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Aberfoyle Hub Veterinary Clinic
Hub Professional Centre
Aberfoyle Park
SA 5159

Phone:
08 8270 5155

The Aberfoyle Hub Veterinary Clinic includes Veterinary Surgeons Ian Mather, Barb Menzies, Delwyn Bennett and Claire Bennett; Veterinary Nurses Lauren Green, Erin Harris, Rhonda Gibbs-Ponder, Aimee Freckleton, Tina Harris and Tamasin Mildren; and our Receptionists Faye Moreton & Hayleigh Bridgman.

 


Ian Mather

BVSc (1984, Sydney University); International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Accreditation 1995
Ian has worked in both small animal and mixed practice since becoming a Veterinarian in 1984, and has experience with a wide range of small, large and exotic species. He now concentrates on small animal medicine with only occasional horse work, leaving his cattle and alpaca days well behind him! Ian is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association, the Australian Equine Veterinary Association, the Australian Veterinary Acupuncturists Association and the local Veterinary Dermatology group.

 


Barb Menzies

BVSc (Hons) (1987, Sydney University); Farm Animal Internship (1990-1991, Murdoch University); MBA (1992, Murdoch University)
Barb is our Practice Manager as well as being a consulting Veterinarian and surgeon. She has a particular interest in surgery and is always looking to advance her skills and learn new surgical techniques. She is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and the local Veterinary Dermatology group. As well as their three teenage children, she and Ian are the proud pet-parents of Labrador Sandy, cats Tilly and Wolf, horse Shannon, rooster Tom Junior and his hen harem.

 

 

Delwyn Bennett
BSc BVMS (Hons)
Delwyn Bennett completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Murdoch University in 2002. She joined us in 2012 after 10 years in small animal practice in and around Adelaide in which time she has developed a fascination for animal behaviour and learning. This encompasses everything from puppy development and puppy preschool, effective training strategies for pet and performance dogs and veterinary behavioural medicine for pets with significant behavioural problems. Delwyn enjoys working with senior pets and their owners to optimise their quality of life given both behavioural and medical needs. Complex medical cases are a challenge she is all too happy to take on. Spending most of her time at work consulting she is enjoying getting to know our clients and their pets. Outside of work Delwyn's spare time is spent with her horses (Aba and Bagheera), dog (Tango), cat (Nelson) and Husband, Andrew.

 


Claire Bennett

BVSc (2011, Massey University)
Claire is the newest member of the team, joining us in June 2014. She grew up in Devon, England and graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 2011. Before her employment in our clinic she was working in the South Island of New Zealand, where she developed a strong interest in soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine. She decided to explore a new, warmer country which lead her to Adelaide. Claire is excited to explore the South Australian region and enjoys hiking, painting, cooking and bike riding.

 

Rhonda Gibbs-Ponder
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2007; Accredited Veterinary Nurse 2009

Rhonda has been a part of our nursing team since August 2004. She completed her Certificate IV qualification in 2007; achieved Accredited Veterinary Nurse status in 2009; and is planning to start an advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. She has a passion for excelling at her job and regularly attends seminars and activities to further her skills and knowledge, even traveling as far as America to attend the Western Veterinary Conference in 2010! She is a member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) and the international Veterinary Support Personnel Network (VSPN). Rhonda has a particular interest in the care and well being of birds, rabbits and exotic pets. She has a pet Rainbow Lorikeet named Noodle, and two ducks named Jemima and Eglantine, who despite their small size and big mess are a much loved part of her family!

 


Erin Harris
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2007

Erin (aka Ezzy) has been a member of the Hub Family since 2002 and a fully qualified veterinary nurse since 2007. She has a keen interest in dermatology and enjoys running nurse clinics to help educate clients in husbandry care.
At home Erin enjoys playing softball and being a mum - and if having 3 kids isn't chaotic enough, throw in two demanding cats (Lulu and Elly).
Sadly Charlie (aka Chaz - pictured) is no longer with us but is “Forever in our hearts".

 


Lauren Green

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2007
Lauren (otherwise known as Loz) started as a part time Veterinary Nurse in 2002 and achieved full Certificate IV qualification in 2007. She is one of our part time nurses and is responsible for stock control and running our weight loss clinic, where she provides invaluable support and advice for owners with overweight pets. Lauren is mum to Shannon, who attends and is enjoying school. In between working hard and taking care of Shannon, she enjoys spending time with her big beautiful Akita, Duke and is a keen Adelaide Crows supporter.

 


Aimee Freckleton

Certificate II Animal Studies 2008; Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2011
Aimee started out at the clinic in early 2008 as a kennel hand and went on to complete her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing by 2011. Aimee has three spoilt cats Ebony, Chloe and Harlow ho her parents have inherited and a cheeky tabby called Calvin. Out of work Aime has a strong passion for fitness and travel.

 

 

 

Tina Harris
Certificate II Animal Studies 2012; Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2014
Tina started as a kennel hand in May 2011 & completed her certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. Currently her house is run by her beautiful Amstaff Jada and in the not to distant future she has plans to add a Rottweiler Puppy to the family.

 

 


Faye Moreton

Clinic Receptionist
Faye started working as our Receptionist in August 2008, coming from a background of Medical Reception at the Red Cross, she brings calm, organisation and a friendly disposition to the front desk. Faye also volunteers for the Lions Club of Hallett Cove & Districts, she enjoys country music and spending time with her 3 grandsons.

 

 


Hayleigh Bridgman
BSC (Animal Science) (Hons)

Hayleigh joined the Hub team in late 2014 as a part-time animal attendant filling in for the nurses while they had their well deserved holidays. Hayleigh completed her Animal Science Bachelor Degree at Adelaide University in 2013 and later completed her Honours of Science in 2014, graduating in 2015 with second class honours. She has always had a passion for animal care and welfare and growing interest in animal behaviour and nutrition. Growing up there has always been animals around coming from a farming background. Currently her main focus is on her cat Cynder and family pets Jade (Doberman) and Athena (Staffy x). Hayleigh looks forward to continuing to gain knowledge in chosen fields and to progress in her journey within Aberfoyle Hub Vets as our full time receptionist.

 

 


Flynn

Clinic Cat
Flynn came to us in 2004 when a member of staff's neighbour bought him in as an injured stray and asked if we could care for him until they could locate his owners. Unfortunately no owners were found and we were faced with two choices - send him off to the RSPCA where he would face an uncertain fate or keep him as a clinic cat. Thus Flynn was castrated and microchipped and is now living it up in the clinic loved by all the staff (most of the time!) His hobbies include eating, sleeping, breaking into any foodstuffs that are left in his reach, and occasionally chasing a bottle cap across the treatment room floor. Keen-eyed visitors may spot him through the consult room doors and reclining on his throne a top the refrigerator! On the 27th of March 2015 we said good-bye to Flynn as he crossed over rainbow bridge. You will be forever in our hearts RIP.