Our Nurses



Simone started her veterinary nursing career in 1997 at a 24hr emergency and surgical referral clinic where she stayed for four years and gained her Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. Simone has travelled around Australia doing locum veterinary nursing work including Darwin where she got to see and care for many native Australian Animals.Simone has worked as a head nurse in a clinic in Melbourne and has undertaken a certificate in Wildlife Care and operated a registered wildlife shelter where she looked after animals such as possums, kangaroos, lizards and birds.

Simone completed her Diploma in Veterinary Practice Management shortly before going on maternity leave. Simone and her husband Wade now have two young boys, Ethan and William. They are also the proud parents of Lilly, a senior Cavalier King Charles and two moggies called Macca and Tyger. After her maternity leave, Simone joined the Thornbury Veterinary Hospital team as Practice Manager in 2014.



Kelly is Thornbury Veterinary Hospital’s Senior Head Nurse. She completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011 and has been nursing full time for eight years. Kelly is also currently studying for her Certificate IV in Captive animals (wildlife/zoo animals).

Kelly has a special interest in native wildlife and is often out in the field with Wildlife Victoria helping with rescue and rehabilitation. She also has a love for exotic pets and has a Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot named Echo, a tarantula called Aragog, and some stick insects! Kelly also has a rescue dog named Annie and two rescue cats named Meeko and Barney.



Nicole has been at Thornbury Veterinary Hospital since 2014. She is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing while working at the clinic. With two young children, Sienna and Braxton, and her menagerie she is kept on her toes. Nicole has a deep-seated love of animals and has her own Noah’s Ark at home with one Border Collie, four cats, two guinea pigs and a turtle!

Nicole shares Dr. Ashleigh’s love of football, even if they don’t see eye to eye on their teams!



Nurse Jo completed her Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2016, and joined Thornbury Veterinary Hospital in 2015. Jo enjoys working with both large and small animals and prior to coming to the Thornbury Vet team she worked as a stable hand at a Thoroughbred stud for five years. She currently has four horses,  three dogs and two cats, which is plenty to keep her busy! On weekends she enjoys riding her horses on the farm and training her newest addition, Jax a cheeky Jack Russel puppy.


Lana has worked part-time as veterinary nurse since January 2013 at Thornbury Veterinary Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne and is currently studying for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine also at the University of Melbourne. Lana hopes to be a mixed practice vet when she graduates, but doubts she'll ever find a better team than the girls at Thornbury!

In her spare time, Lana loves playing netball, skiing, travelling and taking her two very spoilt dogs, Barney & Ollie, to the beach.



Freya started out at Thornbury Veterinary Hospital in the role of a trainee veterinary nurse. She is also currently undertaking her Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing.

With Freya’s deep connection to animals, she has surrounded herself with them and has an impressive two dogs, two cats, a horse and a snake. Freya’s very large Bernese Mountain Dog, “Paddington Bear”, loves going for walks and swimming in the river. Her rescue cat “Tilly” loves to sleep in a ball on her lap and purr VERY loudly.

Freya’s main hobby is training and riding her thoroughbred eventer Star. She also enjoys training her dogs and snuggling on the couch with the cats. Her Kelpie ‘Sunny’ loves taking selfies and taking part in agility training.