Practice Owners

Dr Andrew Clarke 

Practice Principle/Veterinarian (BVSc Hons)

Dr Andrew is our Principal Veterinarian and Owner of Cooranbong & Bonnells Bay Animal Hospitals. He was recently a finalist in Petplan’s ‘Veterinarian of the Year’ competition. Andrew is experienced in all aspects of mixed veterinary practice as he celebrates his 25th year as a veterinarian. Andrew’s particular interests and advanced skills are in orthopaedic surgery where he has completed Ossability Cruciate Repair Surgery System training. He also has undertaken advanced courses in dog rehabilitation including lazer therapy to compliment his surgery techniques. In addition, Andrew enjoys solving challenging cases to give our patients and clients the best possible outcomes. Andrew’s four legged family (mostly rescues), include 2 dogs; Snowy – Maltese, Brocky – Standard Fox Terrier & 3 Cats; Charlie – Domestic Medium Hair, Smoochie – Maine Coon X, Uncle – Russian Blue. And 7 Horses; Eddie, Dieci, Gracie, Jewel, Mazie, Oakey & Rosie. Outside of work Andrew’s interests are riding horses, farming and spending time with his wife Nicole and their three wonderful children Joshua, Jayde and Lachlan.

Nicole Clarke 

Practice Owner/ Director

Nicole Clarke is the practice owner who plays an active role within the management of the business to ensure you and your animals receive the best experience and care possible. Throughout her 24 years in the industry, Nicole has encompassed a variety of roles. These include everything from puppy-preschool trainer to management and animal care teacher at Tafe. Nicole has developed a special interest in the behaviour of animals and people and is currently working in the practice part –time while studying Psychology. Nicole is also a lifeline crisis supporter and hopes to incorporate all of her skills and knowledge to support people with animals and equine assisted therapy. Outside the practice, her interests include horse riding and spending time on the farm with her two and four legged family members!

Veterinarians

Dr Jonathon Howard

Veterinarian (BVSc BSc Dip PP)

Jonathon joined our team in August 2017. He started his veterinary career in Gloucester as a mixed practice vet before moving to Sydney to complete a surgical internship at Northshore Specialist Vet Hospital. After this he moved to Newcastle at Sugarloaf Animal Hospital where he treated all things exotic including birds, reptiles, rabbits and guinea pigs. Jonathon loves all animals and enjoys treating and helping owners understand their animal of choice whether it has fur, feathers or scales. His particular interests and skills are complex orthopaedic surgeries, surgery and medicine of all exotic and pocket pets especially reptiles, behaviour and reproduction. Outside of work Jonathon is kept busy with a young family with his wife Julia, two young boys, 2 dogs, 2 birds, 2 frogs, a turtle and many pet snakes of the venomous and non venomous kind. Currently Jonathon is doing research on wild Bearded Dragons which he is very passionate about.

Dr Tegan Boyd

Veterinarian (BVSc B Bio tech)

We first met Tegan in January 2014 where she spent 7 months working with us before moving to Wingham to be closer to family. Tegan worked in a mixed practice during her time in Wingham. Tegan is a self-confessed “crazy cat lady” and also loves working with small ruminants and pocket pets. Her particular interests are animal behaviour, imaging and internal medicine. At home Tegan has 2 cats – Captain Tiny Pants and Associate Professor Tortoise. She also has two horses, Arisha and Gypsy. In her spare time, Tegan enjoys travelling and enhancing her snowboarding skills.

Dr Ashley Kohler

Veterinarian (BVSc)

We welcomed Ashley to our team in November 2017! Ashley graduated  from Sydney University. Although Ashley is from the Central Coast, she has spent the last year interning at veterinary practices from Darwin to Newcastle and Camden, including three months at Sydney University’s referral hospital. She enjoys medicine and surgery in all animals! Ashley has a beautiful Springer spaniel called Roo. Outside of work you can find Ashley out bushwalking, at the beach or riding her horses.

Dr June Guai

Veterinarian (BVSc)

June joined our team in Feb 2018 after graduating from the University of Sydney. She enjoys the different aspects and challenges of general practice and aims to treat her patients like her own  pets. June spends most of her free time attending to the needs of her demanding housemates, consisting of 2 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues.

Veterinary Nurses

Jacinda Giuffrida

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse/Management

Jacinda, commonly know as Jac, joined our team in 2011 where she completed her Certificate ll in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a keen interest in medical and surgical nursing and small animal dentistry. You will Jac’s smiling face at both Cooranbong and Bonnells Bay.

Jac is a proud mum to her little ferret Charlie Bear who frequently visits our Hospitals for day visits and staff cuddles and a spoilt Ragdoll by the name of Millie. In her spare time Jac spends a lot of time renovating with her husband Joe and also enjoys all things outdoors such as camping, travelling and wakeboarding.

Kylie Thompson

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Kylie completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2005. Since then she has worked at multiple clinics including 2 years working in a small animal clinic in London. Kylie says she is glad to have found a home at Cooranbong Animal Hospital. Kylie is also our Puppy preschool teacher. Kylie has had many animals over the years but currently has 2 rescue cats named Spencer and Lulu.
Kylie’s interests outside of work include playing netball, and of course spending time with her beautiful animals.

Hayley Seaton

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Hayley started at our Cooranbong Hospital as a work experience student in 2013. She has worked at Scone Equine and Animal Emergency and Referral Centre at Broadmeadow but has boomeranged back to working as a full time nurse at Cooranbong. She has multiple horses, sheep, dogs, cats, a goat and  chickens way to many to list. In her spare time Hayley likes to spend time with her beautiful pets.

Melissa Heilbrunn  

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Melissa  is one of our qualified veterinary nurses finishing her certificate in 2013. She is a born and bred local, growing up in sunny Martinsville. Her love of animals  was cemented after being surrounded by and helping raise goats, donkeys, dogs, birds, rabbits and fish on the family farm. Currently she cares for two dogs – Sally and Rosie, two goats – Billy and Chester and three Donkeys  – Nutmeg, Cinnamon and the very spirited wee Peter Piper. Melissa loves to travel the world with having lived in Canada and the UK and volunteering with turtle conservation in Greece. But she always returns, there’s no place like home!

Sarah Kent

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Sarah recently completed cert IV nursing and has a passion for animal behaviour and is one of our Puppy preschool trainers. Sarah’s family includes her husband Ryan, son Hudson, Red the Kelpie and her horse Willow. Sarah loves going camping and riding her horse in her spare time.

Christina Bellamy

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Tina joined our team in November 2016 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in March 2019.

Tina has always loved animals and many moons ago completed a degree in Zoology at Aberdeen University.  She then went on to make documentaries for the likes of Discovery’s Animal Planet.  As part of that, she has filmed dolphins in Hawaii, tigers in China and elephants in Thailand.  Starting a family and a move to Australia signalled a change of career – still working with animals but this time as a veterinary nurse, which she thoroughly enjoys.

At home, Tina wrangles a menagerie of cats, chickens, husband and kids while trying to find time to do her coursework.

Animal Attendants

Danielle Wilson

Animal Attendant

Danielle works at our Bonnells Bay Animal Hospital and has almost completed her studies to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse. Danielle really enjoys her role as she gets to work with a great team that all share the same passion in caring for animals.

When Danielle isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends including her two dogs Sophie and Bruno and her Rainbow Lorikeet Frankie.

 Melain Ayoub

Animal Attendant (Currenty on Maternity Leave)

Melain first joined our team in 2009 as a groomer. It wasn’t long before she decided she wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse and started her studies. Melain left us in 2014 to have her son and returned again in 2016. Melain currently works at our Bonnells Bay Hospital. When Melain isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her partner Anthony and their son Cooper. She is also kept busy at home with her furry family which includes 2 dogs -Max & Pixie, 2 Cats – Jack & China, and 5 Horses – Joe, Domino, Doc, Eddie & Blaze.

In The Office

Sue McCready

Accounts Manager

Sue has been apart of the Cooranbong & Bonnells Bay family for over 10 years. She has played a vital role over the years, in the efficiency of the business with her role as Accounts Manager. Sue’s interests include horse riding, videography/photography and spending time with her dog Kash, her cat Oscar, and her horses Zep Mop, Flash, Crusoe & Jindi.

Naomi Greaves

Veterinary Receptionist 

Naomi is the very friendly face you see when you step foot into our Cooranbong Hospital. She is one our longest reigning staff members starting in 2009. She has a beautiful family of rescue animals 3 chihuahuas Koda, Casian and Kiara, 2 cats Pepper and Claude, 3 horses Kian, Marley and Joey, 2 sheep Benjamin and Ernie, a handful of chooks and of course her husband Roger.

Mo – Clinic Cat

Hospital supervisor

Mo came to us as a 6 month old stray kitten with a broken foot. After fixing his foot we fell in love with him and decided to keep him for cuddles during emotional days and hospital supervision. Mo is very good at keeping patients warm while they recover from their procedure and sometimes welcoming you to the clinic at reception. Mo’s talents include high-fiving for treats and helping run blood tests.