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 two beloved dogs – a Pugalier (Ned) and a Boxer (Bruno).

Barb 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), two cats (Mable and Barney), two steers (Bill and Bert), one sheep (Timmy), one goat (Daisy) and a multitude of poultry. 



Vanesa Bai

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Vanesa joins us from Brisbane QLD after graduating from the University of Queensland in 2021. Vanesa loves the variety of mixed practice life. She has a special interest in small and large animal surgery.

In her spare time, Vanesa enjoys baking, walking her Labradors Jabba and Hazel, going to the beach or simply relaxing at home with Netflix.

Alison Thomas

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Alison graduated from vet school in 2019 from James Cook University and spent the first 4 years of her career in the Top End.

Working with cattle and horses is her passion, and she certainly enjoys the variety of work in the clinic as well. In her spare time, you can find her playing polocrosse or running and hiking with her dog Kip.

Georgie Whatmore

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Georgie graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2021. Prior to joining us in Narrabri, she spent two years working in mixed practice at Warren.

Georgie enjoys all aspects of rural mixed practice, with particular interests in equine dentistry, cattle reproduction and all types of surgery. She loves the opportunity to get out and about for large animal work.

In her free time, Georgie enjoys spending time outdoors with her horses and dogs, travelling and playing social sport.

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 and two lovable english staffies (Ollie and Winnie).


Nikki Higgins

Veterinary Nurse

Nikki is currently working with us full time, whilst also completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, having completed her Certificate III in Animal Studies in 2021. 

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

She enjoys the variety that mixed practice life has to offer, and can't wait to get more hands-on experience. She also enjoys the opportunity to get out of the clinic and assist the Vets with large animal work.

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

Nikki has one cheeky dachshund named Ollie and an even cheekier Jack Russell Cross called Mallie.

Tori Geraghty

Veterinary Technician

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 in the garden or playing with her Mastiff X (Brandy) and entertaining her Tabby cat (Bruce).

Sherstyn Bonney

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Sherstyn is a local girl, having grown up in Boggabri and attending High School in Gunnedah. She moved to Narrabri in 2013, where she married her husband and had 3 beautiful kids – Wyatt, Boyd and Saskia.

Sherstyn has always wanted to work as a vet nurse after doing work experience at the Gunnedah Vet Clinic. At the clinic she enjoys the horse work – especially the dentals and the puppy cuddles, of course!

When not working, Sherstyn enjoys spending time with her family, going out to dinner and spending time with horses. She has 3 dachshunds (Henry, Rose and Poppy) and 2 ragdolls (Willow and Tilly).

Millie Bruce

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Millie started with us way back in 2019 when she was volunteering her time to help us out on Saturday mornings. Now we are lucky enough to have Millie with us full time while she takes a gap year after just graduating high school. Next year Millie will be off to university to study equine science.

Millie has grown up in Narrabri and when she’s not in the clinic you’ll find her chasing after her 3 dogs, Chloe, Axel (pictured) and Dolly or spending some quality time with her horses Red and Bally. If not chasing after her pets Millie also enjoys reading and watching movies.


Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Kirby is a Narrabri local who joined the WNVS team in 2023 to help out on Saturdays and in 2024 she joins us for some weekday work too!

Outside work, Kirby enjoys reading, studying her Cert II in animal care and spoiling the team by baking sweet treats!

She is pictured here with her pup 'Ellie'.

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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