From age 5 Helen wanted to be a vet after spending weekends and holidays at her friend’s farm. Many magical days were spent exploring on horseback and caring for the various animals on the farm.
Helen graduated from University of Queensland in 1980 and worked her first year in a mixed practice in the Lockyer Valley (Queensland). As the first female vet to work in the Lockyer Valley in Queensland she received a lot of disbelieving looks from farmers back in the 1980’s.
Helen moved to Canberra in 1982 and her veterinary skills have continued to grow. She is a passionate lifelong learner and encourages all staff in pursuit of further study – she certainly leads by example! Over the years, Helen has participated in distance education in medicine, surgery and ultrasound, is a qualified veterinary acupuncturist and most recently has added animal behaviour qualifications to her long list of accreditation.
Helen finds veterinary practice immensely rewarding and challenging and gains great joy from the company of animals and the people who care for them.
Helen and her husband Andrew love bushwalking, and have trekked in many places both within and outside Australia.
Lesa graduated from Sydney University in 1992 and spent her first three years in a mixed practice in Inverell before leaving to travel overseas with a backpack. Nine years later, having worked in mixed practice in Edinburgh and then a busy small animal practice in London, she returned to Australia with her Northern Irish husband Tim, a daughter Zara and a border terrier named Reiver. Zara was joined by Callum (2006) and Fraser (2010). The rest of the family includes four chooks, a horse called Darby and the cats Tiggerlicious and Eeyora-anora and Allie the Kelpie.
While diagnostic imaging – Xrays and ultrasound – is her particular interest, she is enthusiastic about all veterinary subjects. Lesa has a lifelong love of learning that she shares with the rest of the team at Hall Veterinary Surgery!
Outside of the practice, Lesa enjoys many outdoor activities, swimming and painting.
Jim grew up on a farm, went to school in Dubbo, then studied Veterinary Science in Sydney, graduating in 1990. He started his vet career in a mixed practice in Armidale NSW, and eventually married one of the clients. After a stint in the UK, he worked in Taree for a couple of years before moving to Canberra in 1998.
These days he mainly works with small animals but lives the farm life with his family, including two children, a range of pets and cattle on a small acreage.
The family pets include Jack the Border Collie, Emily the Cattle Dog x and a pair of cats named Kat and Kim.
Outside farm work, Jim’s interests include gardening, travel, reading, photography, golf and bushwalking.
Jenny joined our team in early 2014, the pets in her care really appreciate her calm and gentle nature and in an emergency Jenny’s quick and clear thinking are amazing. Dr Jenny also works at our sister clinic, Canberra Cat Vet.
Outside of work Jenny enjoys reading, music, walking along the beach and spoiling her pets.
John came to Australia from New Zealand about in the early 2000’s and moved to Canberra from the South coast, leaving behind his love for snorkelling and scuba diving to indulge in his love for animals.
Although he is passionate about all species of animals that he works with, John has a special interest in cats and is currently studying cat medicine at a high level. We are lucky enough to share Dr, John with our sister clinic Canberra Cat Vet.
John is fluent in Mandarin, enjoys playing badminton, reading and exploring the depths of the internet.
Dr Peter makes everyone’s day a little brighter with his support, good humour and by generously sharing his vast veterinary knowledge.
After graduating from Sydney University with his Veterinary degree, Peter had a short stint as a meat inspection veterinarian before going into dairy practice in Mt Gambier. His next life-move with his wife, Trish was to Cowra into a mixed practice with more of an emphasis on equine reproduction, race track practice and companion animals.
1978 was a life changer when Peter moved into practice in Yass in a practice where there was a continual focus on self-development, continuing education and maintaining standards of treatment in line with current trends. Peter obtained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Anaesthesia and intensive care and was the anaesthetist for Canberra Veterinary Hospital equine surgery unit.
Peter moved on to develop Yass Veterinary Hospital into a 5 vet practice with 12 ancillary staff, twice winning the AVA Practice of Excellence in customer Service award.
Peter has also been active as a Rotarian, a board member of several local organisations, a member of the New South Wales division committee of the AVA, a board member of the AVA and vice president of the AVA for 3 years concluding in May 2014.
Retiring from full time practice in 2010, Peter has been undertaking locum work at several practices including Hall Veterinary Surgery.
Outside of his life-time vocation, Peter and his wife Trish, continue to enjoy travel adventures and being involved with their grandchildren.
Candice grew up on a small hobby farm in Warwick, Queensland. After completing her veterinary degree at the University of Queensland, she moved to Canberra to join the team here at Hall Veterinary Surgery. Her horse, cat and goldfish also made the move! Outside of work you’ll find Candice running, bushwalking, at the speedway or riding her horse – she loves the outdoors.
The varied skills of our veterinary staff is both broad and complementary. From cruciate repairs, pathology diagnostics, dental repairs, spey and castration surgeries, cardio work-ups to acupuncture and behavioural advice we have vets with the skills to help you keep, or return your pet to good health.
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