At The Northside Veterinary Centre, we believe in a team based approach for the care of your pets. Libby and Winston have worked together in Canberra for over 18 years, and our team of 9 vets have over 90 years combined experience. All medical and surgical cases are discussed by the vets each day, so every patient gets the benefit of at least five minds, not just one! We strive to deliver a compassionate service for both our patients and their owners. In addition to the vets, our dedicated receptionist team and qualified nursing team love working together to make every visit as comfortable as possible, for both owners and pets.
Dr. Libby Adamson
BVSc (Hons), BAnSci, MACVSc (feline medicine)
Dr Libby Adamson graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995, after a childhood on a beef and sheep farm surrounded by a farm menagerie. Libby worked in mixed practice in rural areas, first in Victoria and then for a further 5 years in the UK. After a short stint in the Northern Territory, Libby settled in Canberra. She is now well established in the North Canberra community as an experienced small animal clinician. In 2005, her passion for cat health led her to undertake membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in feline medicine (MACVSc). She has pursued further study since, specifically in ophthalmology and behaviour medicine. Libby has volunteered in Morocco and post-tsunami Sri Lanka in veterinary health programs. In recent years she has participated in indigenous dog health programs in central Australia with the Canberra Mob. Her time outside work is spent hanging out with a young and exuberant cattle dog cross, Frankie, and riding bikes.
Dr. Winston Oakes
BVSc (hons), BSc(vet), MACVSc (small animal dentistry and oral surgery), MANZCVSc (small animal internal medicine)
Winston grew up in Canberra, where he decided (at the age of eight), that he wanted to be a vet. In 1999 he became one, graduating from the University of Sydney, then worked in large hospitals in Adelaide and Sydney as well as in the UK. In 2004, Winston returned to Canberra, and settled there with two Siamese-cross cats (Archie and Mehitabel), two labradors (Casper and Cedric), several chooks, guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, and four children. Winston’s veterinary interests include internal medicine, cardiology, ultrasonography and dentistry. In 2008, Winston was admitted as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal dentistry and oral surgery. Then in 2011 he was also awarded membership in small animal internal medicine. He often sees referral cases for advanced dentistry, ultrasonography and internal medicine, and has given lectures to other veterinarians at the AVA conference and College Science Week.
Dr. Jenny Coonan
BVBiol/BVSc(Hons1) GC SAUA
Jenny graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2013, and for the past 6 years has worked in small animal practices around the Canberra region. She is a self professed “cat person”, and is currently completing a year long distance education course in feline medicine. Jenny has a soft spot for all cats, but particularly loves working with cats to help keep them comfortable and well during their senior years. She enjoys cat dental procedures and loves to see cats behaving like kittens again once they have pain free mouths. She also has an interest in ultrasound, and that it provides a non invasive way to get more information. She has recently completed a postgraduate course in abdominal ultrasound and is also developing skills in ultrasound of other body systems. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys spending time outdoors and watercolour painting.
Dr. Emma Lee
Outside of work, Emma enjoys soccer, gardening, and wrangling her menagerie – she currently shares her home with 2 cheeky kelpies (Roxy and Ruby), a sassy three-legged kitty (Skip), 2 naughty pet sheep (Lambington and Rosie), a handful of chickens, and her partner Nic.
Dr. Caitlin Chandler
Cate grew up in the Hawkesbury NSW and developed a passion for animals from the beginning, spending her time riding horses and showing cattle from a young age. After graduating from Charles Sturt University in 2017 she moved to Bathurst NSW where she spent two years in a mixed animal veterinary practice.
In September 2019 Cate moved to Canberra to join the team here at NVC. She holds a strong passion for all things surgery and is enjoying improving her skills in imaging and dentistry. Outside of work Cate trains and competes in long distance running and triathlon. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her family including her Jack Russel “Nora.”
Dr. Natalie Meades
BAppleSc, BVBiol/BVSc (Hons)
Natalie grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand gaining an applied science degree at Massey University. After graduating vet school from Charles Sturt University in 2017 she began working in Canberra. She has a strong interest in all things dentistry and oncology but particularly loves making great relationships with pets, and especially their owners. She is currently studying a master of veterinary medicine through Massey University. Outside of work you will find Natalie taking advantage of the amazing Canberra outdoors, as well as sampling the great coffee and wine Canberra has to offer. She has two great loves of her life; a golden retriever Boston, and a cat, aptly named Winston!
Dr. Jenny Baird
BSc BVMS (Hons 1) MANZCVS (Small animal medicine) MPH
Originally from Canada, Jenny has long called Australia home. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2001, and started off in mixed practice treating dogs, cats 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 time treating some celebrity pets in New York City, and then several years in Kenya and Ethiopia. She’s not sure which she is most proud of – surviving twin daughters, climbing Kilimanjaro or being able to order coffee in multiple languages! She is now happily settled back in Canberra with her family, which includes two guinea pigs and “Cooper”, a very energetic retriever cross. Jenny’s veterinary interests include surgery, dermatology and internal medicine. When she is not at work, she can be found kayaking, cycling and generally chasing around after her children.
Dr. Dilly Abeyawardane
BVSc PGCertECC (Hons 1)
Dr Dilly grew up in Sri Lanka and moved to Melbourne to study Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2006. As a new graduate she worked at the RSPCA (VIC), during which time her passion for animal welfare grew and also developed a special interest in Emergency Medicine. A scholarship from the RSPCA ensued and culminated in the completion of a Sydney University Distance education course in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and joined the team at Lort Smith Animal Hospital in order to pursue her interest in Emergency Medicine. Since moving to Canberra in 2012 Dilly has enjoyed working in a mixture of emergency and general veterinary practice and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care from the University of Melbourne. She has been a part of the NVC vet team since early 2019. Dilly is one of the founders of Pets in the Park Canberra where she volunteers her services to provide free veterinary care for pets of homeless people. Dilly is an avid traveller and has done volunteer vet work in Sri Lanka, Cook Islands and Myanmar. She is the proud mum of two rescue cats and in her spare time she enjoys all things culinary, be it cooking, baking or dining.
Dr. Jasmine Cornhill
Jasmine graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2016 and has since worked in general practice and emergency medicine in the Canberra region. She has a strong interest in wildlife, enjoys palliative and senior pet care and she loves establishing longer-term relationships with clients and their pets. Jasmine has done voluntary veterinary work in the Galapagos Islands and India. Outside of work Jasmine loves hiking, camping, yoga, bouldering, craft and travel. She also enjoys spending time with family, in particular snuggling with her two rescue kitties Clove (a three-legged cat) and Embrita (an RSPCA dud).
Dr. Stephanie Harrop
Hannah started with Northside Vet back in 2016 as a kennel-hand. She then started full time vet nursing in 2017, and is now studying human nursing in hopes to be a paramedic in future. Hannah runs the Northside Vet Instagram page with assistance from all of the nurses. In her spare time she enjoys: Hanging out with her cats Bean and Norman, and her dog-niece Stella, and playing hockey. At work, Hannah has a special interest in emergency nursing, and has a soft spot for kitties and German Shepherds.
In her spare time, Tanya enjoys horse archery (swipe to see a picture!), running, and chasing 3 kids everyday. At work, Tanya enjoys the big dental procedures and orthopaedic surgeries. Tanya knew very shortly after meeting a stray kitty that we had at the clinic that she was going to adopt her – her name is Luna.
Mel is our Head Nurse at Northside Vet. This means she organises the nurse roster, and each day organises how the teams of the day are going to work (which nurses are working with which vet and which patients!). She’s also the go-to for any random question or comments that staff may have! Mel is the Queen of dental procedures at Northside Vet, and Pugs hold a special place in her heart, as her last dog was a Pug. ️On weekends, Mel enjoys going on long 4 wheel driving trips!
Tash has been one of our much loved nurses for nearly three years. Tash started with us as a receptionist whilst she was studying for her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing. Some may know Tash from our wonderful puppy classes, which she has been running for just under two years. Tash has a massive soft spot for staffies! Pictured is Tash with her pup Garry.
Courtney has been working at Northside Veterinary Centre since 2019. She started off as a kennel hand and began her study Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Courtney then started nursing in 2020. Courtney especially loves assisting with large dogs and has a soft spot for Golden Retrievers.
Originally from Co. Clare Ireland, Debbie is our lovely Irish import. With 15 years small animal nursing experience Debbie joined the Northside Veterinary Centre team in February 2021. Debbie has achieved a Certificate II Animal Studies and a Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing. She has two beautiful Scottish Short-haired cats called Tilly and Dolly (pictured in the photo). Debbie enjoys seeing live bands and has been seen performing dance routines on stage much to the delight of many Canberra revellers.
Tamara has been with us now for just over three years! Starting as a receptionist and has now made her way out the back as a vet assistant! Tamara’s favourite task at the clinic is snuggling all of her furry best friends!
Kit is currently studying her vet nursing cert IV. She has a soft spot for Spitz breeds including her own husky cross Sergeant Fluffy Paws, seen in the photo!
Adelaide has been with us for over two years. She helps with all the insurance claims and cuddles as many of the dogs who come through as possible. Adelaide has a massive soft spot for Ridgebacks as she had some of her own growing up, and a newer love for all greyhounds! In her spare time, she studies the Japanese language and loves cooking delicious meals. She also loves spending time with friends and her housemates.
Tanya started working with the team at Northside Vet Centre in May 2018. She works as part of the reception team working to greet and make sure everyone who comes in and their pet feels comfortable and happy. Tanya also runs the puppy pre-school classes for young puppies to learn and socialise in a positive environment. She studies companion animal behaviour courses to further her knowledge and care of the puppies and out of interest for her own two chihuahuas training; Bane and Harley Quinn.