Our Team

Our Vets

DAVID AMOS BVSc 

In 1977 he began working for Phil Knight at the Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital, initially to assist during the busy thoroughbred breeding season but he never got around to leaving! David went on to buy the practice from Phil Knight in 1986 when his former employer decided to retire. He has many special memories of working with Phil, who proved to be a great mentor for a young vet.

Over the years David has had many wide & varied experiences as a vet & enjoys an opportunity to recount the more interesting ones. He enjoys all aspects of cattle work and is accredited with the National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme enabling him to pregnancy test & tag cattle. He is also accredited with both the Ovine Johnes Disease & the Bovine Johnes Disease Market Assurance Programs along with the Ovine Brucellosis Scheme.

He also has a keen interest in wildlife including koala, native birds & kangaroos, all of which we have in abundance here in Gunnedah & all of which frequent the clinic. While animals are his passion, he has a long standing relationship with several of the local sporting associations including tennis & cricket & he used to coach the local junior rubgy team.

Bio of DAVID AMOS

PATRICIA WHILLOCK (TRISH) BVBio/BVSc

Trish was born in the Blue Mountains area but started school in the small rural town of Tullibigeal in Western NSW. In 1999 she moved with her family to Bawley Point on the South Coast where she completed her high school years at Ulladulla High School. Trish was accepted into Charles Sturt University in 2007 where she studied a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science which she completed in 2012. In August 2012 Trish joined the Gunnedah Veterinary team as the newest veterinarian.

Her extended family includes her 2 cats ‘Lola’ and ‘Wiggles,’ and her cattle dog ‘Lyla’ who were all adopted through the Rehomer Scheme at GVH, as well as her 2 horses ‘Jitters’ and ‘Lulu’. When Trish is not working she enjoys horse riding, exercising and catching up with friends.

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CHELSEA MITCHELL BVSc     

Chelsea was born in the USA and spent her first 8 years of her life growing up in Memphis Tennessee before her family relocated to Gunnedah in 1998. Chelsea graduated from Gunnedah High School in 2008 and spent her gap year working in town before making the move to Sydney to pursue her veterinary career.

In 2016 Chelsea graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and started her first graduate position at Coolah Veterinary Clinic. Whilst in Coolah Chelsea was lucky enough to work a busy calving season where she developed a special interest in bovine obstetrics and all things small animal related. Chelsea joined the Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital team in November 2017 and thoroughly enjoys working in her home town again. Outside of working Chelsea enjoys riding her horse ‘Cossie,’ running with her lively dog ‘Eadie’ or water-skiing with friends.

Bio of CHELSEA MITCHELL

ANNE CUSACK

SAMANTHA BOSWELL 

Sam was born in the town of Port Macquarie where she grew up and completed her schooling across from the beach at Port Macquarie High School. In 2011 she moved to Newcastle and studied a Bachelor of Primary Teaching at the University of Newcastle, and moved back to Port Macquarie in 2014.

In 2016 she commenced study to become a Veterinary Nurse, which she completed in December 2017. Sam moved from Port Macquarie to Gunnedah to join the Gunnedah Veterinary team as a nurse in January 2018.

Bio of SAMANTHA BOSWELL

HELEN FIELDING

Helen grew up in the Blue Mountains. After completing High School, she went to Tocal Agricultural College in Paterson NSW in 2000, graduating with Cert IV in Agriculture. She then worked as a Jillaroo at various cattle stations in QLD and NT, before moving to Boggabri in 2011.

Helen enjoys being a mum to her two lovely children, Matilda and Jack. She also has a cattle dog named Ellie, a cat Dorpie and lots of chooks. Helen always loved working with animals, large and small, and decided Vet Nursing would be a rewarding career path. She completed Vet Nursing Cert IV in 2015 at Gunnedah Vet Hospital where she has worked part-time since. Helen enjoys travelling, camping and horse riding in her spare time.

Bio of HELEN FIELDING

TAYLAH HEATH

Taylah is a cheerful, bubbly member of our staff. She grew up in Kurri Kurri and moved to Gunnedah in 2020. Before moving here she was an dedicated netball player and thoroughly enjoyed her Rep team sport. She has always had a love for animals and worked at a boarding kennel prior to moving to work at our clinic where she is completing Vet nursing traineeship through TAFE. Taylah has a dachshund with a big personality called Kaiser whom she loves to hang out with while not at work.

LAURA EWINGTON

Laura is a local girl born and raised in Gunnedah. She attended Gunnedah South Public School and graduated year 12 at Gunnedah High School in 2019. Laura is a very active member of the Gunnedah Bulldogs AFL team and you will see her kicking goals on the field most weekends of the season.

Laura is studying to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing while she continues to work at the practice. She is known to be a bit of a cat whisperer in the clinic as she really enjoys hanging out with all the rehomer kittens and cats. Laura’s much loved pets include her puppy Gigi and kitty Willow.

GEORGIA GRENFELL

Georgia grew up moving between NSW, NT and QLD before moving to Canowindra in 2013. She graduated Canowindra High School in 2017. Georgia relocated to Dubbo in 2020 to undertake Certificate II and III in Captive Animals. This not only expanded her knowledge but also her love of all creatures great and small. In 2022 the team at Gunnedah Vet Hospital welcomed Georgia while she studies Certificate IV in Vet Nursing and she has become a valuable team member.

Georgia shares her life with her lively red cattle dog Milly and her tortoiseshell cat Smudge. In her spare time you will find her reading, sketching or strumming a tune on her guitar.

TAHNI HEWITT

Tahni grew up in Gunnedah, completing her schooling at Gunnedah High School. Since then she has attained Certificate III in Animal Studies in 2018. Her Veterinary nurse career started in 2020.

Tahni volunteers with the local RSPCA branch here in Gunnedah as well as dedicating her time as a WIRES wildlife rescuer and carer.

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