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James

DR JAMES VOWLES
B.Sc, B.V.M.S., CMAVA

Owner / Veterinarian

I graduated from Murdoch University in 1997 and started my career at Murray Bridge Veterinary Clinic.
In 2000 I left the clinic and enjoyed a 12 month working holiday travelling through the Middle East, United Kingdom and Europe.

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Enjoying the lifestyle and opportunities Murray Bridge had to offer, I rejoined the practice and became a partner in 2001. My particular interests are equine medicine and surgery and small animal orthopaedic surgery.

Kathryn

DR KATHRYN INGRAM
B.V.Sc (hons), Bachelor of Rural Science

Veterinarian

I grew up in Dubbo in Western NSW and when I finished school I moved to Armidale NSW where I went to uni and graduated with a Bachelor of Rural Science. I did my veterinary training at Sydney University and graduated in December 2008. I then started work at Murray Bridge Vet Clinic also in December 2008.

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My main veterinary interests are in small animal medicine and surgery. While I was at university I spent 3 years doing after hours emergency work at Guildford Veterinary Hospital and developed an interest in emergency medicine. Since February 2009 I have worked on a casual basis at the Adelaide Veterinary Emergency Centre to gain additional experience in small animal emergency work.

I have 4 pets of my own, 2 dogs – Maddy & Hugo; and 2 cats – Mowgli & Ewok. Hugo is a rather large boisterous black Labrador cross from Labrador Rescue in the ACT and Maddy is an extremely energetic black Labrador from a breeder near Strathalbyn. Mowgli and Ewok both came from Guildford Veterinary Hospital where they were abandoned as kittens and hand raised.

Tristian

DR TRISTAN MARKS
B.V.Sc D.V.M.

Veterinarian

As a kid I lived in Port Macquire (NSW), Salt Creek (Coorong) and sunny Robe (South East SA), where I enjoyed the beaches, bodyboarding, fishing and diving. In 2000 circumstances shifted to the polar opposite when my family moved to China, where I enjoyed -30 degree temperatures, giant cities and air pollution, along with incredible food, people, lifestyle and experiences.

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 After finishing high school in China I returned to SA to start University. Animals and farming had been a strong influence growing up, spending time on family farms, owning pets and being exposed to some welfare issues overseas, all of which inspired me to study vet medicine.After graduating from Adelaide Uni I hopped across the pond to Oamaru, New Zealand, and worked in mixed practice for two years. This was a big dairy area but also gave me broad experience across small animals, sheep, beef cattle and horses, as well as the odd alpaca, pig, goat and yellow-eyed penguin. It also made for some of the best tramping (hiking), kayaking, snowboarding and craft beer drinking experiences of my life.At the start of 2017 I returned to SA and now live with my partner and gymnast Jack Russell in Mt Barker, enjoying life at the Murray Bridge Vet Clinic and trying not to sound too Kiwi when I talk.

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DR MOLLY ASHBY
B.V.SC, Bvet Bio

Veterinarian

I have a wonderful greyhound named Jack who has been with me all through university, I love to take him on walks to explore new places.

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Since returning to South Australia it has been great to spend time with family and old friends. I also love swimming laps and I am looking forward to travelling more when possible!

 

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DR MELISSA FRISBY-SMITH
BVSc. D.V.M

Veterinarian

I moved to Adelaide in 2017 to study Vet, and graduated last year. I loved working with large and small animals during Uni, so I was ecstatic to be offered a job at MBVC where I get to continue to work with all sorts of animals.

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I grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, overlooking a huge bush reserve, so I’ve always loved being out in nature with whatever animals I could find. I’ve always had dogs, and currently have Benson, a gentle but crazy Labrador. I compete nationally at dancing and cheerleading, and love taking my dog Benson for long hikes.

 

DR LUCAS HAILS

Veterinarian

I grew up in the Adelaide hills on a hobby farm with many different types of animals some of which included cows, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese and turtles. After schooling I moved to NSW to complete my studies at Charles Sturt University before deciding to move back home to Adelaide. I also represented SA in the 3km Steeplechase

 

DR MEG LEAREY

Veterinarian

 

AVA Practices of Excellende in Customer Service
Small Employer of the Year Award - Australian Training Awards 2011
Small Employer of the Year Award - South Australian Training Awards 2011