Meet Our Team


Michael Read

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc)

Michael graduated from Sydney University in 1990. After a brief stint in Western Australia in a sheep consultancy practice he landed in Wee Waa working with Martyn Powell.

In October 1994, they opened the Narrabri branch & Michael has lived here ever since. Over the years, the large animal workload has changed from predominantly cattle, to now include more horse work. Michael spends a large amount of his time doing equine dental work and eqine reproduction work in the breeding season. He enjoys the challenges of small animal surgery, especially the orthopaedics.

When not looking after animals or doing the dreaded paperwork, Michael can be found chasing after one of his four kids, hiding in his garden or trekking around Kaputar National Park. He has one beloved dog – a Pugalier (Ned).

Barbara Cameron

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Barb Cameron joined WNVS in 2001, after graduating from The University of Melbourne. She grew up on a dairy farm in Victoria where her family are still based.

Barb's passion for veterinary science remains strong with the mix offered by the busy Narrabri clinic, ensuring no two days are the same. The satisfaction involved in returning a sick animal to good health remains the key to her enjoyment of the job.

Barb is kept busy outside of work with her young family and a multitude of pets including two dogs (Wilma and Betty) and two cats (Mable and Barney)



Emma Heggaton

Veterinarian (BVMS BSc)

Emma grew up on a sheep property in south west WA and studied at Murdoch University in Perth.

She has made a huge move leaving the west to join us in Narrabri and we couldn’t be more thankful to have her as part of our team. Emma has completed an advanced course in Equine Dentistry and is looking forward to taking care of all your horse dental needs. Emma also has a keen interest in equine medicine as well as small animal surgery.

When she’s not gowned up in theatre you can find her out riding her horse, Liam, playing with her cat Lily or dogs Freddie and Kevin 

Sophie Donatini

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Sophie hails from over the border in QLD and completed her vet degree at The University of Queensland.

Throughout her studies, Sophie worked on a northern NSW cattle station where she developed a strong interest in ruminant medicine and surgery. Sophie has a passion for everything large animal and enjoys nothing more than arriving back at the clinic covered head to toe in cow poo after a big day of preg testing. She also enjoys tackling challenging small animal medicine and pathology cases.

In her spare time Sophie is hard to catch as she runs up Mt Kaputar, out on the AFL field or down the street with her Kelpie Banjo.

Trudy Freeman

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Trudy joined the team part time to help us with our increased workload. Trudy recently moved to Wee Waa and we couldn't be more excited to have her! Trudy grew up on a cattle farm in the far North Coast. She studied at Sydney University, graduating in 2004. Being a country girl she couldn't wait to get out of the city and start practising rurally. Trudy started her career doing mixed practice and some ovine reproduction. Since then she has worked in several mixed practices, taught Veterinary Nursing through TAFE and juggled small animal practice with parenthood. Trudy takes a special interest in small animal behaviour and feline medicine. 

In her spare time Trudy enjoys gardening and spending time with her two legged family

Trudy has a cat named Marilla who turns 15 in November  

Abbey Hobday

Practice Manager

Abbey is qualified with a Cert II in Animal Studies, and Cert II in Primary Industries. She has been hanging around since 2015 when she enrolled in her Cert IV Veterinary Nursing and was hired full time in 2017. 

Abbey is our practice manager and also manages the social media accounts. Abbey loves coming to work and helping with the large variety of cases we see. She particularly enjoys finding stay animals forever homes. 

When shes not busy working Abbey enjoys socalising with friends, riding horses and walking her dogs.  

Abbey is kept busy at home with an abundance of furry friends, a huge Great Dane X (Archie), a cheeky Miniature Dachshund (Trevor), and a lovable Tokinese (Rudy)

Debbie Small

Veterinary Nurse

Debbie Small joined the Wee Waa branch of WNVS in 2006. Debbie brought with her a vast knowledge of the local community in which she has grown up.

Debbie has always been passionate about animal care and enjoys the challenges working in a rural clinic brings. Nursing a sick animal back to health and seeing it go home to its grateful family is a particularly rewarding part of the job.

Debbie finds enjoyment in breeding Jack Russell puppies or chasing after her many grandchildren.




Sharne Neilson

Veterinary Nurse

Born in Narrabri, Sharne Neilson joined the WNVS team in 2013, after spending a year and a half working as a zoo keeper at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

There she worked with lions, tigers, giraffes, 3 species of rhino, elephants, hippos and native wildlife. Her favourite part of the job was taking the African elephant for early morning walks in the spare paddock.

Sharne enjoys her work at the veterinary clinic. She particularly likes getting involved in the wildlife & rehabilitation cases that are presented to the clinic.

At home, Sharne shares her life with 2 snakes, a lovable english staffy (Ollie) and some lizards. 


Jamie Small

Veterinary Nurse

Jaime came to us from the sunny Gold Coast in QLD, although her alleagence to the Cowboys has not changed she is enjoing life below the border. 

Jamie trained and volunteered with the Narrabri Clinic on and off for about 2 years, then joined the clinic full time. Jamie has always taken an interest in working with animals, and enjoys the variation that daily life at the clinic brings. She particularly enjoys the challenges of surgical nursing.

In her spare time Jamie enjoys walking her dog, relaxing at home and chasing cows

Jamie is currently completing for Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Sophie Jarrold

Veterinary Nurse

Sophie is the newest addition to the WNVS crew. Sophie grew up in country Victoria on an Angus Cattle farm where she developed a love for all of our 4 legged friends. Sophie is an expirienced veterinary nurse and enjoys looking after hospital patients, surgical nursing and everything large animal! 

In her spare time Sophie enjoys playing AFL, running with her dog, horse riding, tennis, hiking and bascially spending all of her time outside exploring.

Sophie has a playful dog called Molly who she rescued from the RSPCA

Lizzy Smart


Liz is a professional Dog Groomer, she runs her very successful business, K9 Bath Time, from the back of the Narrabri Clinic. Liz grew up in Sydney, then moved to the Narrabri area in 1985. After falling in love with the town and its community she decided to stay and has lived here ever since.

Liz has a wealth of dog grooming experience, having spent 8 years in the industry. She jump started her career by completing a grooming course in Ulladulla during 2012 and has been working professionally ever since. K9 Bath Time commenced as a mobile grooming business, with an increased workload Liz needed a bigger space so we warmly welcomed her to the Narrabri Vet clinic. Liz has and continues to undertake certified grooming courses to expand her knowledge of the grooming industry.

The quality of Liz's grooms speak for themselves with clientele coming from far and wide across the North West. K9 Bath Time was a proud winner of a 2019 Narrabri Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, which was an honour to receive.

In her spare time Lizzy can be found out and about on her horses, cooking goodies for the clinic or relaxing with a good book.

Lizzy has a very extensive furry family with 2 horses (Squirt and Leroy), 2 dogs (Molly and Lottie), and 4 cats (Tina, Chunky, Front Door Cat, and Dipsy).


Neo Cort

Receptionist (Therapy Pet)

Neo was a welcome addition to the team. He runs the front desk and also assists with the therapy of hospital patients and clients. He can be seen asking for pats out the front of the clinic, chasing bugs or sitting in front of the heater during the cooler months. 

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