Meet the Team
Say hello to our friendly team...
Dr Simone Maher - Veterinarian Services Manager
After graduating with honours from Sydney University, Simone commenced her veterinary career at the RSPCA’s busy Yagoona clinic. Passionate about animal welfare, she was an expert witness in many prosecution cases. Taking a break from clinical practice, she branched into media and dabbled in television, radio and wrote a regular column for the Sun Herald before returning to a clinic management position.
Returning to part time work after maternity leave and seeking a change, Simone took up a post at AWL. She enjoys ophthalmology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Simone especially likes conversing with clients and ensuring they understand the specifics of their pets’ condition and requirements as well as helping to train our newer nursing staff.
Dr Stephanie Shirtley:
Steph graduated from Sydney University in 2014 and started her Veterinary career with the AWL not long after. She has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and is currently undertaking courses in ultra sonography. Steph thoroughly enjoys working with the AWL and helping with the welfare of all our animals. Her dog Bailey is a common visitor in the clinic & has settled into the role of office dog very well!
Dr Candace Russo:
Candace graduated from Sydney University in 2013 and after visiting as a locum vet for a couple of weeks late last year she decided to stay & join the team on a permanent basis! Candace has a keen interest in Shelter work and complex clinical cases.
Dr Shay Moodley
Deshaylia (Shay) graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 and started soon after at AWL as a new graduate. Deshaylia has always aspired to be a veterinarian from as far back as she can remember, having an incredible bond with animals and showing compassion towards them as a young child. Her deep passion about animal welfare drew her to AWL and her keen interest in surgery and rehabilitation, saw her briefly leave AWL in 2016, to pursue a 12 month Surgery Internship at the Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush. She returned a year later and continues to undertake further studies in Surgery. In her spare time she enjoys doing crafts and spending quality time with her Border Collie, Odin, who she adopted from the AWL shelter.
Our hospital has eight full time veterinary nurses. Our nurses all have their certificate 4 in veterinary nursing.
Toni is our senior nurse and she has been with us for almost 10 years now. Toni has 2 senior dogs of her own and has a soft spot for the geriatric patients.
Amy first started working at AWL as an animal attendant and has been a valued team member at the vet hospital for the past 18 months. Amy has a range of pets from reptiles to dogs.
Lynne has a background in captive animals, and has many pets of her own including dogs, cats and reptiles.
Jayden started working with AWL NSW as a volunteer and after completing her vet nursing studies is now a vet nurse with us. Jayden loves working with all animals, always ensuring the communities pets are looked after.
Zsuzanna arrived in Australia fron Hungary in 2012, before starting work with AWL NSW in 2013. Zsuzanna always dreamed of becoming a vet nurse, and it looks like her dreams have come true since moving here!
Kelly started with AWL NSW in 2014, and is currently studying her Certificate IV in vet nursing, whilst being employed part time with us. Kel loves new challenges that AWL NSW brings along with the compassion that the organisation provides to the animals.
Volunteer vet nurses
The vet clinic is fortunate enough to have a great foundation of volunteer staff that are currently working towards their qualifications. Our volunteer network is invaluable to the clinic.
Cherie, our morning receptionist, has a passion for animals.
Jade is our afternoon receptionist, and is also a huge animal lover.
To book a consultation call (02) 8899 3333 or email us we would love to hear from you.