Welcome to Greencross Vets South Tamworth
Our clinic is upgrading!
From February – March 2023, our clinic is undergoing renovations and by April will be refreshed with an updated reception and client waiting area, as well as an additional consult room – meaning more space for patients and to do the work we love!
Our clinic will not be closing during the renovations however do note there may be some temporary changes when you come in for appointments.
We can’t wait to welcome you and your pets to our new and improved clinic!
We are your local team of pet care professionals, we are truly ‘passionate about pets’ and we love what we do.
We offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet needs, ranging from preventative health care to weight loss programs through to surgery and diagnostic medicine.
Greencross Vets South Tamworth Animal Hospital has continued to grow and develop into a busy general and referral veterinary practice serving northern New South Wales. This commitment to excellence was recognised in 1991 when Dr. Peter Best was awarded Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Veterinarian of the Year and in 2009 when he received an Australian Veterinary Association Meritorious Service Award.
Dr. Peter Best is a registered specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. He has presented talks and papers at the annual Australian Veterinary Association Conference as well as many other presentations to medical and veterinary groups in Australia and overseas. Also, Peter is a PennHip certified Veterinarian registered to evaluate hip dysplasia in dogs.
We look forward to meeting you and your pet.
Greencross Vets South Tamworth offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet care needs utilising the latest diagnostic equipment.
Heartworm can be hard to detect, but it needn’t be hard to prevent. Greencross Vets recommends year round heartworm prevention. Ask your vet about prevention today.
Don’t have your own clippers? Let us take care of dog grooming for you. Our clinic offers premium dog grooming for your pet.
The latest in-house laboratory equipment allows our vets to perform a range of diagnostic tests to achieve accurate, rapid diagnosis of your pets’ health status.
We offer premium dog boarding facilities for your pet. Ask us about our dog boarding service today.
We offer premium cat boarding facilities for your pet. Ask us about our cat boarding service today.
Katharine works part time, and is very good with the pocket pets. She has a interest in horses. Katharine is married to Tim who is a Equine Veterinarian and have two children Jamilla and Charles.
Susan is one of our busy receptionist. She lives on a farm with her partner Andy and son Clancy along with many pets including dog, cats, rabbits, pigs, chickens, cows and horses.
Trudie has over 12 years experience in the grooming industry and is experienced in working with puppies, senior and nervous pets. Trudie has a natural love for all animals and ensures her clients are well looked after. Growing up with pets and now owning two horses, Trudie has settled into life in Tamworth with her partner and enjoys exploring the local area.
Dr Andrew Speer
Dr Andrew Speer
Andrew was born into a farming family from west of Gunnedah, growing crops, cattle and sheep. He attended primary school in Gunnedah before completing his schooling at Farrer Memorial High School as a boarder. Andrew studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1991 with BVSc (Hons). Andrew returned to Gunnedah to work before moving south to Drouin in Victoria, then Cowra, NSW and Tamworth. Andrew is planning to complete his Masters degree in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in the near future. In 2012 Andrew sat and passed his exams for membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Chapter of Surgery.
Andrew is married to Jenny and has two boys, Aidan, 12 and Caleb, 10. He also has a plethora of pets. Andrew’s veterinary interests include small animal surgery, clinical pathology, neurology and endocrinology. His current occupational hobby is being involved in the setting up of the haemodialysis unit at South Tamworth Animal Hospital. Andrew is a member of the Australian Veterinary Reserve, is accredited for conducting Johne’s disease testing in cattle, sheep and goats, brucellosis in sheep, pregnancy testing in cattle, and blood typing and DNA identification in horses.
Dr Debra Braithwaite
Dr Debra Braithwaite
Debra grew up on a hobby farm in Taree, went to the big city to study Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, and escaped back to the country after graduating in 1984. After spending time working at Walgett and Wyong, Debra came to the Tamworth area and has been working at South Tamworth on a part-time basis since 1990. along with two other part-time positions, including teaching veterinary nurses for Tamworth TAFE.
Debra’s hobbies include raising Cameron and Madii and numerous pets, currently 3 cats, (Mittsie, who was a STAH rehome, and Perdita and Kitka, who were both hand-raised kittens), 4 dogs (Coco the Cavalier and the three Basenji Curly Girls, Princess Safiya, Yama Banana and Elli Belly), 1 rabbit (Marshmallow) and trying to keep the lawn green and the vegie garden growing. The Basenji tribe enjoy taking Debra to dog shows, and have insisted on going to Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne Royals so they could see Australia. They have more travel planned – perhaps Crufts next!
Dr Stephanie Sheppeard
Dr Stephanie Sheppeard
Stephanie is born and bred to the local area having grown up on the family farm. The experiences farm life brings provided Stephanie with a love of all animals and set her on her career path as a Veterinarian. Obtaining a double degree in Veterinary Science and Veterinary Biology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Stephanie moved back to Tamworth in 2015 and thoroughly enjoys the challenges that working in our clinic provides. In her downtime Stephanie is often spending time with her husband and hound, helping on the family farm or baking up a storm.
Jannine joined South Tamworth Animal Hospital in July 1978 at our Robert Street address as a receptionist, also helping with nursing and cleaning.
In 1982 when we moved to our present building she continued with reception and management duties, now she works full time with the hospital’s management.
Jannine lives on a farm and has two children, Hugh and Kate, who together breed Stock Horses and Quarter Horses. Her other family members are “Cloud” and his son “Joe”, both cattle dogs, and she has an interest in Australian parrots.
Up until 2013 Kevin had spent 17 years working in the education industry and before that was an electrician. In 2012 he completed his Certificate II in animal studies and completed Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. Kevin has always had animals in his life, mostly reptiles and dogs. Kevin has 2 small dogs called Dexter and Digby and a cat called Hank and also breeds Australian Pythons. He is married to Kathryn and has two grown up sons.
Kim completed her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing in 2009 and started working at the clinic the same year. Kim has completed courses in anaesthesia and intensive care and has particular interests in both anaesthesia and radiology. Outside of work Kim has 5 dogs (not sure how that happened!) and enjoys horse riding and the outdoors.
Dr Libby Pagan
Dr Libby Pagan
In 2010, Dr. Libby graduated from James Cook University in Townsville. After working in several mixed practices and as a locum vet in Queensland, Libby joined the Greencross South Tamworth Animal Hospital team in 2017. She enjoys learning, which is plentiful in this career and hospital, and applying it to her cases. Country practice also allows vets to be a part of the local community and they get to know our patients and clients well. Libby also likes to make the most of time away from the stethoscope; exploring the great outdoors, hiking boots, tennis racquets, airplane tickets, conservation, a creative project, trying not to destroy her kitchen/ garden whilst attempting said creative project, a good book and loved ones are some of her ideas of time well spent.
Lorelle has been working at the clinic for over 10 years and is a qualified Veterinary Nurse. She completed a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing – Surgical Nursing in 2016. Lorelle has also completed a course in anaesthesia and intensive care. Her passion is for surgical nursing and physiotherapy and she has undertaken extra training in these areas. Lorelle’s family consists of her partner, 3 daughters including twins that keep her on her toes, two dogs (Buster and Polly) and two cats (Narla and Willow). In her spare time Lorelle enjoys spending time with her family, sewing clothes and quilts for her children.
Michelle has been working as a member of the team at the clinic now for 17yrs, after completing Cert IV in veterinary nursing in 2002. During this time, she has completed courses in anaesthesia and intensive care, conflict management as well as attending courses in the running of Puppy preschool and animal behavior management.
She has been running Puppy classes at the clinic for over 12yrs, after developing a keen interest in animal behaviour early in her career. This led to her most recent accomplishment, completing the DELTA certified Cert IV in companion animals. The course focuses on behavior and training using positive reinforcement and force free techniques that promote positive relationships between pets and their owners.
Michelle is the proud mother of two adult boys and has a very patient fiancee Sam, who has grown to love and accept having a large animal family, that consists of multiple fish, Lillian (chicken), Helga & Hrebie (cockatoos), Louie & Dixie (chihuahuas), Mako (bull terrier) and the queen of the house, Elsabeth (cat) who was acquired from the clininc over 17yrs ago.
Olivia grew up both on the land and in the city. After leaving home at 16, Olivia went to Tocal Agriculture College to complete her Certificate II, III and part of her diploma in Agriculture. This led to Olivia moving around NSW, working on beef and dairy farms as a farm herd health manager with a huge interest in Artificial Insemination and Pregnancy Testing. In 2014, Olivia started studying Certificate II in Animal Studies, and then went on to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. Olivia hopes to further her studies in Equine Nursing and Wound Management in the near future. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys spending time with her kelpie named Ziggy.
Born and bred on a farm outside Ashford, Rachel relocated to Tamworth in 2014 to study veterinary nursing and has since completed her Certificate IV. With a strong love for animals, it was a natural progression to enter the pet care field. Rachel hopes to further her studies with animal physiotherapy and one-day emergency nursing. Away from work Rachel enjoys spending time with her partner and Kelpie Bea.
Ange is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and holds a certificate IV in Workplace training & Assessment. She has worked at the hospital since 1999, over the years working in all areas of the hospital and is currently our Office Manager.
Since having her two boys , Ange works part time and has a keen interest in horses and fishing.
Her household consists of, two horses Shadow and Rocco, two Staffordshire Bull Terriers Olly and Sealy, a Kelpie named Ash, and the cutest little sausage Chilli.
Cindy has been working at the clinic for 35 years and has been full time for 11 years.
Cindy works on reception and helps keep everything working smoothly.
She has many varied animals including- 6 cats, 4 dogs, 2 miniature horses, 3 Thoroughbreds, 1 Stockhorse, 2 galahs, and 2 lambs. All much loved pets, many that have been acquired as a result from working at the clinic.
Days are always very busy with lots of clients and their much loved pets to help!
88 Duri Road, South Tamworth NSW 2340
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