Our Veterinary Team
Here at Kanwal Vets we have only extremely talented and dedicated Vets working with us. Our Veterinary team are very experienced and pride themselves on open and clear communication with you at all times. We are a family owned and run practice with a unique personal touch to every visit. We are passionate about what they do and are committed to making your visit with us the best experience you have had.
Dr. Bruce Krumm
Veterinary Surgeon -BSc BVMS MRCVS
Bruce was born and spent his youth in South Africa before emmigrating to the United States and completing his science degree at the University of Utah. He then headed off to Scotland where he completed his veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow in 2002. Preferring the more tropical lifestyle, he then came out to Australia, where he worked in Wauchope and Newcastle for a few years, before permanently settling on the Central Coast.
Bruce’s professional interests lie in all aspects of medicine and surgery. He has a particular passion for ultrasonography and soft tissue surgery.
Outside of work, Bruce enjoys diving, kayaking, crossfit and karate. Bruce owns Django who keeps him on his toes.
Dr. Stephen Ferrett
Veterinary Surgeon- BVSc (Hons)
Stephen completed his veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in 2010. He has worked in both small and mixed animal practices within Port Stephens and the Central Coast. Stephen also spent two years working as an emergency and critical care veterinarian at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney and the Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) in Gosford. Stephen joined the team at Kanwal Veterinary Hospital in March of 2017.
Stephen is interested in all areas of veterinary general practice, but he holds a particular fondness for surgery, dentistry, and emergency medicine. And yes, he has seen the occasional ferret.
When not at work, Stephen enjoys being at home with his partner Belinda, son Cameron and daughter Chloe. He enjoys taking time out by training in karate, playing guitar, or indulging in a nice meal with a glass of wine. The family also lives with a lovely ginger cat named Reg, who is a little bit simple….
Dr. Briar Krumm (Thornburrow)
Veterinary Surgeon- BVSc (First Class Honours)
Briar undertook her veterinary degree and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000. She has worked on the Central Coast since graduating. Her interests include small animal medicine and emergency medicine.
In her spare time, she is kept very busy being a Mum to two beautiful boys and two cats called Twisty and Rosie . She enjoys the beach, having a glass of wine and dinner with her friends , reading a good book, she can be found chilling out doing some yoga on her days off.
Dr. Melanie Prunster
Veterinary Surgeon - BVetBiol/BVsc
Mel graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2016. After a three year stint in rural practice in the Upper Hunter Valley, Mel decided to move to greener pastures of the Central Coast.
Mel has a keen interest in veterinary behavioural medicine, having completed a year long behavioural medicine course through Sydney University in 2018. Mel’s other interest include internal medicine, consulting and communication skills.
Mel has a big fur/feather family with her wife Bec, who is also a Vet. They have two horses, two cats. 15 chickens and two rats !
Dr Faye Cannon
Veterinary Surgeon BVetMed (London)
Faye completed her veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1998. Since then she has worked in both the UK and Australia. She settled on the Central Coast in 2000 with her husband Barney and they have 3 amazing children Freja, Harvey and Darcy who keep them incredibly busy.
Faye has worked in small animal practice for over 20 years and to this day enjoys all aspects of medicine and surgery. She is a self confessed chatterbox and loves to connect with her clients and their furry friends.
Dr Calli Hicks
Calli’s passion for veterinary medicine started in Southern California, where she would often accompany her Step Father on emergency veterinary calls. It wasn’t long before she completed
her Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behaviour at UC Davis. Calli then travelled to the West Indies to undertake her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University.
Following her path of world travel and education lead her to Western Australia where she met her husband and completed her final Veterinary studies at Murdoch University.
Calli’s professional interests are in preventative medicine, nutrition, and senior pet care. She also enjoys all aspects of Avian medicine wether it is a chicken or a fancy parrot.
Calli enjoys spending time with her three children and husband on their hobby farm which is home to cows, chickens and horses. They also have 3 dogs, and two cats. Calli’s hobbies include scuba diving, gardening, and cooking.
This is our Team and we are proud to work at Kanwal Vets and we are lucky to have a job we love and make a difference in the lives of animals everyday. We are all dedicated, hardworking and committed to our job which is our passion. We pride ourselves on providing the best standards of care to you and your family members.
Our Nursing Team
We have some of the most talented and committed Veterinary Nurses Australia has to offer. Our team of nurses work tirelessly to ensure your family member is looked after to best standards of care the Veterinary industry has to offer. Not only are they a committed, self motivated and caring bunch of professionals, they are great mates outside of work which makes working with such a beautiful team so rewarding.
Practice Manager / Veterinary Nurse
Tiana is our Practice Manager and has come to our practice with 15 years’ industry experience and is really enjoying working with such a dedicated and devoted team at Kanwal. Tiana is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and has completed Cert IV in Frontline Management, Tiana runs our Puppy Preschool classes in which she has over 12 years experience doing.
Tiana has been a local all her life and has 4 young Children who she adores more than anything. They have 3 ponies called Molly, Willow and Stormy whom the kids adore, two cats Huey and Millie. Tiana leads our team and is very proud of each and every one of them and what they can bring to Kanwal Vet family.
Tiana enjoys just being with her children and watching them enjoy growing up in a rural setting.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Hayley’s passion has always been to work with animals. She has been a veterinary nurse since 2006 and not looked back. Hayley became part of the Kanwal Veterinary Hospital family in 2012 and has completed Certificate 3 and 4 in Veterinary Nursing. Hayley is very talented at what she does and like all our nurses her patients always come first. She is highly committed to her role and leads our team of nurses with pride.
Her furry family consists of two spoilt cats Jinxy and Smokey, her ‘love of her life’, little Chihuahua, called Dixie and a horse called Honey. Her hobbies include horse riding, motorbiking, her two vintage cars and renovating her beautiful home.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Darleen has worked at Kanwal vet since Oct 1996. She’s married and has 2 beautiful daughters, and they live with 2 dogs Jax and Frank and cats Bindi and Smurf. Isabella is the oldest of her pets and Smurf is the youngest.
Darleen loves spending her free time walking Frank and Jax, having family time with her grandson Leo, riding her motorbike and camping. Darleen is a very treasured member of our Vet family here at Kanwal.
Jaimi-Lee is an intergal part of our Nursing team and comes with a extensive knowledge and experience as a Vet Nurse.
Jaimi-Lee and her husaband, Joe have two sons, Reggie and Jimmy they enjoy hanging out with family, friends and their animals. She has been a Vet Nurse for over 10 years and loves her job, she only works Part- time whilst juggling working life and parenthood.
Makayla competed her Veterinary nursing in 2020. In her spare time she enjoys looking after her 15 dogs and hanging out with her family on their property. Makayla and her husband Joel just welcomed their beautiful son Eli recently and they are both adjusting to parenthood beautifully.
Makayla is passionate about animals and their welfare and loves caring for all of them. We are lucky to have Makayla as part of our wonderful nursing team.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Lauren has joined our nursing team as a trainee Veterinary Nurse, she will be attending Tafe next year to study Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys camping and being with family and friends. Lauren owns two chickens and three cheeky border collies. Lauren’s smiling face will be a welcomed addition to our already awesome nursing team.
Jo joins our Nursing team with a wealth of experience having been nursing for 35 years. Jo is very passionate with people and their animals and understands the special bond they share.
Jo loves doing anything with her grandkids and spending time with her partner on weekends enjoying each others company.
Michelle joined our team in April 2023. She comes to us with over 10 years nursing and management experience, her knowledge and experience is a welcomed addition to our already talented nursing team.
Michelle has a special interest in post operative orthopeadic management and care, having encountered several cruciate ligament repairs with her own pets.
Receptionist/ Veterinary Nurse
Sam is one of our welcoming receptionist that you will encounter when calling the clinic. Sam’s love for animals led to studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Kurri Kurri campus. Since she finished that she hasn’t looked back.
She has three children, Maddison , Rylan and Aiden, along with a cat affectionately named by her children as “Cat”. Sam’s calm and caring nature will rub off on you once you are greeted bu her at reception.
Receptionist / Veterinary Nurse
Bec joins our team with over 11 years industry experience as a veterinary nurse, and will be another friendly face you see as you walk in the door.
Bec’s love for animals came at a very young age being lucky enough to have been bought up on a farm surrounded by many fur friends.
Bec is married to her husband Stephen and together they share there two cheeky daughters and one very well loved Labrador Charsee.
Michelle has joined our wonderful reception team, she lives with her husband and two adult children at Jilliby. She has 2 Border collies Malani and Obi, She has also recenlty added to her family with a calf named Roman. Michelle loves looking after wildlife in particular possums. She enjoys camping with her family and friends.
We are looking forward to you meeting Michelle when you come into our reception, we are sure her infectious smile, great sense of humour and laugh will rub off on you when you are next in with your pets.
Tamazin is joining our reception team in October. Tamazin is a passionate and enthusiastic yoga instructor who has a love for all animals. She enjoys being active and outdoors in nature, beach swims , camping and renovating their old school caravan with her partner Ace.