Our Team

Meet our friendly and experienced

team of vets and nurses.

Our Team

Meet our friendly and experienced

team of vets and nurses.

Meet Our Veterinarians

Meet our Nurses

Practice Owners

Dr. Simon Edwards

Practice Owner, BSc BVMS, Cert IV A + WT

Simon is one of the owners of the Willunga and Aldinga Veterinary Services. He has been part of the practice since late last century (c1995) and spends most of his working days out on farms chasing cows around. Cattle work is his main focus, but he enjoys all aspects of the practice, and can be seen doing the occasional small animal consult or surgery when needed.

 

When he is not working he may be seen cycling up a local hill or playing his saxophone with some mates in a couple of local bands, or looking after the many pets and rescues that he and his wife look after.

Dr. Martin Suter

Practice Owner, BVSc (Hons)

Martin graduated from Melbourne University in 1986 and working in mixed practice in Victoria before working at the Lost Dog’s home in Melbourne.

He moved to Adelaide in 1990 and has worked in small animal practice since then. He joined WVS in 2012 and in 2014 was invited to become a partner in the practice.

Martin has completed postgraduate studies in the areas of small animal dermatology and internal medicine through the University of Sydney. His special interests are dermatology, small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Out of work he grows grapes, vegetables and fruit on his small property and has a lifetime passion for playing music.

Dr. Michelle Rees

Practice Owner, BSc BVSc

Michelle graduated Veterinary Science in South Africa and then travelled to Australia for work. She worked in New South Wales and then settled in Queensland and worked for a number of years. In March 2020 Michelle and her family made the move to South Australia and Michelle joined the WAVS team.

Michelle became a partner in the practice in July 2021 joining the current partners Simon and Martin.

Michelle is one of our senior small animal veterinarians seeing a wide variety of medical and surgical caseloads.

In Michelle’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her kids, watching various sports and activities and loves sewing and the beach.

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Neil Thies

Veterinarian, BVSc (Hons), MAVS

Neil graduated from Melbourne University in 1979 and joined WVS in 1984. He has completed a Masters in Veterinary Science. Neil brings a wealth of medical knowledge and surgical skill to our team.

Outside of work Neil spends time with Trees For Life and is a dedicated endurance runner and swimmer. He has completed two IronMan triathlons, as well as participating in the 10km + Rottnest Island swim, off the coast of WA. Currently he is racing half and full marathon events.

Dr. Clare Ellis

Veterinarian, BVSc (Hons), CCRT CVA (IVAS)

Clare grew up in Brisbane and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001. She has been working at WAVS since 2008 after 5 years working at Murray Bridge Vet Clinic and a 2 year stint in the UK. Clare is a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) and offers rehabilitation and physical therapy for a wide range of conditions including lameness, arthritis and spinal conditions, post orthopaedic surgery, geriatrics and sporting dogs. Since 2008 Clare has been a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) and regularly treats animals with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, including utilising nutritional modification and herbal medications. When not working, Clare enjoys spending family time with her husband and two daughters – camping, gardening and cooking; and volunteers as a lifesaver at Aldinga Bay SLSC. They live in Willunga with Golden Retriever Ella, cats Tickle, Yoyo & Zara, and an assortment of chickens and fish!

Dr. Emily Sandow

Veterinarian, BSc BVMS

Growing up on a farm in the Clare Valley, Emily has a keen interest in the country and animals. After graduating in 2006, she spent nearly 3 years working in mixed practice in Berri before travelling to England and working there for a year. She then spent some time travelling through South America before coming to settle in the Fleurieu Area in 2011 and starting work at Willunga.

Since the Aldinga Clinic has been a part of the team, Emily has enjoyed working at the branch practice. She is currently studying a Masters in Small Animal Medicine through Massey Uni in New Zealand.

Outside of work Emily enjoys running, spending time with her dogs and producing tasty table olives with her partner.

Dr. Amy McPherson

Veterinarian, BSc BVMS

Born and bred in the Adelaide Hills, Amy’s love of all things outdoors and animals is evident in her enthusiastic and energetic approach to all aspects of her life. After having graduated from Murdoch University in 1997 and spending 13 years practicing in the UK, Amy returned back home to the hills in 2013 with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Amy is dedicated to delivering gold standard care and meeting the highest possible welfare standards and the animals she treats. More than anything Amy relishes challenging medical cases as well as intricate specialised surgeries and has a special interest in feline medicine. When she is not consulting or in surgery Amy will be found somewhere in the great outdoors, most likely knee deep in alpaca poo, repairing fences, building chook sheds, shearing alpacas or planning the next animal husbandry adventure on the hobby farm, skilfully assisted by her partner farm hand Dan!

Dr. Brooke Lamey

Veterinarian, BSc BVSc
Brooke grew up on a hobby farm the Adelaide Hills and graduated from Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga. She joined Willunga and Aldinga Veterinary Services in 2012. After spending two years training and working at an emergency referral clinic she has returned to the Fleurieu Peninsula and general practice. Brooke enjoys internal medicine and small animal surgery. She has a special interest in strengthening the human-animal bond, making sure pets are happy and healthy, and so are their owners. Outside of work Brooke likes reading, riding her horse, catching up with friends and travelling overseas. Her cat Kittah’s latest trick is high-five… and escaping when the washing goes outside to be hung on the line.

Dr. Jane Ellery

Veterinarian, BSc BVMS (Hons)

Jane Ellery graduated with honours from Murdoch University in 2001 and has been practising small animal medicine predominantly in Adelaide since this time. She spent 2 years locuming in the U.K. on a working holiday, allowing her to travel extensively through Europe and the United kingdom. She has mostly worked in small animal general practice, but gained valuable experience working for 3 years in small animal emergency medicine at one of Adelaide’s dedicated emergency and referral centres. As well as treating cats and dogs, she is also happy to see rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice, having previously had rats and a rabbit as part of her extended furry family. She currently has 3 cats and a whippet and a house full of animal hair. She lives locally and is therefore able to enjoy the beach, snorkelling and eating good food.

Dr. Nina James

Veterinarian, BSc DVM

Nina graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2017 and prior to studying veterinary science she completed a degree in zoology and entomology, as well as finishing her honours degree in comparative physiology. Throughout uni she developed a strong interest in cattle medicine and herd health. She grew up on a small property in the Adelaide hills where she spent her free time riding horses. Now, in her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs and sewing.

Dr. Nichola Coombe

Veterinarian, BSc DVM

Nichola grew up in the Southern Adelaide Hills area with lots of pets including cats, dogs, sheep, pigs and horses. She studied Veterinary Medicine at Adelaide University, before going to work in Port Augusta and North West SA. She joined the WAVS team in 2018. She has a passion for all animals and is interested in large animal medicine and surgery, companion animal medicine and surgery as well as helping to look after the diverse range of wildlife we see through our clinics!

Nichola has her own crazy puppy, Cooper the Kelpie X Heeler, who keeps her very busy going for runs and exploring at the beach.

Dr. Angus Misan

Veterinarian, BSc DVM

Angus joined our team in 2019 after graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2018. Growing up and working on his family beef farm in Port Elliot initially drew Angus to a Veterinary degree. This had a continued influence on Angus and furthered his interest in large animal medicine. This has since grown into a varied interest that includes surgery, anaesthesia and wildlife medicine. Through varying family pets, including a Rhodesian ridgeback called Nala, Angus has also fostered a keen interest in small animals. When he isn’t at work, Angus enjoys watching and playing football, music, travelling and spending time at the river with friends.

Dr. Daniel Richmond

Veterinarian, DVM 

Dan graduated from Murdoch University in Perth in 1995. He worked in the UK for 3 years in a small animal practice then to Perth and the southwest of WA before buying Aldinga Vet Clinic in 2007. In 2013 Dan sold the Practice which created WAVS. Dan has a keen interested in imaging – ultrasounds and radiographs, difficult medical cases and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Ben Weir

Veterinarian, BSc DVM
Ben started with the WVS team in December 2020. He has spent the last three years as a mixed animal veterinarian down in Mount Gambier where he developed a strong interest in Bovine surgery and medicine. He has a particular enthusiasm for bovine obstetrics and lameness. You may see him out and about towing the hoof tipper trailer to and from farm in his shiny new Hilux. 

In his spare time, Ben enjoys competitive clay target shooting and spending time with his border collie “Indiana Bones.”

Our Nurses

Kylie Riches

Practice Manager – Willunga

Kylie began her nursing career in 1990 here at Willunga vets after completing her certificate in Animal management. Kylie is the practice manager at our Willunga Hospital. On the Weekends she spends her time with her two boys, out showing her standardbreds with her husband or in her garden in meadows.

Kim Bear

Practice Manager – Aldinga, Cert IV, Dip L & M

Kim is the practice manager at our Aldinga Clinic. She began her nursing studies during her school years and once she had completed year 12 she dedicated the next 20 years to nursing. During this time Kim has completed her Certificate iV in Veterinary Nursing and Diploma of Leadership and Management. Her passions include her menagerie of pets, including talking birds! She loves training her Golden Retriever Marley, who loves visiting schools and retirement homes.

Michelle

Large Animal Coordinator

Michelle joined the WAVS team in Oct 2018. After being a client with WVS for a long time, she has now joined the team as our large animal receptionist. She previously worked as a laboratory technical officer on agricultural research projects and in the analytical chemistry laboratory analysis soil, water and plant. Michelle grew up on a mixed farm at Blewitt Springs, where she spent a lot of her younger years on the back of a horse.  She now has a small property just out of Mt Compass where she run’s Windy Hill White Suffolk stud with her partner Graeme.

Karen

Veterinary Receptionist, Cert IV

You will usually see Karen at the Front desk or answering your call. Karen started nursing in 1998 and came to Willunga Vets in 2002. She loves spending time with her children and grand daughter. Karen has a cheeky Pug named June.

Elysha

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV (Veterinary Nursing, Cert III (Dog Behaviour & Training)

Elysha qualified as a Cert IV Veterinary Nurse in 2013 and joined the WAVS team in 2015. She has a passion for canine psychology and holds a Cert III in Dog behaviour & Training. 

Recently Elysha adopted a deaf cattle dog puppy called Shark & is kept busy training him & teaching him to read sign language. Elysha has two other dogs, Rusty the Red Heeler and Ruby the Red Kelpie.

You will find Elysha on reception where she enjoys triaging emergencies & managing client relations.

 

Kelly

Veterinary Nurse

Kelly is a veterinary nurse who has been working in the industry for over 20 years. She has a particular interest in feline medicine and behaviour, as well as surgery. She also enjoys working with chickens and ducks. She currently owns a number of cats, including oriental cats which she enjoys taking to cat shows. She also has a pet pigeon called Polly and a few others in the menagerie.  At home she is a mum to a wonderful little boy and in what spare time she has she enjoys reading and going to the movies.  

Debbie

Veterinary Nurse, RVN

Debbie is an experience nurse from the UK with 18 years experience. During her time in the UK she worked for a large mixed practice servicing horses, farm animals and companion animals and was able to develop her interests in diagnostic imaging, laboratory work and minor surgery.

Debbie emigrated to Australia in 2018 and joined the team at WAVS. She has since gained permanent residency (soon to gain citizenship) and here at the clinic she enjoys assisting with surgery & anaesthesia, performing blood work & laboratory testing and caring for our patients.

In her spare time Debbie loves to ride her horse which she bred herself and flew over from the UK.

Elizabeth

Veterinary Nurse

Elizabeth has been working as a vet nurse since 2012 after pursuing other adventures and careers. She is passionate about surgery, dentistry, nutrition and behaviour and also enjoys working with exotics, natives and pocket pets. She has two beautiful indoor cats and in her spare time she likes to read.

Carlee

Veterinary Nurse

Carlee has been nursing since 2012 and has been a part of the WAVS team since 2017. She loves all aspects of surgical and dental nursing. In her spare time, when she is not running around after her toddler, and fur babies she enjoys crafts and woodworking. Carlee is currently on maternity leave.

Caitlin

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Caitlin started working with in animals in 2015 by volunteering at the RSPCA. She has a Rottweiler X called Bear and 2 cats Luna and Georgie. In her spare time she likes to get outdoors and be active. Caitlin is currently on maternity leave.

Simone

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV, Cert IV (Business Administration)

Simone is a certificate IV level vet nurse who joined WAVS in 2020 after moving to the area with her husband and kids for a real sea change from rural SA. Simone has a strong focus on reception and client contact and has been nursing for over 10 years. She has various pets ranging from native animals (bearded dragon and ring tailed possums) to a naughty Beagle, Ella and a feisty cat named Horus.

Vikki

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV, Dip (Emergency & Critical Care)

Vikki has been nursing for 23 years. She worked at WAVS for 10 years previously and returned 2 years ago. She is a registered nurse with a Cert IV in Veterinary nursing and a diploma in Emergency and Critical care. Vikki enjoys all aspects of Veterinary nursing but has a passion for surgery and emergency cases. She has also studied dog/cat behaviour and is passionate about fear free handling. 

As well as working in general practice, Vikki has worked in a specialist emergency and referral centre both in ER and referral. She has been working in emergency for the past 5 years.

 

Vikki has 3 horses (Cassie, Kersace and Angel), 3 cats (Normy, Wiggles and Whost) and chickens (Frizzle and Lucky). In her spare time she enkoys spending time with her horses and pets, photography and crafts.

 

Beck

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Beck completed her cert IV in Veterinary nursing in 2019 and joined the WAVS team in 2020.

She has an interest in hospital nursing and Patient care. At home Beck has two dogs Cindy and Ruby and two cats, Storm and Toby.

Toby is living her best life at 20 years old.

 Tess

Veterinary Nurse
BSc (Veterinary Bioscience), Cert IV

Originally from the UK, Tess completed her Cert IV in Vet Nursing at the end of 2020, but has been nursing since 2015. She also has a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) from Adelaide Uni. She was also the recipient of the Australian Student Vet Nurse of the Year for 2020.

Tess enjoys client relations and emergency care. She has taken over the teaching of Puppy School at both the Aldinga and Willunga branches. She has Indy the border collie and 2 rescue cats (Bill and Lupin) at home. In her spare time she enjoys walking and exploring with Indy and eating out with friends.

Annabel

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Annabel is currently working evening shifts at Willunga and enjoys hospital nursing.

 Ash

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Ash has been nursing since 2017 and joined the WAVS team in 2020.  Ash particularly enjoys hospital nursing and seeing patients recover and go home with their families.  In her spare time she enjoys taking her dogs Lenny and Xena to the beach, spending time with her horse Konrad and entertaining two mischievous kittens Dee and Floki. 

Zara

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Zara joined the WAVS team in 2021 after completing her Certificate iV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a passion for nursing orthopaedic surgery cases & exotic animals.

Zara has a small zoo of sorts at home with 11 animals: 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, 2 chihuahua, 2 rats and 2 horses! Zara also has an interest in becoming a Veterinary Surgeon one day!

Rosie

Veterinary Nurse

Rosie is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at The University of Adelaide. She will graduate as a Veterinary Technician at the end of 2022. We are very lucky to have Rosie working with us when she is not studying, especially over the holidays. In a past life, she was an Industrial Paramedic working in remote SA, NT & QLD. At home she has her Maine Coon cats Henley, Adelaide, Aisha and Nico. She also has her moggy called Kuro who is a foster fail, Her son has a Stimson python called Anna. Her best mate is Ziggy, a German Shepherd x Blue Heeler and they love doing agility together.

Jenna

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Jenna is currently working Saturday mornings at our Aldinga Clinic.

Maddy

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Maddy joined the WAVS team in July 2021 after moving interstate from NSW. Previously she worked in small animal clinics and for the RSPCA nursing. Maddy finished studying in 2018 and is a qualified Cert iV Veterinary Nurse.

At work Maddy enjoys being a part of the team, assisting in surgery and emergencies. She is also enjoying learning more about the large animal and production aspects of the job.

Outside of work Maddy enjoys exploring her new home in South Australia and she has her eyes set on a solo skydiving course.

Teresa

Veterinary Nurse

Teresa joined Willunga & Aldinga Veterinary Services in 2021. Previous to this she has worked for 3 years in general practice and 5 years assisting at one of the busy emergency centers in Adelaide.

She has been a part of the Veterinary industry for almost 10 years and brings with her a wealth of experience. Teresa doesn’t stop work at the door, at home she regularly fosters and hand raises orphaned neonatal kittens. She has been doing this for 6 years and has managed to only adopt 2 of the many who found their forever homes with her.

Teresa’s main focus in the clinic is with hospital patients and patient care. You often see Teresa carrying cat carriers full of kittens. At home she has 1 dog, 2 cats, 3 birds, 1 turtle, 2 young adult children and her husband.

Naomi

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Naomi is a qualified nurse who joined the clinics in September 2021. She currently is enjoying working on reception as well as in the hospital. Naomi has been a nurse for almost 10 years with a focus on equine most recently. She is enjoying a return to small animals.

In Naomi’s spare time travelling and hanging out with family and friends.

Tiffany

Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV

Tiffany started working at the Willunga clinic in September 2021. She has been in the industry nursing for 15 years. Tiffany has experience teaching puppy school; management and everything in between. Before starting here at WAVS she was nursing at the Adelaide University Hospital working with the new generation of Vet’s who were studying there.

At work Tiffany has a  strong interest in emergency and learning about behaviour. She loves to build bonds with her patients and their lovely owners.

Tiffany has a beautiful young family at home which takes up alot of her home time.

 

Sherrie

Kennel Hand

Sherrie joined is in 2021 as a kennel hand assisting the nursing team in taking care of patients at Willunga.

Meet Our Veterinarians

Meet our Nurses

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Willunga Vet Services

Mon - Fri: 8am to 8pm
Sat: 8am to 3pm
Sun: closed

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Sat: 8am to 12:30pm
Sun: closed

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