David Parry-Okeden

Veterinarian (BVSc)

David graduated from Sydney University in 1968 and set up practice in Mudgee in 1973. He developed an interest in small animal surgery in the 1970s largely driven by the inability of farm dogs to ride motorbikes.

David has been instrumental in implementing and managing a number of livestock health schemes including Bovine Brucellosis, Ovine Brucellosis, Ovine Johne’s Disease, Sheep MAP, Alpaca MAP and, more recently, the Alpaca Q Scheme.

David is registered to practice in all mainland states and undertakes pre-purchase examination of horses for a number of local and overseas bloodstock agents. In recent years, with the advent of the internet and digital imaging, this side of the practice has expanded to include clients in Asia, the Middle East and New Caledonia.

Heather Glover

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Heather, a Sydney University graduate, has been a small animal veterinarian for the best part of four decades, the last two of which she has spent with Church Street Veterinary Hospital.

Heather enjoys interacting with a variety of small animals and their owners whilst providing the very best medical advice with compassion and professional care. An accredited Endurance Veterinarian, she enjoys being involved in these events as well as promoting horse care education at the local pony club.

Heather has three dogs, three cats and three horses of her own. “The integration of pets into families is an important facet of our lives and I aim to enable this for clients whenever possible.”

James Caspar

Veterinarian (MA, VetMB)

James Caspar qualified from Cambridge University in 1994. He subsequently worked in mixed practice, before buying a small animal clinic in 2001.

He met his Australian wife in London. They now have two children and are proud owners of three dogs and two cats.

James and his family own a small property with horses, cattle, sheep and pigs.

Helen Waller

Veterinary Nurse (RCVS & Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Helen has been a Veterinary Nurse since she was 17 years old and completed her nursing qualification through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in England in 1998. Helen worked for a number of years as a Registered Veterinary Nurse at variety of different small animal clinics, including a rabbit speciality clinic and as an emergency nurse at a 24-hour hospital.

In 2009, Helen emigrated to Australia. Helen has continued to develop her interest in small animal nursing and worked in clinics in the Illawarra region before moving, with her husband and daughter, to the Mudgee region in 2012 and joined our team in 2013.

Helen’s pets include a German Shepherd, four cats (all strays via the clinic), and one horse.  When there is time to spare, Helen enjoys bee-keeping, trail running and volunteering at park run. 

Jessica Holt

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Jessica began studying for Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing on leaving school completing her work placement here at Church Street Vets.

Jessica then moved to Hawkesbury where she worked in a small animal clinic. After a few years, she decided that the hustle and bustle of the city was not for her and moved back to Gulgong.

In February 2020, not long after returning home she joined the team at Church Street Veterinary Hospital. Jess has a small menagerie of animals at home, including dogs, sheep, goats and chickens. Outside work Jessica especially loves craft working and scrapbooking.

Lyndall Pratt

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

After moving to Mudgee in 2016 with her husband and two children, Lyndall Joined our team in 2017 as a trainee.  Lyndall completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2018. 

Lyndall has a passion for all animals and their care. Lyndall runs our Puppy Preschool classes and loves to see the puppies and their humans grow and develop together as they make new friends, learn new tricks and have lots of fun. 

Lyndall has two dogs, two cats and chooks: life would be boring without animals to love.

Mackenzie Mahr

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Mackenzie joined the team of qualified nurses at Church Street Veterinary Hospital in 2021.

She grew up as  part of a military family, born in Brisbane, and lived all around Australia, before settling in Sydney to study veterinary nursing.

Her experience in Sydney veterinary hospitals, apart from nursing, included caring for exotic animals, and gaining a Certificate 4 in handling wild dogs.

Aside from work she enjoys playing netball, snowboarding during winter and spending time with friends and family.

Belinda McKenzie

Veterinary Nurse (Statement of attainment in Animal Care & Management)

Bel has been an enthusiastic member of our team since 2012. She has a great love for all animals (especially Kelpies) and a special interest in natives, exotics and horses.

Bel lives on her property with her growing family, where they have an ever expanding variety of animals, including horses, cows, sheep, cats, dogs and a very handsome peacock.

Bel enjoys horse riding and camping on her days off, and spending time with her family and friends.