Staff of Para Hills Veterinary Clinic

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffKate Finney, Practice Manager

As Para Hills Veterinary Clinic’s practice manager, Kate’s duties include nurse rosters, accounts payable and receivable, data entry and payroll, as well as veterinary nursing duties, including anaesthetic monitoring, nail clipping, assisting veterinarians during examinations, and helping keep the hospital clean. She has an Associate's degree in Applied Science from the University of Adelaide and is a certified veterinary nurse. Kate joined our practice in November 2000.

"I like the way we treat everyone who comes into the clinic as a family friend," she says. "We are a group of people who are genuinely concerned about our clients' pets as if they were our own pets. We have a group of very experienced vets. They all strive to help every animal that walks through the door no matter how big or small. We're just an awesome team!"

Kate is kept very busy by her two young children and the family's many pets: two dogs named Holly and Bobby; four cats names Merlot, Chardie, Shiraz and Edgar; three guinea pigs named Blondie, Blacky and Bluey; a pigeon; and a cockatiel named Wilma. She spends her time feeding and caring for her animals and cleaning.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffDenise Renner,
Senior Veterinary Nurse

Denise has been a valuable member of the Para Hills Veterinary Clinic team since 2000. As a senior veterinary nurse, her responsibilities include anaesthesia, surgical nursing, banking, petty cash, ordering supplies, cleaning and reception. She has completed her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing.

"I love the medical aspect of my job and helping animals and their owners," she says. "I love the science involved and the challenges each day presents with different cases, species and their treatments."

In her free time Denise enjoys camping, fishing, four wheel driving, the beach and spending time with friends. She has lots of well loved pets: four dogs, four cats and Franklin, a long-necked turtle.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffJenny Wormald,
Senior Veterinary Nurse

Jenny joined the Para Hills Veterinary Hospital team in May 2012. She has completed her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing and her responsibilities include monitoring anaesthetics, answering phones, cleaning and reception. She especially appreciates seeing our hospitalized patients recover and go home wagging their tails.

"I enjoy working at Para Hills Vet Clinic as animal welfare is each staff member’s number one priority," she says. "We all get along as a team and can have a laugh together as well as maintaining a professional workplace. We all enjoy our jobs!"

Jenny has a Labrador named Abby and a grey tori domestic short hair cat named Lola. Outside work, Jenny enjoys travel, spending time with family and friends and taking Abby for walks on the beach. She also is involved with helping Koalas through Adelaide Koala Rescue.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffJill Weinert,
Clinic Manager, Senior Veterinary Nurse & Puppy Preschool School Coordinator

Jill joined Para Hills Veterinary Clinic in February 2008 and loves everything about her job, which includes veterinary nursing duties, running our puppy school and reception. She has over 20 years of experience caring for animals.

At home, Jill cares for two dogs of her own: Jessie, an English Staffordshire Terrier and Scruffy, a Jack Russell mix.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffSarah Orr,
Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, Puppy School & Junior Primary School Coordinator

Sarah joined the Para Hills Veterinary Clinic team in January 2013 and has her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Her responsibilities include monitoring patients, assisting anesthetics, assisting our veterinarians, admitting and discharging patients, cleaning and running puppy preschool classes. Sarah has impemented a Junior Primary School here at our clinic where we offer advanced training classes for older puppies.

This field has been my passion since I was young," she says. "My passions are helping all animals in need and offering the best health care possible. This clinic enables me to develop my skills at an advanced level."

Outside work, Sarah is a registered breeder of golden retriever, shows golden retrievers and is a member of the Golden Retriever Club of South Australia. She has six golden retrievers of her own: Marlowe, Keely, Kobe, Laiken, Hallie, and Tully. She also has a ragdoll cat named Jensen and a domestic shorthair cat named Jemy. Her hobbies also include taking her dogs swimming and for walks in the park.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffMikaela Harbottle,
Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse & Puppy School Instructor

Mikaela joined the Para Hills Veterinary Clinic team in March 2013 and is pursuing her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Her clinic responsibilities include reception, animal care, communicating with our clients, cleaning, assisting anaethestics, monitoring patients, and assisting our veterinarians.

"I enjoy being able to help the animals in need. Unfortunately, animals don't have voices so it's up to us to be able to determine what they're feeling and assist in their road to recovery," she says. "Nothing makes me happier than to see an animal who was brought in unwell walk out the door healthy."

In her free time Mikaela enjoys spending time with friends, playing netball and exploring the Adelaide hills. She owns two pets, an English staffy named Loki and a sweet American staffy named Zira.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffSheridan Lee-Archer,
Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Sheridan joined Para Hills Veterinary Team in January 2011. She is pursuing her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Her responsibilities include answering phones, monitoring anaesthesia, customer service, assisting our veterinarians and cleaning.

"I like working at this clinic because the staff here are like family," she says. "They are always there when you need them."

At home Sheridan lives with a fun kelpie cross named Odie, and two beautiful Alexandrine parrots named Kevin and Wilson. She enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family, or curled up on the couch with a good book or movie.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffSharni Whitehead,
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Sharni joined the Para Hills Veterinary team in January 2014. Always smiling and efficient, her responsibilities include assisting our veterinarians and nurses when needed and keeping the clinic clean. She is enrolled in Roma Mitchel Secondary College.

"The Para Hills Veterinary Clinic is where I grew up and all the people in the clinic are like my second family," she says. "Everyone is very respectful and always has a smile on their face."

Sharni has two dogs, Jessie and Scruffy, and a guinea pig named Caramel. She spends her time outside work at school, playing soccer or dancing.

back to top

Para Hills Veterinary Clinic StaffJade Nicholls,
Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse & Puppy School Instructor

Jade Nicholls joined Para Hills Veterinary Clinic as a Kennel Hand in March of 2015. Her job responsibilities include general reception, assisting the veterinarians, caring for animals within the clinic and cleaning. She is studying for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing online through Open Colleges.

“I love working here as everyone is really friendly, supportive and helpful. We really work as a team and rely on each other,” Jade says. “Each staff member brings different attributes and knowledge to the clinic so there is always so much to learn.”

At home, Jade cares for two dauchshunds named Barkley and Iverson and Muscovy ducks. In her free time she enjoys catching up with family and friends, caring for her animals, traveling and floristry.

back to top

Alierah Foley,
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Biography coming soon!

back to top

Hannah Bennetts,
Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Biography coming soon!

back to top

Tessa Smithson, Kennel Hand

Biography coming soon!

back to top