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 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. Jenny Coonan
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. 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. Emma Lee
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”.
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!
Dr. Dilly Abeyawardane
Dr Dilly grew up in Sri Lanka and moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2006. For the next four years, Dilly worked at the RSPCA (Victoria), during which time her passion for animal welfare grew and she 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
Dr Dilly then joined the team at Lort Smith Animal Hospital in order to pursue her interest in Emergency Medicine and after-hours care. A move to Canberra in 2012 saw Dr Dilly take up a positions at the Animal Emergency Services Canberra and since then has enjoyed a mixture of emergency and general veterinary practice around Canberra.
Dr Dilly is the founder of Pets in the Park Canberra where she volunteers her services every first Sunday of every month at the Pilgrim House, which provides free veterinary care for pets of homeless people.
Dr Dilly is in avid traveller and has done volunteer vet work in Cook Islands, Myanmar and soon in Cambodia. She is the proud mum of three Domestic Short Hair rescue cats. When she is not fundraising and studying for her Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care she enjoys all things culinary, be it cooking, baking or dining.
Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Saturdays: 8.30am – 4.00pm
2/51 Mort Street
Braddon ACT 2612