Our Vets

 

 

Dr Andrew Bennett BVSc

Andrew started in the practice as a work experience student in 1985. After graduation he started work for David Simon in 1991 and after an overseas working holiday rejoined the pactice and became a partner in 1996. Bennett & Simon was the new Practice and nothing changed with David and Andrew working hard to service the veterinary needs of the valley. After David left the Practice in March 2001 Andrew & his wife Karen became owners of Macleay Valley Vets. Mitch Edwards was welcomed as a director of MVVS in 2013 and the two have continued to run the Practice until current time.

Andrew now runs MERC (Mid North Coast Equine Reproduction Centre) and works exclusively in equine reproduction at the centre. Breeding horses was once his hobby and now is more than an addiction but a way of life with days off rare for half the year round.

Andrew balances breeding season with some time away with family and farming during autumn & winter. He is rarely spotted in the clinic these days!!

Andrew is stil a very proud owner of Macleay Valley Vets and along with Mitch he is imensely proud of the high level of veterinary practice 

Dr Mitchell Edwards BVSc

Mitch started at MVVS in January 2005. He grew up surfing the beaches of "the shire" at cronulla, and regularly camped at crescent head whilst growing up. After a month long surfing holiday/internship at MVVS in his final year at the University of Sydney he decided to move to the area and has been here ever since. He is an Australian Stud Book registered veterinarian and enjoys working with both small and large animals. Mitch has performed a year of post graduate study concentrating on opthalmology and he performs the majority of the delicate eye surgery and management of ongoing eye complaints.

Mitch and his wife Nicole went into partnership with Andrew and Karen in 2013 and are looking forward to this next phase in the development of Macleay Valley Veterinary Services

In his spare time Mitch enjoys playing with his kids at the beach, windsurfing, water skiing and surfing. Mitch is known to the staff as "Storm boy", following his desperate, but sadly futile attempts to save a stranded whale at Grassy Head.

Dr Shae Sullivan BVSc

Shae started working here at MVVS in January 09. Shae completed her degree at the University of Sydney. Shae grew up in Coffs Harbour where her family is heavily involved in the thoroughbred racing industry. 

Shae completed her PennHip registration in 2011, and can now perform radiographs to be analysed by Pennsylvania state University. This information is compared to their database on canine hip dysplasia and gives the most accurate information on breed selection to minimise this crippling disease.

In 2013 Shae completed a years post graduate study in Ultrasonography to fine tune her already impressive skill with this non-invasive imaging modality. This will help all of our patients, most particularly those with abdominal complaints and allow us to better manage dogs and cats with ongoing heart disease

 Shae and her husband Tim spend their spare time on the farm with their kids and their two cheeky rescue dogs, MacGyver and Mish.

 

 

Dr Campbell Duff BVBiol/BVSc

Campbell joined the MVVS team in 2018 after completing a double degree Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Campbell is a born and bred Macleay Valley local, growing up on a large beef cattle property at Toorooka, west of Kempsey. 

Always in the thick of it, Campbell enjoys all aspects of mixed practice. He has a keen interest in small animal medicine and production animal veterinary work.

Unlike his colleagues, you will not see Campbell out catching a wave. His extreme fear of sharks has his feet planted firmly on dry land. Outside of MVVS, Campbell enjoys helping out on the family farm, catching Bass in the mighty Macleay and looking for another lost golf ball he sliced into the trees.

 

Dr Elle Bartlett BVBio/BVSc

Elle graduated in 2018 from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. After a 12-month stint in tropical North Queensland, the stingers and the oversized lizards sent her further south to the beautiful Macleay Valley. In September 2019 she loaded up her troopy and started work at Macleay Valley Vets.

Elle enjoys working in mixed practice, having interest in small animal soft tissue surgery. She has a keen interest to develop her small animal imaging skills, particularly ultrasonography.

In her spare time, Elle can often be found lapping up the sun on the beaches near Crescent Head, spending time exploring the valley with her red and tan kelpie “Roo” and heading back to Mudgee to visit family and friends – and of course the ‘occasional’ wine tour around her hometown.

 

 

Dr Olivia Williams BSc/BVSc

 

Olivia grew up in the hustle and bustle of Sydney and after completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, she moved across the ditch to New Zealand to study for her vet degree at Massey University. Having adopted a questionable kiwi accent and completing her degree at the end of 2019, Olivia started here at MVVS as a new graduate in January 2020. Olivia enjoys all aspects of mixed practice but has a particular interest in small animal surgery and equine and cattle medicine.

Olivia enjoys travelling having spent her last few years at university travelling to Thailand, India, Nepal and Canada working at shelter clinics to further her skills in small animal surgery and to experience mixed practices in the northern hemisphere.

When not working, Olivia spends most of her time with her two Aussie shepherd dogs Juno and Vegas, paddle boarding around the local beaches and travelling down to Sydney to visit her friends and family.

 


 

Dr Timothy (Zygi) Holmes BVSc

Zygi as he likes to be called, grew up in Cairns in Far Northern Queensland. He graduated from James Cook University in 2019, graduating with distinction. He joined the team in early 2020, as he instantly fell in love with the Macleay beaches and hinterland. 

Zygi has interest in small animal medicine, however, thoroughly enjoys the challenge of mix practice and treating all kinds of animals. 

Zygi can often be found in the surf off creso, catching a decent wave if fortune has it. After an incident with a hungry tiger shark at Delicate Nobby, he no longer frequents his favourite beach break. He is an avid amateur astronomer, spending hours gazing into the world beyond with his telescope on a clear night.