Our Team

Our Vets


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.


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.


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.

Our Nurses


Lacey is a local girl born and raised in Gunnedah. She started her primary schooling at Gunnedah Public School and later graduated from Gunnedah High School in 2013. Lacey completed her work placement for Veterinary Nursing through the Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital whilst coaching Gymnastics and working as a barista and a barmaid locally.

Lacey is compassionate about all animals including wildlife and has two energetic pure breed Border Collies of her own, Max and Myah, and her cat Misty. Outside of work Lacey is a garden enthusiast who loves to travel.


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 where she has since adopted a lively cattle dog named Lexi. Sam is a music buff who enjoys camping and social gatherings in her spare time.


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.