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, in 2019 they welcomed Rory. They didn't think life was crazy enough so in 2021 they added baby Jude to the Nairne Vet 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 lollipops and 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. In 2021 they welcomed baby Jude, it didn't long until he had everyone at the clinic wrapped around his little finger.
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.
Originally from country South Australia, Amy completed her schooling in Adelaide, before moving to Perth to study veterinary science at Murdoch University, graduating in 2009.
Amy has since worked in a variety of veterinary practices including general practice, emergency and shelter practices both in Australia and the UK. Amy is also a member of the voluntary veterinary organisation 'vets beyond borders' and has partaken in outreach vet aid work in South America, South Africa and remote outback Australia.
Amy enjoys the diversity of general practice ad her interest areas include ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery and behavioural medicine.
In 2021 Amy undertook further study in veterinary behavioural medicine through the University of Sydney and she looks forward to expanding her skill in this rewarding area of practice.
Amy livesin the Adelaide hills with her husband Richie and their two sons Rupert and Percy. When's shes not working as a vet or chasing her two boys around, Amy enjoys horse riding, hiking, pilates, gardening, cooking and travel.
Amy is currently on maternity leave until October 2022.
Nicky was born and raised in Adelaide, and wanted to be a veterinarian since she was very young, with pet dogs, guinea pigs and birds being important family members during her childhood.
She headed over to WA to commence her veterinary studies at Murdoch University in Perth, as there was no veterinary school in Adelaide at that time. Nicky here met Cammy and Michael, as all three were in the same cohort at vet school together.
On graduation she returned to Adelaide where she has worked in a range of GP clinics, and more recently emergency hospital work.
At home Nicky attempts to divide her time between her two very active young daughters, as well as caring for the Sluczanowski menagerie which includes a pair of highly indulged cats, Autumn and Winter; a flock of backyard hens; Zachary Quack the pet duck; a beehive; and Cyclops the rescue lorikeet.
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. 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, 2 cats Alfie and Moss. Waffles and Tripp; two dwarf lop eared Rabbits have also 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 Doug the ginger DSH kitten. 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 keeps 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 has the "Koop Zoo" which includes 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 3 budgies, Jobe, Bob and Sharon, a guinea pig called Rosie 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. Kirsty has fostered well over 30 kittens, who have now all found happy loving homes. Fostering is her happy place and time and loves neonate babies that need round the clock care.
Outside of work, Kirsty loves to watch sport, especially AFL and the Essendon Football Club. She has since started playing womens football for the Echunga Football Club. She also loves to travel overseas, Singapore being her favourite place in the world (the zoo is the most amazing zoo).
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 recently married in April 2022 after buying their first home in Nairne in January 2020. Heather 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 her pet rat, Honey 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!
After doing a week of work experience at a veterinary clinic in year 10, Lucy was offered a school-based apprenticeship to become a veterinary nurse. She has since been in the industry for over 10 years and has found a special interest in pathology, anaesthetics, and surgery. She loves that in this industry, you never stop learning and can never predict what each day will bring.
Lucy grew up in Nairne with her family, surrounded by animals - the family dog, many birds (one of which she hand-reared after being kicked out the nest), fish, guinea pigs, rabbits – the list goes on.
She now lives in her own home in Nairne with her husband James, their son Arthur, 2 dogs (Barney and Koba) and a cat (Ivy).
When Lucy isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, and travelling. Lucy’s in-laws live in Tasmania, so she is often holidaying there. Lucy has been lucky enough to travel to many places including Italy, Austria, Germany, Sri Lanka, Phuket, and New Zealand.
Lucy joined our team in February 2022 after being on maternity leave and is very excited to be working in her hometown, with a great, supportive team who share her passion for all things animals!