Meet Our Team


Ali Coleman

Practice Owner (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 traveling 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 and 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

Practice Owner (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!

My interest in Radiotherapy began with helping my medical specialist father treat cats, dogs and horses in his spare time. I started treating animals in private radiotherapy practice in, and in 2003 we setup a radiotherapy treatment unit here at Blackwood Veterinary Surgery. We are the only Veterinary Practice in SA that can treat superficial skin tumours with radiotherapy.

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.

Erin Taylor

Veterinarian (BSc.DVM)

I grew up in the Adelaide Hills and always had many pets including dogs, cats, horses and alpacas. I always knew I wanted to work with animals and was lucky enough to be able to complete my Veterinary Degree here in Adelaide at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy campus. Having graduated in 2014, I am now thrilled to be working with the wonderful team here at Blackwood Vets. I have a particular interest in small animal medicine and love getting to know people and their fur babies.


Outside of work I enjoy spending quality time with my own fur babies: spoiling my old retired childhood pony Bubbles, riding my new young horse Keera, walking my two little rescue dogs Billy and Henry and cuddling my two cats Winston and Hazel.

Pascal Urlings

Veterinarian (BSc.DVM )

Hi all! My name is Pascal and I have recently joined the Blackwood Team after graduating from the Adelaide University in 2016. I'm Dutch born, but completed all my schooling in South Australia after my parents moved Down Under when I was 5 years old. It was little surprise to my family and friends that I pursued a career as a Veterinarian after school-in fact I didn't even consider anything else!

Within the Veterinary field I have a natural curiosity in various aspects of companion animal medicine and surgery-in particular cardiology and opthamology.  I find it extremely motivating to be working in a profession that services the incrediably valuable bond people share with their pets.

Outside the Veterinary profession, my interests are basketball, travelling (with a particular love for the Asian subcontinent), film photography and catching some waves when the sun's out.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 1 and 2 in Animal Studies)

Being a Vet Nurse at Blackwood Vets is like having a second family.

I have been nursing at Blackwood for many years now and am due to complete my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing this year.  You'll mainly find me trying to spend my time out in Reception, I just love talking to all the clients and having a good cuddle with their pets.

But in my spare time, you'll find me at home relaxing with my husband and baby girl, Kiara.  My animals are never too far from my lap.  I have Chuck the Chihuahua X Cavalier, Suki the Pomchi and Belle my snuggly black and white moggy cat.



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.

Hannah Simmons

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

My passion for animals started at a young age.  I was fortunate enough  to spend a lot of my childhood on a family property.

Since leaving school in 2012 I have completed Certificate 2 in Animal Studies and Certificate 3 in Companion Animal Services.  I completed my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE SA  at the end of 2016.

Growing up I was lucky enough to always have pets around me.  At the moment I have "Coby" the Border Collie Cross Kelpie, "Misty" a grey and white tabby Cat and 'Ollie" my very special grey fur baby.

Lucy Taylor

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

The question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was never a hard one. My answer was always, something to do with animals.  I started fulfilling my dreams at the age of 12, when I volunteered my weekends at a Boarding Cattery.  I worked there for 3 years, before breaking into the Veterinary Industry with a school based Apprenticeship.

I have a love for all animals and nursing is my absolute passion.  Over the years, I have developed a special interest in surgical nursing and native wildlife.

At home, I have: Koba, a Malamute cross German Shepherd; Barney, a Husky cross Sharpei; Ivy, a rescue Kitty; Harley, an Eastern Water Dragon (another rescue!) and 2 Green Tree Frogs, Alfred and Jarvis


Veterinary Nurse

For as long as I can remember, I have grown up and loved animals, apparently my first word was even the name of our dog "Harry"!

Having previously studied at university and pursued a different line of work, I'm thrilled to be finally working as a Vet Nurse and pursuing a rewarding career with one of my passions.

Outside of work, I love the natural world, crafting and being around animals.  At home, my partner and I currently live with our very adorable resuce Chihuahua.

Hanna George

Veterinary Nurse

Unlike many, becoming a Veterinary Nurse wasn't what I knew I wanted to do when I was grwoing up.  I had only become really interested since leaving school and discovering what my passion was.

Since finishing school in 2016, I have done some solo travelling around Europe which I loved! And I since completed my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

Owning my Shihtzu cross Chihuahua, Holly, has helped me to realise the great dedication I have for animals and how much I'd love to contribute to the way animals are raised and loved.



Hannah Atkinson

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Hannah, the newest addition to Blackwood Vets. I grew up in Cornwall, England, where I was surrounded by local farm animals and my two rescue cats, which inspired my passion for caring for animals. At home, I love spending my free time playing and relaxing with my blue heeler cross, Maisie, who I rescued from the RSPCA, and my two cats, Todd & Meeka. Since leaving high school in 2015, studying to be a Veterinary Nurse has been an exciting endeavour, and is now a job which I love. I am so grateful that I can now make a difference, by caring for all animals, no matter how small the difference.


Front Office Manager (PHD on eating liver treats)

Radar is a highly valued member of our team.  She is very good at looking cute, especially good at looking like she needs a liver treat to survive, but is most importantly our chief meeter and greeter.  She also has a very good knack at being able to settle nervous dogs.


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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