Our Team

Our team at Ovens and Kiewa work want to be a partner in petcare, working in unison with clients to provide the best service and support possible. 

 

We've trained hard to be the best in our fields, and we continue to maintain and expand our knowledge and skills at every opportunity. We also strongly believe in mentoring those new to their field, via traineeships and work experience.

 

Please contact us at Ovens & Kiewa Veterinary Hospital if you'd like any more information.

Serving the pet community of the Alpine Shire Council. The pawfect location for pet parents living in Myrtleford, Kiewa Valley, Ovens Valley and surrounding areas!

 

Meet our friendly and professional team:

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Dr Meagan Lee- BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (small animal surgery)

Hi, my name is Meagan and I am one of the new practice owners. I grew up in Ballarat, but spent many holidays in the north east visiting family. I finished my Vet degree at the University of Melbourne and started out in mixed practice in South Australia.

My first couple of years were a lot of fun, but there was a very steep learning curve. Once I felt I had gained enough experience it was time to head overseas and start exploring the world.

I spent several years working in the UK and travelling around Europe. I have since locumed at various clinics in country Victoria including Benalla and Wangaratta and more recently I was working full time in Albury.

I live locally and really enjoy the vast number of activities available in our area. I enjoy mountain bike riding, hiking, camping, snowboarding, visiting wineries and eating out at the many wonderful restaurants we have locally.

Becoming a practice owner is an exciting opportunity and I am lucky enough to work with a great team, in a fantastic part of the world. 

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Dr Andrew Colson- BVSc (Hons), APAV

I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1984 with second class honours and immediately undertook several short term locum positions around North East Victoria.  A position came up at the Myrtleford Veterinary Clinic to fill a vacancy while one of the vets recuperated from a broken leg.  He never returned and I never left!

I worked under Dr. Peter Lee until 1994 and in 1995 I purchased what was then The Ovens and Kiewa Animal Health Centre with clinics at 62 Lawrence Street in Myrtleford and 6A Camp Street Beechworth.  

In 1996 I purchased the Tobacco Growers of Victoria Building at 79 to 81 Myrtle Street and after substantial renovations I moved the practice to its current site later that year.      

In 2011 I sold the Beechworth branch practice to Dr. Helen Robinson to concentrate more on the core business at Myrtleford. 

I am experienced in both small and large animal medicine and surgery and a member of The Australian Veterinary Association, Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association, the Australian Cattle Veterinary Association, The Australian Equine Veterinary Association. I regularly attend post graduate seminars, workshops and conferences to keep abreast of the latest in my profession.

In November 2015 after 31 years working in rural veterinary practice and enduring a personal health scare I elected to sell The Ovens and Kiewa Veterinary Hospital to Dr. Meagan Lee and Dr. Mandy Lugsdin. I am lucky enough to have been offered an ongoing, part-time job in the practice and I now enjoying being a veterinarian without the huge burden of running the business. 

I am now able to invest more time with my family enjoying this fabulous part of Australia we live in!

Dr Annette Kelleher- BVSc (Hons)

I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1984 and spent my first years as a Vet working in Cranbourne and Bundoora. I ventured overseas for a while and worked in England which was fun, after returning to Melbourne I was lucky to be able to move to North Eastern Victoria and have been working in this area for the last 16 years.

I live in Benalla on a small property with my husband and children, who are now attending University. We have numerous animals including a dog, 3 cats, 2 goats, guinea pigs, chooks, cows and lots of horses.

Our whole family is passionate about horse riding and we all like to compete in competitions around the area, particularly show jumping. We have had quite a few thoroughbred race horses that usually end up as our competition horses after they have finished their racing careers.

I work at the Ovens and Kiewa Vet clinic in Myrtleford on Fridays and mainly work with small animals.

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Fiona Walker

I am probably one of the few who, growing up, who had no intention of working in the vet industry, (I was petrified of animals as a child) but I ended up falling into it. So, 24 years later, here I am.

I spent most of my nursing career in Canberra, working in general practice, a surgical specialist practice and emergency and critical care.

I also spent four years in the UK as a traveling locum vet nurse, I had the time of my life there. An excellent experience for any Australian vet nurse.

Now I enjoy working here in mixed general practice, where there is never a dull moment.

 

Outside work I enjoy travelling, noshing, quaffing, and camping, ideally all at the same time. I’m proudly owned by Leroy, a young terrier cross, his little bro Fletcher and one very neurotic cat called Ruddles.

Lily Thomas

Hello my name is Lily!

I am a trainee Veterinary nurse, studying my Certificate IV at the Ovens and Kiewa Veterinary Hospital.

On the weekend you will find me riding or training one of my many horses. I also own an adorable Poodle x Maltese called Pookie who loves coming on all my outdoors adventures- he is my best mate.

I love the country lifestyle and I am very passionate about animals. I find working in the animal industry very rewarding, and there is always something new to learn.  I am very optimistic about continuing my studies and work at Ovens and Kiewa and achieving accreditations through further studies in the animal industry. 

Dr Kate Norman

I graduated from Melbourne University with honours in 2009 and initially helped my father who is also a vet and owns a mixed practice in Alexandra (North East Victoria). In 2010 I moved to the beautiful Yarra Valley and worked at the Wandin Vet clinic for 5 years, then I was off to The Veterinary Surgery in Yarrambat for the following few years to gain more experience in Equine Medicine/Surgery.

I have also worked as a locum Veterinarian all around Australia; from Victorian clinics to Outback NSW and even Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Since graduating I have been fortunate enough to gain a large amount of experience in many aspects of mixed practice, it has been a huge advantage having so many vets in the family, my sister has recently opened her own Equine Clinic near Benalla.

I started off working as a locum Veterinarian at Ovens & Kiewa Veterinary Hospital in 2016 and have recently moved to the area and started working here full time.

The region is a fantastic area to live as I enjoy so many of the local sports and activities- motorbike riding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, horseriding, fishing and many more. I live with my cat “Grace”, my new puppy “Gary”, two turtles “Patrick” and “Doris” as well as having two thoroughbreds who keep me busy.

I am passionate about all aspects of mixed practice and enjoy the large animal work with all the challenges this provides as well as the small animal surgery and medicine component at our clinic.

Jacqui Webster

Hi, my name is Jacqui. I am currently studying my certificate IV in Veterinary nursing and I am very close to completing it. My ambitions include completing  the diploma of Veterinary Nursing in Dentistry, which is the main part of the profession I am very passionate about. 

At home I have three crazy Jack Russell’s – Samson, Frank and Chloe. In my spare time I love taking them for walks around the lake or on hikes.

I have already learnt so much in my short time at the Ovens and Kiewa Veterinary Hospital and can’t wait to extend my knowledge and skills even further.

Laura Nankervis

Hello, My name is Laura.

Having been raised on a farm with an abundance of different animals, it felt only natural to go into a vocation that included them. I have a special interest in Equine and large animal medicine, currently owning 5 horses myself- which keeps me ever so poor. I am currently breaking in 2 horses, so that’s keeping me quite busy. 

I started here at O&K back in August 2016 after doing a few locum shift’s and loved the dynamic team and clientele. Prior to this I started my nursing career in Beechworth at Indigo Veterinary Services, in year 10, as a school based trainee. After completion of my VCE I started full time and have been nursing ever since, which has been over 5 years now. Over the years I’ve meet some amazing client’s and their fury critter’s as well as some extraordinary co-workers. 

Future plan’s- I’d love to go overseas and do some nursing to broaden my knowledge, as well as more travel to help tick the bucket list off. I would also love to further my studies in either emergency nursing or General practice, you can never learn too much.