised I wanted to return to work, but didn’t want to go back to hospitality and realised that vet nursing was my passion. 
 
I returned to vet nursing December 2020 at a family owned small animal practise in Brighton and within that time I expanded my knowledge and learnt about the Nursing care of the critical patient and regained my skills. I soon decided that I am best suited in a bigger hospital where I can keep expanding my knowledge and be able to use my new skills and so this why I’ve moved to Adelaide Vet.
 
Adelaide Vet is full of very qualified, progressive and passionate people. I am grateful to be a part of such a wonderful team.
 
 
 

Mandi Alekna - Veterinary Nurse

My career as an animal health advocate began in 2009. Before beginning my journey here with Adelaide vet I was previously working for a veterinary dental referral centre. Oral health care for companion or captive animals has become a passionate focal point in my career.
 
Nursing then further motivated me to coordinate fundraising efforts & be able to travel to volunteer my time for animals around the world including sloth bears (India), Asian elephants (Thailand) & orangutans (Borneo).
 
When a little 'me' time comes my way, I really enjoy a round of golf or getting messy with an easel & paints.
 
 
 

April Matters-Smith – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Diploma in Animal Technology
  • Cert II in Animal Studies
  • Fear Free Certified
  • Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) (currently studying)

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 my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through TafeSA in 2017 and began working at AdelaideVet in 2018. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal behaviour, intending to someday be a Behaviour Technician while also utilising some of my time in conservation and research of native animal behaviour. I am also extremely passionate about Fear Free veterinary care and counter conditioning so that your dog can have a positive experience here with us.

My house is ruled by 7 adopted babies; our two dogs Lola and Freddie, and our 5 cats, Milhouse Van Meowten, Bob, Indi, Bainy and Randall.

I love working for Adelaide Vet and I love seeing your pets! If I haven't met you already, I can't wait to!

Lena Logan – Behaviour Technician

 

On Parental Leave

  • 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.
 

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.

 

 

 

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.
 

 

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.
 

Stephanie Blakey – Client Relations

  • Certificate in Dog Care
  • Certificate in Dog Psychology and Training
  • Double Bachelors Degree (Animal Science and Animal Behaviour) - currently studying

Animals have always been a part of my life whether it be looking after my neighbour's pets at a young age or volunteering at wildlife parks. 

I am excited to start my career in the animal industry with AdelaideVet and look forward to gaining valuable knowledge and experience. I am passionate about maximising the welfare and wellbeing of animals of all shapes and sizes irrespective of the species.

I share my home with two rabbits (Thumper and Daisy) and two Havanese (Bowser and Harley).

 

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.

 

 

Hayley Hogg – Client Relations

I started my journey with AdelaideVet in 2021, taking on the position of Client Relations at the Stirling practice. I am continuously learning new things each day and thoroughly enjoying my time here. The fast paced environment is something I thrive in and my previous experience as an Ambulance Officer and Firefighter has equipped me with some of the skills needed to function within the Veterinary Industry.

The team here is amazing and the support for each other at different stages of learning is outstanding.

Outside of work I own and run a horse riding school, as well as having my own horses and this keeps me very busy! Day off?! Whats that?! Ilive with my amazing partner Matt and our gorgeous little cat Tiddles, we are currently on the look out for a puppy to join our little family.

My other passion is art, I enjoy creating artwork for my clients and experimenting with lots of different styles and mediums.

Angela Beaton - Client Relations

I grew up in Adelaide and began working at Adelaide Vet in 2021 within Client Relations and Behaviour Technician roles.  I have a strong corporate administrative and customer service background within varied industries and roles.  I feel very fortunate to work at Adelaide Vet and it is a pleasure to be part of such a great caring and supportive team.
 
I am passionate about advocating for dogs, dog behaviour and positive reinforcement training.  I believe education is key in understanding how to best set our dogs up to succeed.  I hold a Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour Services with The Delta Society obtained in 2013 and run puppy university training classes at the Goodwood Road Clinic. 
 
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dog, catching up with friends and family, spending time at the beach. 
 
 

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. I am so grateful for this opportunity and for the amazing team I work with! I'm always eager to further my knowledge in the animal industry and continue learning new things each day. One of my main job roles which I love is taking care of the gorgeous cats that come and stay in our boarding facilities.

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
  • Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Biology and Palaeontology - currently studying

I completed my certificate IV of veterinary nursing in 2016 after beginning my employment with AdelaideVet at the completion of nursing placement. I then decided mid year of 2018 to continue studying and began a bachelor of science degree at the University of Adelaide, double majoring in evolutionary biology and palaeontology.

In the little spare time I have I enjoy spending time with my staghound Obi as well as playing roller derby
 
 
 

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.


 

Lily Walker – Animal Caretaker 

  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - currently studying

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 school. I have been lucky enough to get a job at AdelaideVet while continuing my study, which has given me the opprotunity to work and learn alongside some wonderful people in the verterinary industry.

My family consists of two wonderful dogs, Derick the miniature poodle (the love of my life) and Ernie the spoodle, a sassy cat, two spoilt rabbits and a beautiful bird!

I am looking forward to meeting you all and your loving best friends and treating them like they're part of the family whle at the vet!

 

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 

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - currently studying

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.

Heather Draper – Animal Caretaker & Client Relations

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate III in Business Administration

From a young age I have had a passion for animals and their welfare. Through highschool I did work experience at my local veterinary clinic and at the Adelaide Zoo. I also volunteered weekly at the RSPCA in administration for four years. These experiences helped me expand on the skill sets I have, while also teaching me new capabilities and further igniting my wish to work in the animal industry.

I started my AdelaideVet journey in June 2020. it has been such a pleasure to work with incredibly devoted and caring people, who hold the same passions as I do regarding animal welfare and health. I am very grateful to be in a role where I look forward to coming to work everyday.

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.

 

Kiaora Baker – Animal Caretaker 

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (Animal Studies) - currently studying

I've always been the child of the family that has been nothing but obsessed with animals. I have grown up with multiple rabbits, birds, cats and dogs through out my years and they have been my whole whole world.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to work as an Animal Caretaker and be part of an amazing team like AdelaideVet.

At home I have two dogs name Ollie and Luna and two cats named Cosmo and Consuelo, who make my everyday life that little bit more interesting!

 

Hannah Wright – Animal Caretaker 

I joined the team at AdelaideVet in 2021 as an Animal Caretaker, I am so grateful and excited to begin my career in the veterinary industry as I am currently studying my Certificate III in Animal Studies (Veterinary Nursing) and plan to continue studying through to a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

I have a passion and interest in all animals and at home I have a dog, two cats, a bird, a rabbit and a snake!

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.

 

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!

Greg Andrew - Canine Educator

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • St John member Advance First Aid
  • Advance Open Water Diver
  • Snorkel Guide/Instructor

I grew up in Bondi where I had several dogs and cats and birds as pets. My first “job” was working holidays on a 36,000 acre Sheep/Cattle property where I learnt to drove as well as doing animal husbandry/vaccination work. I have also worked full time for 9 years at the RSPCA Animal Shelter at Lonsdale SA caring for dogs in the Lost Dog, Dog Adoption and Dog Boarding areas.

I volunteer for South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron where I am an active Operational Member and the First Aid Coordinator as well as with St John Ambulance SA and Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries, where I instruct and act as a snorkel guide for events. I also love Photography and playing music on various instruments.

I have a Kelpie/Boarder Collie cross (Gilligan) and a Moodle (Miniature Poodle/Maltese cross called Laika)

All my dogs (family) are shelter dogs as are all my past mates.

Nadia Lazor - Canine Educator

  • Certificate II Animal Studies
  • Certificate III Companion Animals
  • Certificate IV Vet Nursing
  • Silver accreditation Pet Nutrition Specialist
  • Certificate IV Retail Management
  • Diploma Financial Planning
I grew up and still live in the Adelaide Hills. My school was focussed on agriculture so I got to work with large animals such as cows, sheep and goats. This is how I found my passion for animals and knew where I wanted to go.
 
After working hard and buying my first home I studied to become a veterinary nurse. After trying this out for a while I moved into the boarding industry in which I just loved caring for and treating others pets as my own. After deciding to embark on a new adventure I started looking into day care!
 
At home I have a rescue dog named Ellie, rescue cat named Holland, a Rankins dragon named Lawson, 4 chickens (Freckles, Blacky, Skitz and Chicken) and 3 fish. I also foster for Safe Pets, Safe Families and often have an extra feline roaming around the house!
 
In my spare time I love to hike, read and also run my own business from home.
 

Natasha Howes - Canine Educator

I have been working with animals while I was still studying in high school and continue to love it to this day. While in year 12, I took up a volunteer animal carer position for a local Vet/Doggy Daycare, and loved it so much, I ended up gaining employment and continued to work there for a very long time.

Joined AdelaideVet Doggy Daycare team has been one of the most rewarding experiences and I am so happy to be able to continue working with animals all day and I am very proud to be a part of the team.

At home I care for 2 dogs, 2 cats (one of which is a stray, who I have unofficially adopted). In my leisure time I enjoy being with my family and friends. I also enjoy meditation and yoga.

Working with animals has brought much joy to my life and I hope I can continue to do so for a very long time.

 

Jacinta Monaghan - Canine Educator

I have grown up in Adelaide around dogs and animals my whole life. I have always loved animals but dogs are my biggest passion. I have always found them so fascinating and just love learning more and more about them, from their mannerisms, to how they communicate with each other (and us).

I have volunteered for the RSPCA since 2018 and I have gained lots of valuable experience working with both their dog and veterinary teams. I enjoy helping and assisting with the more difficult dogs throughout the shelter, which has helped me gain amazing knowledge and understanding of canines. I also have past experience working within the doggy daycare industry before coming to AdelaideVet

At home, I have a rescue dog called Lou Lou, 2 cats called Pud and Razzy, 2 rabbits and 13 beautiful birds.

I am so happy to be part of the team here at Adelaide Vet and to have the opportunity to work in a field I am so passionate about and absolutely love.

 

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!
 

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