Our Team

Meet the Team

The experienced teams at both Kyabram and Nathalia Veterinary Clinics are dedicated to best practice veterinary care. Animal welfare is of the utmost importance and reflected in the day-to-day care our team provides. 

Dr Mick McAuliffe

Veterinarian

B.V.M.Sc

Dr. Michael McAuliffe

Dr Michael McAuliffe graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1982. He worked down in south Gippsland at the Leongatha Veterinary Clinic in Dairy/mixed practice for 2 years before returning to his home town of Kyabram, in northern Victoria. After a short stint here for 16 months, Dr McAuliffe jumped on a plane and headed for the Mother country, England, where he spent the next 3 years working as a locum mainly in London, and using the UK as a base to backpack around the world. He eventually returned to Kyabram in 1989 and settled back into Dairy/Mixed practice where he has been working since.

Michael has completed some post graduate courses along the way. He holds an international certificate in acupuncture after completing the exams for IVAS and also has a Certificate in Gross Pathology. Michael is also a qualified CountDown Downunder (Mastitis) and an InCalf (Cattle Reproduction) advisor. He is an accredited NCPD pregnancy tester and a qualified examiner for the NCPD (National Pregnancy Testing Scheme – PREGCHECK™). He is a Transition Management adviser working in conjunction with Dairy Australia.

Michael loves keeping active, and enjoys playing golf, swimming, cycling, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, eating out at nice restaurants and socialising with friends.

Dr Clare Williams Paterson

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Clare Williams Paterson

Clare graduated from the University of Sydney with 1st class honours in Veterinary Science in 1995. She entered private practice in the Hunter Valley of N.S.W., spending the next 12 years predominantly working with horses on and around some of the premium thoroughbred and quarter horse nurseries in the country. During this time opportunities arose to work in Newmarket England, and visit leading equine practices in Kentucky USA and New Zealand, fosussing on both equine reproduction and medicine.

Clare gained membership by examination to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine in 2010. Committed to continuing education, Clare attends a wide variety of post-graduate workshops and conferences, striving to provide a quality, current and individually tailored service to each client. Highlights include a Denoix ultrasound workshop, The University of Sydney Postgraduate Foundation couse in Equine Medicine, an International Equine Reproduction Symposium in Colorado USA, and a recent Equine Raidology course through the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Clare continued in equine practice on moving to the Goulburn Valley and making Kyabram home with her husband Brian in 2007. She joined Kyabram Veterinary Clinic in July 2016, quickly expanding the equine services and facilities the clinic can now offer. An ever-growing client base involving many breeds and disciplines is enjoyed, as is the dynamic, teamwork-orientated workplace. Her special interests include equine reproduction, general and neonatal medicine, opthalmology and laminitis.

Outside work, Clare’s interests include her home veggie patch, country and western music, cooking up a storm with family and friends, good wine, dressing up for the races, and relaxing with the dogs and horses at home.

Dr Rob Bonnano

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Rob Bonnano

Robert (Rob) Bonanno graduated in 1991 from Sydney University with first class honours.
Rob worked for nearly 10 years in dairy mixed practice on the NSW south coast before moving to Shepparton in 2000 where he purchased a dairy farm and a share in Shepparton Veterinary clinic, which he sold in 2015 to move to Beijing, China to work for Fonterra as the veterinary director of the International Farming venture.

He returned to Australia in August 2016 and worked at Coomboona Dairy, a 2500 milking cow high production dairy herd, as herd health manager.

Rob has been president of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians twice and served as a board director of the Australian Veterinary Association for 5 years.

Rob joined Apiam in February 2019 to work as a dairy herd health consultant and clinic lead at Kyabram vet clinic.

Rob has travelled extensively and lived in 3 different continents. He is married to Julie and has 3 children Rob retains interests in a few stud cows, loves his British blue shorthair cats Gypsy and Stumbles and Miniature Schnauzer dog, Winston, except when he pulls the clothes of the line or digs up the garden!

Dr  Serena Moore

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc

Dr. Serena Moore

Serena Moore graduated from University of Queensland in 1997 and worked for 2 years in mixed practice in the Brisbane Valley before pursuing her dream of working in dairy cattle practice. She has always had a keen interest in cattle, and in February 2000 came to work at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic. Serena fell in love with the people of Kyabram and enjoyed the work so much that she decided to stay.

Dr Moore loves working with all animals, large and small. She has completed a postgraduate course in radiology. She also particularly enjoys surgery and has trained to perform TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) surgeries for dogs with ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr Moore is a qualified Countdown Downunder and InCalf adviser and has 15years experience in dairy cattle medicine and surgery. She is a NCPD accredited cattle pregnancy tester – PREGCHECK™.

Serena is married to local farmer Malcolm and has a dog (Charlie, the German wired haired Pointer) and cat (Zippy), a house cow and some sheep – quite a menagerie.

Dr Juleesa Smith

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Juleesa Smith

Originally from Deloraine, Tasmania, Juleesa grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a passion for cattle. She graduated from Charles Stuart University Wagga Wagga in 2018, with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She joined the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic team in 2018 to pursue her interest in rural mixed practice.

Outside of work, Juleesa enjoys hiking, traveling, kayaking and spending time with friends and family. Juleesa enjoys playing sport and is currently playing AFL.

Juleesa has a greyhound called ‘Trap’, and also has numerous pet cows that back in Tasmania on the family farm.

Dr Kate Creswell

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Kate Creswell

Kate Creswell completed her Melb Uni vet degree in 1988 and has worked in the Goulburn Valley for 28 years in mixed practice. She returns to Kyabram Vets after 18 years, working predominately from Nathalia.

Kate married Stuart (Fred) Hodge and has 3 daughters, her eldest celebrating her 21st birthday recently.

Kate has multiple pets, including 3 very old beef cows and 2 big Newfoundland dogs. She lives on an irrigated cropping farm just out of Numurkah and enjoys her local community commitments which include Rotary, Ag Society, book group and Hospital Board.

She also enjoys a local cycling group called the Giraffes. Kate is very excited to be back and part of the Ky Team, injecting some enthusiasm into the Nathalia Branch practice.

Dr  Frankie Collett

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc

Dr. Frankie Collett

Frankie grew up in Blackwood (SA) and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2017. She enjoyed her first 2 years of practice working in a mixed clinic in South East SA.

She has recently joined the team at Kyabram Vets to further pursue her interest in farm animal work.

She enjoys all parts of rural mixed practice and has a particular interest in cattle medicine and surgery as well as improving herd health. She also enjoys the small animal work – big and small we treat them all!

Out of work she loves cooking up a storm, playing in the local band and exercising. She is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead in Kyabram and looks forward to meeting you and your pets when in the clinic or out on farm.

Dr Lucy Collins

Veterinarian

DVM

Dr. Lucy Collins

Originally from South Gippsland where her family own an agricultural contracting business, Lucy always knew she wanted to work with livestock.

She studied agriculture at The University of Melbourne before pursuing a career in veterinary science, joining the KVC team as a new graduate in late 2015.

Lucy enjoys the variety rural mixed practice has to offer, and is especially passionate about calf health and colostrum management, and milk quality.

She has completed further study in milk quality and fertility, and is currently enrolled in the Dairy Residency program with The University of Melbourne and Dairy Australia.

Lucy currently splits her time between Kyabram Veterinary Clinic and working with her partner on his 600 cow dairy in SW Vic.

She also has a special interest in rabbit medicine, surgery and dentistry.

Outside of work Lucy loves playing netball, hiking, getting home to the beach, and spending time with her many adopted pets.

Dr Nandi Van Wyk

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Nandi Van Wyk

Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Nandi did her Honors degree in Animal Science before getting into Veterinary science.

She graduated at the end of 2016 from the University of Pretoria’s Onderstepoort campus.

She then spent a year working for the state department before moving to NZ where she spent 2 years working for a predominantly dairy clinic in Galatea on the North Island.

Nandi moved to Aussie in January 2020 and is currently spending half her time in Kyabram working with large animals and half her time in Echuca working with companion animals.

Dr  Matthew Deppeler

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc

Dr. Matthew Deppeler

 

Dr Christine Little

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Christine Little

 

Dr Cynthia Villiger

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Cynthia Villiger

Cynthia graduated from James Cook University in Townsville in 2018.

For the past year she was completing her internship in a busy equine hospital west of Brisbane.

She has a passion for horse medicine but also enjoys working with small animals and cattle.

She grew up in a rural town in Far North Queensland, with cattle, horses and dogs to keep her busy throughout her schooling years.

In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys outdoor activities in particular keeping busy training for triathlons. 

Dr  Maddie Allan

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc

Dr. Maddie Allan

 

Glenda Elliot

Clinic Coordinator

B.V.Sc

Glenda Elliot

Glenda has been with the KVC team since mid 2016.
She is the Clinic Co-Ordinator and Senior Administrator, part of the Management Group at Kyabram.

Glenda has completed her Dual Diploma of Business and Management, an Apiam Leadership Intelligence Intensive Programme and Certificate IV in Accounting/Bookkeeping. She has also completed Countdown Down Under (Farmer Mastitis); In Calf (Farmer cattle reproduction), Cups On – (Farmer milking)

Farming has been in most of Glenda’s life, being a Dairy Farmers daughter and Dairy Farmers wife until she moved off the farm in 2010. She resides in Kyabram and loves her Family and animals at home, Zaidee a 3year old Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, George a rescue Rag Doll X and Ari a 2 year old Rag Doll.

Outside of work Glenda spends her time with family and pets, healthy lifestyle, cooking, walking and photography.

Katie Singleton-Foley

Stock & Inventory Manager

B.V.Sc

Katie Singelton-Foley

Katie is a Certificate IV qualified Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience in the industry. She is currently employed as Stock and Inventory Manager at Kyabram Vet Clinic and studying Leadership Intelligence with Crampton Consulting Group.

She has many years nursing experience in Australia and SE Asia. For over 7 years, she lived and worked in Siem Reap, Cambodia. During her time there, she owned and operated a small vet clinic with a rotation of overseas nurses and vets to assist treating ex- pats and local animals. She also co founded a non-profit animal welfare organisation focusing on sterilising, vaccinating and treating stray animals with the assistance of dedicated locals. She also co-ordinated for World Vets Organisation on their regular trips to Cambodia.

She has recently moved back to Australia and settled in Mooroopna with her partner and son. They share their house with a very laid back ex-racing Greyhound and one extremely energetic English Staffordshire Terrier. Her interests are cooking, reading and bush walking.

 

Lynn Vick

Receptionist
Lynn Vick

Lynn has lived in Kyabram for most of her life. She started working at Ky Vets 17 years ago from a nursing background. She still finds she is always very busy in reception!

Lynn enjoys working with a great team and loves meeting clients with their large or small animals. Full time employment keeps her busy it outside of work she is heavily involved in the Kyabram Football Netball Club.

Lynn has 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren whom she loves to spend time with. She enjoys going to live concerts, holidays and eating out with friends.

Here she is pictured with her daughter’s dog Harvey who often comes in for a friendly visit.

 

Kristy Wilkinson

Nurse, Groomer, Puppy School
Kristy Wilkinson

Kristy joined the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic team in 2009. Prior to joining our team Kristy worked at Moama Veterinary clinic.

Kristy completed her veterinary nursing certificate in 1998 with Box Hill college of TAFE.

Kristy gained qualifications as a groomer through the Australian Dog Grooming school in 2015 and works in our purpose-built grooming room 2 days a week.

Kristy has a passion for training dogs. She loves running our puppy preschool classes on Tuesday evenings and teaching her dog Lexie new tricks.

Outside of work she loves to spend time with her husband and two kids. She also enjoys horse riding, camping, water skiing and anything in the great outdoors!

Joanne Adamson

Veterinary Nurse
Joanne Adamson

Joanne joined the nursing team at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic in June 2019

Joanne grew up on a mixed farm in central Qld but has mostly lived in Victoria since meeting her husband.

She enjoys the variety that Veterinary nursing gives her but especially enjoys surgery. She finds the most rewarding part of her career is seeing sick animals recover and go home happy and healthy.

Outside of work Joanne enjoys spending time with her cat, Bradley, dog Mustard and husband.

Her hobbies include crochet, sewing, gardening, house renovating and holidaying in the camper trailer with her family.

 

Joanne Adamson

Joanne joined the nursing team at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic in June 2019

Joanne grew up on a mixed farm in central Qld but has mostly lived in Victoria since meeting her husband.

She enjoys the variety that Veterinary nursing gives her but especially enjoys surgery. She finds the most rewarding part of her career is seeing sick animals recover and go home happy and healthy.

Outside of work Joanne enjoys spending time with her cat, Bradley, dog Mustard and husband.

Her hobbies include crochet, sewing, gardening, house renovating and holidaying in the camper trailer with her family.

 

Zoe Makar

Veterinary Nurse
Zoe Makar

Zoe started life on a wool and grain enterprise in southern NSW but moved around a bit as a child before coming to settle in Kyabram with her family back in 2004.

She has had an affinity with animals from the time she could walk and talk and knew she wanted to work with animals in one way or another.

Since leaving school she has continued to grow her passion of working with animals and has attained a bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences, is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and came to join the Ky Vets team in July 2016 whilst undertaking further study in a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

Outside of work Zoe likes spending time camping, fishing and four-wheel driving with her friends, family and furbabies Frog and Thor.

Her other hobbies include scenic photography, scrapbooking and textiles.

Marni Bell

Veterinary Nurse
Marni Bell

Growing up locally, Marni has always had a passion and interest in animals, knowing from a young age that she wanted to work with “fur babies”.

Living out of town on a small property, she spends her free time motorbike riding, playing football and hanging out with friends and family.

Marni has the love and companionship of Brax, a Bulldog cross, a Jack Russell, Bella and her cat Leni.

 

Kelsey Jones

Veterinary Nurse, Receptionist
Kelsey jones

Kels has been a valuable KVC team member since 2003, and can also be seen helping out in reception.

Kelsey loves her job caring for all the animals.

Outside of work she loves to travel, spend time with all her family, friends and her adored menagerie of cats, dogs, chooks and ducks.

Annie Kirby

Veterinary Nurse, Receptionist
Annie Kirby

Annie grew up on a dairy farm in Strathmerton, and has been nursing since 2009.

Although she owns both cats and dogs at home, she says hands-down her favorite animal is cats! 😻

Annie is loving everything about working at KVC, but especially how welcoming everybody is.

In her spare time she loves traveling and camping.

 

Molly Flett

Molly Flett

Receptionist
Molly Flett

Molly started work at Kyabram veterinary clinic 6 years ago as a part time receptionist. Over her years at the clinic she has dabbled in different roles including Vet Nursing and Dog Grooming, but can now be found behind the front desk in reception. 

Molly enjoys spending time with her fiancé Brodie and their growing family, with a third baby on the way to join big sisters, Mya and Evie. The furry and feathered family is ever expanding too, including dogs, Winnie and Marlee, a kitten called Dixie, and a growing flock of chooks! 

Molly likes coming to work to “have a break” from her crazy life at home! 

Tiana Morden

Veterinary Nurse, Receptionist
Tiana Morden

Jodie Steenhuis

Veterinary Nurse
Jodie Steenhuis
Dr. Michael McAuliffe 

Dr Michael McAuliffe graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1982. He worked down in south Gippsland at the Leongatha Veterinary Clinic in Dairy/mixed practice for 2 years before returning to his home town of Kyabram, in northern Victoria. After a short stint here for 16 months, Dr McAuliffe jumped on a plane and headed for the Mother country, England, where he spent the next 3 years working as a locum mainly in London, and using the UK as a base to backpack around the world. He eventually returned to Kyabram in 1989 and settled back into Dairy/Mixed practice where he has been working since.

Michael has completed some post graduate courses along the way. He holds an international certificate in acupuncture after completing the exams for IVAS and also has a Certificate in Gross Pathology. Michael is also a qualified CountDown Downunder (Mastitis) and an InCalf (Cattle Reproduction) advisor. He is an accredited NCPD pregnancy tester and a qualified examiner for the NCPD (National Pregnancy Testing Scheme – PREGCHECK™). He is a Transition Management adviser working in conjunction with Dairy Australia.

Michael loves keeping active, and enjoys playing golf, swimming, cycling, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, eating out at nice restaurants and socialising with friends.

Dr. Clare Williams Paterson 

Clare graduated from the University of Sydney with 1st class honours in Veterinary Science in 1995. She entered private practice in the Hunter Valley of N.S.W., spending the next 12 years predominantly working with horses on and around some of the premium thoroughbred and quarter horse nurseries in the country. During this time opportunities arose to work in Newmarket England, and visit leading equine practices in Kentucky USA and New Zealand, fosussing on both equine reproduction and medicine.

Clare gained membership by examination to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine in 2010. Committed to continuing education, Clare attends a wide variety of post-graduate workshops and conferences, striving to provide a quality, current and individually tailored service to each client. Highlights include a Denoix ultrasound workshop, The University of Sydney Postgraduate Foundation couse in Equine Medicine, an International Equine Reproduction Symposium in Colorado USA, and a recent Equine Raidology course through the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Clare continued in equine practice on moving to the Goulburn Valley and making Kyabram home with her husband Brian in 2007. She joined Kyabram Veterinary Clinic in July 2016, quickly expanding the equine services and facilities the clinic can now offer. An ever-growing client base involving many breeds and disciplines is enjoyed, as is the dynamic, teamwork-orientated workplace. Her special interests include equine reproduction, general and neonatal medicine, opthalmology and laminitis.

Outside work, Clare’s interests include her home veggie patch, country and western music, cooking up a storm with family and friends, good wine, dressing up for the races, and relaxing with the dogs and horses at home.

Dr. Rob Bonana

Robert (Rob) Bonanno graduated in 1991 from Sydney University with first class honours.
Rob worked for nearly 10 years in dairy mixed practice on the NSW south coast before moving to Shepparton in 2000 where he purchased a dairy farm and a share in Shepparton Veterinary clinic, which he sold in 2015 to move to Beijing, China to work for Fonterra as the veterinary director of the International Farming venture. He returned to Australia in August 2016 and worked at Coomboona Dairy, a 2500 milking cow high production dairy herd, as herd health manager. Rob has been president of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians twice and served as a board director of the Australian Veterinary Association for 5 years.
Rob joined Apiam in February 2019 to work as a dairy herd health consultant and clinic lead at Kyabram vet clinic
Rob has travelled extensively and lived in 3 different continents. He is married to Julie and has 3 children
Rob retains interests in a few stud cows, loves his British blue shorthair cats Gypsy and Stumbles and Miniature Schnauzer dog, Winston, except when he pulls the clothes of the line or digs up the garden!!

Dr. Serena Moore

Serena Moore graduated from University of Queensland in 1997 and worked for 2 years in mixed practice in the Brisbane Valley before pursuing her dream of working in dairy cattle practice. She has always had a keen interest in cattle, and in February 2000 came to work at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic. Serena fell in love with the people of Kyabram and enjoyed the work so much that she decided to stay.

Dr Moore loves working with all animals, large and small. She has completed a postgraduate course in radiology. She also particularly enjoys surgery and has trained to perform TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) surgeries for dogs with ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr Moore is a qualified Countdown Downunder and InCalf adviser and has 15years experience in dairy cattle medicine and surgery. She is a NCPD accredited cattle pregnancy tester – PREGCHECK™.

Serena is married to local farmer Malcolm and has a dog (Charlie, the German wired haired Pointer) and cat (Zippy), a house cow and some sheep – quite a menagerie.

Dr. Juleesa Smith 

Originally from Deloraine, Tasmania, Juleesa grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a passion for cattle. She graduated from Charles Stuart University Wagga Wagga in 2018, with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She joined the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic team in 2018 to pursue her interest in rural mixed practice.
Outside of work, Juleesa enjoys hiking, traveling, kayaking and spending time with friends and family. Juleesa enjoys playing sport and is currently playing AFL.
Juleesa has a greyhound called ‘Trap’, and also has numerous pet cows that back in Tasmania on the family farm.

Dr. Kate Creswell

Kate Creswell completed her Melb Uni vet degree in 1988 and has worked in the Goulburn Valley for 28 years in mixed practice. She returns to Kyabram Vets after 18 years, working predominately from Nathalia. Kate married Stuart (Fred) Hodge and has 3 daughters, her eldest celebrating her 21st birthday recently. Kate has multiple pets, including 3 very old beef cows and 2 big Newfoundland dogs. She lives on an irrigated cropping farm just out of Numurkah and enjoys her local community commitments which include Rotary, Ag Society, book group and Hospital Board. She also enjoys a local cycling group called the Giraffes. Kate is very excited to be back and part of the Ky Team, injecting some enthusiasm into the Nathalia Branch practice.