Vet team

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Willunga Vet Services
37 Main Rd
SA 5172

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8556 2075
8556 2654

Aldinga Vet Services
16 Heathersay Ave
Aldinga Beach
SA 5173

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8556 5498

Left: Practice partners; Right: Julie H, our Practice Manager

Our vet team



  • Dr Simon Edwards
    Clinic Partner, BSc, BVMS, Cert IV A + WT

    Simon Graduated from Murdoch University in 1991 and after a couple of years in WA and the UK he landed in Willunga in 1995. Initially employed for a six week locum he nev er left and joined the partnership in 2006. Simons primary role in the practice is farm animal medicine and also he sees many of the uncommon pets like birds, lizards and the odd kangaroo.

    Simon is also involved locally in developing and running herd management programs for a number of cattle properties. Simon has 4 children and a garden that keeps him very busy. In his (rare) spare time he enjoys cycling and camping and his annual game of golf.


  • Dr Martin Suter
    Clinic Partner, BVS (Hons)

    We also welcome Dr Martin Suter BVSc Hons, who joined us in mid December.

    Martin graduated from Melbourne University in 1986 and worked in mixed practice in Victoria and then at the Lost Dog's home in Melbourne. He moved to Adelaide in 1990 and has worked in small animal practice since then. He has completed postgraduate studies in the areas of small animal dermatology and internal medicine through the University of Sydney and is presently a chartered member of the AVA. Martin has recently moved to the McLaren Vale area and is now the proud owner of a grape block. His main interests outside of work are permaculture and music. We are excited to have him as a great addition to our fantastic team.

  • Dr Neil Thies
    Veteranarian Associate, BVSc (Hons) MAVS

    Neil graduated from Melbourne University in 1979 and joined WVS in 1984.

    He has completed a Masters in Veterinary Science and is our small animal guru! He relishes the challenges involved in difficult medical cases and complex surgeries.

    Neil is also accredited in the PennHIP scoring scheme. Click here for more information on the PennHIP scoring scheme (hip and elbow scoring).

    Outside of work Neil spends time with Trees For Life, cycling and training for various events. He particularly likes to push himself to the absolute limits and has completed several National Triathlon races and participated in the 20km+ Rottnest Island swim, off the coast of WA.

    Neil T
  • Dr Clare Ellis
    Veterinary Associate, BVSc (Hons) CVA (IVAS)

    Clare has been working at WVS since August 2008 after 5 years working at Murray Bridge Veterinary Clinic and a 2-year stint working in the UK. She grew up in Brisbane and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001. After qualifying as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2008, Clare regularly treats animals with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, in particular for arthritis and spinal conditions. 

    Clare & her husband Luke have recently had their first daughter, Grace. In their spare time the family enjoys hiking, camping, water-skiing, gardening and cooking, and Clare has recently taken up lampworking (making glass beads/pendants). They live in Meadows with dogs Tess & Susie, Tickle the cat and 5 spoilt chickens.


  • Dr Emily Sandow
    Veterinary Associate, 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 backpacking around South America with her partner. Emily has a keen interest in internal medicine and thus is completing an Internal Medicine postgraduate course through the University of Sydney. In the future she is hoping to also complete a small animal surgery course.

    Outside of work, Emily enjoys horseriding, yoga, beach-walks and spending time with family and friends. She has one dog Motely, a naughty Labrador who is currently loving the farm life in Clare.

    Emily S
  • Brooke H

    Brooke grew up wanting to be a veterinarian from a young age and joined Fauna rescue in high school to develop her skills. She graduated from James Cook University Townsville with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science in 2011. After graduation she migrated to YorkePennisula in South Australia where she worked in a rural veterinary practice, mainly focusing on small animal surgery and medicine, but also dealing with birds, wildlife, pocket pets, large animal cases and even a stick insect! From this Brooke wished to increase her skills as a mixed practice veterinarian and is excited to be part of Willunga and Aldinga Veterinary Services and work as part of a larger team.

    In the future Brooke hopes to increase her skills in cattle and sheep medicine and surgery, as well as her knowledge on ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents.

    Outside of work Brooke is usually very active, enjoying wake-boarding, snowboarding, surfing, bike riding and hiking when weather is permitting. She shares her house with George and Monkey, two cats that she rescued over the years during work. Brooke cannot wait to own a larger property so she can accumulated a larger feathered and furred family!"

    Brooke H
  • Joel

    Joel joined our veterinary team after graduating from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. He grew up on his parent’s dairy farm near Timboon in the western districts of Victoria where he was exposed to nearly all types of livestock production, plus most other animals including dogs, cats, horses and chooks just to name a few. Joel's interested in large animal medicine, particularly dairy cattle and in ways to increase overall farm production. He's also interested in small animal work, especially surgery.

    Outside of work he enjoys going for a round of golf (he'll be happy that our Christmas function is at the Willunga Golf Course!), watching AFL (go the Cats!), off-road motor biking, reading and fishing amongst other things.