• Bill Taylor

    Bill graduated in 1997 from Sydney University and entered mixed practice in Gerringong where he practiced for two years before moving to the UK to strengthen his small animal skills. After spending 4 years abroad the great Downunder beckoned Bill back to Canberra where he worked at Inner South vets for 4 years, adding skills in exotic animal and bird medicine to his repertoire. Following this, Bill joined us here at Queanbeyan in 2009 and has been constantly improving and expanding the practice since. Bill has undertaken further studies in exotic species, surgery and behavioural medicine to ensure we are up to date with the latest advances in veterinary medicine. Away from work Bill relishes spending time with his wife Alison (a veterinarian at Kippax) and his two young boys Jack and Hugh. When Bill has a chance he likes to head down to the coast to play beach cricket with his boys, take his poodle Poky for a run, and to relax!

  • Michael Archinal
    BVSc, IVAS(Cert), PTC(Hons)
    Senior Small Animal Partner

    Michael is the Senior Small Animal Partner in the practice. He graduated from Sydney University in 1987 and after five years in country practice, started the Bateman's Bay Veterinary Hospital. After five years of very successful practice, he was recruited as a partner here in 1996. Michael is our resident dermatologist and is also a qualified acupuncturist having been awarded the IVAS diploma in acupuncture and has undertaken post-graduate training in animal behaviour. He is married to Jodie, and has three sons and two Labradors named Rosie and Genie. How he combines family life, football refereeing, a single digit golf handicap, commitments in his local church, a television, radio and print career and veterinary practice remains one of the great secrets. Michael is currently studying for his MACVS in Pharmacology.

  • Louise Nicholls
    BVSc(Hons), MACVSc

    Lou graduated from Sydney University in 2000 and started working on the NSW-Victoria border near the Snowy Mountains. She moved to Bowral in the Southern Highlands for 6 years, interspersed with a 1yr internship in small animal surgery in Sydney and 18mths of travelling and locum work in the UK. Still restless, Lou completed more locum work around Australia before moving to our sister practice Kippax Veterinary Hospital where she has worked since July 2009. In January 2014, Lou transferred to us here at Queanbeyan Vet Hospital and is now a partner in Queanbeyan Vet Hospital and Jerrabomberra Vet Hospital. Lou lives with her husband Greg and their 3yr old retriever Ernie, who is a qualified Pets as Therapy dog for Delta. When not working, Lou can be found relaxing with friends and family, visiting Greg’s farm in western NSW, or training for triathlons.

  • Heather Shortridge

    Heather graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 and started her career with four years working in mixed practice in Armidale. She followed this up with 18 months working in the United Kingdom and travelling around exciting parts of Europe. Heather has been working with us since the start of 2015.  Heather loves working as a vet and looks forward to caring for your pets. In her spare time she likes attending conferences (sometimes in exotic locations), walking,  playing pub trivia, and running Mums and Bubs Aquarobics sessions. Heather also enjoys hanging out with her husband Dan and their children- Golden Retriever Pickle, Kelpie Izzy, the wonderful cats, Charlie, Kitani, and Surinda, and their most recent addition the furless two footed toddler  Lucie.

  • Jenny Edwards

    Originally from north Queensland, Jenny graduated from James Cook University in 2011. She worked in mixed practice for 12 months in QLD, followed by a short working holiday in Tasmania, before moving to join us at Queanbeyan in 2013. After 2 years here, she left for the UK, where she enjoyed working in a small animal practice by the sea in Sussex. Jenny returned to Queanbeyan Vet Hospital in April 2016 and (aside from cute puppy vaccinations) has an interest in imaging and internal medicine.

  • Loreena Butcher

    Loreena graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013. Originally from Lake Macquarie, Loreena worked in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley for 2 years followed by 4 years in West Gippsland, Victoria, gaining experience in large and small animal medicine and surgery. Loreena moved to Canberra and joined the team at Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra Vet Hospital in November 2019. She enjoys all areas of small animal medicine and surgery, and has a special interest in diagnostic ultrasound and cardiology. In her spare time, Loreena enjoys going to the gym, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and any other activity in or around the water.

  • Freya Spanney

    Growing up in WA with a menagerie of different animals, Freya knew from an early age that she wanted to be a vet. Graduating from Murdoch University in 2017 and working in a small Perth practice for a year, she made the move across the country to join the Queanbeyan Vet Hospital family in February 2019. She enjoys all aspects of working as a vet with a special interest in small animal surgery. She has spent time volunteering in different veterinary roles; a spey/neuter clinic in India, helping manage stray street dog populations, and for ‘Pets in the
    Park’; a Canberra charity group that provides veterinary assistance for homeless people and their animal companions. In her free time, Freya likes to boulder and go explore Canberra's many walking trails with her
    partner Wen and their golden retriever Lily.

  • Udita Saxena

    Udita Graduated from James Cook University in 2019. Originally from Canberra, she is looking forward to returning to the region to do all things small animal, with a special interest in small animal medicine.In her spare time Udita enjoys reading, board games nights and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Alice Elliot

    Alice graduated from Massey University in 2017. Originally from NZ, she made the move across the Tasman to start her career in Canberra and has not left! She enjoys all aspects of veterinary science, with a special interest in small animal medicine. Alice enjoys the special bond and relationship that people share with their animals, and is excited to get to know you while working for the best interest of your beloved pet. Outside of work, she likes exploring all the nature walks that Canberra has to offer, and reading a good book.

  • Brittany Gan

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