Our Staff

Dr Emma Hall (she/her)The Wild Vet

BSc (Hons I), BVSc (Merit)
Head Veterinarian

Dr Emma Hall, also known as ‘The Wild Vet’ is our primary veterinarian and has over 15 years’ experience keeping birds and reptiles. In addition to being experienced treating dogs, cats and exotic pets, she has undergone extensive further education in exotic pet medicine and surgery, and has special interests in surgery and cardiology.

Dr Emma graduated with first-class honours from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Marine Biology in 2011, before studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and graduating with merit in 2016.

Since then, she has worked at several small animal and exotics clinics around Australia and has been offering a mobile veterinary service since 2018. Emma also has a keen interest in wildlife and spends her spare time tending to injured wildlife and mentoring wildlife carers, leading to her nickname ‘The Wild Vet’.

She is a strong animal rescue advocate. In addition to most of her pets being rescues, she has organised new homes for many unwanted pets or transported to no-kill shelters.

 

Liz Garling (she/her)

Certificate IV in veterinary nursing
Practice Manager

Liz has been the practice manager of The Wild Vet since October 2020. With over twelve years experience working in vet hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne, and a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing under her belt, Liz is an experienced addition to our team.

Although The Wild Vet is her first exotics practice, Liz immensely enjoys the huge variety of animals we see and treat every day. She loves being a part of such a fun and vibrant team that prioritises patient care and wellbeing.

From May 2022, Liz is off on her next adventure – having her first non-fur-baby! Whilst she is on maternity leave, Rosie will be taking over the role of practice manager.

 

Rosie (she/her)

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Practice Manager

Rosie is a full-time nurse at the practice and holds a Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

She is passionate about her career in Veterinary Nursing and loves all of her patients. She loves the wide variety of animals we see at the clinic from dogs and cats to snakes and turtles. She also enjoys the relationships that she gets to build with our clients.

During her spare time, she enjoys being with her fiancé and their 10 fur babies. She also enjoys travelling and taking the animals on adventures.

 

Dr. Jade Kingsley (she/her)

BA/BSc, BVSc, PgDip (animal physiology), MANZCVS (Avian Health)
Veterinarian

Dr Jade Kingsley earned her veterinary degree from the University of Sydney in 2012. She did so after studying and working in the pharmaceutical industry back home in Canada.

To gain further experience in wildlife and exotic pet experience, she pursued a number of internships and volunteering positions. These ranged from working at the Wolong Panda Centre in China, The Bronx Zoo in New York, Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, elephant hospitals in Sri Lanka and Thailand, and an exotics practice in the Northern Territory. Since graduation, Jade has worked in several exotics and wildlife hospitals, including the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital in Brisbane.

Jade enjoys both medicine and critical care of avian and exotic pets and has a soft spot for wildlife, working closely with wildlife care groups. In 2018 Jade completed her membership exams in Avian Health (MANZCVS – Avian Health) and treats all birds small and large, but does enjoy avian paediatrics.

Jade currently lives with her partner and two children, as well as a Pygmy bearded dragon named Alfred and a chocolate Burmese named Wookie. She enjoys travelling to remote areas of the world to treat wildlife and being outdoors, horse riding, rock climbing, kayaking, canyoning and scuba diving.

 

Kylie Walker (she/her)

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary Nurse

Kylie has a love of all things feathery, fluffy, furry and scaly.

She began her career mainly focusing on dogs and cats until one day a baby noisy minor came into her clinic. She took responsiblity to feed and care for the minor until WIRES could come to collect. She fell in love! So began her desire to work with more feathery friends and the focused shifted to the more exotic side of the veterinary industry.

Now her days are filled with befriending not just dogs and cats, but bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, snakes, bearded dragons, turtles, ferrets, fish, birds and wildlife.

She has 2 wonderfully cheeky Quakers of her own; Joeblee & Magoo, and one delightful sprite, Jeepers the caique, who you might just meet when you visit the clinic.

 

  Emily Diefes (she/her)

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary Nurse

Emily has been working full time with the Wild Vet since November 2021 and has been practicing as a vet nurse for 4 years, holding a certificate 4 in veterinary nursing. 

Emily has loved all things animal since she was a kid and has been caring for all sorts of feathery, scaley and fluffy pets for years which has led her to find her passion in the veterinary industry. Emily has mainly worked with dogs and cats before coming to the wild vet where she has always wanted to work at, to expand her knowledge for the care of exotic pets and wildlife. 

Emily her life at home with her cuddly ginger cat Demetrio, chaos causing tuxedo cat Bean and three golden-tailed geckos, Tina, Louise and Gene. In her spare time she enjoys sewing all things from pet bandanas and scrub hats to historically accurate corsets!

Emily was recently nominated, by her amazingly supportive coworkers, and won an award at the City of Sydney 2022 Local Business Awards for the “Outstanding Youth Award”. 

 

Shawnee Rose (they/them)

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary Nurse

Shawnee holds a certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has worked in the industry for 7 years at busy gp practices and 24 hour emergency and specialist centres prior to joining the Wild Vet team full time in May 2022.

They have always had a passion for all animals great and small, furry, scaly and feathered since they were young, bringing home injured wildlife or lost pets to care for and reunite with their owners.

Interested in welfare and enrichment, Shawnee volunteers for WIRES and helps run a rescue with 2 other Vet Nurses. This is how Shawnee adopted their 3 foster fail felines Buggy, Dendé and the differently-abled Abbie with Cerebellar Hypoplasia.

With an avid love for movement, learning and travel, Shawnee has taken their skills overseas to volunteer in exotic animal rehabilitation in Indonesia and South America and hopes to return overseas soon!

 

  Shannen Koppen (she/her)

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary Nurse

Shannen is our new Vet Nurse from West QLD! She has always had a strong interest in animals but while working on a remote cattle station became very passionate about caring for injured, sick and orphaned animals; pets, livestock and wildlife alike. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and worked in Longreach QLD for 2 years, at a small mixed practice, primarily with cats, dogs, cattle, horses and other livestock. Here she began volunteering with 3-4 wildlife carers in the region, covering over 500km, and found her love of wildlife and exotics, particularly Joeys and Raptors!

At home she has an amazing 2yo Kelpie X named Kip, who was a life saving blood donor dog back in Longreach! And a 9yo Jungle Python named Ry, who is simply a menace.

She loves to travel, and uses her travel to learn more about the wildlife of the world! In her spare time she is usually caring for wildlife, playing with her animals or on some ridiculous adventure (whether that is diving with sharks or a really intense Netflix binge) She is looking forward to volunteering in Africa later this year and all the new opportunities that The Wild Vet and city life have to offer, like UberEats!!!



Cathie (she/her)

BSN
Cardiac Sonographer / Registered Nurse / Assoc. Cardiopulmonary Tech.

 

Cathie has over 30yrs experience as a human Cardiac Sonographer with a background in Cardiac Nursing and Cardiopulmonary technology.

She has recently crossed over to the world of animals, and is putting her human experience to use with dogs and cats.

Cathie loves all furry four legged friends and is bound to be cuddling and playing with all our patients as well as sneaking them treats.

 

 


Our Commitment

To You

The moment you enter our clinic, your pet will be treated as a member of our extended family.

We endeavour to get to know you and your pets to the best of our ability, and their wellbeing is our number one priority. You can expect us to remember your pet’s birthday, when their vaccination and parasite prevention is due, how you like your coffee (or tea), and the names of your other family members. We understand that you lead a busy life, so we want you to know that we have your pet’s health needs covered.

We offer a personalised experience which is not offered by many veterinary clinics, not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Owners are involved in every aspect of your pet’s diagnostic workup and treatment plan, and we will equip you with detailed handouts so that you have a thorough understanding of all aspects of your pet’s illness. Upon hospital discharge, all test results are discussed in detail; and each pet is sent home with a discharge letter explaining all treatments your pet received.

We also offer wellness plans for clients wanting to ensure that their pet receives the highest standard of care (at a significantly discounted price!). For more information about our tailored Wellness Plans, click here.

 

 

To Your Pet

You may notice that our consultation process is different to most veterinary clinics. We have restructured our hospital to mimic that of human hospitals,  streamlining the consultation process and allowing your pet to be seen with minimal waiting time.

Our experienced nurses are trained to detect any serious illnesses, and to gain a thorough history of your pet. This will screen for emergencies, and ensure that the time spent with your chosen veterinarian is spent focusing  on the examination and diagnostics.

We believe in creating a fear-free space for your pet, and we understand that veterinary visits are often a stressful time for your pet. In order to minimise stress, we have taken several measures to ensure your pet feels as comfortable as possible during their visit. These measures include separate dog/cat/exotics waiting areas and consultation rooms, an assortment of tasty treats to distract your pet during uncomfortable procedures, pheromone diffusers in each room, comfy bedding in hospital cages, and most importantly – lots of cuddles!

 

To The Environment

 

Paperless Practice

At The Wild Vet we are committed to minimising our environmental impact. Our clinic is almost entirely paperless, therefore all consent forms and receipts are completed digitally. If you would prefer a hard copy of any of your pet’s paperwork, we are happy to oblige – just ask one of our friendly staff!

 

Minimising Plastic Use

At The Wild Vet, we aim to minimise plastic use whenever possible. Medications are dispensed in environmentally-friendly packaging wherever possible, and our pet shop is stocked with products containing biodegradable packaging wherever possible