Meet Our Team

Dr Alex Keough
BVSc (Honours), BAgSc

Alex graduated from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2013. Alex is the proprietor of the business and more then anything loves to see pets and foster animals happy and healthy (and de-sexed!) back at home with their families. On the weekends you will usually find Alex has roped the rest of her family into renovating something at the clinic or working on her husbands business as well! Alex has a menagerie of pets, farm animals and kids at home and you might find one or two of them in at the clinic on any given day.

Sonya Leddin
Practice Manager / Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Sonya is our longest standing Nurse/Admin and has the ability to jump into any role whenever we ask her. In her spare time Sonya is owns and manages one of the local restaurants and hangs out with her growing family, their two dogs, Lila and Zeus and their cats Axle & Kovu.

Dr Sara Hodges

Bachelor of Animal Science, BVsc/BVetBio

Sara graduated from CSU in August 2019 and spent a year working in mixed practice before wanting to settle back in Wagga. Prior to Sara studying to be a Veterinarian, she had completed a degree in Animal Science at La Trobe University in Melbourne. This led her into working on a large dairy farm near Finley for a couple of years before going to CSU to earn her double degree in Veterinary Biology & Veterinary Science.

Sara has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and reproduction and can’t wait to meet all of our clients and their furry or feathered companions. Sara lives on a property outside Wagga with her partner and when not at work, she loves to be kept busy helping on the farm, working in the veggie garden or riding her horses in the sport of cutting.

Dr Ellen McDonald

Practice Manager

Bachelor in Animal Science with Honours / Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Science

Ellen is one of our two new practice managers.

Ellen has spent the last ten years researching reproduction in pigs whilst also lecturing both Animal Science and Veterinary Science students at CSU Wagga Wagga
Ellen spends her spare time with her family; including her husband, three children and many many animals on their small farm near Wagga Wagga. The family has four dogs Samson, Lorna, Jackson and Copper.
Outside of this, their family like water sports, camping and travelling.

Dr Francesca Male

Francesca is from Griffith NSW and graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2021 to take on a new-grad position at Lake Rd Vet. She has a special interest in small animal surgery and anaesthesia and undertook an Honours project assessing kidney function of dogs undergoing routine desexing surgeries.

In her free time, Francesca enjoys spending time with her husband and fur babies, reading, gardening, painting and playing the piano.

Dr Erica Davis

Dr Erica graduated from Charles Stuart University in 2021 and takes on a new-grad position at Lake Road Vet. We are excited to have her join our team.

Dr Susan Hughes

Dr Sue is an experienced vet with a passion for large animal practice, dog training and her family. She loves working at LRV and is enjoying returning to live in Wagga. She is presently living with her son and is searching for the right home to buy. Dr Sue spends her spare time training her champion collie dogs. She is has a great understanding of animal behaviour and has trained champion dogs for many years.

Priscilla Willcockson
Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Priscilla has been nursing for many years and joined the Lake Road family midway through 2016. She sneaks in early each morning to make sure that everyone is going well in hospital and greats them all with a ‘Hello, my babies’. When she’s not pampering your pets or helping out with surgeries she has a whole tribe of adopted, misfit dogs (and her recently adopted chook Pepper) to love and care for.

Nat Bathgate
Cert II Animal Studies, Cert III Animal Studies, Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

I’ve been working in the veterinary industry since 2005. First as a veterinary nurse and then grooming. I’ve been grooming for 7 years.

I am now a mum of 2 young boys. My hobbies before children were Softball, Trail Motorbike riding and fostering. I fostered and found homes for hundreds of puppies and dogs as a member of local rescue groups.

I have one dog, Mea (Bullmastiff x Staghound), who is 12 years old and one cat, Indi (Devon Rex), who is 7 years old. I also have two sheep and two alpacas. I would love to add a Rhodesian Ridgeback to my family in the future.

Tammy Field
Accounts Manager

Tammy is our Accounts Manager and part of our reception team. Although she can crack the whip when it comes to the bills at heart she is a bit of a softy and cares deeply about all the patients that pass through our doors. In her spare time she’s running around after her three boys (four if you include her husband).

Kyla Walmsley
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Hey my name’s Kyla, I’m from a farm out in Tarcutta. On my farm we have sheep, cattle, horses and crops. We have a lot of work dogs that are kelpies.

When I started my traineeship at Lake Road Veterinary Hospital I moved to Wagga with my partner.

I have two pets, a dog and a horse. My dog’s name is Turbo and he is a jack russel x fox terrier. My horse’s name is Abby and she is a pure stockhorse that I do team penning on.

I love coming to work and extending my ability to learn new and exiting things. I can’t wait to be a fully qualified nurse.

Jenny Duncan

I have spent most of my working life in banks starting as a machinist. I held lots of positions right up to Bank Manager.

I have four beautiful children and two gorgeous grandchildren who are the joy of my life.

I have a pet goldfish called Precious. He is very quiet.

I have lived in Juree since I was 4 and love the country life. Our little town keeps me very busy.

Montanna Taylor

Registered Veterinary Nurse/Assistant practice manager

I started my employment at Lake Road Veterinary Hospital fresh out of high school at the ripe old age of 17 as a part time kennel hand. After 12 months of my role as a kennel assistant, I was offered a traineeship in certificate IV in veterinary nursing.
Gradually, over my time at the practice, I have worked my way up the ranks and most recently started working as the Assistant Practice Manager.

In my spare time, you’ll usually find me with my amazing friends and hanging out with my beautiful rescue pets Bailey (Mixed breed dog) and Roy (big ginger kitty), who I adopted from the clinic’s rescue program, my other dog Rusty (Kelpie X coolie) and Cockatoo

I love coming to work everyday to help all of our beautiful patients, learn so many new things and mentor our younger team members ❤

Jacob Motha

Jacob is a casual nurse/patient care whilst studying Veterinary Science at CSU.
Originally from Wangaratta Victoria, Jacob moved to Wagga for his studies, leaving behind his three dogs, two Jack Russells, Jack (pictured) and Chloe (not pictured as she decided to jump in the dam instead) and Peggie a Smithfield Collie.
Jacob‘s passion for animals and Veterinary Science came from his family farm whilst working with their livestock.
Jacob spends most of his spare time outdoors, participating in activities ranging from mechanic work on machinery to clay target shooting!

Bethany Bayliss

Hi I’m Beth (pictures with Mac). I’m a 3rd year Vet student at CSU and interested in both large and small animals. I work casually at the clinic in a number of roles and love being part of the Lake Road team. It has been great to learn new skills and make new friends involved in the veterinary profession. I don’t have any animals of my own but absolutely adore fostering animals through the clinic.

Karley Cook
Purchasing Officer

Karley is our Purchasing Officer and a member of our reception team. While making sure all your pets food orders are being process and that the clinic has all it needs to run smoothly. In her spare time she’s managing her husband, two kids and ‘Mort’ the bulldog that you might see on another of the website pages.

Emma Huebner

Emma grew up in Leeton spending most of her time helping her grandparents on their farm.

She has always had a great interest in animals which has encouraged her to start studying Animals Studies to further her knowledge and her ambition is to be an important part of the care and well being of animals.

At home, Emma has 4 cats and 2 dogs that are of great importance to her family.

Steph Dew

Hey I’m Steph. I’m from Mangoplah, just south of Wagga. I have two kelpie dogs at home, Pip and Roo, which are both working dogs. When I’m not working at LRV I’m helping my family out on our farm in Mango. We have sheep, cattle, cropping and do a lot of contract work around the area. In my spare time I play netball for the local club (MCUE). I have learnt so much since starting at Lake Road Vet and can’t wait to learn more skills in the future.

Jesse Tanner

Puppy Preschool Co-ordinator

Entering into my final year of Animal Science and plan to complete the DELTA Dog Trainer Course after my degree.

I have always grown up around animals and was fascinated with training by using natural behaviours and positive reinforcement. (I trained my chicken in Year 9 to ‘come’, ‘sit’ and ‘get up’ on my arm.)

I have an Australian Kelpie called Poppy, my best bud, who loves our training sessions and adventures more than anything.

I also have two parrots that are challenging my skills as a trainer.

If we have a conversation about behaviour/training it could go on for hours so be prepared!

Jenna Birch

Hey I’m Jenna, I’m from the small town The Rock. At my house we have a number of pets, you could pretty much say it is a menagerie!
We have two dogs, three cats and 9 fat pearl scale fishies. My family also have 8 horses, 3 of which are mine. My horses’ names are Ellie, who loves everyone, Pony Face, the trick pony and Joker is the shy and quiet one. They all love carrots!

Renelle Napier

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Growing up on a farm, going to university and being involved in WIRES has given me a broad   knowledge base which I look forward to building on and making use of in my new role as a trainee nurse. In my spare time I do aerials, draw and play on my PS4.  As well I spend time with my husky x labrador Knox.

Jack Morris

Hey, I’m Jack, I grew up in Leeton and Albury so I have been around the Riverina my whole life. I have only just recently gotten into VET Nursing but I am really excited for this new adventure. Before working here I was a Rigger in Melbourne and Canberra, and before that I was an Acrobat!

Zara Carlson

I grew up on a property out at Humula, farming cattle and sheep as well as cropping. Growing up with a strong family connection in the horse world, I continued my Agricultural path into high school, attending Yanco Ag and completing my HSC in 2018.

I moved to Wagga earlier this year with my partner and since then have expanded our little family- having our daughter in October.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a deep love and passion for all animals small and large, having many working dogs, horses, cats and other animals on the farm,

I’m very excited to be starting my new position at Lake Road Vet and can’t wait to further my skills.

Tylah Delbridge

Hi I’m Tylah! I am a current Veterinary Science Student at Charles Sturt University and love working with all animals both large and small. I moved to Wagga from Newcastle to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and am absolutely loving it! I am currently undertaking a Cadetship with Lake Road Vet where I work casually at the clinic while I study until I join the team as a full time veterinarian when I graduate. I have two pets, a Border Collie named Koda and a rescue cat named Bond, and in my spare time I enjoy crafting, practicing music, and mountain bike riding with my partner.

Hannah Finemore

Hi my name is Hannah, I have had a love for Animals since the day I could walk growing up on a family farm with loads of animals from sheep, horses, chickens, cats and dogs. I am currently studying a certificate 4 in veterinary nursing, I have loved every minute learning and developing my skills as a consult nurse at LRV, my current animals that I own are my two horses Harrison and Bandit, my collie Harley and Rag doll kitten Luna.

Ava White
Abbey Caskie

I’m Abbey. I have a Cavoodle puppy who I absolutely love. I have a big passion for all animals and am hoping to get into the animal industry when I leave school. I started working at LRV towards the end of last year and have enjoyed every bit of it. It’s the perfect place for me to start getting my way into this industry.

Taylor Rutland-Grierson

Taylor is a consult nurse and is our 2IC of Puppy Preschool. Taylor enjoys working with our puppy parents to ensure the best outcomes for their puppies.

Amelia Steinbeck

I’ve been working in the Animal industry since 2013 in a salon in Canberra where I learnt how to groom all sorts of beautiful pups, while I was studying my cert II in animal studies. In 2017 I started studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at CSU. If I’m not studying or working I’m doting on my rescue pup Poco or hanging out with all my furry and feathered babies back at my home in Cootamundra.

Ivory Roberts

Ivory is enjoying her time as a new mother presently. She is an experienced vet nurse with previous experience as a practice manager. Ivory is loving her role as a surgery nurse at Lake Road Vet.

Alyce Dale

Hi, my name is Alyce. My love for animals developed at an early age and I have had many pets over the years including gold fish, budgies, dogs and even homing pigeons. I am currently a fur mum to a beautiful kelpie named Oscar who is loved very much.

Lorena Vega Casanova

I’m Lorena. I’m Colombian. I came to Australia 3 years ago and I’m in love with this country. I’ve been working in the animal industry for almost 10 years and its the best job ever. I really enjoy it. When I’m not at work I like be with my cat, study, do exercise and go out with friends. I’m a veterinarian in Colombia. I’m preparing my registration in Australia. I’ve studied Cert III in Captive Animals and I’m currently studying a Cert VI in Agriculture. 

Tatum Robertson

Hi there, I’m Tate. I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2020. I am currently studying Veterinary Technology at Charles Sturt University. I have loved animals and known I wanted to work in the Veterinary industry since I was a little girl. I have a 3-year-old Groodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle), Ellie, who has decided she is a cat-dog. I love all aspects of veterinary nursing.

Tessa Cross

Tessa is passionate about all animals big and small. She is a qualified veterinary nurse.

Lachlan Bailey

My is Lachlan and I am an up coming Vet Student that is currently finishing off his final year of studies with the intention of working on at Lake Veterinary Centre upon graduation. I have a keen interest in pursuing emergency medicine and a passion for caring for people and their fur babies. I love getting amongst the great outdoors with my own energetic furry companion Poppy and we love all the adventure that is on offer in the Riverina!

Tahni Nye

Hello I’m Tahni I’m 17 years of age. I’m a person who has a passion to help animals and when I found this job opportunity I had to jump on it!

Amelia Stephenson