About Us

Who we are

When people come to see us at any time of the day or night, they are often entering the Adelaide Animal Emergency and Referral Centre with their best friend who is very sick or injured.  We understand that this can be a distressing time and that pet owners are seeking relief, hope and a solution to their best mates’ problems.  We are here for them.  We are here for you.

We are a group of people, passionate about animals, working for a proudly Australian owned company, where the drive to work every day comes from a calling. A calling to help those who can’t help themselves, the magnificent animals of our wonderful planet earth.

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”

– James Herriot

male vet holding cat with female

Our Staff

Dr Matthew Woodruff Registrar Small Animal Medicine

Dr Matthew Woodruff

Registrar Small Animal Medicine

Dr John Punke Specialist Small Animal Surgeon

Dr John Punke

Specialist Small Animal Surgeon

Dr Nick Pretorius vet

Dr Nick Pretorius

Resident Small Animal Surgery

Dr Kirsten Hailstone veterinary dentist

Dr Kirsten Hailstone

Registrar Veterinary Dentistry

Dr Richard Woolley holding a cat

Dr Richard Woolley

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Our Emergency Vet Team

Dr. Casey Jacobs
Dr. Jo Elliot
Dr. Felicity McGovern
Dr. Mario Morgos
Dr. Helen Palm
Dr. Erik Geiss
Dr. Brook Saloma
Dr. Alisha Richardson
Dr. Alice Robinson
Dr. Nick Male
Dr. Sarah Jayamarla 

Our Emergency Nursing Team

Amy
Annie
Fe
Angela
Charlotte
Chantelle
Chantel
Jaqueline
Jo
Lee-Anne
Sarah
Gillian
Renate
Francia
Caitlin
Denisse
Ellie
Loren
Mariana
Natalie
Teresa
Vikki

Our Surgical Nursing Team

Rhonda
Michelle
Marsha
Leanne
Caitlin
Zinta
Felipe
Kelly

Management

Diane Whatling – Business Manager
Elisha Barrow – Practice Manager
Sophie Harris – Nurse Manager
Dr Helen Palm – Vet Director
Dr Nick Male – Vet Director 

Our Dentistry Nursing team

Lauren
Lesley

Our Medicine Nursing Team

Stefan – Coordinator
Sarah
Francia 

Client Relations

Gretchen – Team Leader
Amanda
Cheryl
Kat
Maddie
Leanda
Liz
Michelle
Tamara

Our Animal Attendants 

Melissa

Our Radiographers

Justine 

Find out more about how we can help you