Meet Our Staff


Dr David FrithDavid Frith BVSc MVST

Director, Veterinarian

David grew up on a sheep and cattle property near Warwick in Queensland. After graduating from Sydney University in 1996 he went on to complete a Masters in Cattle Health and Reproduction at the University of Queensland in 1999.

After 4 years of mixed practice in the UK, David returned to join Quirindi Veterinary Clinic in 2003.

David has a special interest in herd health and ultrasonography, but overall enjoys all aspects of mixed practice and loves being part of a small country community. David also forms part of the consulting team for Quirindi Feedlot Services, our feedlot animal health consultancy company.

Dr Tony BatterhamTony Batterham BVSc DVCS

Director, Veterinarian

Tony grew up here in Quirindi, attending Quirindi High School and afterwards attending Sydney University, graduating in 1996. In 1998 he completed an equine internship at Sydney University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden. After 2 years as a locum in the UK, he returned to Quirindi to join and later purchase both Quirindi Veterinary Clinic and Quirindi Feedlot Services.

Tony remains very active within the feedlot industry and more recently he has been contracted as a Veterinary Consultant for Regeneus®, an adult stem cell research company. Stem cells are providing both humans and animals with many new and exciting therapeutic options.

Dr Cate PlummerCate Plummer BVSc MVST

Veterinarian, Practice Manager

Cate graduated from Sydney University in 1989, having previously completed a degree in equine exercise physiology. After establishing a mixed practice in Victoria, Cate moved to Quirindi in 1999 and has been actively involved in Quirindi Veterinary Clinic since then. Cate has a keen interest in performance horses, is FEI accredited and also is employed by Racing NSW as an official race day veterinarian.

Dr Ashleigh SmithAshleigh Smith BVetBiol BVSc (Hons)


Ashleigh grew up in the town of Albion Park. After graduating from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Ashleigh joined Quirindi Veterinary Clinic in 2010 and has been with us ever since. She is currently undertaking a Master of Veterinary Studies Small Animal Practice Course through Murdoch University. Ashleigh also enjoys getting out onto properties and interacting with livestock producers.

Dr Lisa GoodchildLisa Goodchild BVSc (Hons) DVCS


Lisa grew up on a beef and sheep property near Scone. After graduating in 1992, Lisa worked for a couple of years before she returned to the University of Sydney to do an internship in mixed animal medicine and surgery. Prior to joining Quirindi Vet Clinic in 2013, Lisa was a long term employee at Satur Veterinary Clinic in Scone.

Coming from Scone, Lisa brings with her a lot of small animal and equine experience, and she is really enjoying the varied caseload that comes with rural mixed practice.

Veterinary Nurses and Administration

ShayneShayne Thompson (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Veterinary Nurse and Administration

Shayne joined our practice as a trainee vet nurse in 2003. A lifelong love of animals meant a natural progression for her into vet nursing. Shayne particularly enjoys rehoming animals and is also particularly good at hand rearing animals that are not fortunate enough to have a caring mother.  More recently, Shayne has become increasingly involved in the administrative side of veterinary practice and is enjoying this transition.

TrishPatricia Munro (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Veterinary Nurse

Trish joined Quirindi Veterinary Clinic in 2006 as part of the school TAFE trainee program. She has continued on to attain her Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing certificate. She has a calm, caring nature that relaxes the animals in her care. Trish has special interests in dentistry and animal grooming.

MichelleMichelle Major

Vet Nursing Trainee

Michelle is the newest addition to the Quirindi Veterinary Clinic team. Currently involved in the vet nursing training program, Michelle’s versatility has seen her involved with both the horses at Quipolly Equine Centre and the small animals in our clinic.

KateKatherine Bailey


Kate has been a part time receptionist at Quirindi Veterinary Clinic for a number of years now. Her polite and friendly manner will greet you over the phone or welcome you into our clinic.

Lyn Batterham

Bookkeeper and Feedlot Administration

Lyn has been doing our bookkeeping since 2005.  She has adapted very well to the many technological challenges that we have sprung upon her. Her other very important role has been to manage the ordering and distribution side of our feedlot business.


Neville is our resident greyhound and has been with us for quite a few years now. He has a lovely nature and we think he is quite a hero, as do many of the dogs in the Quirindi district that owe their lives to Neville.


Frank must have quite an active social life because when everyone else is charging around the clinic during the day you can be sure that he will be found sleeping on your chair or your desk or the front counter. The only one who really takes exception to this behaviour is Neville so we make sure that we do not leave the two of them together in a room.

Australian Veterinary Association
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