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 equine 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.

Laura Nesbitt

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Laura is the most recent edition to the WNVS team. After completing her university placement with us earlier in the year, she knew this would be the place to help her excel in her new career. Laura has joined us full time, and can't wait to meet you and your animals.

Laura grew up on a Charloais Cattle farm in Cooma NSW and graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2020. Laura has an interest in everything large animal, she particularly enjoys reproduction, equine work, and also small animal surgery. She is keen to have a go at just about everything. Laura has recently competed an equine dentistry course. 

In her spare time Laura can be found out on the netball field, riding horses, running with her beautiful kelpie Floss or out in the garden.


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 stray 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 (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

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. 


Nikki Higgins

Veterinary Nurse

Nikki is currently working with us Full Time, whilst also completing her Certificate III in Animal Studies. She is looking to further her education and inspires to continue on to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Nikki originates from Gloucester, where her family has a Hereford and Angus stud.

Nikki is enjoying the variety that mixed practice life has to offer, and can't wait to get more hands-on experience. She also enjoys the appreciation clients have after taking care of their animals.

In her spare time Nikki enjoy riding horses, socialising, and chasing cows.

Nikki does not have any pets (for now — watch this space)

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), 1 dog (Molly), and 4 cats (Tina, Chunky, Front Door Cat, and Dipsy).



Veterinary Technician

Tori is the latest addition to the WNVS Nursing Team.

Tori is currently working with us full time. She has relocated from busy Brisbane and is looking forward to working within the close knit community of Narrabri.

Tori completed a Bachelors of Veterinary Technology in 2018. She takes a special interest in orthopaedic surgeries, but enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing.

When she's not working you can find her on the cricket pitch, in the garden or entertaining her Tabby Cat Bruce.

Annabel Read

Assistant Nurse

Annabel is the latest addition to the WNVS crew. She joined us on a casual basis to help with our increased workload. Annabel is a born and bred Narrabri girl. She graduated from Calrossy in 2020, and is keen to experience life in a busy mixed practice.

In her spare time Annabel can be found on the sporting field, riding her horses or catching up with friends socially.

Annabel is enjoying the great variety involved in the day to day of the clinic.

She has two horses, Tika and Nancy and a beautiful new pup called Mabel.


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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