Dr Bree Hansell (Owner)

I Graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999, moved to the Darwin rural area and started my career working along side Dr Matthew Boyd at Litchfield Veterinary Hospital. I really enjoy the rural lifestyle and being part of the rural community. I have 3 dogs; Freckle (Humpty Doo Special), Smiley (Kelpie Cross) and Minnie (Wolfhound Cross). We also have a handsome rooster that free ranges around the 5 acres. The last 14 years have proved to be very exciting and interesting in regards to my veterinary career and I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of gorgeous animals and lovely people along the way. I loo forward to continually improving and growing our veterinary services.

Dr Alexandra Hesford

Originally from the UK, Alex studied Zoology at Oxford University and then completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Bristol University. After graduating in 1996 she worked in mixed practice in the UK and then spent a couple of years locuming in various countries before settling in Australia in 2002. She has been working at LVH ever since. Alex enjoys the rural lifestyle and she lives on acreage with her husband and 2 beautiful children.

Her animals include dogs  “Harry” and “Gypsy”  a fish called “Sam” and an assortment of ducks and chooks.

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Dr Caroline Astley


Dr Caroline graduated in 1999 and has worked in large and small animal practices. For the last 9 years she has worked in a small animal practice and prior to working at LVH she was in a specialist feline clinic.

She has completed her membership in feline medicine and became a member of the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Scientists in 2008.

Her pets are “JACKO” 13year old Bulldog X and “PHOEBE” a Boston Terrier X

Dr Kim Smith (Specialist small animal surgeon)

Dr Kim Smith is a wonderful specialist Small Animal Surgeon who works with us every second month.

Dr Leana Watermeyer

Leana graduated in 1998. She has been in the NT for 5 years.

Her beloved chickens “Mildred” and “Abigail” are very  very spoilt.



Practice Manager


Nursing staff

Denica O’Neill

Denica’s favourite animal is a tiger, she likes drawing, wild life caring, fostering baby animals, camping and agility/clicker training. She has her certificate II in animal studies.

Her pets are “RUBIE ROO” a kelpie, “KOBI” a boxer, “INDY” and “ORLANDO” cats and “LATTE” a beautiful little dwaft rabbit


Hayley Davey

Hayley has been nursing since 2006. She graduated in Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2009 and has also completed a certificate in microchipping of dogs and cats.

In 2010 she went to the UK and locumed at various small animal practices for 6 months, including a stint with a Specialist Surgeon in Bristol.

For 2 years she worked in an Emergency and Specialist Veterinary Centre in Adelaide.

Hayley’s special interests include caring for injured wildlife and assisting with orthopaedic surgery.

She has a cat called “Skittles” and 3 Kangaroos “Cooper”,  “Tusker” and “Nzuri”.

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Donnette Spencer





Kim Darby

Kim has travelled all the way from Ireland to persue her veterinary nursing career. Kim graduated from AIT earlier this year and currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in vet nursing. Kim has a great passion for large animals and all equestrian sports, she currently has 12 years experience in the equine thoroughbred industry and loves a day out at the races. Kim was class rep 11-12 during her academic year and worked part time at a busy small animal practice for the past 3 years. in her spare time Kim loves to see the great out doors, fishing, camping, cycling and walking. Kim’s pets are currently back home in Ireland, her rotty “Mugen” and cat “Zigen” both of whom she misses very much.


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Steffi Hubel

Steffi has been a familiar face at the front desk of LVH since 1999.

Growing up in the Territory, she spent several years in Katherine, where her love of horses and riding led to completing an Associate Diploma in Tropical Beef Management at the rural collage. This was the stepping stone to a career working with animals, as she soon found employment at the local vet clinics before returning to Darwin and honing her reception skills at Darwin Vet Hospital.

Steffi purchased a property in Darwin’s rural area in 2001 – “keeping the dream alive” of having the space to keep all manner of pets and just enjoying nature.

As a lover of ALL living things, Steffi’s mission is to enhance the relationship between pets and their people by providing health care and sharing her knowledge so we can all have happy, healthy, well cared for animals to accompany us through life.

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The Clinic cat

Miss Puss

Miss Puss likes GECKOS!!

Her hobbies are eating greenies, greeting all the clients and their pets at reception and love from all staff.

She is a roast chicken enthusiast.

Miss Puss was brought into the clinic as a stray kitten found out at Berry Springs.

Miss Puss