Meet Our Team

  

Dr Grant Poolman

Practice Owner (BVSc MVSc)

Grant is a partner of the practice. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1968 and completed his Masters in 1990.
 
Grant started his veterinary career in Victoria in large animal practice before moving to Pennant Hills where he worked in mixed practice until 1981. He then became a lecturer and course coordinator at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga and remained there until 2000. Grant has been at the Bowral Veterinary Hospital since then. Grant's interests include golf, dressage equestrian events and discussing interesting veterinary cases. 
 
Outside of work Grant attends equestrian events as a horse owner, groom or veterinarian. He enjoyed his role as an FEI Veterinarian at major international equestrian events including the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the Rome World Championships for Equestrian Sports. Grant and his wife share their home with Lucy the cat and Axel, the Giant Schnauzer. They also have six horses, one of which is a grand prix dressage horse. 


Dr Angus Hayes BVSc MVS

Practice Owner (BVSc MVS)

Angus is a partner of the practice and is a second generation vet, following in the footsteps of his father. Following his graduation from the University of Sydney back in 2001 he worked in the Hunter Valley before moving to the UK for 5 years. On returning to Australia, he worked in one of Sydney's premier veterinary clinics, Ku-Ring-Gai Veterinary Hospital for many years before making the move to become a partner at Bowral Veterinary Hospital.
 
He has completed a  Masters of Veterinary Studies through Murdoch University, concentrating on Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency/Critical Care. Angus practices in Western based acupuncture and uses the technique for a range of pain problems, especially in the older patients. Along with this, he has a special interest and skill in diagnostic imaging including ultrasonography. Having completed further studies in Reptile medicine, Angus loves treating pets of all shapes and sizes. 
 
Angus is a brand amabassador for Ivory Coat Companion Goods and consults closely with the 100% Australian owned and manufactured company regarding the health of your pets. For more information, visit the Ivory Coat page of our website.
 
Outside of the practice, Angus enjoys travel with his wife and camping with his two sons Hugo and Teddy. He also enjoys playing touch football and tennis when he gets the time. On top of his two young boys, he has his hands full with a pair of naughty German Shorthaired Pointers named Otto and Fritz.
 
 


Dr Kate Eppleston

Veterinarian (BVSc (Hons 1))

Having graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012, Kate joined the team at BVH. Kate has settled in to the Highlands well and is now an indispensable member of the practice.
 
Kate grew up and went to school in Bathurst NSW, however has spent many years in and around Sydney throughout her time at University. As a country girl who is used to the cold, the move to the Southern Highlands was easy.
 
Outside of the clinic, Kate enjoys playing netball, bushwalking and travelling. Kate has a lively kelpie called Lou who she rescued a few years ago. She has recently adopted an inside nocturnal cat called Toby who only makes appearances after dark. 
 
 
 


Dr Lucy Parker

Veterinarian (BVSc (Merit))

Lucy graduated from Sydney University in 2008. Lucy has lived and worked in the Southern Highlands for the past 7 years and loves calling the Highlands home. Prior to that she worked in a busy mixed practice in Bungendore. Like Angus, Lucy is also a second generation vet, with her obsession with animals and desire to make a difference leading her down the veterinary path.

Lucy started work with Bowral Veterinary Hospital in 2017 and is a welcome addition to our team. She is currently easing her way back in to work after the birth of her second beautiful son. 


Dr Sophie May

Veterinarian (BVetBiol BVSc)

Sophie is the newest addition to the team at Bowral Veterinary Hospital. Sophie graduated from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in 2015, and started her career in Bathurst shortly after, where she worked for 2 and a half years as a mixed practice vet. In 2018, Sophie moved to the United Kingdom where she worked in a number of small animal clinics throughout England and Wales, as well as taking the opportunity to travel through Europe in her spare time.

After two years abroad, Sophie has relocated to the Southern Highlands with her partner Tim and they look forward to exploring everything the area has to offer. 


Dr Tim Westwood

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Tim graduated from the University of Queensland in 2003 and began his veterinary career in mixed practice in Victoria. He moved to Sydney in 2007 and, after a brief period at Bowral Veterinary Hospital, headed to the United Kingdom to work as a locum. Tim returned to Australia in 2017, working in a busy vet hospital in Sydney for 3 years before rejoining the team at Bowral Vets in 2021.

Outside of work Tim belongs to two car clubs and has recently acquired his motorbike licence. He enjoys music and going to concerts. In 2019 he adopted a little rescue dog called Benji, a Maltese cross, who is now very spoilt indeed!


Dr Marea Eldridge BVSc

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Marea graduated from Sydney University in 1990 and has lived and worked in the Southern Highlands for over 30 years with a 2 year break to travel around Australia with her husband. She is particularly interested in veterinary medicine including behavioural medicine.

Marea has worked at Bowral Vet Hospital previously and is looking forward to being back with the team again.

When not working, Marea enjoys bushwalking, mountain biking and gardening. She tries to go camping and fishing as often as possible.


Emma D'Arcy

Receptionist

Emma is our receptionist at Bowral Veterinary Hospital. Her previous experience was in medical reception for a general practitioner in Sydney. Emma has previously groomed for the Australian Eventing Team at Olympics and World chamionships. Outside of work Emma's interests include sailing, gardening and runnning. Her fat cat Golly enjoys the good life. She has completed a half marathon and plans to attempt another when she has forgotten how much the first one hurt. 


Angela Ireland

Practice Manager

Angela is the Practice Manager of Bowral Veterinary Hospital and is an integral part of the clinic, having been with us since 1992. Her qualifications include Diploma in Small Business Management and an Accounting Diploma.

Outside of work Angela enjoys playing social golf, competition tennis, gardening and spending time with her family. Angela and her husband have a very spoilt cat called Isaac, a very naughty cat called Eric and a cheeky French Bulldog named Harrison. 


Renee Masters-Gilroy

Veterinary Nurse

Renee is one of our vet nurses. She has completed Certificate IV in Vet Nursing in 2009. Renee has a background in nursing, dairy farming as well as being a medical receptionist.

Renee has one dog - a gentle giant young wolfhound cross called Lulu. Renee is an invaluable member of her local hockey team. Her other hobbies include camping, water skiing and going to the movies. She has just returned from maternity leave after the birth of her second child, a son, adding to her family, with her beautiful daughter Adelyn

 

 

 

 


Shanay Toth

Veterinary Nurse

Shanay is a local Southern Highlands girl who is currently studying Veterinary Nursing and is a qualified Dog Trainer and canine Bowen Therapist. She runs Rascal to Regal Dog Training. She has a lot of experience with horses having worked extensively on a Thoroughbred Horse farm in the area for many years. Outside of the practice, she enjoys reading, furthering her studies and going out with friends. 

 

 

 

 


Madison Porter

Veterinary Nurse

Madison has moved from Grafton to the Southern Highlands to start veterinary nursing. She has recently completed her Certificate IV in Vet nursing and is now attending University studying a Science degree. She has a cheeky cat called Smudge. Outside of work, Madison enjoys playing hockey, reading and relaxing with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 


Teresa Harvey

Veterinary Nurse

Teresa has worked as a veterinary nurse for over 28 years. She has recently completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to bring her qualifications up to date after previously completing veterinary nursing courses many years ago.

Teresa grew up on a small dairy farm in the Picton area. She has two dogs - Skye, a Border Collie / Kelpie cross and Bandit, a Border Collie who she enjoys taking for bush walks, to the beach and competing in yard dog trials working sheep.


Melissa Rees

Veterinary Nurse

Melissa has joined our team after being a vet nurse since 2014, completing her Certificate IV in vet nursing in 2015. She grew up in the Macarthur region, first working as a vet nurse there.

Melissa has a foxie cross, 13 year old pup named Scout and a 1 year old kelpie called Oscar. She is constantly kept on her toes with her two mischievious cats, Tiga and Willow.

In Melissa's free time she enjoys going for bush and beach walks with her friends and dogs. She also enjoys going to see musicals and monster trucks.


Sophie Stephens

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Sophie completed her Certificate III in Veterinary Nursing at Bowral Vet Hospital and is now studying her Certificate IV with us. Sophie has a Border Collie x Poodle called Ruby and outside of work she likes to spend time at the beach. go for walks and socialise with friends.Sophie's quiet confidence and calm manner are a real asset to our practice.


Brodie Warry

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Brodie is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing after previously completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies. Brodie has two dogs, Jack and Candy as well as a rabbit named Stormi

Outside of work Brodie enjoys horse riding and going to the beach.


Erin Freeney

Veterinary Nurse

Erin has worked as a Veterinary Nurse since 2007 and has completed her Veterinary Nurse Certificate IV and the Diploma in Emergency Care. 

Outside of Vet Nursing she has her Community Coaching General Principles Certificate with the Australian Institute of Sport and a Bronze Medallion for Royal Life Saving. Keeping busy is something she loves - you can see her every Friday night at Mittagong Airfield teaching aviation to cadets as young as 8 years old and taking photos for her Photography business on weekends.

In the spare time Erin has left, she enjoys taking her Greyhound, Honey, for walks, raising money for the RSPCA and making cosplay outfits with her partner.


  
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