Committed to Education, Committed to Service
All members of the Snowy Vets staff have tertiary qualifications, and participate in ongoing training on a regular basis.
Snowy Vets strongly encourage further education and industry training as part of providing premium quality service to our patients and clients, as well as fostering an environment of positivity and self-improvement within our workplace.
Dr. Mike Mesley
Veterinarian and DIrector
Mike was born on NewYear’s Eve, 1977. He grew up and went to school in Sydney, and studied Vet Science at Sydney University, qualifying in 2001.
After graduation, he moved to work in rural mixed practice in Young, NSW, and has worked in mixed practice ever since, including a stint in Windsor, England, working on the Queen’s corgis.
Just after he married Myolene in 2006, Mike came to work a short locum stint at the Baron St Vet Surgery. He loved the region, the practice and working with George so much he decided to make it home. He joined George as a partner in the business in 2007, and now is the sole director and owner of the business.
His four children Zara, Quinn, Raphael and Josephine have all been born since his move to the Monaro and the family now makes its home on the banks of the Snowy River near Dalgety.
Mike completed his specialisation in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2008, when he ranked first in the graduating class of 80 vets from around Australia and South East Asia. He has also studied Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and use of Essential Oils to extend his alternatives to regular allopathic medicine in your pets.
He enjoys the constant and head-spinning variety that being a vet in rural mixed practice brings. He is passionate about natural medicine, the role of diet in good health, and enjoys the challenge of running a small business on top of it all. His aims are to do still more study in natural medicine, as well as to continue to drive Snowy Vets’ evolution as a practice of excellence.
In his (seemingly sparse) spare time, Mike loves to spend time with his family and friends, play and watch sport, read, and spend time in the great outdoors, and in his wine cellar. He looks forward to travelling to see more of Australia and the world when time allows.
The Mesley household buzzes with Schnauzer Cross Gryffin, Wiry terrier Fly, RSPCA rescue cat Kingsley, horses Alfie and Willie as well as a rotating circus of poddy lambs, rehabilitating wildlife and other patients and guests.
Dr. Colin Taylor
Colin grew up and went to school in south eastern Queensland, before he completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from The University of Queensland in 1994.
Since then he has worked in a variety of Veterinary Practices in Queensland, London, New South Wales and in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, in both small animal and mixed practices.
Colin married Judy in 2000 and moved to Western Australia. Both their children, William and Molly, were born in the Kimberley.
Colin came to Snowy Vets from Broome as he and Judy were looking to move their young family east to be nearer to the extended family and enjoy the rural lifestyle. Snowy Vets offered an opportunity to move to a beautiful part of the country in a well-managed mixed practice.
Colin’s specialty lies in surgery. He enjoys challenging himself with cases requiring complex orthopaedic or soft tissue surgical intervention. We often call upon him to perform cruciate ligament repair, fracture repair and complicated thoracic and abdominal surgery. Colin really enjoys the most challenging and diverse cases, which rural mixed practice seems to bring him surprisingly regularly.
In his spare time, Colin is a dedicated family man, a prodigious handy man and a strong contributor to his community.
Colin is the devoted owner of Yilimbirri Unggud (Unggud for short), a young but rapidly growing Stimson’s Python that accompanied them from the Kimberley.
Dr. Serena Sabourin
Serena is originally from coastal Queensland and loves the sun almost as much as she loves the snow, snowboarding and mountains! After completing her degree at the University of Queensland, she lived and worked in tropical Queensland before making the four day journey with her horses, cats and dog in tow to join us here in the Snowy Mountains.
Horses are a huge passion for Serena, and have always been a part of her life either riding and competing or just as paddock ornaments! She currently has three horses, two retired and living a life of luxury and one young mare who is lucky she is so sweet!
Equine veterinary work is of special interest to Serena and she loves getting out on properties to see her equine patients. Her particular focus is on creating trust and building a relationship with horse owners to better support them in keeping their horses healthy. She enjoys the variety that mixed practice brings and thinks that a day that starts with a puppy vaccination, a surgery or two and then ends with a horse consultation and a calving sounds perfect!
She is almost always accompanied by her golden Labrador shadow Miele who joins her in enjoying all that the Monaro area has to offer including hiking, paddle boarding and social sports (she makes a good doggie cheer leader).
Dr. Kai Goyen
Where did you grow up?
When I was a small child we travelled around Australia in a caravan, we lived in Darwin and Hobart and many places in between. I was born in a small country town near Armidale and when we finished travelling I spent the rest of my school years here.
What do you love most about being a Veterinarian?
My favourite part of being a vet is building a bond with people and their pets and being able to help them in whatever situation comes our way. My favourite things to do as a vet would be surgery, opthalmology and of course cuddles with my cute furry friends.
Do you have pets?
I have 2 dogs (Shippy and Woody), a cat (Boo) and 2 Warmblood horses. I used to compete frequently in dressage previously but have not had the opportunity to recently, I am hoping to get back into riding with my young horse when I move to Cooma.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I really love to get outdoors and active! I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, skiing, horse riding and canyoning etc. I also love to curl up with a good book or a movie.
What is your favourite thing to eat?
My favourite food is definitely chocolate, I am 100% a chocoholic and love anything chocolate flavoured!
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
If I could get on a plane tomorrow I would definitely go and see Machu Picchu or the Egyptian/Mayan pyramids. I find the history fascinating and it is inspiring to see the scale of these monuments considering the limited technology they had available at the time.
Dr. Grace Butler
Grace is originally from SE Queensland; were she grew up on a cattle property near a small town called Goondiwindi. She grew up surrounded by animals on the farm and it was this that led her to become a veterinarian.
Grace travelled to Wagga Wagga to complete her degree at Charles Sturt University. During her time here she met her partner Huey, and upon completion of her degree, the permanent move to the snowy mountains required a job close by. She started work in a small animal practice in Canberra, travelling back and forward from home.
After nearly three years, the continuous driving to and from work in Canberra, is what lead Grace to Snowy Vets. She is excited to get the opportunity to be doing some mixed animal practice and really enjoys the diversity that being a vet brings (no day is ever the same).
When not at work Grace spends most of her time with her daughter, who keeps her hands fairly full.
Dr. Aimee Watson
More info coming soon.
Cath is originally from Sydney, where she attended school before moving to Central West NSW, where she obtained her Bachelor of Management in 2003, at the University of Sydney, Orange Campus.
After graduating, she was employed in equine management positions first at a warmblood breeding enterprise, and then at a polo horse stud. Following this, she packed her dog and her horse and moved to Wee Waa to work as a Jillaroo on a large cattle and cropping property.
Cath eventually moved to Jindabyne and began work at a horse trekking business, moving to Berridale in 2008, and marrying Lindsay in 2010. She met George and Mike through their veterinary involvement with the horses, thought they seemed like good blokes and subsequently approached them for a job. They couldn’t believe their luck and hired her on the spot.
After beginning work at Snowy Mountains Veterinary Group in 2009, Cath completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies, and her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She and Lindsay now live on 400 odd acres with their two sons Jim and Hazard Danger.
Cath loves the challenges that present themselves at Snowy Vets and the interaction with the community, clients and other members of the team which her position affords her.
In the future, Cath looks forward to focussing on team well being, team engagement and team empowerment and also improving her strategic management capabilities, whilst continuing to interact positively with the team.
Cath’s extended family includes Jules the Stumpy Jack Rattle Dog, Poppy the Kelp, a fleet of four steeds- Tilda, Ash, Sergeant Thundersocks and Nugget, not to mention her two grown poddy wethers Snowy and ShankBag and prize chook Bok Bok.
I was born and bred in the Snowy Mountains and love everything about it here. When I was looking for a long-term career in the area, I fell in love with Snowy Vets as a business first. I wanted to work here so much that I hung around like a bad smell until someone gave me a job. This led to my traineeship and becoming certified in Nursing. Now I get to work with this amazing team and for a business with values that align so well with my own.
What I most enjoy about working at Snowy Vets is the relationships that I have built with the team, our clients and the animals that we treat.
My pack is continually evolving, however we currently have two horses, four poddy lambs, three working dogs, a Jack Russel called June and most importantly a Whippet called Boots.
Fiona grew up in Christchuch, New Zealand where she went through school and then gained her National Certificate in Equine Stable Practice level 3.
Through this course she got a job as a polo groom which sent her across the Tasman to the Hunter Valley to work at Ellerston from October 2003. Here she met her now husband Jason who moved her and her two kiwi cats down to the Snowy Mountains in May 2006.
Starting off at Sundance Bakery suited her ‘sweet tooth’ very well, but she found she was starting to miss her fuzzy friends. She enrolled in an Animal Studies course at Goulburn TAFE and then, after a few chats with George and Mike, she became a work experience student early in 2007; initially part time, and moved to full time in October 2007. In August 2011 she graduated from TAFE with her Vet Nurse Certificate IV.
Fiona most enjoys helping to look after the animals on the Monaro and assisting the vets, especially the challenges and variety that involves. She loves being able to send a patient home, especially after a difficult case, and watching the reunion between best friends.
Fee’s two cats, Kizmet and Runty, and two dogs, Zemi and Captain Spud, are a huge part of her family.
Megan and her red cattle dog named Ruben recently relocated back to their hometown of the Snowy Mountains in 2019 to join our Snowy Vets team.
Growing up on her family’s farm near Dalgety, Megan has had the opportunity to work with a large variety of animals, including sheep, cattle and horses. During this time, she enjoyed competing her horses across the country.
These days, she like working and competing her young Quarter Horse named Polly.
Before staring at Snowy Vets, Megan worked for an Equine hospital for a number of years. Whilst she is enjoying all the furry faces of our mixed animal passion, she enjoys our farm visits to large animals the most.
Megan is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, and is loving every day in our busy clinic!
Monique was born and raised on the central coast, she always had a love for animals and would drive her parents crazy constantly bringing home stray or roaming cats.
Coming from a family of human nurses she thought it would make sense to follow in their footsteps. At age 16 she completed her certificate 3 in aged care and continued to work in this industry for almost 8 years- during this time she also made sure she was involved with animals by volunteering for Wires and owning as many as she was allowed!
In 2013 her and her partner moved to Shannons Flat and this is where her love for large animals began. A local sheep farmer would give her poddy lambs to raise and she also felt a strong love for cows! In 2015 she was blessed with a daughter and this didn’t change a thing, she could be seen carrying Isabelle around the farm in the baby bjorn fencing, woodcarting and feeding her poddy calves.
In 2016 she took a break from nursing and took a job at the local bakery which gave her a chance to focus on her future career, much to her amazement Snowy Vets was hiring at this time! She is grateful everyday that she was given the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of people and is currently completing her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing.
Monique and her family all live on their own patch of paradise at Greenlands, not far from Nimmitabel with their 8 pet cows, 1 riding cow, a beautiful horse, 2 alpacas, 2 cats and 3 dogs (Ruby-Noodle the crazy cockerspaniel), Holly the mechanic JRT and Mister the property guardian Labrador.
More info coming soon.
Customer Relations, Marketing and Project Manager
Ashleigh grew up in Sydney, where she attended school, graduating in 2009.
She always wanted to help make a difference to people’s lives. This led her to the study of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Hypnosis, Life Coaching, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) completeing her masters in NLP.
In December 2010 she moved to Cooma with her mother, in search of a property. Not long after moving to town she met her partner Liam and hasn’t looked back.
After living in town for around a year, Ashleigh wanted to give back to the community and saw an opportunity to do so at Snowy Vets. Having no experience in this field, she threw herself in the deep end and is thoroughly enjoying the constant learning experience.
She bought a house with her partner Liam in 2014. Now married with 2 kids and 2 cats juggling mum and work life.
Customer Care Team Leader
Maddie grew up on the Central Coast and spent the first few years of her life living on a Dairy Farm with her family.
After graduating High School, Maddie & her parents moved to Canberra with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Whilst in Canberra, Maddie worked extensively in Customer Service doing what she loves most, engaging with people and all the while studying Management and Small Business Management.
After an extensive Career in Hospitality & Retail Management, Maddie and her partner Tim moved to Nimmitabel in 2017 seeking the rural lifestyle and to make themselves a home. She continued working in the customer service industry which eventually led her to apply at Snowy Vets. She has never looked back.
Maddie and Husband Tim, as well as their two Springer Spaniels Gus & Luci, two cats Romi & Val as well as a plethora of chickens, love their life in Nimmitabel and enjoy being a part of this unique community. Maddie is so thrilled to have found a career at Snowy Vets where she gets to interact with Clients as well as pat and care for their beautiful pets. She is excited and cannot wait to continue to learn more about the animals and people in the area, as well as explore different avenues of management throughout the Veterinary Industry.
Customer Care Team
Although Meg was born in Sydney, at the age of 3 her family made the big move to Berridale where she is yet to leave.
Meg has always had a passion for animals, over the years she has looked after LOTS of animals and completed Animal studies. She became a Wildlife carer 15 years ago, mostly for birds and still cares for as many as she can.
She joined Snowy Vets in 2018 as part of our customer care team and is currently known as our resident bird lady as well as our Spreadsheet Queen.
Jack and Rosie are her adorable feline babies that she couldn’t imagine life without.
Customer Care Team
I grew up on the Central Coast, after finishing school, I did a snow season and was hooked. I spent a year in Canada, and then returned to the Snowies every winter while finding somewhere new to explore during the summers. Hamilton Island and Melbourne were favorites.
In amongst my travel I stayed in Jindabyne for 6 years straight where I played for and was highly involved in the Jindabyne rugby Union Club- Some of the best years of my life, before travel once again called.
Inevitably the love for the snowies was too great and I eventually returned here to stay. I live on 15 acres with my finance, and 1 year old son Lane . We have a Cat-Pepper, Horses -Alan and Marshall (my clydie x pride and joy), and a new puppy on the way this year.
Coming from the banking world, joining the Snowy Vets team is a dream come true. 20 years of customer service has led me here and I’m so excited my new customer base includes all our furry and feathery friends.