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).

Lauren Wilcox

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Lauren started working at Kippax vet mid 2014 after completing a week of work experience. 

After graduating year 12 she knew she wanted a career within the vet industry and Completed her vet nursing certificate IV at the end of 2018 

Lauren’s taken her vet nursing overseas. At the end of 2017 and 2018 Lauren volunteered at a animal sanctuary in Thailand. 

Lauren has  pets of her own a Labrador cross called Luna, an eastern long neck turtle called Gary, two rabbits cookie and peanut and some chickens. 

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, Bachelors in Veterinary Technology

Sandy started at Kippax Vet in July 2018. She completed her cert IV training in 2014. She wanted to expand her knowledge and in 2017 she graduated with her Bachelor in Veterinary Technology.  Sandy has a passion for surgical nursing , emergency and critical care nursing.  Her current pets include 2 cats, Meika and Lilly. She also has a lovely cattle dog Bindi who has epilepsy.


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.

Chloe Gash

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing



Mikael Matthews

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing