Dr Mark Ethell – Director
BVSc MVetClinStud MACVSc FACBS Diplomate ACVS MAICD
Mark joined the practice as a partner in 2002. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990 and has worked as a veterinarian in Orange and Camden NSW, Florida USA and Palmerston North New Zealand before coming to Canberra 13 years ago. Mark became a registered specialist in 2000 having completed residency training and arduous examinations in the USA. Mark is also the Principal of our sister practice, Canberra Equine Hospital. Mark is recognised as a leader in the veterinary profession having served as President of the AVBA and the AVA (ACT Division) as well as co-founder and Chairman of a veterinary owned public company VetShare Limited. Mark is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne Veterinary Faculty as well as a member of the University of Sydney Steering Committee for their Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
When not at work, Mark loves spending time with his wife, four children and beloved pets – three adopted cats named Maggie, Suzie and Betty and an adorable chocolate Labrador named Holly.
Dr Eleanor Hall, Senior Veterinarian
Eleanor graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012, and then worked in a busy small animal practice in Ipswich, Suffolk for three years. She moved to Canberra in September 2014 to start a new life in Australia and is excited about exploring and living in a different Country. At work, she particularly enjoys small animal medicine, soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography.
Outside work, Eleanor enjoys netball, running and keeping fit and is considering trying triathlon. She loves dog walking and really misses her rescued Springer Spaniel who’s staying at home the UK, so maybe a new canine friend could fill that gap…
Dr Ali Ashrafi
Ali graduated in 2002 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and holds a Diploma Degree in Veterinary Medicine in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He ran his own mixed animal practice for 9 years before migrating to Australia in 2011.
Ali worked in two veterinary hospitals in Perth for five years until January this year. He moved to Canberra for a temporary job as part of his journey to see the whole country. Loving the cold weather and green nature, Ali decided to stay in Canberra for good. He is looking forward to settling down and living the Canberra lifestyle.
When asked why he decided to accept the job offer at Canberra Veterinary Hospital, Ali replied: “… because of the high quality of services, friendly, caring and professional staff, and a happy work atmosphere”.
Ali is very caring and committed to his work. He doesn’t believe in a given time frame to work; he frequently stays back late into the evening or at weekends to look after his patients. He is passionate about internal medicine, surgery and ultrasonography; however his knowledge is not limited to small animals. His knowledge and experience in veterinary medicine extends to farm animals, equine, pocket pets, birds and exotic animals.
Ali doesn’t have much spare time. He is either at work or studying for work. Of course he has hobbies; he loves travelling, camping and mountain climbing.
Dr Steven Kijlstra
Dr Steven is an honours graduate from the University of Queensland and has spent time at many practices throughout south east Queensland. Having lived in England during part of his boyhood, however, is standing Steven in good stead for the Canberra winters. He loves all animals, especially dogs and cats. Steven has an interest in all fields of veterinary science but internal medicine and diagnostic imaging are his passion.
In his free time, Steven enjoys backpacking, keeping fit, reading and camping. He also travels to visit friends and family in Brisbane when he can.
Dr Allison Brown
Allison is a graduate from the University of Melbourne and has spent time in small animal practices both in Victoria and the ACT. Allison has a Golden Retriever, Lily, who has stayed at home in Melbourne, but would very much like to get a cat to keep her company!
In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading, cycling and baking, as well as road trips to the beach and back to Melbourne to visit family and friends.
Dr Richard Niall
BVSc DipGov (Mgt) AmusA (Dist)
Richard is a graduate from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He initially decided to pursue a career at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, where he completed a Diploma of Government. Richard managed projects delivered through nationwide laboratories (including the Australian Animal Health Laboratory!) that enhanced Australia’s preparedness and capacity to respond to emergency animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease and classical swine fever.
However, with time, he began to miss daily interactions with clients and their fur babies, so decided that his practice of choice was Canberra Vet Hospital.
Outside of work Richard captains a Canberra City Stallions Basketball team, enjoys hanging out with his two Border Collie crosses, Titan and Basil and is a keen musician and avid Golden State Warriors fan.
Dr Kimberley Godwin
Kimberley was born on the Gold Coast and studied at the University of Queensland graduating in 2003 with honours. After working in small animal practice in Brisbane for a couple of years she travelled to the UK to locum in London and the surrounding counties. Initially only planning to stay for 1 or 2 years, Kimberley ended up staying in England for 5 years and enjoyed extensive travel throughout Europe. Kimberley joined Canberra Veterinary Hospital in 2010 and she is currently studying for her MACVSc in small animal medicine.
We are happy to announce that Kimberley is back from maternity leave and consulting with us again.
Dr Shayne Thomas
Shayne graduated from Sydney University in 1994 and worked in Small Animal practice for a couple of years before going on an adventure through Europe. Whilst working in London, Shayne discovered an interest in emergency animal medicine. When she returned to Australia she then spent 15 years working mostly in small animal emergency and specialist critical care practices.
Shayne commenced work with Canberra Veterinary Hospital in 2015 and enjoys the challenges that animal medicine brings.
When not working she loves to spend time with her three kids going on adventures.
Dr Colleen Harvett
Colleen was born in Durban, South Africa and graduated from Onderstepoort Veterinary faculty in Pretoria in 1997. After qualifying she spent 8 years working in England, just north of Liverpool.
In 2005 Colleen headed home to South Africa and worked in several small animal clinics in Durban. The last 6 years were spent in a large, busy, first and second opinion Animal Hospital in Westville, Durban.
In July of this year, Colleen and her husband and daughter moved to Australia and joined Canberra Veterinary Hospital. Her specific areas of interest include dermatology, small animal medicine, soft tissue surgery and primary care.
When not at work Colleen enjoys exploring Canberra with her family.
Dr Kirsten Davies
Kirsten graduated from James Cook University in Townsville, North Queensland and has spent time at practices throughout Queensland and Victoria. Having begun her career in Brisbane in a mixed animal practice Kirsten is now enjoying her passion for small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging with the experienced team at CVH. Kirsten doesn’t currently have any pets but is waiting for the right cat to turn up who needs a loving home.
In her spare time Kirsten enjoys reading, baking, netball, exploring Canberra and visiting family in Queensland when possible.
Dr Brittany Gan
Brittany is a graduate from Murdoch University, and originally hails from Singapore. She has an interest in all areas of small animal practice, but is particularly keen on small animal surgery and would also like to delve more into animal behaviour. She loves all fur babies including exotic ones, and has spent time in exotic animal practices and conservation facilities in Australia and South Africa. Brittany has three pet rats with silly horserace-themed names and would quite easily succumb to adopting more animals if she had the space!
Outside of work Brittany likes to hike, travel, hunt for good food and buy ridiculous toys for her rats online.