Meet Our Team


Ali Coleman

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (BVSc(Hons))

I grew up in Melbourne surrounded by dogs, cats , birds, turtles and the occasional sheep. Many of my holidays as a kid was spent on a diary farm in Northern Victoria so like most of us in this industry I felt a close bond with animals from a young age.

After graduating from Veterinary Science in 1990, I moved to Adelaide and have lived in Blackwood since 1991. I spent many years travelling to the other side of town for work and have worked in some great practices over the years. I have always worked with small animals and I find it very rewarding to have a great relationship with people and their much loved pets.  I am very fortunate to now work at Blackwood Vets with Mary Ann.  The Blackwood Area is a very special place to work and live in.

I enjoy updating my knowledge by going to various conferences around Australia. It's also a great way to catch up with colleagues I haven't often seen for many years.

I love just about anything outdoors, but especially love camping on our block at Kangaroo Island.  Great food is a must, both eating and preparing it. Our family includes me,  one hubby,  2 great kids, 2 gorgeous Devon Rex cats(Rexie and Reggie), a Blue Heeler(Roger) and a Labrador Cross(Murphy).  It's not unusual for my daughter and I to be hand rearing baby possums aswell



Mary Ann Harvey

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (BVSc(Hons))

I grew up in Adelaide surrounded by cats and dogs and later horses, goats and cattle on a family farm in the Adelaide Hills.  I had my heart set on being a vet since Primary School.

Since graduating in 1983 I have worked in many Adelaide Practices in permanent, part-time or locum positions, including 10 years of mixed practice in Strathalbyn.

Living locally, we share our home with Radar, the Jack Russell Cross, who is a regular staff member of Blackwood Vets, and 2 cats.  Basil is a very smoochy Burmese, and Sprocket a socially awkward but very sweet Domestic Short hair.

Loving all sorts of adventure sports I enjoy sail boarding, water skiing, climbing and playing inline hockey. My main passion is snowboarding and I can't seem to get through winter without a trip to the snow!

Ali and I got together and bought the business in October 2007. It has been a fantastic opportunity to put our input on an established practice .Blackwood Vets is a fabulous place to work with lovely clients and a wonderful group of  dedicated and caring staff.

Ashlee Vandenbroek

Veterinarian (DVM)

Being born and bred in the Adelaide Hills, I have great memories of bringing my array of family pets to Ali, Mary Ann, and the team at Blackwood Vets. Growing up, I was surrounded by animals from guinea pigs (Joey and Chandler), rescue dog (Mia) to now our two beautiful Boston Terriers (Piper and Hugo), Staffy X (Bear), Cat (Jazzi) and Bearded Dragon (Spike). It didn’t take long to be fascinated by the profession and to be inspired to have a career helping animals.

After completing my schooling at Belair Primary and Unley High schools, I was off to Roseworthy to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I was honoured to accept my first role and become part of the team at Blackwood Vets and I feel privileged to be supported by a fantastic, extremely caring team and to be back surrounded by the amazing Hills community that I love so much.

My spare time is taken up getting out in nature and spending time with friends and family. I have a particular passion for photography, and love taking pictures of subjects with 4 legs.

I am very much looking forward to meeting you and your furry family members. Hopefully I too will inspire someone to take the journey I did to help our furry friends.

Tamika McElroy

Veterinarian (DVM)

I was born and bred in the Adelaide Hills. Growing up with my family we had a variety of animals such as dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and horses. I have always loved animals since a little kid, hence, I always wanted to be a Vet growing up. 


I went to school at Woodcroft College then studied at the University of Adelaide to complete my undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Bioscience and then my Post Graduate degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2020 amongst an interesting year for the world, I spent 2021 in NSW working in a mixed animal hospital in semi-rural NSW treating all creatures great and small and thoroughly enjoyed it. I moved back to SA at the start of 2022 to be with family and continue my veterinary career in SA. 


My current family consists of Loki (the Cavoodle) and Kortez (the Clydie X). In my spare time you will find me either roaming around the Adelaide hills on horseback, water skiing up the river or camping and 4WD in many of the wonderful places Australia has to offer. 


I look forward to meeting you and your furry companion here at Blackwood Vets.


Sarah Evans

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I have been Veterinary Nursing for 11 years and am a qualified Certificate IV Nurse.

My love and passion in life is animals, and I especially enjoy the training of Classical Dressage with Spanish horses.

I finished school to follow my dreams of travelling and performing with these beautiful creatures across Australia and overseas.

My partner in life is my very special 4 year old Jack Russell x Bichon, Bailey. Bailey's new friend is a rescued Tibetian Spaniel, the lovely Rommy. He loves to spend his days at work or on outings, with his mum. He spends his evenings with his two kitty cats, Timmy and Milo.


Veterinary Nurse

My name is Lucy and I love working with animals.  I didn't have many pets as a child as I was allergic to almost everything but thankfully my allergies aren't as bad now.

I started my Veterinary Nursing Career in 2014 in the Riverland at the Berri Veterinary Hospital and since then I've had a massive interest in wildlife.

I live with my four cats, dog and Lorikeet, but I quite often have a few extras that I'm caring for such as kittens and birds.

I have returned to work part time after being on Maternity Leave.

Courtney Earl

Veterinary Nurse (BSc (Animal Science))

Having grown up surrounded by animals both large and small, my love of animals and dream of working in the animal industry began at an early age. After leaving school I went on to pursue my passion by completing a Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) degree at the University of Adelaide which I completed at the end of 2020.  I then decided to start my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the beginning of 2021 which I am due to complete in 2022. I am absolutely delighted to have recently started my veterinary nursing career with the team at Blackwood Veterinary Surgery.

I currently live with 2 dogs, an energetic and mischievous fox terrier cross named Jock and a sweet and gentle mixed breed named Ellie. I also live with 2 cats called Lucy and Smudge who are 14 and 6.


Registered Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I have been Vet Nursing for about 9yrs after a career change from having my own Hairdressing Salon. For me, pets have so much unselfish love to give us, and as humans we have a lot to learn from them, I think! I share 2 Labradors, Shadow and Ellie, with my husband and our world heavily revolves around them, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. When I’m not at work, I enjoy doing reformer pilates, aerial silks, walking our dogs, gardening, going on 4wd trips with my husband, and going to different restaurants with friends and family. I am about to start doing pet friendly visits with Shadow at nursing homes, which I am really looking forward to.

I enjoy many aspects of Veterinary Nursing such as monitoring anaesthetics, performing laboratory diagnostic tests and assisting with dental procedures, but I especially enjoy establishing a good rapport with clients and their fur children. I value the importance of exceptional customer service and always strive to provide the best experience possible. I am also passionate about promoting weight loss for pets and providing clients support and guidance for them to achieve their ideal healthy weight.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I've always had a passion for animals, big and small.  However, unlike most people I didn't know always that I wanted to work with animals.   Throughout my teenage years, I worked in a variety of industries, including patisserie, dentistry and hospitality.

I started my Vet Nursing career in 2020, having completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019.  I'm also currently studying Veterinary science at the University of Adelaide.  Working in the Vet Industry is an extremely rewarding career and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. 

Emily Sparrow

Veterinary Nurse

I have always loved animals, and grew up with a variety of different animals.  I realised that I wanted to get in to the animal industry and left university to pursue my passion for the care of animals.  I am currently studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and will receive my certification June 2021.

I currently have 3 beautiful and energetic Kelpie Cross dogs aswell as 2 turtles and an handful of goldfish that live in our pond at home.

Grace Pillow

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Ever since I was young, I’ve always had a love for animals. It started when I got my first dog at age 5, an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Amber. She passed away last year at the age of 14. I have also had rats, Tino and Pez who both lived until the age of 4. I now have two mini rex rabbits, Minnie and Bandit. I also have a new puppy named Pepper, who’s another English Staffy.


As I grew up in Glenalta, I’ve been coming to Blackwood Vets since I was 5 with my first dog Amber, so I’m thrilled to now be a part of the team!!


Outside of work, I really love photography (especially animal photography of course). I am currently studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and due to finish it at the end of 2019.


Front Office Manager (PHD on eating liver treats)

We are very sad to say that Radar passed away in February 2022.  She was a very special dog and is well known in the Blackwood community for how engaging she was with both people and animals when they came into the clinic.  RIP Radar.


Customer Service Manager (Looking cute)

He is our beautiful and very smoochy clinic cat.

You may see him from time to time resting on the front counter or popping his head around the corner to say HELLO!  He loves cuddles, food and other cats and dogs.

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