Meet The Team
Cammy and her family moved to the Adelaide hills when she was 11 years old. From a very young age Cammy was animal obsessed and spent most of her waking hours on the back of a horse. It was this love that steered her toward a career as a veterinarian. At vet school she met Michael and they started dating just before graduating in 2007. Together, they travelled overseas to Florida to practice as small animal vets and discover life abroad.
A few years later, they were homesick and ready to return to the land of plenty. Within a couple years of being home they were married at the Adelaide zoo. Upon moving back to South Australia in 2010, Cammy was once again drawn to the Adelaide Hills. She quickly found work at a small animal clinic in Mount Barker where she met Melinda and Simone as well as many of the wonderful people and pets of the Mt Barker and Nairne community.
In 2016, Cammy and Michael decided to test their marriage and open a new clinic in Nairne, and so Nairne Vet was born. They were delighted by the reception of the local community. In 2017, Michael, Cammy and their 4 fur children (Cooper, Murphy, Mufasa and Squid) welcomed a furless baby named Lincoln. Two years later, they were delighted to welcome Rory to the family.
Afterhours, when she isn't running around after the small children, Cammy still enjoys horse riding as well as soccer, hiking and snow-boarding. At work Cammy has developed her interest in diagnostic imaging and gained her Membership in Small Animal Radiology. Her special interests at work include ultrasonography, radiology, internal medicine and dentistry.
Born and raised in Perth, Michael finished vet school in 2007. His family (Mum Liz, Dad Peter and brother Ben) remain in Perth and regularly offer (or threaten?) to dress up in animal costumes to promote awareness about Nairne Vet every time they visit. He and Cammy had started a relationship only months before graduating and, with Cammy moving to the US for horse trials, decided to go on an adventure.
They wound up in Ocala Florida while Michael worked just north in Gainesville, home of the University of Florida (go gators!). It was here they adopted Cooper – an Australian Shepherd, - Murphy – a Nova Scotian Duck Tolling Retriever X – and Mufasa – a Domestic Short Hair. The latest addition to the family, Squid (aka Squiddle, Kitten) is the Mini Me of Mufasa and came in June 2015 while Cammy was working at a vet clinic in Mount Barker.
After nearly 3 years the pull of home became too strong and the family moved back home. It was decided (by a vote – Cammy 2, Woody 1) that Adelaide would be their new/old home. After spending 18 months enjoying locum work (including periods at Stirling and Balhannah) he took a permanent position at Old Reynella. The team here inspired Cammy and Michael to open their own practice, with the community of Nairne and the beauty of the Adelaide Hills too appealing to pass up.
Around work he likes surgery, bossy dogs, pocket pets and “a little bit of everything”. Outside of work his interests include soccer, fishing, golfing, hiking and “a little bit of everything”. Cammy and Michael were married in March of 2013 at the Adelaide Zoo. They try to spend most Sunday evenings in Hahndorf with their family where George (mother in law) is known to cook up a feast - if you're lucky you might even find some of her famous cookies at the clinic! She also decorated the clinic with eye catching artwork while Mick (father in law) is the book-keeper and handyman of the clinic. Both their families support has been tremendous through the creation of Nairne Vet, something that will never be forgotten.
In 2017 the Woodworth family grew again with the addition of the first furless child, Lincoln. His hobbies include raiding the Reese's and lollipops or reorganising the (fresh) cat litter. 2019 saw the addition of a second furless child, Rory. He's quickly adapted to the fast pace the clinic has set for the family and now also joins Lincoln in re-organising the clinic.
Cale was born and grew up in Adelaide. He always loved the ocean and animals and completed a degree in Aquaculture at Flinders University prior to moving to Melbourne to pursue his veterinary dream. He finished his Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2011 with Honours and after taking a few months off to travel through South America settled into a job in a busy small animal hospital in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide.
It was there that Cale first met Cammy, Simone and Melinda. Although Cale enjoys all areas of the job he has developed a keen interest in Small Animal Medicine and now has his membership in this interesting and challenging field. With his background in Aquaculture he also loves to see aquatic animals as well.
Outside of work Cale loves to travel abroad and keep active when home with kayaking, camping, fishing, hiking, running and heading to the gym. He also has a keen interest in marine aquariums. Above all though he loves spending time and sharing his adventures with his wife Yvette, their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Nala, and their rescue cat, Pebbles. In 2019, they welcomed their first human baby, Isobel into the world.
Amy was born in Naracoorte in the Southeast of SA and spent her childhood years on a farm near Lucindale. Upon completion of her schooling in Adelaide, she moved to Perth to study veterinary science at Murdoch University, graduating in 2009. Since becoming a vet, Amy has worked in a variety of veterinary practices including, small animal general practice, emergency practice and shelter work, as well as a couple of stints of volunteer work in outback Australia and South America.
A highlight of Amy's career so far was spending 2 years working as a locum vet in the UK, where she worked in many different practices and travelled across Scotland and England. One of her favourite jobs whilst in the UK was working for a large RSPCA charity animal hospital in London, where she treated everything from dogs and cats, to hamsters and snakes! It was during this time she met her husband Richie, who is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She managed to convince him to give Aussie life a go and they now live in Uraidla, enjoying life in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Amy and Richie have 2 year old son, Rupert and are excited for him to be a big brother in late November 2021.
Amy enjoys the diversity of general practice and has interests in ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery and behavioural medicine. Amy is currently undertaking further study in veterinary behaviour and is enjoying expanding her knowledge in this challenging yet rewarding area.
When she is not at work, Amy enjoys gardening (although this often involves trying to keep the chooks out of the veggie patch), cooking, hiking, camping, travelling and of course - good South Aussie food and wine!!
Simone was born in Zimbabwe. She grew up on a farm and at the age of 15 she moved to New Zealand with her family. Simone lived in New Zealand until she was 23, gaining a Bachelor of Science, then emigrated to Australia to work at a Pony Stud in the Adelaide Hills. Shortly after this she gained employment in the veterinary industry (at a Mount Barker veterinary clinic) and has been working in this field ever since.
With her husband Luke, she recently purchased a house so their fur child Herbert the domestic longhaired cat and Peanut the Springer Spaniel could finally have a back yard. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit, playing hocking and polo.
Here at Nairne Vet Simone's "happy place" is ensuring your pet's needs are fully looked after, whether that is in hospital or surgery.
Melinda has been a veterinary nurse for over 20 years and is still as passionate about animal advocacy now as she was when she first started. At the age of 4 Melinda already knew that she was going to work with animals one day and unlike many people she has been lucky enough to live the dream.
If being a vet nurse isn't busy enough at home is also a menagerie. She has a husband Stephen and 2 daughters Katherine and Emily. They also have two very friendly and energetic Jack Russells called Polly and Maisie and a Nairne Vet adoption kitten, Stewie. So there is never a dull moment in the household.
In Melinda's own words;
"I feel very privileged to be part of the Nairne Vet team. Not only am I working with 2 passionate and highly experienced vets in Cammy and Michael, they happen to be pretty fantastic bosses too. I'm also excited to be working with Simone again (having previously worked together at a Mount Barker vet) who is an amazing surgical nurse and genuinely lovely person. If all of that wasn't fantastic enough I also get to work in my own community helping the people and pets of Nairne and surrounding districts. I look forward to meeting all of our new clients and their furry friends."
Renae grew up on a dairy farm in Jervois, SA. Living with cows, sheep, chooks, ducks, dogs, cats and a miniature pig called Albert, she quickly developed a passion for helping animals. The laundry at home often housed orphaned animals whom the family were hand-raising.
Upon finishing school, Renae started working at a mixed animal vet clinic in Murray Bridge where she gained her nursing qualifications.
During this time Renae met her husband Brad and they now live in Nairne with their 3 children Lucy, Sophie and Henry, as well as Eddie the Spoodle, and 2 cats Alfie and Moss. Waffles and Tripp; two dwarf lop eared Rabbits have just joined the ranks.
Renae joined the team in October 2016 and works part-time in all areas of the clinic with a special interest in pathology. She is thrilled to be working in her local community, alongside a wonderful passionate team.
Bridget came onboard as a Trainee Vet Nurse, realising her longstanding dream of working in the Animal Industry. When Bridget was a child, she was that animal-obsessed little girl, bedroom plastered with posters of ponies, puppies, bunnies, kittens etc, ready to chew any and everyone’s ear off about all things animals. As she grew up she realised she should probably filter that but now, Bridget is thrilled to have landed in an environment where she can talk animals non-stop, amongst equally obsessed people. Finding the work equal parts challenging and rewarding, Bridget feels quite honoured to be given the opportunity to learn from such a lovely, knowledgeable, well-respected group of mentors in the team at Nairne Vet.
At home in Belair, Bridget is mum to Nala the Golden Retriever, Chilli the Lhasa Apso x Maltese, Stevie the Ragdoll cat and Wendy the Siamese. They keep her pretty busy in her spare time, although she loves to escape them for a holiday here or there. Otherwise you’ll find her having a wine with husband Harry, friends and family, likely boring them with stories about animals.
At the start of 2021, beautiful baby Hazel was born who now keep Bridget and Harry very busy.
Kirsty grew up in England, moving to the Adelaide Hills in 2003 with their very much adored family chocolate Labrador, Bonnie.
She met her now husband Steven in 2006 and they built their home in Mount Barker in 2012 and now have a menagerie of animals. A CRAZY chocolate Labrador called Miley, a golden retriever called Fletcher and 4 cats Dustin, Pippa, Nelly (Nairne Vet adopted kitten) and Penelope (Nairne Vet foster failed kitten). She also has 2 budgies, Jobe and Bob and 3 chickens.
Kirsty loves to foster kittens for the clinic, her first ever litter being 3, grey, 2 day old kittens, which needed syringe feeding around the clock. Luckily Renae and her sister Jennie and nephew Archie adopted 2 of the kittens so she can see them regularly.
Outside of work, Kirsty loves to watch sport, especially AFL and the Essendon Football Club. She also loves to travel overseas, Singapore being her favourite place in the world.
Heather was born and raised in Adelaide and has always been drawn to animals, finding them often easier to relate to than people. This, along with being caring and compassionate in nature, is what sparked her keen interest in the vet industry. Growing up with 2 cats, a rabbit, a guinea pig and then dogs, after gently persuading her parents to let her have them, it was clear that her happy place was with pets.
Heather and her high school sweetheart Adam bought their first home in Nairne in January 2020 and was then lucky enough to join the team at Nairne Vet a few months later. While Heather enjoys all aspects of her work, she particularly enjoys surgery and loves learning new skills when scrubbing in and assisting with procedures.
When Heather isn't at work, she is hiking/walking with Adam and their 2 rescue dogs Layla and Phoenix, visiting her cute baby nephew in country SA, reading any book she can get her hands on or planning travel adventures. Heather's other passion is Korfball. She and Adam have been fortunate enough to travel the world with the sport and in 2013, they spent a year living in the Netherlands to further their skills. Currently Heather coaches the A grade team for North Adelaide Korfball Club (GO ROOSTERS!)
While completing her Certificate IV in vet nursing, Amy joined us for a week of work placement, almost a year later she joined the team as a junior vet nurse.
Due to her parents not being obsessed with her childhood cat destroying their new couch, all her other attempts to bring animals home resulted in a small collection of pocket pets that could live in her room. Due to this she currently shares her room with 2 rats, Honey and Star and a frog, Riceball. Her most ambitious room-mate to date was a 10ft long albino carpet python named Thor.
Still at home in Crafers, Amy has a love for small creatures and is glad that she regularly gets to see small pets like rabbits and ferrets at the clinic - along with all the native wildlife of course!