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 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 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.

Dr Hannah Coleman

Veterinarian (BVSc BEqSc)

Hannah graduated from the University of Sydney in 2017 with her friend Dr June. After working in a busy clinic in Western Sydney for several years gaining experience in all aspects of general practice, she moved north to join the team at Cooranbong and Bonnells Bay.

Hannah enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but particularly loves working with cats, rabbits and horses. She is an experienced surgeon and is skilled in complex soft tissue procedures, with an interest in orthopaedics.

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys fitness and the outdoors. She lives with her husband, her rescue cat Mishka, and her two naughty bunnies, Bentley and Paisley.

Dr Bethany Hopkins

Veterinarian (BVetBiol/DVM)

Bethany graduated from the University of Sydney and started at Cooranbong and Bonnells Bay in January 2020. She is interested in working with as many species as possible but is particularly fond of ruminant medicine and small animal surgery. Having just moved up from Wollongong she is excited to be starting her own menagerie soon. In her free time she enjoys exploring the area, playing guitar and trying new activities with friends.

Veterinary Nurses

Jacinda Wilson

Practice Manager/Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

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 since stepped away from nursing and now manages both of our Hospitals. You will Jac’s smiling face between both Cooranbong and Bonnells Bay.

Jac is a proud mum to her little ferret Charlie Bear and a spoilt Ragdoll by the name of Millie. In her spare time Jac enjoys all things outdoors such as camping, travelling and wake boarding.

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 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.

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 started at our Coorabong Hospital as a work experience student in 2017 and it did not take long to prove that she was an asset to our team. She has a passion for animal behaviour and is our Puppy Pre-school trainer.

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.

Emma Anderson

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Emma is one of our Junior Vet Nurses! Emma started work experience at Cooranbong Animal Hospital in July 2018 and completed her training in December 2019.

Emma loves learning new skills from the senior nurses and veterinarians and putting them into practice. She especially loves having cuddles with all the patients!

At home Emma has her own animals that she cares for- her kelpie Frankie and dachshund Chilli.

Outside of work Emma enjoys travelling, DJing and visiting her dad’s farm.

Bianca Barron

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bianca started with us as one of our work placement students and finished her qualification in 2020.

Bianca has a passion for all things animal related and is very excited to continue learning from the senior nurses.

In her spare time Bianca enjoys playing soccer, travelling and going to the beach with her 4 crazy dogs Lola, Molly, Tilly and Bella. She also adores her 2 rescue cats Norman and Albert.

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.

Laura Oliver

Veterinary Receptionist/Veterinary Nurse

Laura is the face of Bonnells Bay Hospital. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2020 and is now our Veterinary Receptionist.

In her spare time Laura loves going on adventures like camping with her partner, Thomas, and her 3 dogs. When they aren’t outside then we are all inside playing video games. Laura has always had a passion for animals and was renown for bringing home wildlife that needed care and attention.

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.