Meet our team

 

Warren Foreman - Practice Owner & 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 Dentistry.

Warren's employment began at the Trinity Gardens Veterinary Hospital. He has also worked at practices in South Melbourne and the Riverland before returning to Adelaide. Warren has been the proud owner of AdelaideVet (formerly known as Magill Road Veterinary Hospital) since 1992.

Warren has special interests in ophthalmology, 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 and cycling in France – completing the Paris Brest Paris 1200km bike ride in 2015.

Warren has walked the Kokoda Trail, trekked to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and even climbed Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

Warren accepts referrals from Adelaide and surrounding areas.

 

David Mason - Practice Owner & Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Certificate in Business Administration
  • MANCZ.V.Sc
  • CMAVA
  • GAICD

I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999, and started my veterinary career at the Whittlesea Animal Hospital in Victoria, working with both large and small animals for three years. After this, my wife and I worked in the UK before returning to Australia and settling in Adelaide.

I have undertaken further study in small animal surgery, gaining my membership of the Australian College in Small Animal Surgery in 2005. I also have a strong interest in ultrasonography, in which I have undertaken further specific training.

After becoming a partner in AdelaideVet, I undertook further business training, and now my time is divided between mentoring, clinical work and practice management. 

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

 

Kirsten Aberle - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor Veterinary Science (Hons) 2000
  • MANZCVSc (Emergency and Critical Care) 2007 

I graduated from Melbourne University with Honours in 2000 and went to work in mixed practice in beautiful rural Victoria for a few years, before returning to the city. I travelled to the UK and worked as a vet there for a short period before returning to Australia and deciding to settle in Adelaide, at AdelaideVet.

In 2007 I gained Memberships in Emergency and Critical Care and put this knowledge to the test by working part-time in an emergency clinic. However, after hours can be hard work for a young family, and after having 2 children, I am very happy to be back in general practice at AdelaideVet.

My special interests still lie with critical care, but now include disease prevention and wellness. When not working as a vet, I enjoy being a mum, reading, running, cooking, and if possible, skiing.

We share our home with 2 lively indoor cats who constantly remind us that we are there to look after them.

 

Piri Cutts - Veterinarian & New Graduate Mentor

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

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

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

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

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

 

Derek Wells - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons)

Derek graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 1978. He began his career here in the Adelaide Hills in a small mixed practice before moving to NSW with his wife, Lyn, who is also a vet.

Their time in country NSW was spent travelling to remote farms by light plane. Derek, who has his pilot licence, had to land their plane in paddocks which had (sometimes) been cleared of stock and before heading off to see their patients, would render the assistance of the farmer’s cattle dogs. The cattle dogs would be tied to the plane to ward off the scores of curious cows who would approach the unattended plane to have a nibble assuming that it was edible.

Derek’s interests include Oncology, Anaesthesia and Orthopaedics.

In his spare time he enjoys looking after his menagerie of animals on his hobby farm, as well as cycling and spending time with his wife Lyn, their children and their grandchildren.

 

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.

 

Cale Weston - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Technology (Aquaculture)

Animals have always been an integral and cherished part of my life. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that included a wide variety of animals, from our cherished birds, rats and rabbit to our beloved dog, cat and fish.

Becoming a member of the veterinary profession has been a dream for as long as I can remember. My other passion is the aquatic environment and after completing a Bachelor of Technology (Aquaculture) at Flinders University in Adelaide, I moved to Melbourne in 2008 to undertake a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. I graduated in 2011 and have recently returned from a three-month trip to South America with my partner Yvette.

I am very happy to have joined the amazing team at AdelaideVet in 2012. I am passionate about all avenues of veterinary science and have a special interest in behaviour and internal medicine.

In my spare time I tinker with my marine aquarium, head to the gym, play frisbee with our dog Milo and sneak off to the beach for a surf or scuba dive. I am also passionate about soccer and have recently joined the St Peters Old Collegians team.

I very much look forward to meeting you and your beloved animal companions. 

 

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.

 

Nina Coulthard - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Hons) 2002
  • Postgraduate Foundation of Sydney University, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 2004
  • Postgraduate Foundation of Sydney University, Ophthalmology 2009

I graduated from the veterinary school at Murdoch University (Perth, WA) in 2002. I started my career with two years in a rural mixed practice. Following this I travelled through Europe, and worked in small animal practice in the UK for the next 2 years. On returning to Australia (I am originally from Strathalbyn, SA) I worked at AdelaideVet for four years, prior to moving to a small animal clinic in the Adelaide Hills.

In 2014, I returned to AdelaideVet and can be found at our AdelaideVet Clinic in Stirling. My main interests lie in Canine and Feline Medicine & Ophthalmology. 

In my personal time, I enjoy spending my time with my husband and our two young children, enjoying all the benefits of the Adelaide Hills, including the wineries! 

 

Aly Johnson - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

It has been my lifelong dream to become a Veterinarian. I grew up in Adelaide, where I completed my first degree at the University of Adelaide (Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours in Paediatrics). After a year working at the Women’s & Children’s HospitalI then moved to NSW so I could study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney. During my last five years of study, I worked at Bondi Vet Hospital as a live-in emergency nurse, taking care of all the patients overnight and on weekends. 

I have a keen interest in surgery, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, emergency, wildlife medicine & rehabilitation, dermatology, ophthalmology, behaviour… the list goes on. I have always been passionate about Animal Welfare and volunteered for the RSPCA for three years before I moved to Sydney. Whenever I’m not working I’m likely to be tending to a tiny possum joey, orphaned hatchling or bottle feeding a litter of kittens… I always seem to be fostering some little bundle of fur or feathers! I also love spending time with my wonderful family & beautiful dog. 

AdelaideVet is such an incredible place to work, I feel so privileged to work with such highly trained, compassionate and dedicated people. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

 

Chris Brown - Veterinarian

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

Stephanie Crocker - Veterinarian

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Tiffany Peters - Veterinarian

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

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

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

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

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

 

Elle Parker - Veterinarian

  • MANZCVS – Behaviour
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of veterinary medicine and surgery (Hons)
  • MANZCVS – Behaviour

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

I moved to South Australia to join the team at Adelaide Veterinary Behaviour Services who offer comprehensive referral behaviour consultations for pets. I love keeping my hand in the general practice "pie" by also being part of the wonderful team at AdelaideVet.

Outside of veterinaryscienceI enjoy travelling, cooking, writing, squash and pilates.

 

Manhei Ma - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Science (Pre-Veterinary)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

It has been a dream of mine to join the veterinary industry working to help animals. I grew up in Adelaide and completed my veterinary training at the University of Adelaide. After graduating, I moved to sunny Perth to undertake an internship at Perth Veterinary Specialists (PVS) working alongside a large team of qualified specialists.

I am passionate about small animal and equine diagnostic imaging but also enjoy the challenges of small animal internal medicine. I hope to further my studies to become a specialist in the near future.

When I am not at work you can find me travelling the world, cooking, baking, trying new restaurants/cafes, doing pilates or enjoying the outdoors. I am excited to have joined AdelaideVet working with such a highly skilled, supportive and compassionate team to help your animals and the wildlife in our community.

I look forward to meeting you and your furry pets.

 

Julia Nicholls OAM - Veterinarian

  • BVMS Glasgow University
  • PhD Glasgow University
  • ANZCVS Membership in Feline Medicine
  • GAICD

I was born in the UK and studied at the Glasgow University Veterinary School. I moved to Australia in 1979 via the USA and have been in small animal practice ever since. I was the owner of Prospect Road Veterinary Hospital for many years and developed an interest in cats as until recently they were a much-neglected species. 

I have three Burmese at home and sometimes show and breed them. I am an international cat judge and have judged in the USA, Asia and New Zealand as well as Australia. I also have a rescue dog who thinks she runs the household. The cats beg to differ.

My other interests are gardening and cooking (and eating). I still love the variety and challenges of this wonderful profession and enjoy meeting people who love their pets.

 

Tim Lawrie - Veterinarian

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
  • Graduate CertificateofManagement

I grew up on a farm in the mid-north SA and life surrounded me with animals dogs, horses, cats, sheep, cattle, birds and wildlife. I graduated from the University of Queensland in 1981 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science - Honors.

Most of my veterinary life has been in a group veterinary practice in the mid-north, Yorke peninsula and Spencer Gulf while living in Clare. I spent last year on my second round of working in veterinary practices in the UK and also at the Adelaide Animal Emergency and Referral Centre in Adelaide. Being a farm boy, sheep dogs are my number one love followed by the pocket version for towns, Jack Russells.

The most important thing I value is respecting the trust people and pets place in our hands as veterinarians and repaying that trust by doing everything possible to help both the patient and the people who love them.

I have always valued learning and am currently studying updates in small animal internal medicine through Sydney University and am sitting membership exams with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons.

I have three children Emily, Henry and Callum who all live in Adelaide and are currently at University and school.

I am excited to be part of a wonderful practice like AdelaideVet and hope to meet lots of great pets in the future.

 

Practice Manager

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

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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

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

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

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

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

 

Administration Staff

Louise McDonald - Training Coordinator and Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

 

Jacqui Johnson - Administrative Officer

On parental leave
 
  • Certificate IV in Firstline Management

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

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

At home I am kept 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. 

 

Veterinary Nurses

Stephanie Nicholson - Team Leader / Senior Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (currently studying)

I have been a part of the AdelaideVet team since 2008. I am a qualified veterinary nurse and have recently completed a course in Emergency medicine. I have always had a passion for nursing and since I began my course, I knew I wanted to work in an emergency clinic just like AdelaideVet. I have a passion for animals and thrive on the challenges they bring 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 AdelaideVet gives me the chance to learn and work in different situations allowing me to improve my nursing skills every day. I love being a part of the AdelaideVet team. It is a fantastic place to learn and the standards of care are second to none.

 

Michelle Rowe - Team Leader / Senior Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

 

Tara Russell - Senior Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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

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

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

 

Stacey Wooldridge - Senior Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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

During my nursing career, I have obtained my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, a Diploma in Practice Management, Accreditation as a Veterinary Nurse and have also been part of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia on a state level. I have 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 AdelaideVet and am looking forward to a new chapter in my nursing career. 

 

Vicki Clark - Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

 

 

Leanne Bowen - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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

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

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

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

 

Heather Browning - Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

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

Tanya Morris - Veterinary Nurse

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Natalia Duczkowski - Veterinary Nurse & Puppy School Coordinator

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I joined the AdelaideVet team in February 2011 and am proud and very privileged to be part of the team.

My experiences include working at an animal shelter for four years, as a nurse assistant for three years and as a Delta Society trained dog behavioural trainer for four years.

At home, I have a very cheeky Labrador Retriever X named Oskar who keeps me on my toes and loves spending time at the beach.

 

Sally Patterson - Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

Lauren Dawson – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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

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

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

 

Jessica Carbone - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate in Senior First Aid
  • Certificate in Customer Service Intelligence

My nursing career started in 2012 with a veterinary nursing traineeship in a small animal hospital in Gawler. I was fortunate enough to complete my traineeship there and gain my Certificate IV qualification in 2013. I continued to work there until March 2016.

I am very excited to become a part of the AdelaideVet team where I will continue to develop my career and learn new skills that will benefit you and your pets' care and service. I am particularly interested in emergency nursing and hope to gain my Diploma in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care in the near future.

When I am not at work I am busy in the garden at home (we own half an acre in the Barossa Valley), cooking up a storm in the kitchen for my partner Brad, playing piano or working out - I love fitness.

I also have two furry family members that keep me busy. Poppy is our 'naughty torti' cat who has FIV and Sprocket is our crazy Border Collie who has epilepsy. The two of them definitely keep me on my toes.

I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members soon.

 

Simone Karczewski - Veterinary Nurse 

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I was lucky enough to join the team at AdelaideVet in January 2016. I had previously worked in a small animal country veterinary clinic for three and half years, where I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. After completing my certificate I decided it was time to step up my hands on learning and wanted to gain employment in an emergency clinic. 

AdelaideVet has reached far beyond my expectations. I am enjoying working within such a fast-paced environment with an extremely talented group of staff.

Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors, socialising with friends, exercising and going on beach walks with my Rottweiler 'Billi'. 

 

Dani Bell – Veterinary Nurse 

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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

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

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

 

Liz Hunt – Veterinary Nurse

  • BSc(AnSc)
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate III Animal Attending
  • Senior First Aid      
  • Certificate II Hospitality RSA and Gaming Manager

My name is Elizabeth Hunt (but please call me Liz), and I joined the AdelaideVet team in January 2016.

I am originally from a beef cattle and sheep farm growing up in the country at Yankalilla, and now live in Meadows on a property, where I have been for 13 years.

I started my Veterinary Nursing career in 2001 and graduated with my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2003. I worked in mixed practice before deciding to achieve my Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) degree at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2010.

Since finishing my degree I have worked in a vast range of roles and practices including equine clinics, specialising and developing small animal practices and everything in between.

When I am at home I enjoy competing in dressage with my equine friends Spunky and Fidget and have been lucky enough to enjoy success at State and National level in dressage and show horses over many years.

I also have two Labradors, Prince and Polly and one big ginger cat known as The Sock. I managed to acquire my dogs and cat whilst working in practice and am definitely an animal lover.

I am looking forward to meeting you all and getting involved in such a professional and supportive practice, caring for your animals.

 

Jessica Male – Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Amy Snajdar – Prospect Team Leader and Veterinary Nurse

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

I began working at AdelaideVet in 2009.

Growing up in a small town in the South East, I have always had a love for animals. That along with my obsession with all things medical meant there was no other career path that I ever considered. 

My favourite aspects of nursing include critical care and surgery. I really enjoy my Team Leader role at Prospect. I work along side an amazing team of dedicated, caring and passionate people.  

At home, I am owned by my rescue dog Maisey and my 2 cats; Oscar and Alfie.

 

Sue Lewis – Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

 

Donna Jeffries – Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bianca Smits – Veterinary Nurse

On Parental Leave

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chevon Daumann - Veterinary Nurse / Puppy Class Trainer

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

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

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

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

 

Caitlin Coates – Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

 

Leanne Hill – Veterinary Nurse

  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

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

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

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

 

Emma Nolan – Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

 

Kat McEwen – Goodwood Team Leader, Veterinary Nurse and Puppy Class Trainer

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

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

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

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

 

Stacey Braithwaite – Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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

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

 

Libby Lucas – Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

I joined the AdelaideVet team in March 2006 after spending 12 months on a working holiday in England with my husband and three daughters. While there I worked in a small one vet practice in Surrey, as well as a large orthopaedic and cardiac referral clinic in Berkshire.

For the previous 7 years I worked in a mixed animal practice in the north of Adelaide that specialised in equine reproduction and surgery.

My fur kid is a black and silver miniature schnauzer called Ruby. 

Professionally, my interests are in training the next generation of Veterinary Nurses. Therefore in 2012 I dropped back to part time working with AdelaideVet and lecture 3 days a week at TAFE.

Outside of work I enjoy playing hockey, and bush walking.

 

Karen O’Reilly – Veterinary Nurse

On Parental Leave

  • 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! 

 

Andrew Abood – Veterinary Nurse and Client Relations

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training

Growing up on the north coast of NSW, I’ve always loved the outdoors and being surrounded by animals of any kind. I’m very interested in dog behaviour and training and love to help clients with their dog behaviour dilemmas. 

Outside of work I swim competitively and have been lucky enough to represent Australia and travel parts of the world doing what I love. 

If I’m not here I’m most likely swimming or spending time with my dog named Billy.

I also have a very entitled Galah named Belle who is currently living with my parents in north New South Wales.

 

Samantha Tiller – Stirling Team Leader, Veterinary Nurse and Puppy Class Trainer

  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Cert II Animal Studies
  • Cert IV Hospitality (Food & Beverage)
  • Senior First Aid
  • Diploma in Professional Counselling (Grief and Loss) (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 16 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 surgery through to nutrition but I have a passion for dog training and running Puppy Pre-School 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 am also undertaking a Diploma in Professional Counselling with a major in Grief and loss. By studying this I am hoping to be able to help owners in times of despair after the loss of their beloved pets.

I share my home with my husband, our son and of course our fur babies, 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.

 

Karen Hague – Veterinary Nurse

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

I have been part of AdelaideVet Stirling since 1998. I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse and have always enjoyed working within the Animal Care Industry.

I have been fortunate enough to live and work in the Adelaide Hills all of my life. I share my home and the family farm with various creatures both large and small.

My horses are my passion and I compete in my spare time. My furry kids include Tayla and Gypsy the Jack Russells, Lani the Cavalier and Giggy the cat. 

My non furry family consists of my husband and my two beautiful daughters.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Amanda Standish – Client Relations and Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (NZ)

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

I enjoy working with a lovely, caring team of people. I am passionate about helping people and their animals and will always pride myself to giving the highest level of care to the best of my ability every time. Everyday 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.

 

Client Relations

Lucy Scheid – Client Relations and Veterinary Nurse

On Parental Leave

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Fitness

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

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

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

 

Tayla Atkinson – Client Relations and Trainee Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II in Business Administration
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Cert IV Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)

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

I have completed many work experience placements in the animal industry and have volunteered for the RSPCA since 2012. I have completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies as well as completed numerous seminars and conferences to further enhance my training and take another step toward my goal of participating in improving animal care and welfare.

Currently I am working my way towards my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and loving every second of it.

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

I am very excited about where my future in the Veterinary Industry may go and am so grateful to be part of the team at the AdelaideVet.

 

Jenna Nicholson – Client Relations

On Parental Leave

  • 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.

 

Courtney Ferguson – Client Relations 

I joined the team at AdelaideVet Trinity Gardens in October 2016, which I couldn't be more excited for. Growing up I have always had a great love for animals and their well-being, going as far as spending my school lunchtimes in the library, studying the books on animals.

I personally own a cat called Dawson, who was actually adopted from AdelaideVet Trinity Gardens 14 years ago, and he's still going strong! I also have an ex-racing greyhound named Holman, who is a big sucker for cuddles and just loves people.

I strive to uphold excellent customer service and will assist in any way that I can. I'm so excited to be a part of the team here, and am more than happy to meet you and your lovely pets.

 

Animal Caretakers

Carla Pendini – Animal Caretaker

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience (2013)

I joined the AdelaideVet team in 2011 as an Animal Caretaker. I mainly work weekends and holidays while I complete my studies in Veterinary Medicine.

Working at AdelaideVet has given me real-life experience and knowledge of the Veterinary Profession which I have been able to relate back to my university studies.

I enjoy working with all the felines in our boarding facility as well as the wonderful array of wildlife that is admitted to the hospital.

I have two of my own cats, one of which was a stray brought into our Prospect clinic in 2015 and I subsequently hand raised.

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

 

Chloe Hockey – Animal Caretaker and Trainee Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)

In early 2013 I was given the incredible opportunity to work as an Animal Caretaker with AdelaideVet.

Three years later I was luckily offered a position as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse, allowing even more exposure to the Animal Industry and the generous care we give to all of our patients.

Currently, I only have my cheeky boy Ralph the ginger cat at home, whom I adopted through the kitten adoption program at our Trinity Gardens clinic in 2013.

Although I receive enough cuddles and attention from our patients on a daily basis to satisfy my animal addiction, so one cat is enough for now!

Working with AdelaideVet has been a life-changing opportunity and I am so grateful to be part of a wonderful team that all share a common interest in the love for animals.

 

Sarah Robinson – Animal Caretaker and Administration Assistant 

  • 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 also completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies which I found really interesting.

I enjoy working at AdelaideVet and am always learning lots of new things and meeting lots of interesting pets.

My partner Jake and I share our home in the Adelaide Hills with our two cats Pippa and Tillie as well as our Australian Shepherd Echo.

When I am not at work I am generally doing things around the house (never ending cleaning!) or attending obedience classes with Echo. We hope to start Agility training also.

 

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!

 

Stacey Lewis – Animal Caretaker

I began working at AdelaideVet in December 2011 and I love it!

My role as an Animal Caretaker includes attending to the cats that board in “Cats in the City” cattery at our AdelaideVet Prospect Clinic.

I love getting to know each cat that spends time in our boarding facility and welcome their repeated stays.

I am learning all the time from the senior nurses and vets and enjoy assisting the nurses in the main clinic area. I hope to continue to learn much more in the future from them.

I look forward to meeting you and caring for your furry ones

 

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

  • Bachelor of Science - Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Science - Veterinary Bioscience (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.

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

 

Hailei Brooks – Animal Caretaker

  • Bachelor of Science - Animal Behaviour (Currently Studying)

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

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

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

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

 

Emily Gray – Animal Caretaker 

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Currently Studying)

I started working at AdelaideVet at the start of 2016 and I look forward to furthering my skills in the years to come with the team here.

I have always had a passion to work with animals and have been given the great opportunity to do so here.

I grew up on the Eyre Peninsula in a small country town so I was lucky enough to grow up and work with many different animals on farms.

I have a cat who I recently adopted through our adoption program named Ted and a Maltese X Shih Tzu named Jetta who loves going for walks and swims with the ducks.

I am currently studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and look forward to learning new skills and becoming a qualified Veterinary Nurse.

 

Stephanie Garrard – Animal Caretaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Magnolia Bell – Animal Caretaker 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Melissa Napolitano – Animal Caretaker 

  • Certificate 1 in Animal Studies

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Lola - Support Centre Clinic Cat

Lola came to live with us at our Burnside clinic when she was 4 years old in 2004.

She is very quiet by nature and fitted into the clinic cat life with ease, although there were times when she would go to her ‘bedroom’ for some time out from the extra energetic dogs and kids. Now with Lola getting older and our Burnside clinic having closed, she is enjoying a peaceful retirement with the staff in our support centre, located next to our Trinity Gardens Clinic. This life suits her perfectly as she loves to sit in the team member’s laps while they are trying to work, and has scheduled her naps in time with the sun's position throughout the building.

Lola just loves her dinner and has been on a diet for as long as we can remember, which has paid off. When she came to us she weighed 9kg and is now down to a much healthier 5.9kg.

She also has a very busy daily schedule and likes routine. It starts by eating breakfast, scratching her claws on her scratching post, having some lap time, snoozing in the sunny patches that come through the windows and eating lunch. Then more snoozing, some running up and down the stairs and then eating dinner. If there is a meeting on, she will attend and even add her opinions as she is a very vocal cat and will talk back to you all day!

 

Zuri - Adelaide Clinic Cat

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

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

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

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

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

 

Kevin - Prospect Road Clinic Cat

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

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

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

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