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. 

Dr Jill Headon

Veterinarian (BVSc BVetBiol (Hon1))

I graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in Veterinary science in mid 2011.  Since then I have worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Cowra and also had an adventure over in Western Australia at Kalgoorlie doing mainly small animal and horse work.  I am originally from Rankins springs and moved back home to the farm at the same time this clinic opened.  My husband and I own a rescued small mixed breed (“mini kelpie”) dog named Dot and a chilled out working dog named Blue. We share a farm with my father running Angus cattle, sheep and crops.  I am interested in all aspects of veterinary science especially soft tissue surgery and anything to do with eyes. I also enjoy the challenge of mixed practice and like following up cases and seeing good outcomes for our clients.  My husband George and I have two small girls, Ruby and Piper!

Jess Verwey

Veterinarian (BVetBiol/BVSc (Hons))

I studied veterinary science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga, and graduated in mid 2017 (with Dr Allie) with a University Medal and first class honours (from my honours project I undertook at Cambridge University in the UK!).

After graduating I spent just over a year working in mixed veterinary practice in Young, NSW, where I worked with a range of animals ranging from dogs and cats to sheep, poultry and cattle. I then decided to take a six month position back at Charles Sturt University where I worked in a teaching capacity at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Small Animal Referral Hospital.

In January 2019, my fiancé and I decided to head back to my home town of Griffith, together with our two dogs Buddy and Tonks, our cat Sooty, our four miniature sheep and our many chickens and geese! I started work here at Griffith Animal Hospital in January 2019 and am especially interested in small animal (dogs and cats especially) medicine, dermatology and pathology. I am also keen to learn more about medicine in backyard chickens!

Charissa Phua

Veterinarian (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, cattle medicine, and surgery! She is enjoying settling in and experiencing all Griffith has to offer.

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, baby Darcy 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 6 years. I own 2 dogs Charlie and Lindy (a border collie and greyhound), 2 cats Mouse and Boss and two horses Gracie and Echo. I enjoy working as a veterinary nurse as you never know what is coming in next and every day is different to the last!

Sally Mitchell

Veterinary Nurse

I have been a Veterinary nurse for the past 5 years. I really enjoy my job as I love to see pets go home happy and healthy. I have 3 cats who have all been rescue cats. Kit, JR and Jinx and a dog named Tess. I am currently studying  cert 4 in veterinary nursing, and wish to do my diploma in surgical nursing.

Debbie Grieve


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.

Chloe Gordon

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV)

Chloe joined the team here at Griffith Animal Hospital in early 2016. She completed her Certificate II in animal studies in 2017 and currently enjoying her training for her Certificate 4 in Animal Studies. She has two dogs - Mea (a Cocker Spaniel) and Oscar (an Australian Silky Terrier) and Dennis the Cat. She enjoys her job as she learns new things every day and giving love to all our patients!



Tayla Rebellato

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV)

I joined the team here at Griffith Animal Hospital late 2017 and am currently studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I love working here as a vet nurse as it is such a rewarding career. Learning new things every day and being able to assist in improving an animals wellbeing is fulfilling. I own two beautiful staffies named Chelsea and Trigger who are both rescue dogs.

Kerry Ovalle

Veterinary Nurse (Cert 1V)

I joined the team at Yoogali Vet Centre in 2019 after moving to Griffith from Adelaide where I worked as a vet nurse for many years. My husband got a job offer here so we decided to pack up with our little dog Tico and move on to new challenges.

Working in a reginal practice is interesting as I see a number of different cases I wouldn’t often see in the city, as they would have been referred to an emergency clinic. I helped with my first caesarean in about 15 years here at Yoogali!

I love working with a great team and enjoy the variety that every day brings.

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