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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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

I grew up in Gloucester on a family cattle property where I grew the love of both small and large animals. I started to study my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016 at Gloucester Vets and was granted a trainee position, I then completed my Certificate IV in 2018. 

In 2019 I ventured out towards Coolah with my partner to a Cattle & Sheep property and was lucky enough to join the team at Coolah Vets where I am currently working as the Head Veterinary Nurse where I take charge in the day to day running in the clinic. 

I highly enjoy being a vet nurse and being able to interact with all our patients! Being a vet nurse has always been my dream job since being a little girl and am so incredibly happy to pursue my career here at Coolah Vets. 

In my spare time, I enjoy getting out and about with my two beloved Jack Russell's 'Lexi & Rosco' and helping my partner on the property with our working dogs and horses.


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 grew up in Coolah NSW. Georgia has been involved in mixed farming for a number of years where she gained experience with livestock through helping out with the running of her families local business 'The Black Stump Butchery'.

Georgia started as a casual employee of the Coolah Veterinary Clinic in 2018 working weekends whilst attending the Coolah Central School for her Secondary Education. Since finishing high-school in 2020 she has continued on working at the Coolah Veterinary Clinic part-time whilst completing a teaching degree in Agriculture by correspondence at the 'University of New England' and completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

"I have always had a true passion for working with animals, both small and large. By working as a Veterinary Nurse, I have found that this job is a truly rewarding career. Although the job can be challenging at times, I am always thankful that I get to work with some amazing team members, clients and patients every day".

In her little free time you will likely to be seeing her Campdrafting with her string of black horses.


Tracey Rutter

Receptionist

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

I grew up on a property at Leadville, running mixed beef cattle and sheep. I attended Dunedoo Central School for my secondary schooling. In 2020 I started working here as a school based trainee and LOVED IT!!!! In 2021 I decided to leave school to pursue my vet nursing career, whilst doing my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

Some of my interest include riding horses and getting out and about, I also really enjoy socialising, spending time with my red cattle dog 'Rex' and enjoying outdoor time on our family farm. 

I really enjoy coming to work to interact with our patients and I love that I get to work with such good people! 

I am so grateful that I got this amazing opportunity, I look forward to seeing you in the clinic 


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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