Meet Our People
Veterinarian & OwnerTony is the proud owner of Naracoorte and Penola Veterinary Centres since he purchased the practice in 2009. He grew up on a station in far western Queensland near Quilpie. He graduated from Queensland University with a Batchelor of Veterinary Science degree in 1990. He spent his first year working in the Kimberley’s of WA then moved to Naracoorte in 1992. He stayed with the practice until 1998 then moved back to the Kimberley’s for 7 years, then back to Naracoorte again in 2005 where he has been since.
He loves his job as a country vet. He has a passion for local community, of helping people and their animals, the privilege of leading a great team of people doing high quality work, the challenge of always trying to improve service and care in a highly variable and changing industry at the same time always trying to provide quality vetcare at an affordable price. He loves that it is never boring. “You can been doing complicated orthopaedics plating a shattered femur together in the morning then pregnancy testing 200 cows out on farm in the afternoon. It’s never boring, and most the people I see I know well and are my friends.” He has developed skills and interest in small animal orthopaedics, large animal medicine and surgery and recently artificial breeding of horses. He currently looks after two dogs, a cat, two chooks and various injured wildlife.
Vet Nurse & ManagerI started working at the Clinic in 1980. I do spend a lot of time with my dogs. Enjoy outdoor activities, gardening, fishing and relaxing. I feel very lucky to work in a great industry where people care very much about animals and their owners.
VeterinarianPaula initially started at Naracoorte & Penola Veterinary Centres in 2005 as a veterinary nurse. She then left us to go and study at Charles Sturt University and graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) in August 2013. Paula initially worked in a small animal hospital in NSW prior to making the move back to Naracoorte SA to pursue a career in a mixed rural veterinary practice. In addition Paula assists her husband in running Kellul Farrier Service and has a keen interest in equine lameness. When off duty Paula enjoys family time with her husband Simon and two kids Charlotte & Tyler down the beach or riding horses.
Qualified Veterinary NurseAfter finishing school, I completed a Prevocational Animal Management Course in Adelaide followed by work in a Veterinary Pathology Laboratory for a few years. I then moved back to Naracoorte to start work at Naracoorte Vet Centre where I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
I have been working on and off at NPVC for many years, taking breaks for travel and to have a family. Currently working part time at our Penola Branch, in my “spare time” I enjoy spending time outdoors and catching up with friends and family. Of course I have many assorted pets including my two spoilt dogs Rubi & Izzy and cat Pepsi. I find Veterinary Nursing a rewarding and challenging job with no two days ever being the same.
Qualified Veterinary NurseCERT II VETERINARY NURSE + BACHELOR OF ANIMAL SCIENCE
Sharnna grew up in Casterton and moved to Roseworthy after finishing high school to study a Bachelor of Animal Science. She has been working at the Penola Vet Clinic since 2015 and is currently completing her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. Outside of work, Sharnna enjoys playing netball for the Penola Eagles and spending time with her Dalmation puppy Lexi and cat Cleo.
Veterinary NurseRebecca has lived in the area her entire life. She went to school in Penola whilst living on her family’s farm. Having a desire to become a Veterinary Nurse she began studying her certificate II in Vet Nursing through the Australian Veterinary Nursing college. In January 2013 she completed a 2 week internship at the Naracoorte Vet Clinic as part of this training. After showing potential on this placement she was offered a part time position at the Naracoorte Clinic while she continued her study. In late 2013 she was offered a full time position at the Naracoorte branch as a trainee and will continue to study her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing through Tafe SA.
Veterinary NurseCERT II VETERINARY NURSE + BACHELOR OF ANIMAL SCIENCE
I grew up in Naracoorte and started working at the Clinic in 2004 as a kennel hand while completing my high school studies. I moved to Perth in 2007 to study Animal Science at Murdoch University. I then transferred my studies to Adelaide Uni where I graduated with a Bachelor of Animal Science. Since then, I have spent time working in livestock health roles around the South East before returning to work as a Veterinary Nurse at the Naracoorte Clinic in 2015. I am currently studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and will be due to complete this at the end of 2018. Bec and I have also recently taken on running the Clinic’s Puppy School Classes. I have 2 dogs Izzy and Tex and 2 cats Otis and Pumpkin who keep me busy and entertained in my spare time.
VeterinarianMaggie has returned to Naracoorte & Penola Vet Centres after a 2 year stint at home in Missouri, USA. She is a 2010 University of Melbourne Graduate. She worked in mixed practice in Victoria for 2 years before joining us originally in 2012. While at home she focused on small animal medicine and surgery. You’ll find Maggie both on the farm and in the clinic. She revels in the variety of cases seen in mixed practice & likes to solve problems big or small. Outside of work Maggie enjoys staying fit, playing guitar and enjoying the outdoors.
VeterinarianLauren graduated from Melbourne University in 2012. She moved to Mt Gambier for her first small animal job. After 3 years, she decided to travel and did some locum small animal work in both the Central Coast, NSW and in Canberra. Following this, Lauren returned to Melbourne and worked in a big small animal clinic in Eltham, filling a maternity, year-long position. Once this position was over, Lauren traveled around Europe for 5 wonderful months. On her way home she spent a month in India, obtaining her yoga teacher training certificate. After satisfying the travel bug (for a while), Lauren has decided to return to and work part-time as a small animal vet for the Naracoorte and Penola Veterinary Centres. Lauren is mum to her big baby Hamish, the Greyhound x Labrador x Wolfhound x more and her cheeky bunny, Chickpea.