Veterinarians of Para Hills Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Trudy Seidel, Para Hills VetTrudy Seidel, BVSc,
Senior Veterinarian

Dr. Trudy Seidel grew up in Mount Barker, where she spent her childhood caring for and rehabilitating rescued wildlife. Supported by her parents and inspired by the local veterinarians who helped her in her mission, Dr. Seidel recalls wanting to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. A compassionate and attentive doctor, she places great emphasis on her long-term relationships with her patients and the families who love them.

"I love helping pets and animals but I also like the rewarding part of being part of a community, being able to talk with people about their lives and how their pets are part of their lives, how to improve the quality of their and their pet's life," she says. "I feel it is a great privilege to care for pets and to be an ongoing part of their life. I love getting to know people and being trusted to help them make decisions around their pet's health care."

Dr. Seidel earned her Bachelor's of Veterinary Science with first class honours from the University of Queensland. While there, she received an award for demonstrated care and commitment to wildlife.

Her professional interests include internal medicine, surgery, pain management, geriatric care and palliative care. She is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association, SA Division of Australian Veterinary Association, Australian Veterinary Dental Society, Veterinary Information Network, United Veterinary Group, Bayer Accelerate, Vet Education Online, University of Sydney Post Graduate Foundation, Idexx Learning Centre, and Australiana Veterinary Association New Graduate Mentor Program.

Dr. Seidel focuses all her free time on raising her two sons. "There is nothing nicer to me than watching my children play and laugh and learn," she says. "Apart from them I have a strong interest in animal welfare and animal rights." She has five pets: Jack, a border collie, and four rescued cats, Flippy, Mickey, Minnie and Sammy.

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Dr. Cathy Skinner, Vet in Para HillsCathy Skinner, BVSc

Dr. Cathy Skinner is a Senior Veterinarian with Para Hills Veterinary Clinic who joined our team in 2001. "I am truly one of those people who only ever wanted to be a vet," she says. "I do not know how old I was when I made the decision, or why, but the desire never changed."

Dr. Skinner spent her childhood in Oxford, England and Adelaide, South Australia, and attended the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, where she earned a degree in science and veterinary science. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Queensland. She is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and her professional interests include surgery, dentistry, medicine, acupuncture, and rabbit medicine and surgery.

"I love surgery – it is like doing a giant jigsaw puzzle but with more rewarding, lasting results," she says. "Getting to know my clients and patients is a satisfying component – some have become friends. The relationship generated is fulfilling – knowing you have not just the knowledge, but also the desire to help another living creature."

Outside work, Dr. Skinner enjoys cooking, travel, movies, water skiing and snow skiing, and spending time with her two daughters. She also cares for a domestic long-haired cat named Zed.

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Dr. Jae Ho Chung, Northern Suburbs VeterinarianJae Ho Chung, BVSc

Dr. Jae Ho Chung joined Para Hills Veterinary Clinic in February 2007. Originally from Busan, South Korea, he moved to Brisbane, Australia when he was 14 years old. Dr. Chung earned his Bachelor's in Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland.

His professional interests include diagnostic imaging and small animal surgery. He considers "building long-term relationships with our clients and their pets and taking part in the very special bond that they form" particularly rewarding.

Dr. Chung and his wife, Mikaela Park, have a daughter who was born in March 2014. The family has a red heeler mix named Novah, who accompanies Dr. Chung to work every day, and a cat named Nikkie. He spends his time outside work with his wife and daughter, and also enjoys playing the piano and playing baseball every Saturday.

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Dr. Jo Elliott, Vet in AdelaideJo Elliott, BVSc

Dr. Jo Elliott has been an associate veterinarian at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic since April 2011. Her professional interests include acupuncture and emergency medicine. "I enjoy science, animals, solving puzzles and working with people. Veterinary science seems to include it all!" she says.

An Adelaide native, Dr. Elliott earned her Bachelor's of Science in Anatomy and Pharmacology from the University of Adelaide and her Bachelor's of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland.

At home, Dr. Elliott cares for Leo, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Leah, a moggie cat. She enjoys spending her free time bushwalking, camping, jogging and laughing with her son and family.

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Dr. Tess Holm, Adelaide Suburb VetTess Holm, BVSc

Tess Holm has been a Veterinarian at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic since August 2006, but she's been involved with animals in a wide variety of settings since much earlier in life.

"I've always loved animals," Dr. Holm says. "I spent a lot of time camping with my family when I was young, and we all loved watching native animals; I remember many spotlight walks in the early evenings to watch kangaroos and possums."

Dr. Holm continued to pursue her passion for animals as she grew older, volunteering at her local veterinary clinic (Brighton Veterinary Clinic in Brisbane) starting when she was just 14 years old. By 16 she was employed at the clinic, and remained there as a veterinary nurse until she earned her doctorate from the University of Queensland, graduating with 1st class honours.

Dr. Holm counts veterinary surgery as her major professional interest, but her favorite part of working at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic is the chance she's offered to see the impact of her work each day. "I'm able to see my advice and treatment make a difference in the life of an animal and their owner, especially when it comes to improving quality of life," Dr. Holm says.

Dr. Holm and her husband Bryce have two children named Will and Alex, and their family cares for a Border Collie/Kelpie mix named Jasper. In her free time Dr. Holm enjoys fishing, volleyball, traveling, gardening, and spending time at the family shack on the Yorke Peninsula.

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Dr. Michelle Woolfall, Adelaide Suburb VetMichelle Woolfall, BVSc

Dr. Michelle Woolfall developed her interest in animals in need early in life, and she vividly remembers looking forward to walks along the Port River spotting dolphins and watching them fish, play and teach their calves how to survive in the wild. She became motivated to devote herself to helping them when she was young, thanks in large part to the inspiring example set by her parents. "As a child, Mum and Dad were always very compassionate when it came to sick pets or finding injured wildlife on camping trips, and this fueled the empathy I have towards animals today," Dr. Woolfall says. "My childhood pets were always considered a part of the family and there's always been a strong human-animal bond there."

Dr. Woolfall joined the team at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic as a Graduate Veterinarian in December 2014. She completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Adelaide, and went on to earn her doctorate from the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus. Her professional interests include internal medicine, preventative health care, and clinical and anatomic pathology. Dr. Woolfall is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association, the Veterinary Information Network, and the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.

She explains that she remains enthusiastic about being a veterinarian because of the way her position uniquely necessitates a fascination of science, love of medicine and passion about animal welfare. The best part, however, is a much simpler feeling: "The most memorable aspect of the job for me is the rewarding feeling I get when an animal starts to get better, transitioning from flat and lethargic to bright and responsive, because of something I did."

In her free time Dr. Woolfall enjoys snorkeling, painting, combing hiking with wildlife photography, cetacean research and welfare (contribution to field identification cataloguing).

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