Dr. Shelley


  Bachelor of Veterinary Science BVSc (Honours) MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Registered Veterinary Surgeon & Director 


Shelley is excited to be living and working in her husbands’ home town of Albury, moving here after years of experience in country Victoria, Canberra and Melbourne. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Shelley worked with all creatures great and small in central Victoria at a country practice. A desire to use her skills in a voluntary role lead Shelley to the tropics, where she treated all kinds of animals on Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands. She has also worked in a very busy veterinary hospital in Canberra, where her passion for emergency medicine began to develop. 


Following further study through the University of Sydney, Shelley moved to Melbourne to work in a 24-hour specialist referral hospital, where she worked in the intensive care unit. Here she met nurse Kim, and has now joined forces with her to bring the best of veterinary care to Albury/Wodonga. Having additional formal qualifications in emergency and critical care, Shelley finds using these skills to save the lives of animals with severe illness or injury to be one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. 


Prior to moving to the border, Shelley worked as a locum vet at various practices including gaining the full outback experience in Broken Hill. She has also worked at a large shelter in Melbourne (RSPCA Burwood East), and is a strong advocate for pet adoption and fostering. She has two rescue dogs (a Kelpie cross and a Jack Russell cross), and has fostered a one-eyed cat and two cheeky guinea pigs. 


Dr. Shelley enjoys supporting and sharing knowledge with other veterinarians, and is an official mentor for veterinarians who are sitting examinations to become members of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, as well as being an official mentor for the Australian Veterinary Association New Graduate Mentor Program. She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound through the University of Melbourne. In her limited spare time, she enjoys exploring nearby towns, floating down the Murray in summer, and playing volleyball. 

Nurse Kim


  Bachelor of Animal Science BAnimSc Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Qualified Veterinary Nurse & Director 


To have a Veterinary Nurse as one of the Owner/Directors of a veterinary practice is quite unique and special! Kim grew up in Albury, and moved to Melbourne to study Animal Science at the University of Melbourne. Through this Bachelor degree, Kim gained a huge amount of knowledge in the way of animal science, behaviour, nutrition, physiology, reproduction and welfare and found this knowledge base gave her a real boost into veterinary nursing. She went on to complete a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is now also a registered Veterinary Nurse with the AVNAT Registration Scheme.

Over the last ten years Kim has worked at a number of practices, including specialist and emergency hospitals, and has undertaken further study in Emergency and Critical Care nursing. Recently Kim has gone on to study pet rehabilitation, aiming to decrease recovery times post surgery. She now looks after all patients recovering from major orthopaedic surgery, formulating recovery and rehabilitation plans to help pets back to their normal self after surgery.

Kim has two young daughters, Kit and Genie, and is very excited to be back in Albury/Wodonga with the rest of her family. When she can find the time, she loves playing sports such as softball and volleyball. She very much enjoys being involved with the community through Townsend Veterinary Clinic as one of the Owner/Directors. 

Dr. Peter


 Bachelor of Veterinary Science BVSc (Honours) MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

Registered Veterinary Surgeon 


Many pet owners on the border will know Dr. Peter Young, who is a very experienced veterinarian with a special interest in surgery.

He has been a veterinarian for 38 years, and previously owned his own practice in Albury. Over the years, Dr. Young has pursued many academic endeavours including becoming a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, as well as working as a lecturer, researcher and referral surgeon at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.  In 2016 and 2017, Dr. Young was an examiner for veterinarians undertaking advanced studies through the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Dr. Young is a also a PennHIP certified veterinarian (PennHIP is a scientific method to evaluate a dog for its susceptibility to develop hip dysplasia). 

His hobbies include karate and trekking at altitude.

Peter started training for karate at a relatively late age, and now is a 3rd Dan. He has competed at the Karate World Championships in Okinawa, which many consider to be the birthplace of karate.

He has trekked in Nepal on three occasions and has also spent some time in the India Himalayas, where he volunteered for Vets Beyond Borders performing desexing on local dogs. He has also been a volunteer vet at the iconic Iditarod Dog sled Race in Alaska. His adventurous and generous spirit has also seen him provide veterinary services to remote aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. 

We are lucky to have such a skilled surgeon on staff and the entire team is learning so much from working with him. 

Dr. Jenna


  BVSc BVetBiol Grad Cert (Small Animal ECC) 

Registered Veterinary Surgeon 

Originally from South Western Sydney, Jenna grew up with a passion for all animals and was involved in the breeding, showing and judging of Angora goats in high school. She moved to Wagga Wagga to study Veterinary Science and graduated, with Honours from Charles Sturt University. After graduation, Jenna worked for a large and busy small animal clinic in Sydney’s South West. 

She has spent the last two years working exclusively in the emergency medicine context for the local Animal Emergency Centre.

Jenna is looking forward to delving into all forms of small animal practice. She has particular interests in anaesthesia, internal medicine, and emergency medicine and holds an additional qualification in emergency and critical care medicine (University of Melbourne). She has been involved in anaesthetic research, consulting for human surgical and trauma training and veterinary anaesthesia consultancy in the local area as well as presenting a seminar on pain management for emergency patients held at River Country Animal Emergency Centre.

Being the owner of two active Border Collies (Piper and Tetris), Jenna also participates in a variety of dog sports including agility, competitive obedience, rally obedience and scent work. From here she has also developed an interest in canine sports medicine and physiotherapy as well as dog training. Outside of work, her husband (a veterinary anaesthetist), pets and interests keep her very busy. She is an avid amateur musician and clarinettist and is involved in playing orchestral, wind symphony and solo classical works.


Practice Manager Tom


  Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering

Bachelor of Business Management 

Practice Manager 


Dr. Shelley's husband, Tom, is our friendly practice manager. Tom is a qualified aerospace engineer, with a degree in business management as well, but a love for animals and a desire to move back to his hometown of Albury has lead him into this role as practice manager at Townsend Veterinary Clinic. He enjoys interacting with people and pets everyday, and builing solid community connections. He is passionate about the clinic making a difference for animal welfare in any way possible. 


Kim and Shelley think Tom is perfect for this role because he has a love for organisation and spreadsheets! In his spare time, Tom watches or plays as much sport as humanly possible (he currently plays soccer, volleyball and water polo) and is a regular at Bunnings.

Nurse Ellie


Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Qualified Veterinary Nurse & Surgical Director


A love for animals and a desire to make a difference drew Ellie into the veterinary world, and she began studying in Wagga Wagga in 2010. She commenced her Veterinary Nursing career there at a busy clinic a few years later. Being a mixed practice, she was exposed to a vast assortment of small and large animals, and loved the variety of animals that would come through the clinic doors. 


Ellie made the move to the border in 2015 where she continued veterinary nursing in a general practice. Here she continued to develop her love for surgical theatre nursing and client interaction. Ellie has also worked at an Animal Emergency Centre to enhance her skills in the fast-paced field of emergency and critical care. 


In her spare time, Ellie likes to take her Jack Russells, Ned & Tilly, on adventures. She also loves exploring the region's great food and wine.

Nurse Sarah


 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 

Qualified Veterinary Nurse 

Sarah has lived in Albury her whole life and started her vet nursing career in 2011 here on the border. Having grown up around many animals at home and at school she always knew a career working with animals was what she was going to do when she was older. 

Sarah has worked in small animal clinics in the past and has an extra soft spot for our 'extra special' brachycephalic (squished faced) patients just like her little Pug 'Dave'. At her previous practices she has had a keen interest and involvement in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries but loves all aspects of nursing. 

She enjoys improving the welfare and well-being of animals as well as building friendly relationships with owners. One of her favourite parts of her job is the reactions of owners upon reunion with their fur babies when they pick them up from hospital, whether that be a short or long stay at the clinic.

Sarah is our fabulous puppy preschool teacher. She puts so much time and effort into the curriculum and really bonds with each of her pupils. She wants the very best for them throughout their life of learning. 

At home with her husband, Ben, they have a daughter Eloise, Dave the Pug, Henry the Border Collie as well as two very cheeky rescue cats, Regi and Audrey who all keep her very busy when she isn't at work. She loves to spend time in her gardens, walking, cooking and spending time with her family in her spare time.

Nurse Rachel


 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Rachel grew up in a small town in Victoria called Cockatoo in the Dandenong ranges. She has always had a passion for animals, having many pets as a child, including dogs, cats, rabbits and even a blue tongue lizard.

Rachel started her veterinary nursing career at Monbulk Vet Surgery, where she stayed for seven years. Her husband Paul works for the army, and as Rachel has also worked in Townsville and Brisbane. 

Rachel has cared for plenty of wildlife since she began her career, ranging from baby possums to baby birds. She has a very special interest in animal behaviour, exotic animals, wildlife and orthopaedic surgery. 

Rachel's hobbies include caring for her beautiful little boy Fynn, going on long bush walks, reading, going to the beach, getting fit at the gym, swimming, and catching up with family and friends mainly based in Melbourne. 

Rachel's pets include Pip the pug, Leo the Burmese who was rescued, and two cheeky/ naughty birds: Opi a Pineapple conure and Boo a Green cheek conure. 

Nurse Rylee


Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 

Qualified Veterinary Nurse


Rylee is our newest Veterinary Nurse and we are so excited to introduce her to everyone. Rylee grew up in Albury/Wodonga and always knew she wanted to work with animals or children. 

In 2018 she moved to Geelong to study her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She began working in Torquay as a trainee vet nurse in June 2018 up until her move back to the border in December 2019 to begin working at Townsend Veterinary Clinic.

Being relatively new to the industry she has many aspects of the job she finds rewarding but emergency and critical care and end of life care are areas she would like to grow in.

In her spare time she enjoys live music, travel, yoga, food and any activity that gets her outdoors with her golden retriever (Charlie girl). Spending a lot of time with her family is high on her priority list. Winston is her other baby, heʼs a sassy 13 year old tabby cat.

Rylee is looking forward to learning from everyone in the team at Townsend Vets and constantly continuing her studies in the awesome field of Veterinary Nursin