Meet our friendly and experienced
team of vets and nurses.
Meet our friendly and experienced
team of vets and nurses.
Dr. Simon Edwards
Practice Owner (BSc BVMS, Cert IV A + WT)
Simon is one of the partners of the Willunga and Aldinga veterinary services. He has been part of the practice since late last century (c1995) and spend most of his working days out on farms chasing cows around. Cattle work is his main focus, particularly reproduction and mastitis management, but he enjoys all aspects of the practice, and can be seen doing the occasional small animal consult or surgery when needed.
He studied Vet Science at Murdoch University then worked in WA and the UK until he settled in Willunga. He wanted to be a vet from a very young age after seeing a calving at his cousins farm and reading a lot of James Herriot. Luckily for him he really enjoy the job and the people he gets to meet along the way. It is a real joy to see the positive difference we can make to our clients and their pets or farm animals.
He is lucky enough to have a beautiful home in Willunga which he shares with his wife and younger children, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 6 chickens and 4 goldfish. They also have 2 grandkids (so far) that live close by. When he is not working he may be seen cycling up a local hill or playing with some mates a local band or mostly working in the garden somewhere.
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. 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 cyclist and swimmer. He has completed several National Triathlon races and participated in the 20km+ Rottnest Island swim, off the coast of WA.
Dr. Clare Ellis
Veterinarian, BVSc (Hons) 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 time with her husband and two daughters; camping, gardening and cooking. They live in Willunga with Golden Retriever Ella, Tickle the cat 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. Brooke Hasler
Brooke grew up wanting to be a veterinarian from a young age and joined fauna rescue in high school. She graduated from James Cook University Townsville with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science in 2011. After graduation she migrated to the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and joined the Willunga and Aldinga Veterinary team in 2014. Brooke sees all sorts of creatures from rodents, birds, rabbits to the cats and dogs and all the farm animals as well. She appreciates the true mixed practise work that Willunga has to offer. Her future ambition is to fine tune her medical knowledge in cats, and develop her farm animal medicine. Outside of work Brooke is usually very active, enjoying wake-boarding, snowboarding, surfing, bike riding and hiking when weather is permitting. She also has a small acreage that keeps her extremely busy with an apple orchard to make homemade apple cider, and a menagerie of animals often rescued.
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. 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. Nina James
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 very strong interest in cattle medicine and herd health. She grew up on a small property the Adelaide hills where she spent her free time riding horses. Now, in her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, sewing and training in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Dr. Nichola Coombe
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 developing her large animal knowledge and skills but also enjoys caring for dogs, cats, pocket pets and wildlife. 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
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.