Expert & Caring Veterinary Staff at Gawler Animal Hospital | Gawler Animal Hospital

Meet our Vets & Nurses

  • Dr Dave MacPhail
    DVM (Hons) (Guelph), MBA (University of South Australia), Practice Principal

    Although he no longer considers himself a nomad, Dave has indulged his travel bug all of his life. Although a native of Edinburgh, he spent several years in Canada where he also graduated as a veterinarian at the Ontario Veterinary College. An initial interest in equine racetrack practice gave way to mixed equine and small animal practice and then, finally, to purely companion animals. Prior to taking over ownership of the hospital, Dave has been a practice owner, a practice valuer and a veterinary management consultant. Excellence in customer service and teamwork are minor (some might say major!) obsessions and Dave loves coaching, mentoring and developing staff. He is a founding director of the Australian Veterinary Business Association and has also held down positions at the University of Adelaide Veterinary School.

    Dave has lived in the Gawler area for over 25 years with wife Janet and children Cat, Innes and Kirsty (all now following careers interstate or overseas). Apart from family, his interests are all things sport (particularly rugby, ski-ing and ice hockey), travel, and the outdoors generally. Long-term co-habitants of the family abode include a Burmese cat, Marco and two Vizslas - Murray and Jazz. Although both are from the same breeders, Murray is Wire-haired while Jazz is a smooth-coat (separate breeds).

  • Dr Steve Crouch
    BVSc (Hons) (Melbourne), Practice Principal


    Stephen Crouch (better known as Steve) earnt his Veterinary Degree graduating with honours from the University Of Melbourne in 1992. Since then he has practiced in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide, in the United Kingdom, and at the Adelaide Veterinary Emergency Centre, as a small animal veterinary surgeon exclusively (well other than raising a couple of calves, suturing a couple of his own sheep and stitching up a neighbour's horse!).

    His potentially outstanding career in sled dog racing was stunted by owning a beautiful but purely social and non-competitive Siberian Husky named Sofia in the mid-90s.

    Soon after marrying, he and his wife Anne travelled to the UK for one year which turned into nearly seven years abroad. He managed a busy small animal practice in greater London and enjoyed the various accents of clients as well as the opportunity to sight-see and contribute to a lively and healthy church community. However the draw of Australia as the best place in the world to raise kids and the yearning for a bit more sunshine (had to buy the kids gumboots ("wellingtons") during a very wet UK ‘summer' holiday!) saw him return to Adelaide in 2004 and take up residence near Gawler.

    He now enjoys being outdoors, gardening, camping, renovating DIY, tinkering with his old ute (fortunately, as it's always breaking down) and helping out with activities at his kid's school. His flock of rescued galahs is now up to two, the chickens provide great eggs and compost for the garden, the calves keep the grass down, the cat rules the house and Harry the wonder dog (bullet proof Labrador X Kelpie) just loves everybody.

    Throughout his veterinary career Steve has had a keen interest in surgery in particular and believes that blood should stay inside the body as much as possible! He's a very skilled and meticulous surgeon and takes referrals from a number of regional practices for orthopaedic cases (leg fractures, cruciate ligament damage, patellar instability and other conditions).

    The opportunity to move into a senior veterinarian and managerial role at the Gawler Animal Hospital proved very exciting, especially as it married Steve's enjoyment of treating and caring for animals with his love for being involved in the wonderful community of Gawler. As of April 2013, Steve's involvement took a further step and he partner in the practice as well. 



  • Dr Rebecka Thompson
    B.Sc, BVMS (Hons) (Murdoch)

    Beck graduated from the Murdoch vet School in Perth 2003  She has been working at Gawler Animal Hospital for most of the time since then, although she had an 18 month break to work as a locum vet in the UK. Despite the draw of the green fields of England and travel in Europe, she still came back to our hospital for the fabulous people and pets. 

    Beck takes a special interest in (and is enormously talented in) internal medicine, ophthalmology and imaging (ultrasound and x-rays). She's built a very loyal following of clients at Gawler and has a tremendous ability to get to the bottom of very complex medical cases. Combined with that, she has a wonderful 'bed-side manner' and this makes her very popular with clients and pets alike!

    LIfe changed dramatically in 2012, for Beck, with the arrival of little Emily. As a result, Beck spent a large chunk of 2012 on maternity leave. With Emily becoming a bit more independent from her mum, Beck had come back to work on a part-time basis and was thoroughly enjoying being 'back in the fold'! Earliy in 2015, the arrival of Louis, a little brother for Emily, meant another stint on the sidelines for Beck. We're really pleased to see her back at work again now Louis is a bit more independent. It didn't take long for Beck's appointment lists to fill up with her favourite clients and she's loving the stimulation and fun of a busy clinic.

    On the four-legged side of the family, Beck has a scruffy terrier ‘Devo' who loves to do tricks for food, and a galah called ‘Gizmo'. In her spare time, Beck loved to ride her horse Jasper as a member of the Salisbury Hunt Club and has been an active participant in the Gawler South Pony Club. That changed with the retirement of Jasper and with the arrival of Emily and any return to the saddle looks like being on hold for a while longer now! 


    Beck and Devo
  • Dr Carolyn Ellis
    B.Sc, BVMS (Murdoch)

    Carolyn studied veterinary medicine at Murdoch University in Perth. After working in mixed practice for 18 months, she decided to focus on small animal practice in 2004.

    Carolyn arrived at Gawler in 2006 and loves working in such a happy, friendly veterinary hospital, with a great team of colleagues, and providing the best of care to the patients and clients. She is particularly interested in medical cases and dermatology.

    Carolyn is married to Paul and they have a lovely whippet named Ella. Ella keeps them entertained with her mischief and energetic antics! Gardening is one of Carolyn's passions and a recent move to a new house with a large garden has kept both Carolyn and Ella happy.

    Carolyn's latest development, however, is that she is expecting a little one to join sister Amelia Rose in mid 2017. With two young children on the go, that larger house and garden will definitely come into play! We wish both Carolyn and Paul all the best with the new arrival and look forward to seeing Carolyn joining us again after maternity leave.

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  • Dr Alana Potgieter
    BVSc (Pretoria)

    Alana is a native of South Africa and obtained her qualification from the University of Pretoria in 2006. Shortly after graduating, Alana and partner Cornell (another of our veterinary team) moved to South Australia in search of adventure. Apart from a short stint back in South Africa and then England, she has practiced in the Adelaide area since then.

    Surgery is a keen interest of hers and she works towards perfecting an atraumatic and cosmetic technique. This means her patients can have the fastest, most pain-free recovery possible with minimal scarring. She also excels in diagnostic ultrasonography and, along with Dr Beck Thompson, provides a really high level of imaging service to our clients.

    Working in England taught her a lot of tricks with rabbits and guinea-pigs (very common pets there). She's also done a lot of further training with rabbits since arriving at Gawler. With this background, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs are always welcome on Alana’s appointment list!

    Alana’s hobbies include travelling and photography. She was also an active pony-clubber in her youth and hopes to return to horse riding very soon (another potential candidate for the Salisbury Hunt Club!!). 

    She's been delighted (as have we) to have Cornell working with her in such close proximity. As a result, It's not unusual, these days, to hear a running conversation in Afrikaans in the corridors of Gawler Animal Hospital! Alana and Cornell have recently moved into an old stone cottage in the Gawler area and so now consider themselves locals (even if they don't quite sound like it!). The garden at said cottage continues to provide them with endless hours of pleasure and entertainment as they are steadily converting this into a real botanical wonder!!


  • Dr Cornell Smith
    BVSc (Pretoria)

    Cornell graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and a desire to travel brought him to Adelaide. He has also worked in the UK, but the draw of sunny weather and the good natured people of South Australia, means that he now happily calls Gawler home.  

    Cornell enjoys interacting with clients and their furry companions of all shapes and sizes. He views himself very much as a general practitioner and is comfortable with the more unusual challenges of veterinary practice. Although one shouldn’t have favourites, he does admit to having a soft spot for cats, even the grumpier ones!

    Even though Cornell and fiancée Alana have settled in South Australia, travelling remains a keen interest. Outside of veterinary work he enjoys nothing more than seeing and learning about new places. He is a keen runner and it should come as no surprise to see him hitting the pavements, especially now that he and Alana have recently purchased an old stone cottage locally and so consider themselves fully fledged Gawler residents!

    Cornell looks forward to developing our feline service and was instrumental in driving our registration as a 'Cat Friendly Accredited Practice'. Not content with spending a large amount of his working day treating cats, he and Alana are gradually developing their home feline pack with Clementine and Klaus (the Lionheart) now roaming the property.

  • Dr Alyssa Duffield
    B.Sc (Vet Biosc), DVM (Hons) (Adelaide)

    Lys joined us in 2013 and worked as a part-time nurse whilst also completing her Veterinary degree at the University of Adelaide. She was always one of the top students in her year and graduated with honours at the end of 2015. During her time as a nurse, Lys showed what a dynamo she was and it was a very easy decision to offer her a position once she graduated as a veterinary surgeon. She adapted to her new role seamlessly and has become an integral member of our veterinary team. She brings the same enthusiasm, hunger to learn and work ethic that she displayed from the very first time she stepped foot in the practice and has settled in very well to our culture. Dentistry, surgery and dermatology (skin diseases) have become areas of special interest in practice.

    Although Lys now lives in the Gawler area, she's been a bit of a traveller with her father being in the habit of buying and improving businesses around the country. Lys has inherited some of her father's tendencies and shows distinct entrepreneurial traits. Another benefit to her somewhat nomadic upbringing was meeting her fiancé, Matt, when the family moved to Ceduna! Matt obviously decided that Lys was a better catch than the oysters he'd been farming and so came with her when she enrolled at Roseworthy for her veterinary degree. We're happy to say that they have since tied the knot and so Lys has now changed her name from Prior to Duffield.

    Lys lists her interests as being all things sport (particularly netball), food & wine and animals. As evidence of this, she and Matt share their house with Scout, a German Shepherd X Border Collie X Staffy (seriously!); Lilly, a Jack Russell X Chihuahua; and Blue, a domestic shorthair cat.

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  • Natalie Hidden
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

    Nat is a fully-qualified Veterinary Nurse with many years experience. She has worked at Gawler Animal Hospital for most of her career and has helped the practice grow from a tiny, one-vet operation to its current multi-person, thriving accredited hospital status. Her passion for vet nursing is a driving force in her life and the care of animals has always been very important. Nat's interests reflect her love for animals with successful competition in dog agility and horse eventing. She currently rides with the Salisbury Hunt Club and is a member of the Gawler Dog Agility Club with her clever little cross-breed ‘Javu'. Nat's other interests include water sports on the River Murray and camping with husband Paul, son Ryan and friends.

  • Lainie Cozzitorto B.Sc
    Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

    Lainie is a fully-qualified Veterinary Nurse who has been working at Gawler Animal Hospital for over 10 years. Her education includes a degree in applied science in agriculture and a Certificate IV in vet nursing. She has an active family life with husband ‘Cozzi’ and two boys Adam and Angus. The family is very involved in camping, rugby union (Barossa Rams stalwarts), horse riding and many other activities. Lainie is passionate about working with animals and about all aspects of veterinary nursing, and, in her spare time, she even teaches nursing students at TAFE! As though that's not enough, Lainie and Cozzi have just taken over the family tree-lopping business - needless to say, she's a busy lady!!

    Hector, a very energetic young Hungarian Viszla, rounds out Lainie's family and keeps her busy in her spare time (does she have any?).

  • Suzy Judd
    Veterinary Nurse, Office Assistant

    After a brief absence following maternity leave, Suzy rejoined us in an administrative capacity and plays a major part in running our office activities. Suzy has traditionally has enjoyed the more challenging, adrenaline-charged aspects of practice. Intensive care, emergencies, caesarean sections and exotic pet anaesthetics are top of Suzy's list of fun tasks! As such, she really doesn't mind when she's occasionally co-opted into helping out in the hospital area. She also enjoys the more unusual pets outside of practice, having hand-reared a ringtail possum at home.

    Suzy loves horses and dogs and, like several of the Gawler Animal Hospital staff, goes out horse-riding whenever she can. She lives in the Barossa with husband Paul, and their son, Connor and daughter Lily, keep them both busy. Flicka, their cat, along with Tara, a border collie and Kira, a lively Kelpie pup, make up the remainder of Suzy's family.

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  • Mel Skelton
    Hospital Co-ordinator, Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

    Mel has been nursing since early 2010 and loving every moment of it. She's a fully qualified veterinary nurse and a central part of our nursing group. What Mel loves most about working at Gawler Animal Hospital is that everyone works as a team and does the best for the welfare of the pets. Since Sam Hogben has been otherwise occupied with maternity duties, Mel has taken responsibility for maintaining surgical workflow (ably assisted by Bailey Bartlett). She also is our 'go-to' person for the pathology department.

    Mel and partner Dave were delighted to welcome little 'Aiden' into the world in early 2015, after which Mel spent a number of months at home on maternity leave', Mel was really pleased to come back to work later that year. I'd have to say we were just as pleased and there are loads of laughs and smiles in the hospital area whenever she's around! As of early 2017, As mentioned, in early 2017 Mel moved into a hospital co-ordinator role and so has an overall responsibility for the smooth running of our surgical and hospital workflow.

    At home, Mel has three dogs, Dodge, Sasha and Boof, and two cats, Charlie and Kitty! She loves looking after her pets and this also spills over into the way she handles animals at the hospital. 

  • Sharee McGree
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

    Sharee is a fully-qualified veterinary nurse and has been a fixture at Gawler Animal Hospital, on and off, for many years. She always brings a happy attitude to work and keeps everyone cheerful. Sharee has a real interest in people (staff and clients alike) and has a knack of making everyone feel important. When not at work, Sharee spends her time looking after her boys - Billy and Riley (currently playing soccer for Adelaide United and the Socceroos). Daughter Demi looks after herself!

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  • Sonia van De Kamp
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Nurse Technician, AVA Accredited Nurse

    Sonia has been nursing since 2001 and brings a hugely cheerful presence to her work. She is a fully qualified veterinary nurse and also has gone on to complete her veterinary technician qualification. She is also a VNCA accredited nurse - this is a recognition of advanced skills and requires constant updating and further education to maintain. She is very involved in our post-operative recovery program for orthopaedic patients. She also has a wonderful time running our Puppy Pre-School and Puppy Play School program (as many a puppy owner will tell you!) and does a great job with this. To assist with the puppy training and to add some more behavioural skills to the practice, Sonia has completed the Delta Society Canine Good Citizens instruction course. This is a two year commitment and has added to her already numerous qualifications! 

    Sonia sits on the committee of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia and is responsible for its continuing education program. She has a fantastic approach to work and brings a smile to the faces of both clients and staff. If her patients could smile as well, they most certainly would!!

    In 2013, Sonia was nominated by the Gawler Animal Hospital team for the Hills 'Vet Nurse of the Year' award. To the surprise of none of us, she did fantastically well in this and came runner-up (ahead of a stellar crew of nominees around Australia). Our only surprise was that the judging committee were able to find a better veterinary nurse out there!!

    She is our resident poet and entertains us all during lunch breaks or staff meetings with her latest offerings! When not brightening up the lives of everyone at work, Sonia is kept fully occupied by her husband Mick, daughter Tommi and son Jace. The Van De Kamps are a very musical family with Mick playing in a local rock band and Sonia singing at all times of day or night (including at work!)!! They share the property with 2 horses, Rusty and Sabre, as well as 2 cats, Mozzie and Matilda and Halo - a ridgeback cross dog.

  • Sam Hogben
    Hospital Co-ordinator, Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Nurse Technician

    Sam is our quiet achiever and a very popular member of staff. She has been working at Gawler Animal Hospital since 2008 and is a fully qualified veterinary nurse. She has also completed her Veterinary Technician qualification and has a real talent in veterinary anaesthesia (amongst other things). She acts as our 'go-to' person for all native fauna and has raised several possums (possi?), birds, lizards, etc. Sam holds the title of 'Hospital Co-ordinator' and is responsible for maintaining workflow in our busy surgery department. As such, she is central to the smooth running of the the hospital and does a fantastic job of this.

    Reflecting her country background (she's a Stockport girl), her passions go beyond the normal as she has a 10-foot pet carpet python (with attitude!), a galah named Henry and an Australian magpie named Kevin! On the more conventional side, Sam has a gentle giant of a dog named Bruce (pictured here with Sam) and a little Maltese cross girl called Dooka (who is great friends with Kevin the magpie!). When she is not with her pets, she loves to go to the beach or up the river to spend time with her friends. Sam was married to husband Paul in 2016 and is now a proud new Mum! Harrison Hogben arrived in April this year and has already been introduced to the local footy club (they start recruiting young in the country)!  Naturally, this has meant a break from duties with us. We all wish her really well with this next exciting phase in life but look forward to seeing her back after maternity leave.

  • Alyssha Dent
    Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Nurse

    Alyssha joined us in 2012 after graduating from her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree at Massey University in New Zealand. Alyssha grew up in the Palmerston area (north island NZ) and Gawler represented her first move outside of New Zealand. She's responsible for organising our nursing rosters and has a real interest in anaesthetics (the more complex and challenging the better!).

    Although she's grown up as a city girl, she's spent time in the country and welcomed the move to Gawler with her partner Ash (also a Kiwi). Alyssha and Ash were married in mid 2016 in a lovely ceremony in a Barossa winery. Alyssha grew up with family cats, several birds, the odd fish and even an axolotl at one stage! Can't say I know of any other axolotl owners in our group so that's a first!!

    As part of the move to Gawler Animal Hospital, she set up home in Gawler. She enjoys reading and watching sport in her spare time. Although not actively involved in sport, Alyssha has expressed an interest in learning to ride and so may yet be another candidate for the hunt club! As befits anyone living in Australia and supporting the All Blacks in rugby, Alyssha is given a pretty hard time by the rest of the staff at Gawler Animal Hospital. Unfortunately for them, she seems to have the last laugh when it comes to Bledisloe Cup and World Cup games!

  • Georgie Hollingdrake
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

    Georgie came to us in early 2014 as a work experience student through TAFE, where she had started her full-time nurse training. Georgie really impressed us and so we offered her a trainee position. She didn't hesitate in accepting and switched to a part-time TAFE course to complement the skills she learnt with us. In her quiet fashion, she's managed to work her way into the staffing group and is a popular addition to the team. As of the end of 2016, Georgie finished her TAFE training.

    Having grown up with a range of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs, vet nursing has been Georgies's dream job for as long as she can remember. At the moment, her list of pets includes Sydney, an American Staffy; Bella, a ginger and white cat; and two chickens. Most of the time, the chickens respond to her call better than the dog (not sure if this reflects on a badly-behaved dog or well-trained chickens)!

    In her spare time, Georgie enjoys music and has had lessons in piano, drums and guitar whilst growing up. She enjoys going to live music events whenever possible. Sport also plays a large part of her life having played soccer for six years. Although the soccer career was interrupted by year 12 studies then TAFE, she hopes to take this up again shortly.

    As for the future, work and study is a great compromise and is allowing her to continue expanding her knowledge in the veterinary nursing field. At some point, Georgie would like to embark on a working holiday through the UK before coming back to Gawler Animal Hospital with newfound skills and experience!

  • Jo Hatcher
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Nursing Technician, Diploma of Veterinary Nursing Management, AVA Accredited Nurse

    Jo started her career as a veterinary nurse in 1999, qualifying as a Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse in 2002. She then went on to study the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing Management and the Veterinary Technician Certificate. She worked as the Nursing Manager of a large four clinic practice in the northern suburbs of Adelaide before stepping out of the management role and back into general nursing in a practice closer to home. Jo gained accreditation in 2008 and has a special interest in medical nursing and emergency and critical care. To her, nothing is more satisfying than to see a sick patient, that has been cared for closely,  walk out of the clinic door happy and on the road to recovery. She is very passionate about helping train veterinary nurses to realize their true potential and to be the best that they can be and therefore also works for the Animal Industries Resource Centre training the Veterinary Nurses of the future. Jo believes there is no better job in the world and is also actively involved on the committee of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia in the role of Media Chair which involves producing the Australian Veterinary Nurses Journal, a dedicated magazine for Veterinary Nurses.

    At home she has a cheeky domestic cat called Zaph who takes up most of the bed each night,  has just adopted a gorgeous playful Golden Retriever puppy called Eddy and not to forget an ever supportive husband and young daughter to help keep her very busy. Besides being incredibly busy with all of the above, Jo is also a great person to have around! She's been a great help to us with our weekend roster and we're delighted to have her onboard.

  • Renee Wilson
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

    Renee has been a veterinary nurse since leaving school early to come and work for me (at a different clinic in those days). After finishing her nurse training, Renee went on to gain advanced skills in veterinary dentistry, as well as all other facets of nursing. When she decided on a change of scenery late in 2015, we were delighted to have her join us with a view to taking charge of our ever-expanding dental service. Renee has signed up to undertake a diploma in veterinary dental nursing and will carry out in-depth studies over the next two years. In the meantime, she's already managed to make herself into an invaluable and very popular member of the team at Gawler Animal Hospital. 

    At home, Renee and husband Wade have a growing family in Asher and Deanna, both of whom are now at school. She also has 2 delightful Burmese kittens in Alfie Bille and Archie Bobbie (she assures me that the children had more than a little to say in the naming process!).

  • Lauren Di Girolamo
    Reception Co-ordinator


    Lauren came to us early in 2016. She slotted in absolutely seamlessly and rapidly made herself into a much-liked and valued member! She has a an absolute passion for reception work and is a natural when it comes to helping clients to find solutions for their pets.

    Lauren spent 4 years working for a high-level veterinary practice in Adelaide before making a switch to human dental reception work. She thought it would be a step up the ladder but quickly discovered that she much preferred working with pets and their owners. As it turned out, veterinary practice also gave her much more scope to use her considerable talents in customer service. As such, it was perfect timing for us that Lauren was thinking about returning to veterinary work at exactly the same time we were looking for a new receptionist. The dental profession's loss is our gain and clients at Gawler Animal Hospital have been the real winners from all of this!

    At home, Lauren and husband Lando have Yoda, a Musk Lorikeet, and a blue-tongue lizard named Liz - I think this makes her a first as don't believe we've had any blue-tongue lizards on the staff pet list! Even better, Lauren and Lando are the very proud new owners of Murdoch, an Irish Wolfhound puppy. By the age of ten weeks, Lauren already had him sitting, staying, dropping and shaking a paw - legendary!! Murdoch has grown week by week and now has his own following on FaceBook after a series of posts detailing his puppy exploits.

    Lauren's efforts on the reception desk have not gone un-noticed. As anyone who has dealt with her will attest, she always goes the extra mile to help clients. Behind the scenes, Lauren also does a huge amount  organising the workflow of what is a very busy reception desk these days.  In recognition of this, she has recently been appointed to the role of reception co-ordinator - well done Lauren!

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  • Esse Wundersitz
    Veterinary Student

    Esse is one of a line of veterinary students providing us with part-time nursing assistance. She's currently completing her final year of studies at the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy campus) and started with us in late 2015. Her interests at uni are small animals and wildlife/exotics so she fits in well at GAH. In her spare time, she loves travel, hiking and anything beach related including scuba diving, kayaking and snorkelling. Luckily for her, she lives at Seaton so can indulge all of these maritime pursuits. Clearly, she doesn't mind spending time in her car, either, given the drive from Seaton to Roseworthy (or GAH)! 

    Esse and her partner have a German Short-haired pointer named Moose and a cat called Gertie. They've also added to the confusion by taking on 'Duke', a Hungarian Viszla - just as well Esse enjoys hiking as the combination of a GSP and a Viszla will test her energy levels!


  • Emma Hoolihan
    Veterinary Student

    Emma joined us in late 2016 as one of our veterinary students from the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy campus) and has already fitted in really well with the staff group. She'll be finishing her degree course at the end of 2018 and brings with her all of the enthusiasm, knowledge and abilities befitting of someone starting out on her veterinary career. As such, we're delighted to have her as part of our team.

    Emma is a local, having grown up in Gawler. Although she now lives on campus, Emma keeps her horse and dog at the family home. Horses have always been her passion and so it's no wonder she's fitted in well with the current staff crew!

    In terms of her career, Emma has taken what might be considered as the 'path less-well travelled'. Although always interested in studying veterinary medicine, she was dissuaded from this and went into a journalism career instead. This (and an interest in travel) took her to Africa for a couple of years and then to New Zealand (you'll have to ask her for the details on both of those stints but they sounded like really interesting experiences). On returning to Australia, she decided that she should have followed her initial instincts and so decided to apply for veterinary medicine. Luckily for us, she was successful and so is now back where she started in Gawler. With all of this globe-trotting, perhaps we should actually consider hers to be the 'path very-well travelled '!!



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  • Bailey Bartlett
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

    Bailey joined us in mid 2016 and has settled in very well as a member of the team. As an 'army child' Bailey was used to moving and meeting new people (8 schools in various states around Australia!) and, as such, had no problem fitting in at GAH. She previously held down the head nurse position in a busy Adelaide practice and comes to us with a wealth of experience. For us, it's wonderful to have someone with Bailey's ability and people skills and she is a wonderful addition to the group.

    At home, Bailey and partner Jason have 2 young children - Jacob and Emily. They also have a Shiba Inu dog named Kik, a lorikeet named Googii and a cat named Obi. Bailey has an unusual (to me, at least) hobby of creating hairbows and several of our patients left the hospital over Xmas adorned with her artwork! She and Jason also love fishing and spend weekends, where possible, on the Yorke Peninsula with the children.

  • Bethany Wright
    Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

    Beth has joined the Gawler Animal Hospital team at the end of 2016. Having completed a BSc degree course in animal science, she went on to do her veterinary nursing course at TAFE and so comes very well qualified! In a relatively short nursing career, she has picked up a lot of experience and knowledge and brings this with her to GAH. She also completely buys into our practice culture of client service and teamwork and so we're delighted to have her with us.

    At home, she and partner Ben have 3 cats - a Bengal named Bronx, a moggie named Cherry and a Maine Coon called Mochi - a pretty exotic and mixed bunch!!

    Outside of work, Beth's interests are dancing (calisthenics to be precise, don't ask me what that involves) and travel. Current list of countries visited makes me feel like a stay-at-home - USA, UK, France, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Fiji, Singapore and NZ!!

  • Corrie Levi
    Veterinary Receptionist, Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, B.Sc (Psychology)

    Corrie is the most recent addition to our veterinary reception staff and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge.. 

    Corrie began her veterinary nursing career in 1997 while still at school, gaining her veterinary nursing qualification in 2001. Over the years she has nursed in a number of veterinary clinics as well as the RSPCA, and spent a few years managing the nursing team of a busy 4 clinic practice. In 2013 she took a break from the industry to experience the university lifestyle for a few years, gaining a Bachelor of Psychology. But after 4 years away and missing the family environment that a good veterinary team provides, she decided to return to the industry that she loves.

    In her spare time Corrie takes care of her many pets at home consisting of 2 dogs, 4 cats, a parrot and a bearded dragon. Now that she has more time on her hands post-university, she’s looking forward to getting involved in dog obedience with her 2 dogs - Emmy the Labrador and Tilly the Bull Mastiff.

  • Sally Earle
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Sally comes to us via a slightly different path. She started out by carving out a career in the banking sector followed by a stint in Pharmacy. She then moved into a reception role with a local Medical practice. Having come to know Sally in that role over a number of years, I jumped at the opportunity to bring her into the Gawler Animal Hospital team when she mentioned she was looking for a change. Sally has a natural way with people and a genuine client service focus. She has really enjoyed her move into working with pets and their owners (despite finding the pace in veterinary practice to be much, much higher!). Likewise, our clients have really taken to Sally - the medical profession's loss is definitely our gain!!

    At home, she and husband John have two children in William and Olivia. The family is rounded out by 'Hunter' the naughty Beagle!

  • Ben Weir
    Veterinary Student

    Ben is currently completing his final year of his veterinary degree at the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy). He has a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm and it was an easy choice for us to take him on to help our nursing staff on a part-time basis. Ben is a New Zealander (yetanother one on our books!) but plans to stay in Australia once he graduates from Roseworthy. In the meantime, he is soaking up all of the knowledge he can to help him with the next phase of his career. Very popular and a really hard worker, he'll do very well in his next role as a veterinarian.

  • Dr Luisa Panetta
    B.Sc (Vet Biosc), DVM (Hons) (Adelaide)

    Luisa is the latest addition to our team and is providing us with some weekend relief. She first came to us as a student during her days at the University of Adelaide veterinary school. She always displayed a fantastic work ethic and was very popular with staff and with clients. She's been in mixed practice for the last four years since graduating and currently works in a practice south of Adelaide. However, she still lives locally and was delighted to help us out when we contacted her. She has a special interest in canine and feline medicine and has plans to complete her membership certification in this area. Although she's only with us in a limited capacity, we're equally delighted to welcome her to our team!