At The Northside Veterinary Centre, we believe in a team based approach for the care of your pets. Libby and Winston have worked together inCanberra for over 15 years, and our team of 5 full time vets have over 65 years combined experience. All medical and surgical cases are discussed by the vets each day, so every patient gets the benefit of 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 reception and nursing teams 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 attended many conferences on medicine, oncology. She will soon have completed a year long post graduate course in behaviour medicine.
Libby has volunteered time in animal welfare organisations and worked in Morocco, in post-tsunami Sri Lanka and most recently in central Australia with the Canberra Mob (AMRRIC).
In her free-time, Libby is often accompanied by her dog Cisco.
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. Sasha Novitski
Sasha graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008 and started in mixed animal practice before transitioning to small animals. She has worked in Bundagerg, Brisbane and the Gold Coast in a variety of clinics and fields, including shelter work and emergency.
She moved to the UK in 2012 and worked in a busy clinic in Essex before returning back to Australia in 2014. She decided to settle in her hometown of Canberra and started at NVC in August 2014 where she has been ever since.
Her interests include medicine, ultrasound and emergency/critical care, and has recently completed a post graduate course in surgery. She also has a soft spot for wildlife medicine. She enjoys travelling and being outdoors. Her current menagerie includes three beautiful cats.
Dr. Alex Holdsworth
BVSc (Merit) MAgric BHlthSc
Alex grew up in the NSW Southern Highlands where she developed a love and respect for animals on her families property. She started a career in clinical Dietetics and Nutrition before following her love for animals and becoming a Veterinarian.
After graduating from Sydney University, Alex worked mainly on horses and large animals in Canberra. She moved to England for a few years where she worked as a locum in small animal practices. Back home in 2013, alex was employed at a small animal practice on the South Coast of NSW, developing a keen interest in ophthalmology, surgery, diagnostic imaging and emergency medicine. In 2017 she locumed at various general and emergency practices in Melbourne before returning to Canberra.
Alex joined Northside Veterinary Centre in 2018, quickly gaining a love of the surrounding area and enjoying the bike commute, coffee and her backyard vegetable patch. She can regularly be found at a dog park with her border collie Manfred or at the local coffee shop. Alex has recently completing post graduate studies in thoracic and musculoskeletal imaging.
Dr. Emma Lee
Emma grew up on a beef and sheep property on the Far South Coast of NSW, and graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2016. She worked in a mixed practice in Wagga Wagga for 12 months, before joining the team at Northside in September 2017. Emma is currently studying a post graduate course in neurology.
Emma has a particular interest in physical therapy and working with our geriatric patients. You may find her hanging out at our puppy classes too – who could resist a bit of puppy therapy to end the day!
Outside of work, Emma plays soccer for Belconnen South, is teaching herself to speak Norwegian, and loves spending time with her beloved three-legged kitty “Skip”.
Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Saturdays: 8.30am – 4.00pm
2/51 Mort Street
Braddon ACT 2612