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Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs.

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.

Tom Prichard

Veterinarian – BVSc

Tom graduated from Univeristy in 2011 and spent 5 years in Mixed Rural Practice before hitting the road as a travelling Veterinarian. After arguably one of the longest working holidays, Tom decided it was than time to settle down, give back, and make a difference.

Tom has spent the last 5 years in Small Animal Pratice, including a stint in Referral Emergency in regional NSW. Tom enjoys the challenge of solving all things that make up General Veterinary Practice, and has develped a strong interest in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

When not working, Tom is often out chasing sheep, snow, or stellar mountain views. If it’s a weather day you’ll probably find him in the kitchen working his way through a receipe book, and listening out for new music.

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.

Anthea Nicholls

Veterinarian – BVSc

Anthea graduated from Sydney University in 1989. She has worked in many mixed animal practices in Victoria, Sydney and the UK, before settling in Mudgee 18 years ago. Anthea has passed her membership exams in small animal medicine.

Anthea continues to live in Mudgee with her family, enjoying gardening, running and sewing.

Helen Waller

Veterinary Nurse – RCVS, RVN, AVN, Cert IV VN & currently studying Diploma in Canine Myotherapy

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 a variety of different small animal clinics, including a rabbit specialty 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 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 Nursing – RVN, AVN, Cert IV VN, Dip VN GP, and studying B. Veterinary Technology

Jessica began studying Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing shortly after leaving school while completing her work placement here at Church Street Vets.

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

In February 2020, she joined the team at Church Street Veterinary Hospital again. To broaden her knowledge, Jessica gained a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Jessica has a small menagerie of animals at home, including dogs, sheep, goats and chickens.

Elly Hendriksz

Cert IV VN

Elly grew up in Crookwell NSW and graduated with her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2010. She wanted to broaden her horizons so ventured all the way to the Pilbara WA and since then has spent the best part of 10 years nursing throughout WA in various different clinics and comes to us with many years experience in large animal nursing, small animal general practice and equine nursing.

Since relocating to Mudgee with her husband and young son she has worked in the thoroughbred industry as a night foaling attendant for various studs. She has a special interest in emergency nursing, equine nursing and has a soft spot for Corgi’s!

In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse, caring for her menagerie of animals on her property and heading to the odd chicken show with her son.

Kirralee Steele

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

In 2018, Kirralee started a double-degree in teaching at Charles Sturt University, but after 2 years she realised she wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Nursing. She completed Certificate II in Animal Studies in 2022 and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. While studying, Kirralee has developed a keen interest for anesthesia and radiography. In her spare time, Kirralee enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with two birds, Wendy and Wattle.

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