Our talented team of Vets and Nurses have extensive skills and a very broad range of experience in all aspects of animal health. Their technical expertise is equalled by their compassionate and caring approach to all situations. 

  

Dr Zoë Adams

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc, BHSc, MaVBM, MRCVS)

Dr Zoë is the proud owner and senior veterinarian of Meadows Veterinary Centre. Zoë grew up in the Adelaide Hills and completed her veterinary degree at the University of Sydney. Upon completion, she undertook an Equine Internship in the United Arab Emirates, and from here has had a varied and interesting career working in dedicated equine practice, mixed practice and small animal practice in the UK, UAE, Oman and Kuwait. Her time in the Middle East, also saw her have the opportunity to work with exotic species ranging from gibbons, koati, sharks and penguins to seals, rhinos, elephants and big cats!

Zoë's main interests lie in surgery (soft tissue and orthopaedic), small animal internal medicine, and emergency and critical care. Surgery is her favourite, with emergency procedures at the top of her list.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the practice and is keen to continue to extend the range of procedures and services that can be provided by the clinic.

Outside of work, Zoë likes to keep active. She loves training at the gym, horse riding (especially dressage), skiing and sports of any kind. She also enjoys travelling as much as possible, with an incurable travel bug, 

Zoë lives with her husband Dan (Practice Manager) on a small property in Meadows. They have a menagerie of animals including many weird and wonderful orphans collected through the practice. The farm is headed up by two crazy young border collies, Shogun & Kraken. Dan & Zoë are proud to solely own the practice and believe strongly in maintaining a family practice offering a high quality of veterinary care, at all times, for all creatures, great and small. 


Dr Erin Taylor

Veterinarian (BSc DVM)

Dr Erin is a 2014 Adelaide University veterinary graduate who grew up in the Adelaide Hills. She still lives in the area with her ever-expanding fur family, which includes dogs, cats, horses, goats, alpacas, and chickens.

Erin has spent her career focusing on small animal practice and has experience working in a large emergency and critical care facility in Adelaide. She has a particular passion for small animal medicine, with skills in ultrasound, complicated medical cases, and surgical procedures.

In her spare time, Erin likes to engage with her own animals, walking her dogs and riding her horses. She also has an interest in equine bodywork and massage, and when she's not occupied at the Clinic with small animals, she can be found helping horses feel better in their bodies.


Dr Jess Scriven

Veterinarian (BSc DVM)

Dr Jess graduated as a veterinarian from Adelaide University in 2021 and has been living and working in the Adelaide Hills ever since.

She has a love for all animals, large and small, with a special interest in birds, reptiles and amphibians. Jess is a volunteer with "Paws and Pals", providing pet care to the pets of people experiencing homelessness. She loves being in a mixed practice because of the wide variety of people and animals she meets in her day-to-day role.

Outside of work, Jess enjoys being active in the outdoors, dancing, travelling and reading.


Dr Kate Werfel

Veterinarian (BSc DVM)

Dr Kate is a 2022 graduate from the University of Adelaide and after completing a placement with us during vet school she just couldn't stay away! 

Kate grew up on a property in the Clare Valley surrounded by all animals, great and small. She quickly developed a love for both farm and domestic animals, having horses and a dog of her own, whilst also showing stud cattle. This background confirmed her interest in working in a mixed country practice and being able to help any animal that might walk through the door! She has a particular passion for equine medicine, after spending a lot of time with her horses while growing up and working as an equine vet/stable hand throughout her time at university. She has completed her postgraduate certification in equine dentistry and has a growing interest in small animal surgery and ultrasound.

Outside work, Kate enjoys being outdoors, exploring new places around Australia and overseas, cooking and eating good food, but also relaxing whilst watching a good movie or two!


Dan Adams

Practice Owner/Manager

Dan is the proud owner of Meadows Veterinary Centre with his wife Zoe. Whilst his background is in teaching and administration, Dan has always been passionate about animals. Dan brings a wealth of organisational and management experience to the practice and is the engine behind the scenes ensuring that the practice runs smoothly and positively. 

Since meeting Zoe, Dan has always been a keen visitor to her workplaces and has been actively involved in the rehabilitation of wildlife. In the Middle East, Dan regularly fostered and helped rehabilitate primates, lion cubs and kangaroos who were victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Since returning to Australia, he has been actively involved in native wildlife care and rehabilitation. Dan often comes home with the latest orphan dropped at the practice and has built a motley crew of lambs, goats, chooks, possums and an orphan alpaca called Apollo, who all enjoy life on Dan & Zoe's small farm. 

Dan is a passionate gardener and is developing a native garden around the practice. He has a very productive vegetable garden at home and a prolific orchard. He is a keen apiarist and enjoys caring for all of his animal charges and developing a sustainable life. He is always accompanied by his two young Border Collies, Shogun & Kraken, who he is training to work livestock.  

Outside of practice and farm life, Dan is an avid traveller, having visited 87 countries to date. He is a passionate snowboarder and scuba diver and loves nothing more than a good coffee or a glass of sparkling Shiraz. 


Anna Ward

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Anna is a qualified veterinary nurse with a wealth of mixed practice knowledge. She has been with Meadows Veterinary Centre since 2016 and loves all aspects of practice. She particularly enjoys surgical nursing and is a skilled anaesthetics nurse. 

Anna lives in Finniss with her husband, her beautiful baby boy Harvey and her furkid Ingar. She loves spending time with her family, with her thoroughbred Obi, camping and hiking. 


Penny O'Neil

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Penny is a qualified veterinary nurse who has returned to the industry after a career break to raise her family. Prior to this Penny worked in small animal practice as well as in an emergency hospital, solidifying her veterinary nursing skills. 

Penny enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice and is particularly skilled in client communication and triage of cases. Penny provides our inpatients' with compassionate care and is excellent at keeping clients calm in stressful situations to ensure we can give their animals the best care. Penny is enjoying the challenge of working in mixed practice, with her farming background providing her with the needed skills to deal with all the different species that come through our doors. 

Penny Lives in Echunga on a property with her husband, son, daughter, dogs and birds. Penny and her husband also run a plant nursery. Penny enjoys supporting her kids sporting teams, visiting the beach, reading and art. 


Loren Downer

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Loren has joined our team as a newly qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse. She grew up on a farm in Strathalbyn and since she was a little tacker was always helping her dad out with the cattle work. As a result of growing up on a farm and having a passion for all animals, it was inevitable that she would want to continue to work with them. She quite predictably has now found her feet within the veterinary industry. We can't wait to see in which area of the clinic she blossoms. During her studies, she really enjoyed the surgeries and anaesthesia.

Outside work Loren is a Divemaster within the scuba diving world, and you will often find her beneath the waves on her days off. She also loves fishing, camping, travelling, and exploring the world. Loren also has a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy named Yi.


Megan Gatehouse

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Megan is a recently qualified veterinary nurse who has been working in the industry since 2020. She grew up locally on a farm in Ashborne, which solidified her love for animals.

Megan is passionate about patient care. She works hard to advocate for her patients and to provide them with the highest standards of veterinary support and attention.

In her free time, Megan loves to exercise and spend time with her partner and their Staffy Dudley, while also searching for the best Schnitties in SA.


Stephanie Watson

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Steph is a fully qualified veterinary nurse with over 17 years experience in the veterinary industry. Working with animals has always been her passion since starting her first job at 14 years old as a kennel hand.

She gets the most satisfaction in the clinic from surgical nursing and quality-of-life care for our older patients. Nothing makes her happier than supporting clients to aid their animals enjoy their final years of life to the fullest.

Steph is busy at home in Macclesfield with her 2 young boys, her husband, and their chicken, "Noni Hazelhen". Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, reading, and having a good coffee catch-up with friends.

 


Carolyn O'Loughlin

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nurse Trainee)

Caz is a 3rd year Veterinary Nurse trainee and a receptionist at Meadows Veterinary Centre.

She has always been passionate about animals and their welfare. From as early as her primary school days, Caz has been involved in rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife and fostering many pets, until they found their forever homes.

She loves all creatures great and small, but is particularly interested in wildlife and exotics, especially snakes and lizards.

Caz is as busy at home as she is at work with her partner, 3 children, 2 border collies, and 3 cats.

In her free time, she likes to ride her motorbike, go camping, watch movies, and feeds her keen interest in entomology by researching and learning all about creepy crawlies.


Tom Rowe

Receptionist (Final Year Veterinary Student)

Tom is one of our amazing weekend warriors, working Saturdays at the practice and helping out during University breaks. He has his eyes set on working in a Mixed Practice in the not-too-distant future and loves having the opportunity to learn and enhance his vetting skills.

Tom spent his early childhood on a farm in rural Victoria before his family moved to an acreage property at Macclesfield. He has always been surrounded by animals and this cemented his desire to pursue a career in Veterinary Science. 

Currently, Tom has 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a dozen sheep, as well as a very naughty ferret that he adopted from Meadows Vet Centre.

Outside of Vet life, Tom is an avid footy player and loves camping, fishing and sharing drinks with friends.


Will Lanes

Receptionist (5th Year Veterinary Student)

Will is commencing his 5th year of Veterinary studies at Adelaide University and helps out in our Meadows clinic on Saturdays and during uni breaks. He enjoys the variety and diversity that a mixed practice has to offer and looks forward to the prospect of becoming a qualified veterinarian in the not-too-distant future.

Will grew up in the UK and now lives in Balhannah, in the Adelaide Hills, with his family and his Kelpie, called Chase. Until recently he also had his own Angus cattle.

Outside of work and study, Will loves to be outdoors, where he most enjoys camping, 4wding and volunteering for the CFS.


  
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