Meet the members of our Animal Welfare League NSW vet team!

Dr Deshaylia Moodley

Dr Deshaylia Moodley

Senior Veterinarian BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

Deshaylia (Shay) graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 and started soon after at AWL NSW 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 NSW and her keen interest in surgery and rehabilitation, saw her briefly leave AWL NSW in 2016, to pursue a 12-month Surgery Internship at the Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush. A year later, Dr. Deshaylia Moodley returned to the AWL NSW vet clinic and gained her Memberships in Small Animal Surgery and continues to dedicate her time and passion to both private clients and our shelter pets.

In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts and spending quality time with her Border Collie, Odin, who she adopted from the AWL NSW shelter.

Dr Stephanie Bishop

Dr Stephanie Bishop

Senior Veterinarian BVSc

Stephanie told her parents she wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of three. Many years later in 2014 she graduated the University of Sydney with her BVSc and began work at the AWL NSW shortly afterward.

Her interests include ultrasonography, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. She has completed additional courses in ultrasonography and hopes to pursue her skills in this area in the future.

Stephanie enjoys the challenge of shelter medicine and seeing sick animals rehabilitated and finding forever homes through the shelter.

Outside of work, Stephanie keeps busy chasing around after her young daughter, going for runs with her rescue dog Bailey and cake decorating.

Dr Sophie Baron

Dr Sophie Baron

Veterinarian BVSc

Originally from Reunion, a small French island, Sophie traveled extensively throughout her life and recently joined the AWL team in April 2019. She graduated in 2009 from Edinburgh University. She then did a one-year internship at another animal welfare institution, the ASPCA hospital in New York City. Sophie then worked in France, Switzerland and New Caledonia as a general practitioner. Her main interests are soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds. She also very much enjoys caring for shelter animals and animals that have been victims of cruelty. In her free time, she tries to discover Australia and its wonderful wildlife and landscapes! She really looks forward to meeting you and your pet.

Deshaylia (Shay) graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 and started soon after at AWL NSW 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 NSW and her keen interest in surgery and rehabilitation, saw her briefly leave AWL NSW in 2016, to pursue a 12-month Surgery Internship at the Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush. A year later, Dr. Deshaylia Moodley returned to the AWL NSW vet clinic and gained her Memberships in Small Animal Surgery and continues to dedicate her time and passion to both private clients and our shelter pets.

In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts and spending quality time with her Border Collie, Odin, who she adopted from the AWL NSW shelter.

Stephanie told her parents she wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of three. Many years later in 2014 she graduated the University of Sydney with her BVSc and began work at the AWL NSW shortly afterward.

Her interests include ultrasonography, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. She has completed additional courses in ultrasonography and hopes to pursue her skills in this area in the future.

Stephanie enjoys the challenge of shelter medicine and seeing sick animals rehabilitated and finding forever homes through the shelter.

Outside of work, Stephanie keeps busy chasing around after her young daughter, going for runs with her rescue dog Bailey and cake decorating.

Originally from Reunion, a small French island, Sophie traveled extensively throughout her life and recently joined the AWL team in April 2019. She graduated in 2009 from Edinburgh University. She then did a one-year internship at another animal welfare institution, the ASPCA hospital in New York City. Sophie then worked in France, Switzerland and New Caledonia as a general practitioner. Her main interests are soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds. She also very much enjoys caring for shelter animals and animals that have been victims of cruelty. In her free time, she tries to discover Australia and its wonderful wildlife and landscapes! She really looks forward to meeting you and your pet.

Dr Riannon Apicella

Dr Riannon Apicella

Veterinarian BVSc

Riannon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and began her career working on the Central Coast. In 2017 she moved back to Sydney and locumed at a variety of clinics, including the Animal Welfare League. In 2018 she moved to the UK and continued working as a veterinarian in a number of clinics in Scotland and England, before returning in 2019 to commence a full-time position with the Animal Welfare League.
Riannon has a passion for shelter medicine and has had an affinity for all animals from an early age. She now owns a retired pony as well as two Border Collies called Sasha and Indi. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, reading, and traveling.
Dr Vivian Tran

Dr Vivian Tran

Veterinarian DVM

Vivian graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019 and is the newest addition to the AWL NSW vet team. She has always dreamt of working with animals and helping those in need which has drawn her to a love of shelter work.

In 2019 she published research surrounding feline health in Australia and presented her work at multiple conferences. She has a particular interest in dermatology and hopes to further her education in all areas of veterinary medicine.

In her spare time, Vivian enjoys traveling, baking cakes and spending time with her grumpy cat.

Dr Yamuna Gabadage

Dr Yamuna Gabadage

Veterinarian BVSc (S/L), MVSc (S/L), NVE (Australia )

Yamuna graduated in Sri Lanka as a Veterinarian in 2002, and completed her MVSc in 2010. With a vast experience in small animal medicine and surgery in her own clinic and working as a government Veterinarian, she migrated to Australia in 2011 and joined AWL NSW in 2013 as a vet nurse until she completed the National Veterinary Exam in 2016. After been qualified here in Australia, she started her journey as Veterinarian with us. Yamuna enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine and surgery.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and enjoys cooking and gardening. Her two daughters love foster caring for our shelter animals. Yamuna is always willing to welcome our clients with love and care.
Riannon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and began her career working on the Central Coast. In 2017 she moved back to Sydney and locumed at a variety of clinics, including the Animal Welfare League. In 2018 she moved to the UK and continued working as a veterinarian in a number of clinics in Scotland and England, before returning in 2019 to commence a full-time position with the Animal Welfare League.
Riannon has a passion for shelter medicine and has had an affinity for all animals from an early age. She now owns a retired pony as well as two Border Collies called Sasha and Indi. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, reading, and traveling.

Vivian graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019 and is the newest addition to the AWL NSW vet team. She has always dreamt of working with animals and helping those in need which has drawn her to a love of shelter work.

In 2019 she published research surrounding feline health in Australia and presented her work at multiple conferences. She has a particular interest in dermatology and hopes to further her education in all areas of veterinary medicine.

In her spare time, Vivian enjoys traveling, baking cakes and spending time with her grumpy cat.

Yamuna graduated in Sri Lanka as a Veterinarian in 2002, and completed her MVSc in 2010. With a vast experience in small animal medicine and surgery in her own clinic and working as a government Veterinarian, she migrated to Australia in 2011 and joined AWL NSW in 2013 as a vet nurse until she completed the National Veterinary Exam in 2016. After been qualified here in Australia, she started her journey as Veterinarian with us. Yamuna enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine and surgery.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and enjoys cooking and gardening. Her two daughters love foster caring for our shelter animals. Yamuna is always willing to welcome our clients with love and care.

Our Nurses

Our hospital has eight full time veterinary nurses. Our nurses either have or are studying for their certificate 4 in veterinary nursing.

Toni is our senior nurse and she has been with us for almost 10 years. Toni has 2 senior dogs of her own and has a soft spot for geriatric patients.

Amy first started working at AWL NSW 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 from 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.

Receptionists

Cherie, our morning receptionist, has a passion for animals.
Jade is our afternoon receptionist and is also a huge animal lover.

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