About the Village Vet Team
Meet The Village Vets team!
We take great pride in introducing our amazing practise staff of Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses, Trainees and Receptionists.
Here at The Village Vets we appreciate the importance of good communication and trust in the hospital environment. We are very lucky to love where we work and love the team we work with.
You can feel comfortable knowing that we are all working together with the same goal: To provide outstanding patient and client care to all who visit.
The Village Vet Veterinarian Team
Dr Martine Perkins
Dr Martine Perkins BVSc (Syd Hons) MANZCVS MRCV
THE VILLAGE VET OWNER & SENIOR VETERINARIAN
Martine has 26 years of experience as a veterinarian and her areas of particular interest are Small Animal Medicine, Ultrasound, Chemotherapy and Cardiology.
She has worked in private practice both in Sydney and the UK. After working in general practice for a couple of years Martine went on to complete a fellowship training program in canine and feline medicine at Sydney University and has published several journal articles in her areas of interest. She was a Senior Medical Registrar at Sydney University Specialist Centre for seven years and has seen a wide variety of cases during her time there. In 2012 she decided to head back into general practice and set up The Village Vets.
Her free time is spent with her husband and two boys, her rescue cat Hugo and 2 dogs Skippy and Duke. Martine loves to run, ski and be outdoors.
Dr Lisa Shaw
Dr Lisa Shaw BVSc MRCVS
Graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science Degree in the UK, Lisa initially worked in a mixed large and small animal practice working with farm and companion animals, then moved into companion animal practice full-time. There she gained a particular interest in dentistry, advanced dentistry and orofacial surgery, becoming an active member of the British Veterinary Dentistry Association (BVDA).
Shortly before starting a family and moving to Australia Lisa worked for a large corporate practice as a Clinical Area Manager, which she could combine with further studies in dentistry via specialist referral services.
Lisa moved to Australia in 2006 and worked as part time Vet on the Northern Beaches for several years before transitioning to Northside Emergency Service in Terrey Hills. Here she developed a strong interest in emergency and critical care, taking care of many of our own patients at night time, weekends and public holidays. She also developed a further interest in bird and exotic medicine and native wildlife care and treatment.
A qualified Yoga teacher, Lisa has two teenage boys who are keen classical musicians and opera singers. She spends her spare time gardening and walking and is an enthusiastic cook.
Dr Larissa Abbott
Dr Larissa Abbott
Dr Jessica Li
Dr Jessica Li USYD BVSc
Jessica grew up locally in the northern suburbs of Sydney. Thanks to her parents and grandparents being animal lovers, she has fond memories of her many pets growing up and by Jess’s 10th birthday she was determined to become a vet.
Her dream came true when she graduated from University of Sydney in 2003 with Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Her first full time job was at a busy mixed practice in the South Coast, NSW
where she worked with all creatures great and small. During her time in the countryside, she completed a post-graduate course in Ophthalmology, Emergency and Critical Care.
One of the highlights of Jess’s career is working as a volunteer vet for Vets Beyond Borders in the remote Leh region of India. Here she gained invaluable experiences in both veterinary skills and life outside of Australia.
Returning home, Jess worked as a Clinical Manager at Northside Emergency Veterinary Services (NEVS) for a few years before becoming a proud mother of two beautiful children.
Jess has a special interest in emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery and exotic pets.
Outside of work, Jess enjoys vetting at Sydney cat shows, spending time with her two young children, hanging out with friends, gardening, cooking, skiing and tending to her menagerie of furry and feathery pets.
Jess is a passionate, kind and dedicated vet who is devoted to providing her patients with the best care. She speaks fluent Cantonese and basic Mandarin.
Dr Lawrence Shen
Dr Lawrence Shen BVetBiol/DV
Lawrence’s particular areas of interest are Small Animal Medicine, Small Animal Surgery and Pathology. In his younger years as a year 11 Barker student, Lawrence did some work experience with Martine at The Village Vets. It was then that he set his sights on Veterinary Medicine.
After completing high-school he jumped straight into the combined Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and the Doctor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. Having finished his degree and graduating from the University of Sydney, Lawrence has returned to us at the clinic as a full-time Veterinarian.
Having worked at a busy aquarium during his first few years of veterinary school he was initially very focused on aquatic medicine. Since completing his final years at University and working in several busy small animal clinics he has gained a strong focus in small animal medicine and surgery.
Lawrence has quickly become an integral member of the team and is enjoying working at The Village Vets, appreciating the mentorship that the senior veterinarians provide.
In his free time Lawrence enjoys bushwalking, exploring new beaches and swimming. He has a Krefft’s Turtle named Ophelia and a burgeoning population of Axolotls (a.k.a. Salamanders).
Dr Giné Torre
Dr Giné Torre BVetBiol/DVM
Giné moved to the Gold Coast from South Africa in 2009. After finishing high-school she moved to Sydney in 2016 where her love of animals saw her start a combined Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at the University of Sydney.
Whilst completing a year of placements she was given an opportunity to perform basic surgeries such as spays/castrates. This sparked a keen interest in veterinary surgery and knowledge of medical cases in the domestic animal veterinary arena.
Giné speaks Afrikaans and grew up with cats as pets. Layla, her current cat lives with her parents in sunny Queensland and she hopes to adopt her own cat in the near future.
In her spare time Giné loves discovering new bush walking tracks, going to the beach, baking, spending time with friends.
Dr Anabel Thomas
Dr Anabel Thomas BSc BVMS
Growing up in Perth, Anabel graduated as a Veterinarian from Murdoch University in 2001. She has worked extensively in small animal practice in both Australia and the UK.
Starting her career in Sydney, Anabel developed a keen interest in Small Animal Surgery. Building experience while working abroad, her interest in this area has continued and she now brings this expertise with her to The Village Vet Team.
Anabel enjoys the team environment of a veterinary practice and her enjoyment of working to a common goal comes through in her daily work.
In her free time, Anabel loves running, cycling, and the outdoors whilst spending time with her young family.
The Village Vet Nursing Team
Kylie comes to us from a background in corporate marketing. In 2019 she made the career change to Veterinary Nursing and has since gone on to firstly volunteer and then later work as a vet nurse while she completed her Certificate IV.
Kylie feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to work in an industry that combines her passions: A love of animals, her desire to help others and an interest in medical science.
In her spare time, Kylie enjoys running with her chocolate labradoodle Roxy, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
SENIOR VETERINARY NURSE
Allegra has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for 13 years, has worked with Martine since our doors opened back in 2012 and is an invaluable member of our nursing team. She loves all the furry, feathery and scaly creatures of the world and provides exceptional care to every patient who walks through the door.
She is currently working part time at the clinic so she can spend time with her beautiful children Theo and Magnolia and partner Matt. Allegra also minds dogs in her own home alongside her cheeky cat Caspian and playful dog Red.
Allegra’s expertise and experience is very much appreciated by her peers. She has a gentle and caring nature, is a pleasure to work with and we all feel very fortunate to have her on our team.
SENIOR VETERINARY NURSE
Michaela first started at The Village Vets as a Veterinary Nurse in training while completing her Certificate IV at Ultimo Tafe. During this time, it was clear that Michaela’s knowledge and passion for animals of all shapes and sizes, as well as her hard work and enthusiasm made her a perfect addition to the team.
Michaela adores every animal that walks through the clinic doors and will always greet you with a smile!
The next stages of her career she would like to expand on are advanced anaesthetic, emergency care and much more! Her passion and skill in these areas adds to her constantly improving nursing skills. Michaela runs the surgical theatre at The Village Vets and keeps it in tip-top shape as well as other medical equipment that we use daily.
In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and family, especially, the furry kind!
SENIOR VETERINARY NURSE
Gina is one of the Senior Veterinary Nurses and an integral member of the team at the Village Vets.
She completed her Animal Studies course in 2017 and then went on to complete her Veterinary Nursing course in 2019. She joined our team as a volunteer in order to carry out her required work experience. Gina’s hard work, commitment and compassion towards the animals in her care made her a perfect fit for The Village Vet and began working with us full time in 2019.
Gina has a passion for animal care and nursing development and is largely responsible for Tafe and work experience student progress and performance. She contributes to the daily running of the clinic and ensures that the surgical and medical ward is running smoothly at all times. Her leadership skills and nursing knowledge are an asset to have in the team.
In her spare time, Gina loves spending time with her beloved dog Sofles and Domestic Shorthair cat
Dr Martine Perkins
SENIOR VETERINARY NURSE
Kirsty is one of the Senior Veterinary Nurses and Receptionists. She is extremely passionate about animal care and treats all animals as if they were her own, always aiming to provide the highest standard of care for all patients.
Kirsty’s focus is to provide a professional, consistent and seamless service experience for all of The Village Vet’s clients and is dedicated to ensuring the highest standard of care across all areas of our practice.
She obtained a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and a Certificate IV in Customer Contact in 2014 after which she completed a Certificate III in Captive Animals in 2017.
She is constantly expanding her knowledge and skills with continual professional development, completing courses in Small Animal Anaesthesia, Animal Nutrition and Weight Management, Wildlife Treatment and Care for Veterinary Professionals and Practice Management. She is currently studying Leadership Fundamentals and plans to implement these best practices learnt with the team.
Kirsty Is passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and care, animal adoption and rescue as well as animal behaviour and client education.
Her free-time is spent with her partner Brad and her domestic shorthair cats Archie and Ollie. Kirsty enjoys being outdoors and keeps fit by running.
The Village Vet Trainee Vet Nurses & Animal Attendants
TRAINEE VETERINARY NURSE AND ANIMAL ATTENDANT
Gemma detoured from ballet training to pursue a long-held passion for animals and their welfare.
Now dedicating herself to veterinary nurse training, Gemma works while studying and is hands on as an Animal Attendant assisting The Village Vet Team.
Gemma has three years of experience working with animals. From pygmy hippos and penguins to possums and pugs, Gemma’s motivation is getting to know the personality of every animal she works with.
In between studying and working, Gemma is proud to share her backyard with 10 much loved and pampered chickens.
Danielle started volunteering with The Village Vets in October 2018 while studying a Certificate II in Animal Studies at Ultimo Tafe. Danielle’s hard-working nature and her passion for animals and patient care made her a perfect fit for our team. She soon began as an animal attendant and important member of our support staff at the clinic.
She completed her animal studies course in December 2018 and began her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in February 2021. Whilst studying Danielle is currently working for us as an animal attendant, receptionist and trainee nurse.
Dani is passionate about veterinary nursing and also thrives on helping with injured and orphaned wildlife. Dani is currently enjoying learning about surgical monitoring and hospital cases. Dani takes pride in our clinic and always aims to keep it in an organised and immaculate condition while taking a particular interest in providing enrichment to our boarding cats.
When Dani is not caring for pets here at The Village Vets she is enjoying some time at her family farm near Stroud feeding cattle, riding motorbikes, spending time with her family and exploring the country lifestyle on the property with her American Staffy Kaiser and her brothers dog Koda who is a Labrador retriever! She also loves to spend time with her beautiful domestic shorthair cat called Leo who also loves playing with Kaiser and Koda!
Dani has become an integral part of The Village Vets team and a vital member of our support staff at the clinic.
She will finish her Veterinary Nursing course in December 2022 and we cannot wait to see where this takes her!
TRAINEE VETERINARY NURSE
Tess started off as a volunteer with The Village Vets in 2016 while she was still at school and was soon employed as an animal attendant. In 2019 Tess completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and is currently in her second year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney University.
In her permanent role as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse with The Village Vets, Tess is gaining experience while using her natural talent for working with animals. Tess is a joy to have on our team and is just at the beginning of her veterinary career. We are excited to see where her passions for Veterinary Medicine takes her.
In her spare time Tess loves to go bushwalking with Cc, her Jack Russel cross terrier.
Alexandra completed her Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience Degree at the University of Sydney in 2018. She has a keen interest in veterinary science and wants to better understand how she could work towards and contribute to improving animal welfare. This has led her to study animal science and husbandry.
As part of her Bioscience Degree, she volunteered with animal care on sheep and horse farms and held volunteer positions at research organisations for companion animal food & medicine, a dairy research organisation and zoos. She really enjoyed studying the behavioural focused research conducted at the zoos, particularly studying how animals responded to visitor interactions, their welfare and vocalisations.
Alexandra also gained her Honours project studying the genetics of Neural Tube Defects in puppies and in June 2021 she completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies. This gave her greater insight into animal handling skills and a more practical understanding of pet care.
Alexandra is currently studying Veterinary Nursing at Bankstown TAFE. She has a pet Cockatiel named Sweetheart and likes to spend time reading, listen to music and visiting zoos and museums.
The Village Vet Reception & Animal Attendants
I started working for West Pymble Vet at 14 years of age. I love animals and caring for animals. Seeing stray animals who were sick and unwell and animals that were injured inspired me to ask the local vet for a job in the hope for an education on how to help save these animals. I started this job to create pathways for me to fulfil my dream of being a wildlife vet who goes out into remote areas and countries to help endangered and native animals. I have continued to work for The Village Vet as the community is kind and everyone is welcoming. The clinic creates a sense of belonging the moment you walk through the doors, starting with the hello from the receptionist, then the vet, the nurse and everyone else as you gradually make your way to the back of the clinic. The Village Vet is a great community and provides much love and compassion toward all animals.
Karina is a West Pymble local who, having grown up close by and still lives in the area, knows and understand the needs of Kur-ring-gai and our clients well.
Karina’s deep love for animals brought her to The Village Vets as our receptionist. With a passion for native wildlife and conservation, she volunteers with the Marine Mammal Rescue Group (ORRCA) on the days she is not working at the clinic.
Growing up with dogs, she now has two dogs of her own, Zola is a Lagotto and Caprica is a shetland sheepdog. Karina is a talented artist and loves to paint animals in her spare time.
Taryn is one of our wonderful part time receptionists at the clinic.
Taryn completed her certificate II in Animal Studies and a Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing in 2017. In addition to her animal training Taryn also worked at a corporate law firm as both a receptionist and a secretary. Through these varying roles Taryn discovered a passion for both animal care and customer service and went on to volunteer at Walkabout Wildlife Park as well as working full time at a Doggy Day Care facility as a receptionist.
Taryn is passionate about ensuring each and every client that walks through the door receives an excellent experience with service that goes above and beyond. She is also an integral part of the general functionality of the clinic, tackling administrative tasks, cleaning and organising the reception area.
Taryn lives with her 3 dogs Ellie the Great Dane, Tilly the Kelpie x Border Collie and Mal the Dingo. She also has a human baby of her own named LJ and her free time is spent looking after him as well as playing video games with her husband Joel.”
First time to a Village Vet Clinic
We want to ensure your first time experience with our clinics is fuss free, its why we have a guide for first time visitors to our clinics.
Simply book an appointment at your preferred clinic location either West Pymble of Killara
Complete Registration Form
So we can best serve you and your pet, we would like you to complete a registration form
Meet & Greet
We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic and caring for your pet
The Village Vet Details
The village vet clinics located on the North Shore of Sydney in Killara and Pymble, servicing the areas of Gordon, Tummurra, St Ives, Hornsby, Northern Beaches and beyond.
The Village Vet Killara
(02) 8350 5678
Shop 20, Philip Mall Kendall Street
West Pymble, New South Wales 2073
The Village Vet Pymble
(02) 9499 4010
Shop 20, Philip Mall Kendall Street
West Pymble, New South Wales 2073
After Hours Emergency
NORTHSIDE EMERGENCY VETERINARY
335 Mona Vale Road,
Terrey Hills NSW 2084