Meet Our Team


Tony Atyeo


Tony has been at Gawler Veterinary Services since he graduated in 1973. First employed as an associate Veterinarian, he now owns the business and has expanded it to include our Smithfield and Tanunda branches. Tony's particular interests are Dermatology and Surgery but over the many years he has developed a range of skills in most aspects of veterinary practice.
His commitment to ongoing professional learning for the Vets and Nurses on the team ensures the practice continues to provide you and your pets with the best care and service available.

Chris Coad

Veterinary Practice Manager

Chris started at Gawler Veterinary Services in June 2004 and she has found this role to be a rewarding and fun change from an education background.  She loves working with the team here - they are a lovely, professional, caring group of people, making it a pleasure for her to come to work. When not at the clinic she loves to play with her two dogs, watch movies, garden and enjoy the company of her grandchildren. Life is good!

Michelle Starr

Veterinarian (BVSc (hons 1st class))

Michelle started at Gawler Veterinary Services straight after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2007. She has since developed a keen interest in Ultrasonography as a non-invasive diagnostic tool. She also has a particular interest in the more ‘unusual’ pets – rabbits, ferrets, mice, rats, and guinea pigs; and native Australian mammals including kangaroos and possums. Combining good listening skills with a considerate attitude, she is sensitive to the needs of both you and your pet, and does all that she can to ensure your animals are well cared for.

Michelle has recently adopted a lovely little terrier, Billy, from the Animal Welfare League as her four-legged friend.

Sarah Hill

Veterinarian (BVetMed)

Since graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1999, Sarah has been in Small Animal Practice.  She loves all aspects of her job, but has a particular fondness for her feline friends.  She is currently studying Feline Internal Medicine through a distance education course, so you may be referred to Sarah with your cat so you get the best care.

Sarah lives in the Barossa with her husband and two boys, a very cute rescue terrier and various farmyard animals including alpaca and sheep.  She is often found running or cycling around the hills.  Always up for a challenge, she even competed in the New York Marathon in 2015.

Chalette Brown

Veterinarian (BSc (pre-vet), DVM)

Originally from South Africa, Chalette has lived in Australia for more than a decade now.  Chalette is a graduate of The University of Adelaide, graduating in the first class from the Roseworthy Campus.  Chalette is married to a veterinarian as well, and they enjoy the company of 2 gorgeous Labradors, many goldfish and a cat named Hunter.  Chalette has a strong interest in treating pets with behaviour problems, and has now completed her memberships of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Behaviour.  She is passionate about helping to manage and address behaviour problems to keep your pet happy and worry-free throughout their life.

Outside of veterinary practice, Chalette enjoys travelling, Argentinean tango dancing and learning new languages.

Chalette is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her first daughter.

Michelle Lloyd

Veterinarian (DVM, BSc(pre-vet), BSc, BA, BHSc(hons))

As the newest member of our veterinary team, Michelle Lloyd has joined us after graduating from the Roseworthy Veterinary College in 2015.  Michelle actually started her career as a research assistant for the University of South Australia, before returning to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Adelaide.  She now enjoys returning to the Roseworthy campus occassionally as a tutor for the current students.

Michelle shares her home with her partner Henry, 3 rescue cats, and two dogs.  In her spare time, Michelle loves to read, potter in her slowly evolving garden, and sample the Barossa Valley's finest reds!

Nikki Price

Veterinarian (BVMS MVS)

Dr Nikki graduated from Glasgow University in 1979, then up skilled with a master's degree from Murdoch University in 2002.  She has working in the Barossa Valley since 1986 as a small animal veterinarian and has recently joined the team at our Gawler clinic.  Her interests include all things 'dog and cat' but prefers to share her life with an old cat called Warlock.

Teaching is also a passion and so on one day of the week she heads down to Adelaide to train veterinary nurses at TAFE and another day heads to Roseworthy to help with the surgical training of future veterinarians.

In her spare time music, in particular singing, is her hobby and she is Musical Director of the Kapunda and Districts Choir known as KaDenCe and is a trained classical singer and vocal soloist.

Nikki's other favourite challenge is bushwalking, and she has completed all 1,200 km of the Heysen Trail twice!

Connie Barker


Connie is the receptionist at our Willaston clinic where she performs a wide variety of tasks and helps keep the day working smoothly. She joined the team in 2008 with a background in retail and hospitality and has adapted to the position with her many talents. She loves her job and enjoys talking to clients and getting to know them.
Since the birth of her second daughter, Connie has settled back into the team seamlessly and is very happy to be back at Gawler and seeing all our clients again.  Outside of work, she is enjoying being a mother to 2 lively young girls.

Stacey Ellway


Stacey joined our Tanunda clinic in 2016 to serve as a receptionist.  Having previously worked with Apple as a computer technician and sales manager, this is her first time working in the animal industry, but she is enjoying the challenges this presents.  Stacey has found our clients and staff in the Barossa very welcoming and friendly, and is enjoying learning how to best look after your pets.  She has discovered that the diversity of animals and conditions seen makes coming to work full of interest.

With a family that includes 2 young children, a naughty young beagle and a bearded dragon, Stacey doesn’t have much time to herself, but enjoys reading or cooking when she can relax at home.

Jen McKinlay

Head Nurse (Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing)

Jen first joined the team at our Willaston clinic in a reception role, before returning to her vet nursing role.  She has now taken on the role of Head Nurse, and is enjoying the responsibility that comes with this position.

After 12 years of working for a UK charity, including 7 years in Sri Lanka (where she met her husband George!) and India, Jen decided to have a career change and returned to study to follow her true passion and became a qualified vet nurse in 2009. During her time living in Asia, she fostered and re-homed many stray animals, volunteered with street dog desexing programs and also helped out in an Indian vet clinic. Since her return to Adelaide, she has been working in small animal practices and jumped at the chance to join the Gawler Veterinary Services team and is loving every minute! Jen has several furry kids, including Penny, a car ride-loving elderly red Kelpie, and four mischievous cats named Leon, Cassy, Marvin and Basil. In her time off, Jen loves to go camping, travel anywhere in the world and eat spicy food.

Kylie Armitt

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing)

Kylie came to Gawler Veterinary Services after leaving an Aged Care career to pursue her true passion - veterinary nursing.

Having completed her studies she joined the Smithfield team in May 2010, and has since transfered to our Gawler clinic. Kylie is particularly keen on hands-on surgical nursing, and is enjoying the larger surgery load at our Gawler practice. She is keen to pursue further study in wildlife care and rehabilitation.

Kat MacDonald

Veterinary Nurse (In training for Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing)

Kat completed her internship at Gawler Veterinary Services in November 2011 and was lucky enough to be offered a position as Veterinary Nurse the following year. Kat has 2 cats, as well as another two dogs and a cat that live with her parents and she schedules in a visit a least weekly to see them. Kat's goal is simply to be the best Vet Nurse she can possibly be and believes that GVS is the perfect place to achieve that. She is quite inquisitive and is constantly asking questions at the clinic; picking the brains of both nurses and vets alike.

Kristy Taylor

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 2 in Veterinary Nursing)

After initially studying business and international studies, Kristy soon realised that her love of animals needed to take a more pivotal position in her career.  Kristy has been in the animal industry now for over 10 years, most of that time working as a veterinary nurse in both general practice and emergency centres.  She has also spent 2 years working with Guide Dogs on the breeding and puppy development program.

Kristy has been working casually on and off at Gawler Veterinary Services since 2014.  In September 2015, she jumped at the opportunity to take a permanent position, and is now based at our Tanunda clinic.  Kristy loves the interaction with clients and their pets, and has a particular interest in emergency nursing as well as assisting with all species of animals.  Kristy has also hand-reared and cared for many orphaned kittens, puppies, rabbits and birds in her career.

Kristy balances part-time work with spending time with her husband Chris, their two young daughters Charlee and Billie, and their dog Chilli and cat Aurora.  They are often found on family day-trips, watching movies or doing arts & crafts together.

Dianne Maunder

Veterinary Nurse (BIT, Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.)

Dianne joined Gawler Veterinary Services after completing her work placement with us for her Tafe course.  Having previously completed a Bachelor of IT, and worked as a computer programmer, business analyst, and owned her own baking shop, Dianne decided to follow her heart by becoming a veterinary nurse.  She particularly enjoys the ongoing learning in this position, and loves getting to know our clients and their pets, and providing the best patient care throughout their time with us.  She has an interest in laboratory and microscope work for her patients.

Dianne has a very soft spot for West Highland White Terriers, owning a Westie called Winnie.  She also continues to enjoy baking and gardening, or loves to relax with a movie after work.  One day, she would like to travel and volunteer in 3rd world countries to help improve the lives of animals around the world.

Bindee Davis

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing)

Bindee calls Darwin home, but is enjoying living in Adelaide while she works her way through university study to become a veterinarian.  Working with us at Tanunda when her university demands allow, Bindee brings several years of nursing experience with her, and particularly enjoys nursing any wildlife that is seen through our clinic.  She also has an interest in working with education and dog health programs in the more remote rural communities around Australia.

A true animal-lover, Bindee currently looks after 2 chickens, 2 cats, 1 dog and a snake.  Outside of work, Bindee also enjoys playing the guitar and card making, and when she gets the chance she tries to travel around the world, especially to 3rd world countries, experiencing different cultures and ways of life.

Kerry Tomlinson

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing)

Coming to Gawler Veterinary Services with 20 years nursing experience, Kerry has proved herself a valuable addition to our nursing team.  She has a particular interest in nursing your pets through surgery, and has completed her certificate 4 in surgical nursing on top of her general nursing training.

Kerry has adopted a cat called Luna, which her son loves to play with.  Outside of work, Kerry enjoys keeping fit at the gym, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Kerry is currently on maternity leave for the birth of her second son.

Joy Piasente

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing)

Joy has recently joined our nursing staff with 10 year nursing experience in a variety of clinics.  Having always loved animals, she started with volunteering through the animal welfare league, before realising that she needed to follow her dream to become a veterinary nurse.  She has quickly established herself as our resident 'crazy cat lady' with her love of all cats.  With an interest in the one-on-one surgical and hospital nursing, she enjoys spending the time with each patient to ensure they get the best care.

Living with a clouder of cats, a fighting fish, and Gus the Mystery Snail, her time away from work is often spent looking after her own pets, and helping with a private cat rescue and rehoming organisation.  Joy also enjoys spending time with her crafts, doing some gardening, and is learning figure ice-skating.



Hugo is a boy who was doing naughty things at his other home once a new baby arrived.  He came to live at the Willaston clinic, and after a settling in period has taken charge of the office area.  Now into his senior years, he looks to have a long and comfortable retirement ahead of him.


Front Office Manager

Jimmy lives at our Tanunda clinic and is very much a part of the team there.  He is a large, charming, vocal and affectionate cat who loves attention and is happy to sprawl on the counter and get in the way of the eftpos machine (which he uses as a pillow).  He is not afraid of standing up to any size of dog in the waiting room too, often to the surprise of the 50kg rottweiler in front of him!  Jimmy is being treated for chronic inflammatory bowel disease, but has reasponded incredibly well to the medication and is back to his normal self.


Client Relations

Edna is the latest addition to our four-legged family.  Edna came to us as an abandoned kitten, but to our surprise Jimmy accepted her well at Tanunda, so Edna joined our Tanunda Clinic.  Still acting like a kitten, Edna enjoys chasing things around the clinic, getting into any boxes or other nooks she can squeeze into, and greeting people and animals to the clinic.  She is also learning how to get into trouble with Jimmy!

No data to display
No data to display
No data to display