Meet the friendly staff at Jerrabomberra Veterinary Hospital!

  • Bill Taylor
    Veterinarian - BVSc.

    Bill graduated in 1997 from Sydney University and entered mixed practice in Gerringong. He worked there for two years before moving to the UK to strengthen his small animal skills. After spending 4 years abroad the great Downunder beckoned Bill back to Canberra where he worked at Inner South vets for 4 years; adding skills in exotic animal and bird medicine to his repertoire. Following this, Bill joined Queanbeyan Vet Hospital in 2009 and in 2012 he took on Jerrabomberra Veterinary Hospital, constantly improving and expanding both practices. Bill has undertaken further studies in exotic species, surgery and behavioural medicine to ensure we are up to date with the latest advances in veterinary medicine. Away from work Bill relishes spending time with his wife Alison (a veterinarian at Kippax) and his two young boys Jack and Hugh. When Bill has a chance he likes to head down to the coast to play beach cricket with his boys, take his poodle Poky for a run, and relax!

  • Louise Nicholls
    Veterinarian - BVSc(Hons), MACVSc

    Lou graduated from Sydney University in 2000 and started working on the NSW-Victoria border near the Snowy Mountains. She moved to Bowral in the Southern Highlands for 6 years, interspersed with a 1yr internship in small animal surgery in Sydney and 18mths of travelling and locum work in the UK. Still restless, Lou completed more locum work around Australia before moving to our sister practice Kippax Veterinary Hospital where she has worked since July 2009. In January 2014, Lou transferred to us here at Queanbeyan Vet Hospital and is now a partner in Queanbeyan Vet Hospital and Jerrabomberra Vet Hospital. Lou lives with her husband Greg and their 3yr old retriever Ernie, who is a qualified Pets as Therapy dog for Delta. When not working, Lou can be found relaxing with friends and family, visiting Greg’s farm in western NSW, or training for triathlons

  • Jenny Edwards
    Veterinarian - BVSc

    Originally from north Queensland, Jenny graduated from James Cook University in 2011. She worked in mixed practice for 12 months in QLD, followed by a short working holiday in Tasmania, before moving to join us at Queanbeyan in 2013. After 2 years here, she left for the UK, where she enjoyed working in a small animal practice by the sea in Sussex. Jenny returned to Queanbeyan Vet Hospital in April 2016 and (aside from cute puppy vaccinations) has an interest in imaging and internal medicine.

  • Heather Shortridge
    Veterinarian - BVSc

    Heather graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 and started her career with four years working in mixed practice in Armidale. She followed this up with 18 months working in the United Kingdom and travelling around exciting parts of Europe. Heather has been working with us since the start of 2015.  Heather loves working as a vet and looks forward to caring for your pets. In her spare time she likes attending conferences (sometimes in exotic locations), walking,  playing pub trivia, and running Mums and Bubs Aquarobics sessions. Heather also enjoys hanging out with her husband Dan and their children- Golden Retriever Pickle, Kelpie Izzy, the wonderful cats, Charlie, Kitani, and Surinda, and their most recent addition the furless two footed toddler  Lucie.

  • Mark Carter
    BVSc Dip Vet Prac Management

    A country boy from northern NSW, Mark grew up on his parents’ wool and beef farm in the small town of Barraba, before graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from The University of Sydney in 1997.

    After moving to Dubbo, Mark worked in mixed practice with all kinds of animals, including pets, horses and livestock. In addition to running a busy small animal practice, Mark developed a keen interest in the sheep industry, particularly with breeding and reproduction. He was involved in exporting sheep embryos all over the world but also developed an enviable reputation delivering canine reproductive services as well.

    A passionate advocate for the veterinary profession, Mark has served many roles, including student training and serving the branches and special interest groups of the Australian Veterinary Association. He served time as the President of the Australian Sheep Veterinarians and was involved with international collaborations, such as Foot and Mouth disease training in Nepal.

    In 2019, Mark and his family decided for a change of direction and made the big move to the ACT region. Here they have been embracing all aspects the nation’s capital. They love the people, their pets and the climate, and have been embracing the great outdoors, sporting opportunities, chilly mornings and community.

  • Freya Spanney

    Growing up in WA with a menagerie of different animals, Freya knew from an early age that she wanted to be a vet. Graduating from Murdoch University in 2017 and working in a small Perth practice for a year, she made the move across the country to join the Queanbeyan Vet Hospital family in February 2019. She enjoys all aspects of working as a vet with a special interest in small animal surgery. She has spent time volunteering in different veterinary roles; a spey/neuter clinic in India, helping manage stray street dog populations, and for ‘Pets in the Park’; a Canberra charity group that provides veterinary assistance for homeless people and their animal companions. In her free time, Freya likes to boulder and go explore Canberra's many walking trails with her partner Wen and their golden retriever Lily.

  • Udita Saxena

    Udita Graduated from James Cook University in 2019. Originally from Canberra, she is looking forward to returning to the region to do all things small animal, with a special interest in small animal medicine.In her spare time Udita enjoys reading, board games nights and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Sonna Schramm
    Veterinary Nurse - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

    In 2007 Sonna joined Jerrabomberra Veterinary Hospital, and completed her certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2008. Sonna enjoys working on her continuing education, ensuring she is keeping up to date with new practices, and nursing ideas for our team along the way. Sonna tries to visit the preschool once yearly to discuss with children about animal safety and caring for them, this putting her animals and love for children together. When Sonna isn't looking after all the Jerrabomberra animals she is spending time with her husband Steve, her little boy Cody, who shares her love of animals with her, he is always willing to visit at work and met the new animal visitors and give them a much needed cuddle, and her pets Teddy the shihtzu and Munchkins her rescued cat. Outside of work Sonna's interests are camping, motor bike riding, and cooking.

  • Naomi Dempsey
    Veterinary Nurse - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

    Naomi has been with us since October 2016. Our own gothic angel, Naomi has a heart of gold. She has extensively travelled to do charity work, including with Animals Asia in China for three months and Big Conservation in Africa. Naomi has plans for further work like this in the future. A Canberra local, Naomi completed her certificate four in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. Naomi’s pets include cockatiels Ash and Peppie, a beagle named Zara, and a cat named Elvis (the King!) In her spare time Naomi enjoys relaxing with her pets and watching movies.

  • ​Felicity Blacker
    Veterinary Nurse - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

    Felicity started as a kennel hand in 2014 and started nursing in 2015. She has her Certificate III in Animal Companion Services and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a dog Phoebe who is a Cocker Spaniel X and has just recently adopted 2 beautiful kittens named Google and Twitter. She has a love for all animals and also volunteer's at the zoo one day a week working with the Primates. In her spare time she likes to read any books on animals and watch David Attenborough films

  • Brooklyn Perrin

    Born and raised in Carwoola, her passion for animals blossomed through the years spent in her family home. She has completed her certificate III in animal studies and is currently studying her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Brooklyn has also completed her certificate IV in fashion and wishes to begin her certificate IV in captive animals to start a new journey of becoming a zoo keeper.When Brooklyn is not working she spends a lot of time with her Malamute Alaska and trains in body building.

  • Andrea Thompson
    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

    Andrea has grown up in Queanbeyan all her life and also attended school in the area. Upon graduation of year 12 from Karabar high in 2016, Andrea moved straight into studying for her certificate IV in veterinary nursing at CIT and graduated in 2017. Andrea started at working here at the end of 2017. At home Andrea has 2 Labradors that are brother and sister, a guinea pig and 3 horses. Andrea has a passion for athletics and competes at an advanced level. Her other interests outside of work include horse riding and travel.

  • Loreena Butcher

    Loreena graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013. Originally from Lake Macquarie, Loreena worked in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley for 2 years followed by 4 years in West Gippsland, Victoria, gaining experience in large and small animal medicine and surgery. Loreena moved to Canberra and joined the team at Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra Vet Hospital in November 2019. She enjoys all areas of small animal medicine and surgery, and has a special interest in diagnostic ultrasound and cardiology.In her spare time, Loreena enjoys going to the gym, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and any other activity in or around the water.

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