Tobi Learey

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (Veterinarian (DVM))

Growing up in Adelaide, I've shared my home with dogs and horses, competing in three-day-eventing in my younger years. I developed a love for all creatures, great and small, having worked with dogs, cats, horses, cattle, buffalo, giraffes, even zebra throughout my travels while studying to become a veterinarian.

Now, I am looking forward to settling into the small animal world here in the Adelaide Hills and building on my current experience in surgery, internal medicine and providing a fear-free environment for my patients. 

I also have a passion for elevating the health and wellbeing of veterinary professionals and allied professions, so I am excited to work alongside our incredible Practice Manager, Nicole Bowden. Together, we aim to continually develop our team from the fantastic foundation that Blackwood Veterinary Clinic already has, a welcoming and caring client base and beautifully cute and lovable pets!

If I'm not in the clinic, I am at the University of Adelaide tutoring our up-and-coming professionals to prepare them for the extremely rewarding but sometimes challenging aspects of practicing veterinary medicine. I also love the beach, the outdoors and travel, so any chance I get, I take my beautiful mixed-breed puppy for a run or explore the great Australian Outback with my partner. 

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.

Michelle Huang

Veterinarian (DVM)

Originally from Taiwan I moved to Adelaide with my family on my 6th birthday - easy to keep track of how many years I’ve been in Australia! I have visited other capital cities in Australia, but Adelaide still feels most like home. I love the people, the laid back lifestyle, our beaches and all the festivals held throughout the year. 

One of my favourite things to do is taking photos.  Documenting life, family, pets and most of all food! I love discovering all the amazing food places Adelaide has, and would be keen to hear any suggestions if we ever have a chat!

I’m a 2020 graduate from The University of Adelaide, who has a keen interest in surgery and imaging (ultrasounds & x-rays). I joined Blackwood Veterinary Surgery in December 2022 after a 4 month post-covid hiatus of travelling around Europe - it was absolutely amazing. I’m very excited to be part of such a wonderful community especially with such a warm welcome at the Christmas pageant. I love a close community who’s supportive of one another like Blackwood, and I hope this will be the first of many pageants to come. 

Nicole Bowden

Veterinary Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I have been Vet Nursing for over 10 years 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, walking our dogs, gardening, going on 4wd trips with my husband, and going to different restaurants with friends and family.

I have enjoyed many aspects of Veterinary Nursing over the years, but my interests have moved to practice management. With a rich background in veterinary nursing and a proven track record of excellence with previously running my own business, I bring a unique blend of compassion, strategic vision, and hands-on experience to our team.

Driven by a deep-rooted passion for animal welfare and a commitment to delivering high standards of care, I have recently transitioned into the role of Practice Manager at Blackwood Vets. My leadership will elevate our clinic, working alongside our Clinical Lead Veterinarian, Dr Tobi Learey, ensuring seamless operations, exceptional client experiences, and a supportive environment for our dedicated staff.

Brianna Ramsey

Veterinary Technician (Bachelor of Veterinary Technology)

I recently completed a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology at the University of Adelaide in 2022. I was inspired from a young age to care for animals, and it was the perfect opportunity when the degree became available in 2020. I am really excited about my career beginning in the Vet industry at Blackwood Vets.

I currently live with my family's rescue dog who is an energetic staffy x whippet named Bandit (the boss of the house). When I'm not at work i enjoy spending my time with family and friends, going on day trips, playing netball and going for walks with Bandit.

Emily Wilkinson

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse)

Growing up in Northern NSW on a large beef property, I made the big move interstate to Adelaide just to join the Blackwood team in early 2023! 

I have over 5 years of experience of being in the industry since 2018. I’m dedicated to expanding my nursing knowledge and skills, which has made me a great asset to the team. I assist the veterinary team in helping provide a high level of professional care for all our clients and their animals. I’m enthusiastic, compassionate and considerate, which is evident during every interaction with your furry loved ones.  When I’m not hard at work, I’m hitting the gym, catching up with friends, and taking spontaneous day trips!

Harrison Olsen

Veterinary Technician (Bachelor of Veterinary Technology)

I am an aspiring Veterinary Technologist, having completed my Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at the University of Adelaide at the end of 2023, with a passion for all animals. Having grown up around them, I have become quite the Great Dane lover. After having five Great Danes, my love for animals has grown over the years with a developing interest in providing animal care. Always having wanted to work in the veterinary industry, I am glad I’ve made my start at Blackwood Vet.

I currently have one Great Dane at the moment, Poppy. She’s a rebellious teenager whose enjoyment consists of walks on the beach, chasing a ball, body slamming guests because who doesn’t love a “hug”, digging holes in the backyard for the pool we didn’t ask for, rearranging the irrigation system and a whole range of other “gardening” activities.

Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends. I am a big sports person who loves watching almost anything from motorsport to footy as well as playing old collegians soccer and in summer you can find me on the Murray River waterskiing. 

Tom Moir

Veterinary Nurse (Currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I grew up in suburban Adelaide and have been surrounded by animals my entire life. I competed a Bachelor of Health Science in 2017 before pursuing a career in animal health. Before coming to Blackwood Veterinary Surgery I worked mostly with birds and exotic animals in a clinical setting as well as assisting in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

I currently have a Border Collie X, two short neck turtles, thee guinea pigs and five goldfish that keep me very busy. 

When I’m not at work I enjoy playing guitar, making furniture out of my garage workshop and running the occasional marathon. 

Abbey Haydon

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse)

I have grown up around horses since a young age, where my love for animals began. While undertaking year 12, I completed my Certificate III in Rural Operations Animal Care and Husbandry and completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2023. After working with horses, in both paid and unpaid capacities, I decided to further my career by working in a small animal Veterinary clinic and was fortunate to start here with the amazing team at Blackwood Vets in January 2023.

In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding, including competing in local competitions, volunteering with Riding for the Disabled and spending time with my family and friends.

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 completed at the end of 2022. I am absolutely delighted to have 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.


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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