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Our Team of Veterinary Surgeons and Nurses

The Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Shoalhaven Heads Vet Clinics team consists of enthusiastic veterinary surgeons and nurses who have the common goal of providing the best care for their patients. We pride ourselves on team selection and internal training programs focusing on continuing education, and we have a broad range of skill sets and special interests.

Dr Anthony Bennett B.V.Sc (HonsI)

Dr Anthony Bennett VetAnthony graduated from Sydney University in 2004 with first class honours. His first job was at the Berry Vet Clinic, working for Geoff Scarlett and Geoff Manning, which enabled him to live on the family farm in Nowra.

Anthony gravitated towards the dairy cattle and small animal medicine and surgery aspects of the clinic. In 2005 Anthony sat and passed The Australian Cattle Association pregnancy testing exam. Soon after he became accredited with Animal Health Australia to manage cattle, sheep, goat and alpaca herds in their respective Johnes market assurance programs. Anthony is registered to manage sheep herds for ovine Brucellosis and is also an AQIS accredited vet for live animal export.

In 2008 Anthony took a half share in the practice and became partners with Geoff Manning. He is currently studying a Masters level diploma in equine medicine through the University of Liverpool in the UK, which is due to be complete in 2013. He plans to sit the membership exams to the Australian college of equine medicine.

Anthony is a keen sportsman and is an active member of the Berry and Kiama tennis clubs. He currently represents Kiama in the division 1 mens competition. Anthony has been a member of the Thredbo of Ski Patrol since 2003, and has been the vice-captain of the patrol since 2010.

Anthony is a currently the vice-president of the Berry Tennis Club and the honorary vet at the Berry Show. He works as a vet at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year, taking care of the Dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas. Anthony has supported the local endurance horse rides for a number of years and in 2010 was the head vet at the Shizada marathon endurance ride held in St Auburns.

Anthony lives on a property in Berry with his girlfriend Sidney Roberts, his two dobermans, Turtle and Savannah, his chihuahua Rory, and cat Ninja.

Dr James Carroll B.V.Sc (HonsI)

Dr James Carroll VetJames was born in Queensland and grew up between Brisbane, Wee Waa, Sydney and his parent’s current farm in Bundarra in Northern NSW. James graduated from Sydney University in 2004 with first class honours, and first worked in mixed practice in Northern NSW in Barraba and Manilla, gaining experience across all aspects of mixed practice. In 2007 James travelled to work in the UK where he worked until 2010. James worked in Northern Wales, Cambridgeshire and Kent in mixed practice and in a 24 hour Emergency Centre.

Following extensive travels in a campervan around Europe for several months, James returned to Australia with his wife, Ronnie, in 2010. James initially worked at Ku-Ring-Gai Vet Hospital in Sydney before moving to Berry in 2012.

James completed his AACV pregnancy testing exam in cattle in 2005 and the head vet course for vetting Endurance rides the same year. James is currently enrolled in a Masters degree in Small Animal Practice through Murdoch University. James has a special interest in small animal medicine, ultrasound of both small and large animals and in Bull fertility.

Outside of work, James is a keen cricketer and follows all sports avidly, as well as interests in travel and photography. He has a son, Charlie, who keeps him busy outside his work commitments, an old Kelpie called Bailey, a very friendly cat called Rex and a seldom ridden horse called Bill.

Bryden Krebs B.V.Sc

BrydonBryden Krebs was born in Griffith, NSW but moved to Western Australia at a young age so his mother could pursue her career in animal nutrition. Bryden had an unusual upbringing, living on a university teaching farm. He spent his holidays helping out with the university research involving sheep, cattle and horses.

It was a natural progression to Veterinary Science for Bryden, who undertook his degree at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Here he met his wife, Sarah, and they now live locally with their very spoilt Rhodesian Ridgeback, Nyota. Bryden has a keen interest in large animal medicine, but enjoys working with animals of all sizes. Out of work he enjoys playing hockey, catching up with friends and going to the beach.

Hannah Belling B.V.Sc

Hannah-BellingHannah’s great grandmother was born at Foxground and her extended family were local dairy farmers. Born and raised in Sydney, Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Sydney University in 2013.

Since she can remember she has holidayed at her family farm in Gerroa and considers the start of her professional career as a homecoming. Hannah has owned and been involved with horses from a young age, and looks forward to helping develop the equine side of the practice.

Dr David Ball B.V.Sc M. Sc (Hons) Dip. Ed.

DavidDavid was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia to study Veterinary Science at Sydney University. After graduation David worked in Tamworth for 3 years and then Taree. David then started a general veterinary practice in Wollongong called Cannon and Ball. Following sale of the practice, David and his wife Judy have realised that Berry is the place to be and they are in the process of building a home in the local area.

David is impressed by all things in the universe and particularly the planet earth. He brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the practice and is a fountain of knowledge on a vast array of topics.

Trish Rosa (Vet Nurse)

Trish grew up in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria. She did a dairying apprenticeship on the family farm and grew up surrounded by cows, dogs, cats, pigs, turkeys, geese, ducks and chooks…and caught A LOT of yabbies. Trish then met and married Kevin, and shifted to Gerringong in 1994 where they have raised their two boys. Trish enjoys photography, usually of our kids at their chosen sport.

Trish plays comp tennis every Thursday for Gerringong, who are renowned for putting on a great lunch! (and the tennis isn’t too bad either). Her family have one dog (Tiger), one guinea pig (Thomas – Murray), one rabbit (Captain Floppsy) and a few fish.

Trish initially thought she would be too emotional to be a vet nurse and worked in the dairy industry for 12 years before starting at Berry Vet Clinic in 2007. Trish is still very caring and compassionate…and often uses more tissues than the owners.

Kahlia Bugden (Vet Nurse)

Kahlia-Bugden-webKahlia was born on Woodhill Mountain and grew up in Berry. She has always had a strong interest and love for all animals, from dogs and cats to birds, horses and native wildlife.

Kahlia has worked with animals all her life and volunteers with a local wildlife group rescuing injured wildlife and is a qualified snake handler. Outside of work, she is interested in live music, horse riding and art.

Kahlia has been working at the clinic for over a year and is in the final stage of completing her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. She shares her home with Finn, a very talkative cattle dog cross who is also a Delta Therapy companion dog, and a wide variety of joeys, birds, echidnas and lizards.

Emma Walsh (Vet Nurse)

Emma-Walsh-webEmma grew up in Albion Park and moved to the Shoalhaven in 2005. She enjoyed a variety of sports growing up including netball, touch football and particularly horse riding through her local pony club.

Following a career as a retail manager, Emma began vet nursing in 2009, and in 2010 attained her vet nursing qualifications. She has worked in various local veterinary practices before starting at Berry Vet Clinic in 2013. Emma has a special interest in emergency first aid, dentistry, small animal pathology and a developing interest in cattle pathology.

Outside of work Emma has a keen interest in history and enjoys spending time with her partner Luke and two children Charlotte and Mila.

Amy Howes (Vet Nurse)

Amy-Howes-webAmy grew up in Sydney and moved to the Shoalhaven in 2008. Growing up, Amy enjoyed being surrounded by animals and learning about different breeds and species. This strong interest in animals lead her to pursue a career as a Vet Nurse; she completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2013.

Amy started at Berry Vet Clinic in 2013. She prides herself on great patient care and is a big softy who falls in love with every animal that walks through the Clinic’s doors. Amy loves working in a mixed animal practice and is especially interested in cytology.

At home Amy and her partner Tyler are ruled by their very free spirited two year old daughter Winter, their very sweet cat Boston and their two goofy staffies Bowie and Marley. Amy loves spending time with her family and pets, and if there’s a spare minute, burying her head into a new book.

Alison Blair (Vet Nurse)

Alison BlairAlison lives in Callala Bay, located in the beautiful Jervis Bay. She has always been interested in animals and has a particular soft spot for cats. She started volunteering at the Clinic early 2013, gained a position late 2013, and will be completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in June this year. Alison loves expanding her knowledge of both small and large animals and has a particular interest in grooming and medical nursing.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing touch football and soccer, and  has three pets: Lola the cat, Deefa – a very talkative malamute husky cross, and Tucker – a border collie cross.

Shari Armstrong

sharniShari has been working as a Veterinary Nurse at the clinic for the past three and a half years. Before joining the team at Berry Veterinary Clinic, she was an Animal Attendant at the local RSPCA shelter. In 2011 Shari completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is currently studying a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management. She is particularly interested in pet dentistry, grooming and surgical nursing.

Shari and her husband Shaun share a house in Culburra with a menagerie of animals. Including their two dogs Bonnie the Boxer Labrador cross and Matilda the three-legged Blue Heeler Collie cross. As well as a few carpet pythons, a bearded dragon, chooks, Sven the duck and a rainbow lorikeet called Inky.

Recently, Shari has become an active member of Australian Seabird Rescue and participates in the rescue and rehabilitation of native seabirds. She is very passionate about animal welfare (and all animals in general!), the environment and ocean conservation.

Dr Geoff Manning

Geoff graduated from Sydney University and began working in the local area after graduation. Geoff was a partner in the practice for 30 years, growing the practice and establishing it in its current location. Geoff is a true mixed practitioner, but has a special interest in artificial reproduction. He was one of the pioneers of AI and ET work in Australia and has travelled right across NSW and internationally doing this work in a variety of species, primarily cattle and goats. Geoff works every year on the Veterinary panel at the Royal Easter Show looking after the cattle, sheep goats and alpacas and still has a strong interest in teaching undergraduate veterinary students at Berry Vet Clinic.

Geoff is now semi-retired and has more time to pursue his interests in travelling, golf and sailing. Geoff is married to Pauline, a retired teacher from the local area. They have three children, Ben a glass artist, Peter a Commonwealth quarantine officer and Georgia a commercial pilot.