Meet Our Team

  

Dr Kim Martel

Veterinarian and Hospital Director (BVSc)

Dr Kim has been a practicing veterinarian for over 45 years, looking after both small and large animals.  Over his time as a veterinarian Kim has owned and operated his own practice in Cootamundra and Temora, and has worked in various practices.

For 7 years Kim was a part time lecturer in the Veterinary School at Charles Sturt University.

Kim opened the Griffith Animal Hospital in April 2014 and is keen to offer a great veterinary service to the local area for years to come.  In March 2019 we mived into our new state of the art  purposely built Veterinary Centre and changed our name to Yoogali Veterinary Centre

Kim is Ovine Brucellosis Accredited, Market Assurance Program accredited for Sheep and cattle, NSW Racing Accredited and is an Australian Government Accredited Export Veterinarian. 


Charissa Phua

Veterinarian (BSc, DVM)

Charissa joins us after completing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Melbourne University in 2018. Charissa made the most of her university experience, travelling to Glasgow University, Mongolia, and France for her studies!

Charissa is interested in all aspect of veterinary medicine, in particular reptiles and pocket pets, dentals and surgery! She loves trying to solve mysteries and puzzles that animals sometimes bring in.

She adopted a whippet, Roger, whilst being here and has loved taking him for runs and socialising with friends.


Michelle Noga

Veterinarian (VABVBS DVM)

I joined the team in early 2020 after finishing a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with honours (in equine genetics) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (with a masters project on cardiac disease in Thoroughbred racehorses) at Sydney University. During vet school I worked as an afterhours equine nurse, where I further developed my skills and love for equine medicine.  No surprises, I am especially interested in working with horses, with a particular passion for equine sports medicine, podiatry and dentistry. I’m preparing to sit my membership exams in equine practice within the next 3 years.

I was fortunate enough to have grown up with parents who loved animals, my dad was a former vet overseas so as a result, we owned an array of animals despite living in Sydney. I grew up involved in pony club, showjumping and low level eventing from a young age and am looking forward to getting back into it now that I’ve settled in Griffith. 

I’m loving living in Griffith and working at Yoogali Veterinary Centre. I’ve already been roped into adopting a stray ginger kitten through work, who now thinks she’s a dog and enjoys running after the tractor with Bear, our Coolie X. I enjoy spending my free time by the river with my partner and Bear, cooking and around the horses.


Jess Dalton

Veterinarian (BVSc/BVBio)

I graduated from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, in mid-2013 moved to the mid north coast of NSW to work in a busy mixed animal practice in Kempsey until mid-2019. While I loved living so close to the beach and a beautiful sub-tropical climate, it was time for a change so in early 2020 our family (husband Dave, toddler Darcy, baby Xander and fur-baby Gryffindawg) moved back to my home town of Griffith.

I love being able to make a difference to the lives of our furry friends and their owners, and enjoy the broad range of experiences and challenges that rural mixed practice has to offer.


Nat Ford

Veterinarian (BVetBio/BVSc (Hons))

I am excited to return home to Griffith following graduation from Veterinary Science from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2020. I am looking forward to practicing as a mixed animal veterinarian with an excellent team at the Yoogali Veterinary Centre.

My particular interest is in equine having worked during my studies as an equine nurse for CSU’s Veterinary Clinical Centre and Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. I was awarded the 2020 Equine Veterinarians Australia Young Members prize for my honours work in equine parasitology.

I am glad to be home in Griffith as I enjoy spending time with my family, competing horses and being actively involved in our community. I also have a very loved rescue blue heeler called “Yenda”.


Natalie Moran

Veterinary Nurse (Veterinary Nursing (Cert IV) )

I've been a veterinary nurse for 15 years and enjoy learning new and interesting things every day. One of the best things of my job is being part of a team that helps an unwell pet get better and seeing the reunion between the client and their pet when they get to go home. I enjoy spending time with my 9 year old golden retriever called Roxy. I have a certificate IV in veterinary nursing and would one day like to get my diploma in veterinary nursing. 


Samantha Camm

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV)

I have been working as a Veterinary Nurse for the past 10 years. I own 2 dogs Charlie and Willow, a cat Boss and two horses Grace and Toby. I enjoy working as a veterinary nurse as you never know what is coming in next and every day is different to the last!


Emily Bianchini

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV)

I graduated with my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing from Goulburn Tafe in 2018 and am now studying to get my bachelor of Veterinary Technology at CSU. I have been working with YVC since 2020.

I moved to Griffith to live with my husband, our cat snowball and dog Maybel.

I love working at YVC as i get to see a large variety of cases and animals!


Debbie Grieve

Receptionist

I have been working as a veterinary receptionist for the past 6 years. I enjoy my job as i interact with different people and their pets. The best part of my job is discharing the patients after they have had a stay with us.  At home I have 2 labradors Zoe and Josie and 2 cats Sophia and Mia.


  
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