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. She was fortunate enough to develop a partnership with a young horse called Jamie who took her through pony club and up the ranks of 3 day eventing to eventually compete at an international level.
It was this love for horse and sport 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. Since moving back to Adelaide in 2010, Cammy did some locum work before settling into 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 the last few years 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.
Afterhours she still enjoys horse riding as well as soccer, hiking and snow-boarding. Michael, Cammy and their 4 fur children (Cooper, Murphy, Mufasa and Squid) are excited to welcome you to their family owned practice and are thrilled to be a part of the Nairne community
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.
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 fiancé Yvette, their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Nala, and their rescue cat, Pebbles.
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, a grumpy domestic cat (who she dearly loves) called Shadow and a beautiful Bantam hen, Penny. So there is never a dull moment in the household.
In Melinda's owner 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 Mia. 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, Egg and Stevie the Ragdoll cats 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.