Nursing Team

LouEllen Anderson

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

LouEllen is one of long standing staff members. She started in 1999 and began her Veterinary Nursing Certificate studies in 2005. LouEllen loves nursing but still enjoys her interaction with clients while working as one of our spectacular receptionists. Lou grew up in Cooma with lots of pets and horses. Her current pets include her two cats Disco Trev and Cyril the handsome one. She has recently taken up bike riding and helps run a small cattery in her spare time.

Deb O'Donovan

Certificate II Animal Studies, Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Originally from County Clare, Debbie is our lovely Irish import with a little bit of fire in her belly. She has been with us since 2006, in which time she has developed from volunteer status to one of our senior nurses. She has 1 cat called Amy who also has a bit of fire in her belly when she comes to visit us, but who is, of course, delightful at home. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys going to see bands and more recently, performing dance routines on stage much to the delight of many Canberra revelers (and members of Kippax Vet Hospital).

Raechel Littman

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Raechel came to Australia in 2006 from the US to become a marine biologist.  After spending five years on the Great Barrier Reef she found herself working in veterinary medicine as a researcher.  She prefered taking care of the animals and has been vet nursing for the past six years.  She has three finches, a sole fish and two bunnies that believe they are lap dogs.  Raechel spends her spare time painting, dancing and working at the zoo.

Nicole Bell

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Nicole started as a nurse here at Kippax Veterinary Hospital at the end of 2009 after previously working in a small clinic and boarding kennel. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2009 and loves all areas of her job. Nicole has been running puppy preschool at Kippax Vet since 2013. Nicole has two cats, Archie and Bob, and a jack russell, Honda.

Nicki Mokhiza

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Nicki is one of our senior nurses. She has been a qualified vet nurse for over 10 years now. Nicki started working at Kippax Veterinary Hospital in 2007 after a three-month adventure in South Africa. Nicki met her husband while in South Africa and they are now have a beautiful little boy, born in December 2009. Prior to working at KVH, Nicki worked at Customs Detector Dog Unit for four years, where she trained and cared for the amazing customs dogs. Nicki's family has several horses and she has competed in endurance riding (long-distance) for the past 20 years. She also enjoys playing volleyball, polocross and making jewellery.

Emma Drew-Cowan

Studying Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Emma grew up in Sydney and Canberra and has a background of working in the hospitality industry but decided on a career change in 2016 when she began her vet nursing studies. She has always been an avid animal lover and when she is not fawning over every dog that comes into the clinic, she enjoys travelling, seeing live music and reading a good book with a cup of tea in the sun. Her dream is to one day take her vet nursing skills overseas and help in the fight for the conservation of elephants.


Amber Collins

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Amber first joined the team at Kippax part time in 2009. Upon completion of her Cert IV in 2013 she moved on to work fulltime fully qualified veterinary nurse. 
At home Amber enjoys looking after her two dogs Ripley, a Kelpie X Blue Heeler, and Chloe, a Jack Russel Cross, as well as her beautiful cockatiel Charlie. 
When not working, Amber enjoys going to the gym, walking her dogs or just relaxing and watching some NRL.


Rebecca Vearncombe

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Originally from Wales, Bec moved to Australia in 2009. She joined the team at Kippax Vet in February 2015. Bec completed her Cert III in companion animal services in 2014 and gained her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. In 2015, Bec travelled to Thailand for 3 weeks to help care for elephants and stray cats and dogs. Bec plans to travel to volunteer at many other animal sanctuaries around the world. She has a crazy cat named Oscar who she adopted as a little kitten and is spoilt rotten. In her spare time, Bec loves to take Oscar for walks and adventures on his lead, as well as curling up on the couch watching the latest gossip show.


Sandy Ward

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing


Vanessa Pollock

 Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Vanessa is originally from South Australia and has joined us in Canberra after spending the last 3 years in Queensland, where she was lucky enough to be able to be able to help care for the beautiful sea turtles. Vanessa has had a love for animals since a young age and has been working as a vet nurse since 2013, completing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2016. Vanessa enjoys all aspects of vet nursing, especially cuddling every dog that comes in to the clinic. She has 2 dogs, Maggie the Staffy & Brandee the Cocker Spaniel and 1 cat, Winnie the Devon Rex. Vanessa plans to travel overseas in the future and volunteer at animal sanctuaries.