Our Facilities

Our Facilities

For Humans

  • Ample street parking available.
  • Comfortable reception area.
  • Wheel chair accessible.

For Pets

  • Cat friendly reception area and consultation rooms.
  • Modern surgical suite.
  • Complimentary treats.
  • Wide selection of toys.

Our Team

Vet Catherine Harper from Tannunda

Dr. Catherine Harper


BSc BVMS (High Distinction), BSc (Biology), Post Grad Cert (Business Admin) (Agricultural Consulting)
Catherine's Bio

Catherine has a degree in Biology from the University of Louisville in USA and completed her veterinary training at Murdoch University in Perth. She graduated in 2013 and has worked in the Barossa since then, initially working for Dr Peter Jones and since July 2016 as the business owner of Barossa Veterinary Service.

Her special interests include small animal medicine and farm animal welfare and production. She is passionate about improving the management practices to maximise welfare and production for the farmer through education and awareness of the latest research.  

Her hobbies include spending time with her daughter Isabelle, walking and training her crazy dogs, gardening and enjoying a good movie.

She has two dogs, Olly and working dog bitzer, Jax the German Shepherd and a cat named CC who she adopted from the clinic.

Dr. Carly Whittaker


Carly graduated a Bachelor of Animal Science at University of Adelaide then studied Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2017.

Carly's Bio

Carly previously worked at an equine and small animal practice in Victoria for before joining us and has plenty of equine and small animal experience. Her special interests lie in small animal ultrasonography, small animal surgery and oncology.

When not working she enjoys horse riding, drinking wine and walking her dogs. She also loves pole dancing, initially for fitness but has recently won a couple of pole dancing competitions too!

Pets include 2 rescue dogs – Tina the Kelpie and Cleo a staffy x whippet.

Dr. David Shalders


Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 2018 Graduate

David's Bio

David has lots of expertise with large animals, particularly ambulatory equine work.

He has a particular interest in and has completed additional training in Equine Dentistry. His other interests are small animal surgery and ruminants, in particular goats and alpacas.

Hobbies are mostly outdoors ones in particular squash, running and professional paintball. He also enjoys working on his family’s farm in Victoria running Black Angus beef cattle.

Pets include Thelma a German Shorthaired Pointer x Bluetick Coonhound, who enjoys running, chasing birds and beach walks.

Sarah Allen


Sarah's Bio

Bachelor of Science (Vet Bio) & Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – BSc (Vet Bio) DVM, University of Adelaide Graduate

Sarah is a large and small animal vet with a wealth of experience, particularly with horses. Her special interests and expertise are small animal dentistry and ophthalmology.

Hobbies include horse riding, hiking and wine tasting.

At home there are Vincent (the most handsome!) 9yo Greyhound X and Tinkerbell an 8 year old stockhorse mare

Anita Gaerth

Technical Operations Manager

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing at Gilles Plains TAFE SA

Anita's Bio

Anita is our pocket pet enthusiast and loves to meet all bunnies and guinea pigs that enter the clinic.

Anita enjoys walking her dog, spending time with her family and brunching on the weekends.

Anita lives with her cat Rascal and dog Finley.

Vet Catherine Harper from Tannunda

Helen Hughes

Human Resources and Accounts Officer

Hospitality & Business Management & Project Management (UK and TAFE SA)
Helen's Bio

Special interests and expertise in this field: background working with dogs

Hobbies include cooking, visiting wineries with friends and gardening

Helen lives with Barkley the westie cross and Nina the cat

Veterinary Receptionist Lynnette Kassebaum from Angaston

Lynette Kassebaum


Certificate III Veterinary Nursing
Lynette's Bio
Lyn’s employment within this business extends to 35 years, initially as our veterinary nurse and now our clients first point of contact.

Lyn loves exploring on bike, foot and car with her family and her mischievous little wire-haired Jack Russell called Skipper.

Chloe Williamson

Vet Nurse

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing via Open Colleges NSW
Chloe's Bio

Chloe’s medical interests are imaging and surgery and receives great satisfaction when patients return to their families happy and healthy

Chloe is an outstanding event rider on horses Oscar and Koda, plus she resides with two cats Gertrude and Elsie and two dogs Mallee the Golden Retriever and Carby the Labrador.

Brigita Prior

Vet Nurse

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing at Gilles Plains TAFE SA, Advanced Diploma in Horse Husbandry and Management completed at The University of Adelaide
Brigita's Bio

Brigita enjoys all aspects of equine nursing and production animal health.

Brigita’s spare time is spent with her horses, competing in a variety of disciplines including eventing, dressage and showing and loves her rural lifestyle.

Her pets include a whippet named Steve, two cats Jeffery and Ruffles and too many horses to name individually.

Julie Mielnik

Vet Nurse

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing at Gilles Plains TAFE SA


Julie's Bio

Julie’s expertise is in Paediatric Anaesthesia and her passion is dentistry. She originally graduated in 2009 and updated her veterinary skills in 2017.

Julie was previously employed at the AWL and now owns 2 rescue cats – Emily and Billy.

When not working, Julie enjoys running, kickboxing and gardening. She also loves spending time with her 3 beautiful children.

Jackie Turner

Vet Nurse

Canine Myofunctional Therapist (NCTM), Veterinary Nurse, Bachelor of Science (Zoology & Biochemistry) at James Cook University FNQ

Jackie's Bio

Jackie is our canine massage and rehabilitation therapist. Specialising in the management and support of post surgery, injury, arthritis and orthopaedic abnormalities. Jackie provides supportive therapies for complete holistic pet health care and management.

Jackie’s hobbies include gardening calling herself an accidental gardener, spending time with friends and family over a meal and a good bottle of wine, kayaking and escaping to her property in Keyneton where she is completely off the grid so has time to plant trees, walk and enjoy the natural environment. Jackie would love to have a zoo but would need a bit more space.

Jackie lives with 3 dogs Charlie a Maremma x Rottweiler, Jack a Red Heeler and Millie a Blue Heeler x Heinz 57, 2 cats Lilly and Ellie, a 21yr old Green Tree Frog that looks like Jabba the Hut, 6 chickens with names such as Doris, Ginger and Maryanne and a rooster called Cookie.

Olivia Baldock

Vet Nurse

Olivia's Bio
Olivia is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through AIRC and has previously studied Cert 1 in AgriFood Operations, 2 and 3 in Animal Studies too.

Olivia has a special interest in surgery and just loves helping animals in their recovery.

When not working, Olivia enjoys walking her 2 dogs Henry and George. She also breeds guinea pigs and likes spending time outdoors with her family.

At home, Olivia lives in a crowded house with dogs George and Henry, 4 guinea pigs – Alpacino, Hazel, Harley Quinn and Peanut, Joey the Pineapple Conure, 2 budgies, Myrtle the turtle, Frankie the silkie rooster, Blackie chan the chicken and Russell the red fighting fish.

Jen McKinlay

Vet Nurse

Jen's Bio

Qualification: Cert IV Veterinary Nursing at Gilles Plains, TAFE SA

Jen is our cat nurse, she has a special interest in feline behaviour and loves nothing more than making a cat’s visit with us as comfortable as possible. Initially a graphic artist and animal foster carer in Sri Lanka and India, in 2009 Jen decided to follow her passion and trained as a vet nurse.

In her spare time she likes exploring Asia, fostering for the AWL, drinking strong coffee and listening to 80’s music.

At home there are 3 mischievous rescue cats called Marvin, Basil and Cassy.

Gay Ammerlaan

Vet Nurse

Gay's Bio

Qualification: studied at Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at Gilles Plains, TAFE SA

Gay’s has a wealth of experience as a vet nurse and a special interest is in orthopaedics.

Her hobbies include watching AFL, particularly the Crows as she is an avid supporter. She also likes gardening and walking her dog, Amara.

Gay lives with 2 cats, Gizmo and Stewy, Benson the noisy Galah and Amara the German Shorthaired Pointer.

Erin Justice

Certificate VI Veterinary Nursing at Gilles Plains TAFE SA and Dog Groomer

Erin's Bio

Erin has many years experience as a nurse and a veterinary receptionist with a special interest in nutrition, small animal health, skin care and dog grooming. She also loves caring for native wildlife and providing excellent customer service.  

Erin’s hobbies include following AFL, taking trips to the beach, walking Henry, spending time with family and grooming dogs – especially Henry!

At home Erin has 3 teenagers, Henry and the Labradoodle and 2 cats called  2 Puss Puss and Timmy 

Lloyd Ings

Veterinary Nurse

Graduated BVSc (Veterinary Bioscience) in 2019

Studied: Currently studying the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Adelaide University (Roseworthy Campus)

Lloyd's Bio

Lloyd loves working with companion animals, especially dogs. He also has a background in dog grooming

Lloyd enjoys cooking, spending time exploring the countryside and gardening.

At home there are dogs Monty and Holland and Albert the mini lop rabbit

Lauren Freeman

Veterinary Nurse

Certificate IV veterinary nursing at Gilles Plains, TAFE SA

Lauren's Bio

Lauren has lots of nursing experience but specialises in medicine and intensive care. She also has a special interest in caring for native wildlife, the furry variety.

Her interests include caring for her rescued animals, dirt bike riding, camping, fishing and binging on Netflix when she has spare time.

At home Lauren has 3 border collies, Molly, Leroy and Cobba, a cat called Bel, 5 kangaroos, Merry, Kevin, Bucky, Digger and Dot, 2 wallabies, Josephine, and Dudley who was born blind. She also has a Berkshire pig called Chris P.

Ashley Pike

Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Vet Nursing through GoTAFE in Victoria (run with CSU) and a Bachelor of veterinary technology studied at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga, Cert II in Agriculture and Certificate in artificial insemination and pregnancy testing of cattle.

Ash's Bio

Ash is a true country girl, with a keen interest in all things relating to production animals and horse, she is also interested in patient rehab.

Ash lives with her stumpy tailed kitten, Snowflake and Shelby who is a stockhorse.

In her spare time she loves playing rugby, riding, fishing/camping with my partner Luke and splitboarding!

Tahlia Liebelt

Veterinary Nurse

Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Adelaide

Tahlia's Bio

Tahlia is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE SA.

Her special interests lie in nutrition, joint health, stress free handling, working with livestock, caring for wildlife and she is just great at looking after patients.  

Her hobbies include spending time with her dogs and teaching them tricks, horse riding, photography, showing beef cattle in the Adelaide Show and gardening. She is also attending classes in dog agility, with Rory, at Gawler Dog Training Club.  

Tahlia lives with Sophie the Border Collie, Rory the Kelpie x terrier, two King quails and a marbled gecko. 

Ebony Smith

Junior Vet Nurse

Ebony's Bio

Ebony is studying Certificate II animal studies at TAFE and will then commence a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing.

Special interests consist of horses and farm animals, also included are birds and reptiles. Ebony’s future hopes are to eventually study Native African animals and spend some time working in Africa.

When not working Ebony enjoys spending time with her family and their animals, riding and training horses, art and a bit of piano.

Pets at home consist of a rabbit, guinea pig, goat, pig, horses, ducks, geese, dogs, cats, a turkey, guinea fowl and chickens. I also rescue native wildlife, when they are in need of a home, including birds such as magpies and galahs as well as kangaroos and wombats.

Jasmine Schwarze

Vet Nurse

Jasmine's Bio

Qualification: Bachelor of Animal Science
Studied: University of Adelaide and currently studying Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at the University of Adelaide

Jasmine is great at everything with particular interests in production animals and equine, surgery and animal behaviour. Jasmine also helps out with our puppy school and junior manners classes.

When not working, Jasmine likes spending time with family, taking road trips and going for bushwalks.

At home there is Alfie the Frenchie, pawpaw the naughty Tortie and Sully the bearded dragon



Smash's Bio

Clinic cat Smash is front-of-house concierge at our Nuriootpa clinic.

Our Values

Caring for Animals

Barossa Veterinary Service is dedicated to providing the best possible health outcomes for your pet. We will provide advice and care that aligns with best practice.

Caring for People

We recognise the positive impact pets have on the lives of their owners and endeavour to improve the relationship between owners and their pets.

Caring for the Environment

People and pets have a large impact on the local and global environment. We seek to educate owners on environmentally responsible pet ownership.

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