Meet Our Team
Leeton Veterinary Hospital
Our practice has two Veterinarians, four Qualified Nurses and a Receptionist. We pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the latest information on new techniques in surgery and animal health.
All of our team are qualified in their chosen field and regularly attend workshops and seminars to keep themselves informed and ensure that every animal receives the best care and their owners the best service. We believe in patient advocacy and the provision of wellness to the animals in our care.
Dr Peter Brunsdon, BVSc
Peter Brunsdon graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983 and his first position as a qualified Veterinarian was here at the Leeton Veterinary Hospital.
After a few years here in Leeton, Peter left to gain further experience at practices in Corowa & Queanbeyan before settling in as the owner of the Tumbarumba Veterinary Clinic. Two decades later, Peter sold the Tumbarumba practice to work as a locum in Wagga and surrounds & his locum services were acquired by the team at the Leeton Veterinary Hospital in 2019. After a couple of years of working almost full time at here as a locum, Peter decided to purchase the practice in 2021.
Peter enjoys the constant variety of animals, caseloads, clients and challenges that working in a rural practice provides. Having the availability of modern diagnostic facilities for production and companion animals is also an asset and he finds having a great team who make the workplace very functional a benefit.
Peter loves working dogs and currently has a Border Collie cross named Manny.
Dr Jessica Panozzo, BVSc
Jessica is originally from a farming district near Chicago in the US. She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and graduated in 2017. The Leeton Veterinary Hospital is her first position as a Veterinarian, though she also worked as a Vet Nurse during her time at Uni at the Annandale Vets in Sydney.
She has a special interest in the behavioural aspects of veterinary medicine particularly when it comes to canine behaviour. Jess also likes treating our larger patients as well as the adorable pups & kittens we see.
Jessica has a Budgie named Billy, two cats named Baloo & Mowgli and a Kelpie cross called Akela.
Karen started at Leeton Veterinary Hospital in 1987 and not only has her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing but also has a Certificate IV in Surgical Nursing and Certificate IV in Critical Care & Emergency Nursing and the Veterinary Nurse Technician Certificate. Karen is also qualified in Work Place Training and Assessment with a Certificate IV.
Helping pets and their people is what Karen loves about being a nurse and she finds that following cases through from start to a successful conclusion is very rewarding.
Karen has two dogs, Murray Morgan, a Kelpie Cross who was rescued from a litter of abandoned pups at 1 day old and Georgia Lee, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Melinda moved to Leeton to work as a Veterinary Nurse in 2002 and has her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and the Veterinary Nurse Technician Certificate as well as certificates in Information Technology.
Melinda enjoys the variety of cases and animals that she sees and that every day brings new and different cases and there is always an opportunity to learn and be challenged in her career. Having the opportunity to promote animal health and wellbeing through community projects is another bonus.
She shares her home with Roxie the crazy Kelpie and naughty cat called Hamish. Melinda has also had cats, budgies and cockatiels that have been rescue cases in the past and way too much aquatic life to count.
Joyce has been working as a Receptionist and Clerical Administrator since 2002 but has worked as a Vet Nurse before her children arrived.
Working with a great team and being able to assist great clients are just two of the things Joyce enjoys about her job. Getting the chance to have a cuddle and a pat with puppies and kittens would have to be her favourite though.
Joyce has a rescue dog at home, Harvey the Pomeranian.
Sophie Morton is a local having grown up in Narrandera and Wagga before starting her studies in Veterinary Nursing at Wagga TAFE. She qualified as a Vet Nurse in 2012 and had 6 years’ experience in Vet Nursing before joining us in 2017.
The relationship that we have with our clients and patients is one thing that Sophie loves to foster. She also enjoys being there by your pets’ side when you can’t be.
Sophie has a Staffy cross dog called Lexie & a Jack Russell named Freddie as well as several cats at home. She has also raised orphaned kangaroos, possums and other wildlife.
Tia Miller started with us in 2019 as a trainee and gained her qualification in Veterinary Nursing at Wagga TAFE in 2020. Tia had done work experience with us when she was at High School and she had also volunteered to help us in our Animal Nursery at the Leeton Show when she was at school.
Tia has always been fascinated by animals and in learning all that she can about them. She enjoys the surgical nursing of patients the most and the joy of seeing pets that have been in a critical condition get well again and go home to their family.
Tia has a Thoroughbred horse named Missy, Jett the Labrador cross & a Golden Retriever called Ollie.