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

Our Veterinarians

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 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. Michelle Rees

Practice Owner (BSc BVSc)

Michelle graduated Veterinary Science in South Africa, then travelled to work in NSW before settling in Queensland for the past few years. Michelle joined the WAVS team at the start of Covid in 2020. With three children and three chocolate Labradors, life is very fast paced. In Michelle’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her kids, watching their various sports and activities, loves sewing and the beach.

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. 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 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

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 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

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. Dan 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

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 16 years to nursing. During this time Kim completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is currently studying a diploma in Leadership and Management. Her passions include her menagerie of pets, including talking birds! She also 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.

Elysha

Veterinary Nurse

Elysha joined the WAVS team in 2015. She is passionate about canine psychology and behaviour, and has an interest in holistic care. In her spare time she is kept busy with her two dogs; Rusty the Cattle Dog and Ruby the Kelpie.

Karen

Veterinary Nurse

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.

Kelly

Veterinary Nurse

Kelly is a certificate IV 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 6 cats, Koda, Hamish, Andy, Bailey, Petal and Meg and she enjoys taking some of them to cat shows. She also has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Storm and 7 chickens.  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.  

Deb L

Receptionist

Deb is a friendly face you will meet in the reception area of the clinic. Deb started in 1983 and has the task of organising bookings and the daily schedule for veterinary consults. She also owns the feistiest cat known to all the vets in the clinic – named Ash. Ash has a tendency to bite and scratch at the sight of a needle and each year the vets draw short straws to vaccinate him.

Debbie

Veterinary Nurse

Debbie has been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2006 and began her career in the UK, before emigrating to Australia in February 2018, when she began working at WAVS. She loves all aspects of her job. In her spare time Debbie loves to ride her horse which she bred herself and flew over from the UK.

 Ash

Veterinary Nurse

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.  Ash is currently studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Rachel

Veterinary Nurse

Rachel joined the team at WAVS in 2021.

Carlee

Veterinary Nurse

Carlee began nursing in 2012 and has been 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 fur (and scale) babies she enjoys crafts and woodworking.

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 and pocket pets. Elizabeth also runs our puppy preschool classes. She has a beautiful cat called Sultan and in her spare time she likes to read.

Caitlin

Veterinary Nurse

Caitlin started working with animals in 2015, when she volunteered at the RSPCA. She has a Rottweiler x called Bear and 2 cats called Luna and Georgie. In her spare time she likes to get outdoors and be active.

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.

Simone

Veterinary Nurse

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.

Rebecca

Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca 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 Rebecca 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

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.

Zoe

Veterinary Nurse

Zoe joined the WAVS team mid 2019 after she moved back home to the area after living and working interstate. She has been a nurse in a range of rural practices, and has special interests in canine and feline behaviour, geriatric medicine and surgery. Zoe also runs our Willunga Puppy Preschool program, where she enjoys teaching the new puppy parents about all the influence that we can have over our puppys’ behaviour during their first few weeks at home. At home, Zoe has a senior Maltese X Shih Tzu called Diaz, a Hyperthyroid Guinea Pig called Ollie, and a cheeky rescue cat Milo George Whiskers. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, snorkelling, reading, writing and spending time with her pets.

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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Aldinga Vet Services

Mon - Fri: 8am to 5:30pm
Sat: 8am to 12:30pm
Sun: closed

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