Meet Our Team

 

  

Chris van Tonder

Veterinarian

Chris joined us in December 2014 and keeps telling us he is never leaving! (we said Yay!)Originally ...


Jasmin Hooper

Veterinarian

Jasmin joined us in late 2014 as a locum to help out for a few months while we searched for our new forever vet and as she was pregnant at the time we knew we would have to say goodbye when that time came.  Thankfully though, she enjoyed working at our little clinic and was keen to come back after her baby was born. 

Back on board part time now, Jasmin is a pleasure to have around. Always calm and level headed, she is happy to take on any situation that comes through our doors, and has that true Barossa can-do attitude.  Efficient and experienced,  Jasmin manages even our busiest days with a smile on her face.  When the need arises, she knows she has several keen Aunties ready to babysit her adorable little girls!

When not at work, Jasmin is busy on the farm with her husband Pete and two young girls.


Kate Bitter

Veterinarian

Kate joined us as a locum veterinarian in March 2018 to cover for Chris while he was away on holidays.  We loved working with her and were thrilled when she accepted a part time position.

After studying in Melbourne, Kate worked for 6 years in mixed practice in Bordertown, SA before moving "across the ditch" to Auckland, NZ where she worked in small animal practice for 3 years.  Originally from Adelaide, Kate and her husband Steve answered the call to move back home and decided to settle in the Barossa.

Kate is very caring with all species that walk through our doors and has a dedicated work ethic. She has a happy, positive attitude and brightens our Wednesdays when at work! 

When not at the clinic, you'll find Kate at CrossFit Barossa either working out or coaching kids classes.  She also enjoys spending time with Steve and her furkids (labradors, Penny and Jade) and exploring the food, wine and experiences the Barossa has to offer!

 


Suzanne Luce

Practice Owner

Suzanne walked through the doors of The Vet Clinic in the middle of 2007 and quickly decided to stay for good.  In fact she loved the clinic so much that she bought it in 2011! 

Suzanne had been a vet nurse in her native country Canada and then in New Zealand where she lived for 7 years before coming to Australia.  She has developed great nursing skills and is comfortable handling any situation that walks through the doors.  These days, although she is spending more time working as a business manager, she will still always find time to give the patients a cuddle!

In February 2013 Suzanne opened For Pets Sake, our pet supplies store, and continues to run both the store and clinic today.  

When Suzanne is not busy managing the businesses, she enjoys doing a bit of woodworking, or just relaxing at home with the dogs and her many (!) cats.

 

 

 

 


Skye Evans

Veterinary Practice Manager

Skye started working at The Vet Clinic in 2006 as our after school cleaner and quickly rose up through the ranks to become an experienced vet nurse and now practice manager.

Alway calm, she takes everthing in her stride without skipping a beat and always remembers the little things that the rest of us are liable to forget!  Skye has developed amazing organisational skills and has a keen ability to keep us all working seamlessly!  Skye has become a confident, reliable veterinary nurse and an invaluable part of our team.

A local girl through and through, her family have been on the land in the Barossa since the mid 1800's.  Skye knows the Barossa and its people like the back of her hand! 

When not at work, Skye enjoys spending time with her partner Scott and their very spoiled cat Ron. She is also constantly busy socialising with friends!


Sue Baxter

Veterinary Nurse

Sue is a kind and gentle soul.  She is a natural listener but can also have an interesting story ready to tell!  Sue is a fantastic nurse and has a natural compassion for our patients in need of a cuddle, with a special affection for the geriatrics. 

Sue now spends most of her time at our pet store but still helps us out at the clinic whenever needed.  Sue is a wealth of information and experience and will always steer you in the right direction when it comes to your pet's needs. 

Vegetarian Sue has fulfilled her lifelong dream of living in an old church with the purchase of a property on the flats.  She shares this with her 2 cats, her dogs Alfie, Bodie and Moo, her chickens and a menagerie of other rescue animals!


Kerrie Shepherdson

Veterinary Nurse

Kerrie started with us in 2007 and after a short stint away, she is now back with us full time.

Kerrie has nursed both small and large animals over many years and continues to love the clinic life and job.  She is a very competent nurse who can manage anything that comes her way.  And best of all she does so with a non-stop smile on her face.  Kerrie certainly knows how to make our days fun no matter how hectic things may get. 

Kerrie has an adopted greyhound from GAP and an adorable mixed breed terrier.  On top of that, her family has recently expanded from 5 to 7 with the addition of two young grandchildren!  

When not at work, or immersed in her grandchildren, Kerrie enjoys spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities, walking with her dogs and photography.

 


Danielle Bartsch

Veterinary Nurse

Danielle comes from a managerial background having spent 13 years in retail. She decided though that she needed a change and her love for animals drew her to the veterinary industry.

Danielle joined us as a veterinary nursing student in February 2017.  She fit in so well with the team and displayed such a great work ethic that we asked her to join us as a nurse in February 2018.  Due to finish her certificate IV in nursing in early 2019, Danielle is fast becoming a confident and capable nurse, and a valued member of our team.  She is a fast learner and has shown great competence in all facets of nursing.

In her spare time, she loves to socialise with friends over good food and drinks and going to the beach with her adorable French Bulldog Django.


Peanut Butter

Client Relations

Peanut Butter was brought in by a local business where she had been spending many hours attempting to solicit some tasty treats.  Peanut was a very affectionate and healthy looking cat but after a couple of weeks with us, it became apparent that she did not have a home of her own. 

During those few weeks with us, Peanut quickly worked her way into our hearts with her silly antics, endless cuddles and adorable meow!  She needed a new home and it looked like she had found it.   Peanut now spends her time between the store and the clinic, following Suzanne around.  She equally loves to schmooze the many dogs that visit our clinic and check out the cats as well. 

Her favourite spot though is either draped over Suzanne's shoulders having a nap or stealing the free dog treats in the store.  She keeps our customers amused with her statue like antics!


Coconut

Customer Service

Coconut was originally part of our cat adoption program. He was overweight and missing one of his hind legs (we're not sure why - this is how he came to us!).  We decided to keep him at the clinic for a couple of months to help him lose some weight before putting him up for adoption but he became such a part of the furniture, we realised we could never bring ourselves to adopt him out!

Sue and Coconut have formed a very strong bond and Coconut likes to spend his days getting spoiled by Sue where ever she may be!  He loves his food and his cuddles even more so.  He loves to greet our customers big and small and receiving endless pats from them.

Despite only having three legs, he manages to get around very well and even surprises us by getting onto benches and pot plants!


  
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