Inner South Veterinary Centre
47 Jerrabomberra Ave
- 1800 785 330
I always wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember. I had a great love of horses as a child as well as dogs and cats, and could imagine no other career.
I studied veterinary science at Sydney University and graduated in 1989. Pursuing my love of the outdoors and things equine I worked in practices in rural Victoria for the first 6 years. I became skilled at working with most species, small animals, dairy and beef cattle and horses, as well as a smattering of other creatures. Eventually common sense directed me from large animal practice and into the world of small animals and Canberra. I knew that Canberra is in fact Australia’s best kept secret! I grew up here and I always had an ambition to return here to work and raise a family. I spent 6 years in a big small animal practice developing surgical skills, sitting for my examinations in Small Animal Surgery with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
In July 2002, Sandy Hume, Isabelle Resch and I purchased the Alta Veterinary Hospital, less then 500 m from where I had grown up in Canberra. Alta became Inner South Veterinary Centre. We took great pride in extending and renovating the hospital and elevating the standards of customer service, medicine and surgery to what it is today. Of course this is a never ending learning curve and we still are working very hard to achieve these aims. My primary interest as a veterinarian is in the surgical side. Soft tissue surgery, cancer surgery and skin reconstruction are always interesting and challenging. However, even more than that I love meeting clients and their pets, growing up with them, helping through the good times and the hard times, then as with the circle of life meeting their new pets, and the pets of their children.
At home I have three beautiful children who continue to take up a lot of my time and energy and keep life interesting. I have two delightful pet rabbits, Alvin and Dusty. I spend as much time as I can on my bike, bushwalking, swimming and on the beach.
In 2014 I have enjoyed the challenge of studying Ophthalmology through the University of Sydney Distance Education program. I will never look at eyes the same way again!
I am another one of those people who always wanted to be a vet – much to the surprise of my parents who are not very animal orientated people. I was always to be found playing with the neighbours’ pets, growing tadpoles and looking after our aviary of finches and budgies. I grew up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, and moved to Canberra after finishing university in 1991 to work at a large veterinary hospital to gain some experience for a year or two. I stayed there for 5 years, and then ventured back to the wilds of Sydney for 2 years working in a small animal and specialist practice.
Canberra’s easy going, fun, outdoors life style and great work opportunities beckoned… I returned to Canberra in 1998. I completed my Masters in Veterinary Studies and also sat for my examinations for Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2001. I firmly believe that ongoing learning is important to keep interested and up to date in my career, and have spent many years learning more about my main areas of interest which include small animal medicine and ultrasonography.
Canberra has certainly become home. Steve and I have renovated a house, parented a dog, and now we have two young sons, Nick and Sam, who have made life all the more busy, interesting and busy (did I already mention busy?). Zoe the Wonderdog, a small, mad but lovable Jack Russell terrier cross, however, rules the roost. Rudi, our Blue Tongue lizard is the latest addition to the family.
The years since the inception of the Inner South Veterinary Centre have been challenging and very fulfilling. It is a wonderful thing in your career to play an important role in people’s lives and watch their pets and children grow up, and to go through life’s many cycles with them. I have also had this opportunity with Sandy and Amanda’s families, as we were friends for many years before coming together as business partners, and developing the Inner South Veterinary family.
I was eight years old when my parents decided they wanted a “tree change” and moved from inner Sydney to the far north coast of NSW. I soon came to embrace country life and the menagerie that came with it – dogs, cats, horses, ducks, the pet cow and my beloved Beverly, the rooster. This is where my love for animals began.
A degree in Veterinary Science was the natural progression and I was thrilled to be offered a place at the University of Sydney. After graduating in 1999, I spent 18 months at a practice in Canberra before heading to England where I worked for five years. I enjoyed a wide range of veterinary practices: from Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight to London. During this time, I completed postgraduate studies in small animal medicine and – between periods of hard work – found time to climb mountains in Patagonia and cycle across India.
I returned to Canberra in 2007, drawn back by the high standards of veterinary practice and the quality of life this city offers. I joined Inner South Veterinary Centre in 2008. I have just returned from another period overseas during which time I began a Masters in Veterinary Clinical Practice. I am delighted to be back and look forward to providing you and your pets with the very best care.
Since an early age I have always loved animals and the natural world. Starting out bird-watching, catching skinks, lizards and snakes I quickly found myself keeping a variety of small pets. These included rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, tortoises, snakes, guinea fowl, quails, budgies, fish, frogs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils and mice - they all made great pets!
Eventually my pet owner dreams came true and my family adopted ‘Rusty’ a very patient and smart Spitz cross from the RSPCA.
I spent most of my childhood in Malta, and moved to Australia in 2008 with my family. A career in Veterinary Science was a great way of learning more about all animals, and being able to positively influence the owner-animal bond in terms of medical treatment and sound husbandry advice.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2015, and was excited to start my working career at Inner South Veterinary Centre in 2016; where the high standards of care allow me to work towards the best possible outcome for the patients.
As a member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians I keep myself current with advances in reptile medicine and am keen to further develop my clinical skills.
In my ‘spare’ time I enjoy looking after a number of Diamond and Carpet pythons, fishing, and going on the occasional bushwalk with the hopes of photographing any cool critters I come across.
I grew up in Orange, NSW on an apple orchard, which helped me develop a love for nature and the outdoors. We also had a menagerie of animals on our property!
I always had the goal to study Veterinary Science, and graduated in July 2016 from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. I enjoy all aspects of the job, but mostly I love the getting to know our clients and their pets.
I came to Canberra because I love the friendly people and the great lifestyle. In my spare time I like to travel, enjoy great food and coffee, be outdoors and spend time with my family and friends.
Originally from Canada, Jenny has long called Australia home. She graduated from Murdoch University Veterinary School with Honours in 2001, and started off in mixed practice treating dogs, cat and horses.
Jenny’s love of both animals and travel has given her the chance to live and work in a number of countries, including a stint in New York City treating some celebrity pets and then several years in Kenya and Ethiopia. She is not sure what she is most proud of – surviving twin daughters, climbing Kilimanjaro or being able to order coffee in 10 different languages!
She is now happily settled in Canberra with her family, enjoying life near the lake, and joined Inner South Veterinary Centre in January 2017. Jenny’s special veterinary interests include surgery, dentistry and dermatology, and in 2009 she was admitted as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons (MANZCVS), giving her advanced qualifications in Internal Medicine.
When Jenny is not at work she can usually be found cycling, kayaking or making finger paint art with her two young daughters!
I am lucky enough to be combining my two loves in life - being a veterinarian and being a park ranger. I have worked in lots of places as a vet, including 9 years in the UK and continue to love the job, the clients, the team at Inner South Veterinary Centre and most of all, the animals.
As well as working for Inner South Veterinary Centre on Saturdays, I work for the Federal Government National Park Service, Parks Australia, during the week.
My job at Parks Australia is overseeing science and planning across the Parks Australia protected areas, which include Kakadu, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Christmas and Norfolk Island National Parks. The job involves endangered species management and trying to deal with the threats and pressures that the species come across like feral cats, weeds, yellow crazy ants and inappropriate fire regimes.
So for me it is domestic pets on the weekend and our special native animals through the week. A perfect mix!