Seaside Vet Surgery opened in May 2013, with Dr John and Sheree at the helm. We have been expanding ever since! Dr Nat and Dr Amanda joined the practice as part-owners in 2019, with Dr John splitting his time between Wallaroo and Perth these days. 

For us, it's all about the people and their pets. "We want a meaningful relationship where we treat our patients and clients as our own family. We want to build the Seaside Vet community to be a happy one that we are all proud to belong to."


Dr Nat Wakeham

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery)

Dr Nat Wakeham started her veterinary career on the Yorke Peninsula 15 years ago, working for Dr John as a new graduate vet. She and Dr Amanda enjoyed their time here so much that they've returned to take on management of the practice, after coming on board as part-owners.

Dr Nat loves medical cases, and really enjoys the problem-solving involved. She prides herself on taking excellent care of her patients and clients.

Dr Nat enjoys fishing, cooking and reading at home, as well as looking after a rather lazy dog and a pair of cats!

Dr John Carles

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery)

Dr John has called Yorke Peninsula home since 1994. He started Seaside Vet Surgery in 2013 and has proudly watched the practice grow. In late 2019, Dr John invited Dr Nat and Dr Amanda to join him as practice owners, which has allowed him to spend more time in Perth.

Dr John is a skilled surgeon, performing advanced knee reconstruction techniques, as well as many other facets of orthopaedic surgery. He really enjoys becoming a part of his client's lives.

A highlight of his career was becoming a flying vet visiting Leigh Creek, Roxby Downs and other outback communities. Dr John's visits to remote communities continue, but via the dirt roads these days!



Dr Amanda Bunney

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery)

Dr Amanda qualified in Perth and moved to the Yorke Peninsula in 2007 to spend two years working for Dr John, before travelling with Dr Nat to the UK to work for two years, before settling in Darwin for 8 years. Dr Amanda and Dr Nat joined Dr John as practice owners in late 2019.

Dr Amanda is a shy being, mostly performing surgery and various administrative roles. She is pictured here with one of her favourite patients, Sadie. 

Dr Amanda spends far too much time taking photos of her two cats. 

Tahlia Moss

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing)

Tahlia completed her Diploma of Animal Technology and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She has been at the clinic since the beginning and is a cheery member of our team. Running puppy preschool classes, looking after stray kittens and helping with anaesthesia and surgery.

Tahlia has 2 spoilt cats and a dog at home and would have even more if allowed

Pam Farley

Veterinary Nurse (Diploma of Veterinary Nursing)

Pam has 30 years experience as a veterinary nurse and has worked with John and Sheree for the past 20.

Skilled in all facets of surgical nursing, Pam provides outstanding hospital care to her patients.

She is surrounded at home by her menagerie of animals and horses and loves getting out on the water kayaking

Dr Prue Hicks

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)

Dr Prue grew up on the Yorke Peninsula and after graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2015, she returned home to join the team.

She likes to keep busy outside of work and is heavily involved with the Kadina Netball Club, and the Yorke Peninsula netball association.

Dr Prue has talents other than being a great Veterinarian and is very creative and is able to make beautiful handmade Kokedmas. One of her creations is sitting in our front consult room. If you would like further information about these search 'Ivy Wraps' on Facebook.

Prue has a gorgeous Nova Scotian Duck Tolling Retriever at home, as well as a very cheeky cat. 

Dr Iona Koennecke

Veterinarian (DVM)

Dr Iona Koennecke grew up on a farm on the Yorke Peninsula and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015.

Her first ever work placement during her uni degree was at Seaside, and she’s stayed in touch with the team ever since.

She has many varied interests outside of work and has recently started to turn her hand to furniture building.

Dr Iona has a staghound called Cricket who loves sleeping, pats, exploring, and pretending to be deaf when she’d rather not listen to what she’s told, like ‘smile for the camera’.

Lauren Lewis

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing)

Lauren loves being a vet nurse! She has a very infectious smile and manages to brighten the whole clinic.

She completed her certificate IV in vet nursing 4 years ago and has been working at Seaside Vets ever since. Lauren enjoys all aspects of vet nursing but has a strong passion for surgical nursing.

Lauren has a beautiful border collie at home as well as 2 cheeky kittens.

Sheree Moroney

Practice Manager (Diploma of Veterinary Nursing)

Sheree became a veterinary nurse in 1994 and completed her Diploma in 2001.

Sheree enjoys time with her extended family (including 8 grandkids), cooking, the beach, going to the grandkids sports, her pets and her garden.

She has been a practice manager since joining forces with John 20 years ago, and is a superb organiser and leader. She loves a joke and her laugh can be heard blocks away making Seaside Vets a happy surgery to be a part of for everyone.


Stef Treloar

Veterinary Nurse (Enrolled in Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Stef has been with Seaside since 2019 and is rocketing through her training and qualification in veterinary nursing.

Stef enjoys a challenge and has been coordinating and attending Seaside's Coober Pedy clinics - no mean feat!

Stef has three dogs and one very naughty cat at home, who all keep her very busy.

Bianca Woolford

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Enrolled in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Bianca joined the team in 2020, working with us part-time while studying hard to finish year 12. She has started her formal vet nurse training, and will complete her Veterinary Nursing Cert IV over the next 2-3 years.

Bianca loves animals, and has grown up surrounded by a clowder of cats. We love having Bianca as part of our team, and are looking forward to seeing what she achieves as her experience and knowledge grow. 


Client Relations

Zoe is our beautiful clinic dog, specialising in client and patient relations. She's a part-time staff member these days, enjoying a lot of her time laying under Sheree's desk!

She helps to keep your pets calm when they come into the clinic and is always up for cuddles.

But don't be fooled by her calm demeanour in the clinic - take her down the beach with a ball and her true Border Collie nature comes out!

Lisa Gray

Veterinary Nurse

Lisa is a trainee veterinary nurse, who splits her time between vet nursing at Seaside, studying her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing, and being an excellent mum!

Lisa is fantastic nurse, who has what we call "the love". She showers her patients with love, which always helps them recover faster. 

She is also a great people person, running our reception desk regularly, as well as her surgical and medical nursing.

Natalie Tozonotte

Veterinary Nurse

Natalie joined our team early in 2021 and has fit right in. She's an experienced veterinary nurse who is particularly passionate about forging connections between the practice and the community. She has won awards previously for PetPep programs, which we are hoping to start up in 2022. 

Natalie (aka Tozz) has an extremely friendly little French Bulldog at home called Lenore. 

Kayla Bodie

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Kayla joined us in 2021 as a trainee veterinary nurse. She is studying online, and putting all of her knowledge into practice with us at Seaside. She is a sponge for new information and skills, and we are really happy she's joined the team!

Kayla has a beautiful Rottweiler and domestic short hair cat at home, whom she loves very much. 

Say hi to Kayla next time you're in!

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