Meet the Team

Dr Andrew Hay BSc, BVSc (Hospital Director)

Andrew hails from far East Gippsland in Victoria. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008 with degrees in science and veterinary science.

After uni, he began his career in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, spending 5 years in mixed practice before undertaking 3 years’ additional training in emergency medicine and critical care. He has spent the last 7 years in general practice in Adelaide with a particular focus on his interests in emergency, reproduction and soft tissue surgery.

Andrew is owned by two elderly Burmese cats and two Dalmatians. He has two daughters, plays too many brass instruments, spends his spare time losing to his wife at tennis and enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

Dr Dorothy Choy BSc (Hons), BVMS, MRCVS (Veterinarian)

Dorothy was born in Hong Kong where there was no vet school at the time. She moved to the UK and obtained her veterinary degree in 2013 from the University of Edinburgh.

After working in busy small animal practices in the UK for 3 years, Dorothy decided to gain some new experience where there are different diseases and envenomation cases completely unique to Australia!

Dorothy has been with South Hedland Veterinary Hospital since December 2018.

Her main interests are clinical pathology, surgery and small mammal and reptilian medicine

Dr Juanita Morrison BSc, BVMS (Veterinarian)

From the first puppy check and going through preventative health to assisting an old friend to pass with peace and dignity, Juanita gets to make a difference every single day.

That’s why she love working in this profession.

Juanita went to high school in Hedland , and spent a few years working in Newman as a vet. She love the Pilbara and the community spirit that comes with it .

The proud mum of two girls who keep her busy outside of work. Juanita loves to travel and be creative with resin art in her spare time .

Sadly this year two of her very senior dogs passed away. She still has her little Pilbara special dog ‘Nitty’ to look after.

Janelle (Vet Nurse)

Janelle is a qualified and registered veterinary nurse technician. Born and raised in Port Hedland, Janelle is our senior surgical nurse who has a keen interest in all aspect of surgery, emergency, critical and intensive care. She is passionate about the importance of comfort and emotional wellbeing in all of our hospitalised patients. In her spare time outside of the hospital she enjoys loving her assorted collection of rescue animals, furthering her studies, horse riding, roller derby, surfing and travel.

Kristy (Vet Nurse)

Kristy recently moved to Hedland with her family. So far she has been loving the Pilbara lifestyle with her husband, 3 kids, 1 cat (Neville) and 2 dogs (Johnny and Cruiser). Kristy has a passion for fostering neonates through the SAFE Hedland rescue group. She loves meeting all the wonderful clients and their pets at South Hedland Veterinary Hospital so make sure you say “Hi” during your next visit.

Lara (Vet Nurse)

Lara comes from Portugal, a country where you can travel 2.5 hours and find yourself in Spain.

Lara graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2015 and as a Vet Nurse in 2020. She lived in Portugal until the age of 30 and decided to venture to Indonesia for two years before deciding to become a veterinary nurse in Australia.

Her passion is her small black mixed breed dog named Bogart – she unfortunately had to leave him behind in Portugal but he is very much loved by Lara’s mum.

She is currently training to become a dog trainer and cannot wait to start training Hedland pooches!

Lara is a bit of a nerd at home and loves her jigsaw puzzles. She also loves the outdoors – surfing, freediving, diving, hiking and basketball.

She lives with her partner Sam, who is a sparky/chippy and his two dogs – Daisy and Max.

Ashlee (Vet Nurse)

Ashlee was born and raised in Port Hedland and started her journey in the veterinary industry during her high school years where she completed work experience at the clinic for 3 years until she graduated in 2019. Ashlee then proceeded to complete her vet nursing certificate at Applied vocational training in 2020 down in Perth before returning home to Hedland.

Ashlee is currently studying university online whilst working to continue her education in the vet industry. Ashlee has a special interest in emergency and critical care patients. Ashlee spends her spare time with her 2 crazy Rottweiler dogs and studying.

Michelle (Vet Nurse)

Michelle is a South African qualified vet nurse who has worked in South Africa and New Zealand. South Hedland vet hospital is now lucky to call her our receptionist. Michelle is ready to welcome you and your pets, in person, over the phone or via email.

Sophie (Kennel Hand)

Sophie is an aspiring vet nurse currently working & studying veterinary nursing with us at South Hedland Vet Hospital. Born & raised in Hedland, Sophie spends her spare time surrounding herself with all kinds of animals and fosters for SAFE.

 

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