Below you can see the vets, nursing staff, and reception staff who will be helping when you come in.
Our vets have over 80 years clinical experience.
I have been in the Armidale region for over 16 years now. Previously I worked in the Hunter Valley and Warialda, but always in mixed practice.
I established North Hill Vet Clinic as a sole practitioner in 2004, and have enjoyed its growth and changes over the years. I am very lucky to have a great team of Vets, Nurses and Admin staff around me, as we all complement each other with our skills and preferences.
I enjoy working with all types of animals – livestock and horses, as well as small animals. I do enjoy the challenge of Equine lameness, as well as Cattle Medicine and Obstetrics, but am still very much available for small animal consults and treatment.
Unfortunately these days some animal time has to be sacrificed for practice management, for the business, so I may appear to be scarce. But be assured I am still working, and can usually be found somewhere around the clinic 4 days a week. Michael, my husband is also still involved in the practice, with various hats to be worn including accounts, Myob and payroll.
Our 3 children have now all finished school and left the region so it is a different stage of our life... and we are loving it. Dogs, cats, chooks and ducks still fill up our home life, but our spare time priorities have now changed. I love the opportunity to do more gardening / caravanning out bush / visiting the children in QLD and even the occasional game of touch football.
I grew up on a small dairy/mixed farm in WA and never really considered becoming anything other than a vet. I graduated from Murdoch Uni in 1991 and have seen many different types of practice over the years in Australia, Singapore and England. Whilst living in Perth, I met and married my husband Pete and our furry, feathery family expanded to include sons Alistair and Cameron. I have been in Armidale for 5 years, drawn here by the opportunity of living in a rural environment without compromising the educational and cultural opportunities a larger city may offer. I love the different landscapes NSW has on offer, the seasons and the soil (not hot, dry and sandy like WA) although still lack any interest in the State of Origin.
I love getting out in the bush especially with my 2 whippets, have done some trail running and am a member of Northern Tablelands Orienteering Club. Until rupturing my Achilles I was also enjoying playing hockey for the Servies.
Professionally, small animals are my key area of focus. I particularly enjoy dog and cat dentistry, internal medicine and ensuring senior pets lead a good quality of life. I feel they deserve to be pain free and healthy for as long as possible, and love to work with owners to find the right balance for this.
I grew up in Dorrigo, son of a third generation farmer and rural businessman (although I was born and lived in Armidale for two years while Dad finished Rural Science at UNE).
My schooling was at Dorrigo High, before I spent a year overseas in South Africa on a Rotary exchange. It was here I confirmed my lifelong love of rugby. I had played rep rugby at school at a decent level (though I peaked in high school).
I loved farming and living in a small community, and so thought a career as a vet was an appropriate option. I studied Vet Science at University of QLD, and thoroughly enjoyed most of it. Perhaps a little too much at times, but I still managed to graduate with first class honours (somehow).
My first job was in Tenterfield, followed by fifteen years in Goondiwindi. I loved Goondi very much, where I could continue to be involved in rugby - first as a player and then a referee. I also learned to preg test big cattle numbers quickly and accurately, and test bulls' semen as well. Goondi was also a great place to develop small animal skills - referral centres were far away- hence my interest in orthopaedics and other surgery.
I came 'home' to the Tablelands in 2012 to be closer to my family and the great schools in Armidale. I was very lucky that Sarah Butler had a position available when I rang up out of the blue, and have had a very happy time at the North Hill Vet Clinic since then. The girls welcomed me whole-heartedly, and our skill-sets have complemented each other nicely. Working in a cohesive team makes work very enjoyable.
When not at work, I still referee rugby in the local New England competition, and try to keep some sort of running career going ( I did a marathon and several half-marathons a few years ago, but ten km pulls me up these days). I love reading good literature, tasting fine whisky (occasionally) and getting in the way of my beautiful wife Sarah (Bailey) at home. And also driving my energetic children, Charlie and Sophie, around the state with their sport.
I graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016 and started at North Hill Vet in February 2017. While originally a Sydney girl, my grandparents grew up in Wollomombi so I have some family history (and long lost cousins) in the area. I have always known that I wanted to move out of the city to be a country vet and treat all animals large and small and I am loving doing just that at North Hill. When not at work I can usually be found training for ultra distance trail running which is my other great passion. I spend the rest of my time singing in choir, eating or sleeping!
My name is Jess, I was born in Armidale and have lived here my whole life.
I have worked with North Hill Vet clinic for just over 4 years, and recently completed my cert IV in Vet nursing.
I have 3 dogs; a Maltese X named Oscar, a British bulldog named Elvis, and most recently a rescue, named Sooki.
I look forward to meeting you and your pets.
I was born in Armidale, and grew up on a small farm 10km west of town. My love for animals was evident at a young age, as my parents spent many hours helping and teaching me to raise poddy calves and lambs.
I also enjoy horses and over the years have had the pleasure of owning six beautiful ex-racehorses who have now all been retrained into having show careers. I tend to accumulate animals now having more horses, four dogs, many different birds and poultry, as well as one funny cat that thinks he’s a dog.
I’ve always loved being able to help animals and this became more obvious as I grew up. I am lucky enough to have been able to start and complete a school based traineeship studying Cert II in Animal Studies. This has opened up my career path of becoming a Veterinary Nurse – I am now in the final stages of Cert IV.
I find my job very rewarding and am looking forward to a long career in this industry. I look forward to meeting you and taking care of your pets when they are in the hospital at North Hill Vets.
Eddie Balta recently relocated to Armidale with his Armidalian wife and their furry family. He joined our team in September 2017.
Eddie is a qualified Vet Nurse since 2014. For the past four years he had been working at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital and Emergency Services (SASH) in Sydney.
Vet Nursing is Eddie's life passion. He builds a very good rapport with patients and being part of their care and recovery gives him a real sense of fulfillment and purpose.
In his spare time, you may find him in one of Armidale's coffee shops with his Chihuahua Toby or riding his beloved motorbike (even in subzero temperatures) as they are inseparable!
I moved to Armidale in 2006 with my husband and our four children. We came from Kempsey due to my husband's work commitment and found the temperatures initially challenging.
Until early 2016 I worked in local pharmacies, but once the children all left home (and the local area) I decided to take a break from full time work.
I joined NHVC in October 2016 as a part time receptionist, which enables me to look after our granddaughter and still have time to travel to visit the other children.
I also really enjoy spending time in my garden and home. I have several dogs – just love the Jack Russell’s, as well as chooks and ducks.
I find working at NHVC is both rewarding and challenging, and I enjoy the role I play within the clinic and it's positive environment.
Charlie moved into the clinic at only 8 weeks old. From just a wily street kitten she worked her way into everyone’s hearts and quickly proved her metal as a clinic cat. Charlie knows how to stand off against even the keenest canine and knows which clients to schmooze for a pat and which children to keep her distance from. Moving down the hill made Charlie a happy cat indeed. She now finds so many more friends just through the fence at Maccy D’s and coincidentally these friends will often have CHICKEN NUGGETS. At the end of the day all she really wants to do is curl up in one of her many beds in the sun or lay across someone’s arms as they try to perform administration tasks on their computer. Next time you are in the clinic, give a pat and praise to the clinic’s real practice manager.