Our Nurses

Tammy Banks

Tammy has been with MVVS since 2001 and is the head of the nursing team. Amongst her many roles at MVVS are secretarial work as well as reception & surgical nursing.

Tammy is a committed mother who has managed to balance returning to work with mothering her three beautiful children Claudia, Cooper, and Ava. She is married to Michael & has a boxer dog named Wallace.

Madison Kelsey

Maddy completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016, training at Pacific Vet Care in Coffs Harbour. Maddy joined the MVVS team in early 2017 and has been an enthusiastic member ever since. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, particularly anaesthetics following the completion of advanced anaesthesia training in 2019.

Maddy grew up on a small farm in the Nambucca Valley - hence she has developed a keen interest in our small and exotic pet care. She particularly enjoys working with pigmy goats, ferrets, and guinea pigs.

Jessica Smith

Jess started as a volunteer 1 day a week at MVVS when she was studying animal care, after completing this course she began her nursing traineeship in 2010. She is a local girl who became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in 2013.

Jess and her partner Dave live up the river with their 3 furry friends Bindi the Shar Pei, Callie the Belgian Shepherd and Catacus the cat.

Keeley Lawrence BVT (Veterinary Technician)

Keely is one of our Veterinary Technicians, completing her studies at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Keely is another born and bred local, spending a lot of her time in Five Day creek where the family run an extensive beef cattle farm (something her partner Blake is pleased with as he enjoys bass fishing).

Keely is involved in all aspects of veterinary work from the small and fluffy patient right through to helping with difficult calving’s and assisting with equine radiography. To completement her field work, Keely did specific study towards the end of her degree in large animal and equine care.

When not at work, Keely lends a hand to her parents on the family farm, enjoys fishing with her partner and supporting community charities through her ongoing work as 2019 Kempsey Miss Showgirl.  

Karen Fuller

Karen is the office secretary at South West Rocks as well as an accomplished animal nurse.

Karen is a former president of the local Kennel Club. She has a particular interest in Irish Setters, which she breeds. She has a wide range of animals on her local property.


Cathie Robinson (Puppy Pre-School Cordinator)

Cathie began working part time at MVVS in 2009 and has become an integral part of our nursing team. After many years working as a animal nurse, Cathie decided to move into human age care - specifically she works with a lovely little King Charles Cavalier "Tilly" who is a therapy dog for residents of a local nursing home. 

Unable to leave the MVVS team completely, Cathie runs the Puppy Pre-School at the clinic.

Ruth Blackwell

Ruth has been a nurse at Macleay Valley Vets for almost 40 years - there is not much she hasn't seen in her illustrious career. She has managed with a caffeine addiction for most of the time, often found with a jumbo mug of coffee her hand. 

Sadly in 2020, Ruth decided to embark on a new journey. She now runs "Mucky Mutts" - a mobile dog grooming service in the Macleay Valley. When we are lucky, she pops in every now and then to have a cuppa and keep the "young ones" in check.

Sheriden Wicks

Sheriden began working at MVVS after school as a kennel hand in 2012. After completing his HSC in 2013, he began a traineeship in equine reproduction at the 'Mid North Coast Equine Reproduction Centre,' where he assits Andrew with horse management and equine reproduction programs. 

Karen Bennett

Besides being one of the owners of the Practice & being responsible for “the old boy”, Karen is the staff welfare officer. She has the uncanny knack of producing morale boosting support whenever the need arises.

Karen is a qualified teacher & works 4 days a week at a local high school. In addition she manages to juggle time for MVVS commitments, as well as keeping the Bennett family clothed & fed. Most importantly she has the enormous task of driving the two Bennett children Jack & Sheriden to a mass of after school & weekend activities.

Nicole Edwards

Nicole started work at MVVS as a nurse after finishing school in 2004 during her gap year. She went to university in Newcastle and worked weekends at MVVS while she became a qualified teacher. She teaches kindergarten at St Joseph's in Kempsey and balances motherhood, teaching and filling gaps in the roster at MVVS.