Meet Our Team


Chris Hallett

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Chris grew up in the Muswellbrook and Sandy Hollow areas before completing university at Sydney University. After graduating he worked in several cattle veterinarian roles including a dairy medicine internship in the US, several years in the UK and time in the Atherton Tablelands. In 2005 he settled in Coolah, purchasing the clinic from his father-in-law Mark Powell. Chris's main area of interest and expertise is beef cattle medicine and production.

John Bowman

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS)

John grew up on a mixed farming operation at Tooraweenah before heading to Murdoch University in Perth. After graduating he spent several years working as a vet out of Katherine in the NT on extensive pastoral properties before spending some time at Scone Equine Hospital. After working in the UK for 12 months with Teresa the opportunity arose to move back to Coolah and purchase into the clinic when Ralph Kuhn retired. John's major focus lies with large animal work including beef cattle medicine as well as equine medicine, reproduction and dentistry.

Teresa Bowman

Veterinarian (BSc BVSc)

Teresa grew up in suburban Canberra and completed her studies at Charles Sturt Uni in Wagga Wagga. Her first job was as a mixed practice vet in Gilgandra where she spent 2 years before heading to the UK to work. Upon arriving back in Australia, Teresa took over the running of the Coonabarabran practice for a few years before having some time off following the birth of baby Thomas. She is currently back working part time from Coolah. Teresa enjoys both large and small animal work and is our resident go-to for small animal medicine queries and ultrasonography skills.

Hannah Gardner

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Hannah hails from the NSW Hunter Valley and studied at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Having spent numerous school holidays attending Pony Club in Dunedoo she made the move here in 2020. 

Destinee Day

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Destinee comes to us from Zimbabwe. Having moved abroad to study, first to Canada and eventually University of Queensland, Destinee arrived in Coolah in early 2021.

Matt Harris

Veterinarian (BVBio/BVSc )

Matt hails from Wagga Wagga, where he also undertook his veterinary studies. He has a passion for all things agriculture and is a keen sportsman. 

Tilly Morgan

Veterinarian (BVBio/BVSc)

Tilly is from Camperdown (in SW Vic) off of a beef property. She undertook her veterinary studies at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga). She has an interest in photography and bush walking or anything outdoors. 

Sarah Heenan

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Sarah joined the team at Merriwa in early 2021, commuting from her home in Denman. Having previously worked at Quirindi Vet Clinic, The Barn Vets in Muswellbrook and Pet Medical in Scone, Sarah is very experienced across both large and small animals.

Jenna Packham

Practice Manager

Jenna is a longtime resident of the area, growing up at "Old Castle" near Leadville and attending school at Dunedoo. After finishing school in 2005 she began working at the Coolah clinic, progressing through the ranks from work-experience to fully qualified veterinary nurse and is now our practice manager across the 3 branches. Since the arrival of Murphy in 2017 and then Huxley in 2019 Jenna has worked from home, doing much of the heavy lifting behind the scenes.

Jaimi White

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jaimi joined us in 2019 from Gloucester and is in charge of the day to day running of the Coolah Clinic.

Tanya Quetcher

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Tanya is originally from Gulargambone and came to us from Gunnedah in mid 2017 to work as the head nurse at the Coonabarabran Clinic. Along with her husband and 2 sons they live on a property outside Coona where they run an assortment of sheep, pigs and other creatures!

Julie Hansen

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Julie worked for Anthea for many years and stayed on for us when we purchased the clinic from Anthea's family. She has been instrumental in the smooth transition of ownership and also settling into the new building. Julie grew up in the area and currently lives in Sandy Hollow with her menagerie of animals.

Georgia Bennetts

Veterinary Nurse

Georgia will be known to most locals in Coolah, her father being the butcher for many years. Georgia started working on weekends at Coolah whilst still at school and has continued on while beginning her teaching degree at UNE by correspondence. She is also studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and in her small amount of free time can be found campdrafting her string of black horses. 

Tracey Rutter


Tracy joined the Coonabarabran Clinic in 2019 as our receptionist/veterinary nurse. She moved to the Coona region several years ago with her husband and 3 children

Charlotte Abbott

Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte started with us on a school-based traineeship in 2020. She has since left school and is now working here part-time whilst completing her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. When not at work she enjoys riding horses and spending time with her dog Rex. 

Karla Circosta

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Karla and her family live at Gungal with their large array of dogs, horses and other pets. Karla joined us at Merriwa part time in 2020 to keep up with the increasing work load.

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