Dr Michelle Monaghan
Michelle graduated from the University of Queensland in 1998 where she was an avid endurance rider and endurance veterinarian. Michelle came to work at Lithgow Vet Hospital for two years as a new graduate. Michelle then worked and travelled overseas, competed endurance horses, attended parelli clinics with her arabian and then spent some time learning about alpacas in the Hawkesbury, before returning to Lithgow in 2005 and later purchasing the practice in 2007. Michelle has completed the equinology massage course (basic and advanced), the equinology equine myofascial release course as well as the equine podiatry course offerred by Andrew and Nikki Bowe at Mayfield, Vic and is very interested in equine laminitis and nutrition and barefoot trimming and hoof boots.
Michelle and her menagerie live at Lowther on acerage and over her time in Lithgow she has collected highland cattle, boer and dairy goats, sheep, maremmas (as well as your random strays from the clinic), moggies, burmese and maine coon cats, alpacas, arabian and standardbred horses, chickens, ducks and quails. The love of her life however is a white boxer called Beetle that arrived as a stray at the clinic many years ago.
Michelle is a memer of the AVPMA, AVA and EVA and special interests groups for cattle and alpacas. She is also a member of the Johnes MAP and Q-alpaca program. Michelle regularly travels overseas for conferences with the most recent being a trip to Peru for the Australian Alpaca conference and a feline conference in 2015 and equine hoof & nutrition symposium in Daylesford, Victoria.
Veterinary Practice Manager (VN Cert 4)
Chloe is our part time Practice Manager. She was born and bred in Hampton but now resides in sunny Portland with her 3 dogs, 2 goats, 2 donkeys, 2 cats, a rabbit and various chickens and ducks.
Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice), RVN)
Erin spent her childhood in the Blue Mountains before moving over the hill to high school in Lithgow. She joined us here in 2009, working part-time while she studied for her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. She became fully qualified in 2011 and now works at the hospital full-time.
She has a special interest in Equine health, specifically Podiatry and Metabolic diseases, though she likes to try her hand at a bit of everything.
Erin owns a Quarter Horse x Paint mare, ‘Lexi’, that she has had since a baby. Having broken her in herself, she now enjoys training and competing in Dressage with her. She also likes to draw and write in her spare time.
Erin has just finished her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing – General Practice and also enjoys drawing portraits of people’s pets.
(Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)
Vanessa grew up in Tamworth before moving to Sydney for five years. She also spent some time in Dubbo before coming to reside here in Lithgow.
Vanessa has been a qualified Veterinary Nurse for nearly eleven years and she is also our clinic’s resident dog groomer (with the occasional cat as well!).
Her hobbies include playing netball, reading and also Rabbit Hopping, where she races her pet bunnies over little jumps! She also loves spending time with her family and on the weekend she likes to go camping with friends, but only in the warmer months!
Ange is the newest addition to the Lithgow Vets family. She's excited to be our receptionist as she loves working with people who have a love for pets just like she does, and she has found working here to be incredibly rewarding. She has lived all over, from the Blue Mountains, Canberra, London and now here in Lithgow. She says having the coolest four kids ever is her greatest achievement. One day she'd love to have the courage to skydive, travel Europe with her family, and stay up on a water ski for more than 10 seconds without face planting.
Ange has a beautiful German Shepherd name Rex. She also loves succulents, making candles and anything vanilla.