Our Veterinary Team
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.
Bruce is married to Briar and together they have two young boys. Outside of work, Bruce enjoys diving, kayaking, crossfit and karate. The family has a much loved big brown dogs called Henry and Django as well as two mischievous cats, Rosie and Twistie.
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.
She is married to Bruce and in her spare time, she is kept very busy tending to their two young boys and pets Henry, Django Rosie and Twistie.
Dr. Melanie Prunster
Veterinary Surgeon - BVetBiol/BVsc
Dr Mel is joining our team on January 6th, 2020.
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 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.
Dr Faye Cannon
Veterinary Surgeon BVetMed (London)
Dr Faye Cannon will be joining our dynamic team of Vets at the end of April.
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.
Our Nursing Team
Head 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.
Her furry family consists of three spoilt cats, three dogs and a horse called Honey. Her hobbies include horse riding, motorbiking and her two vintage cars.
Practice Manager / Veterinary Nurse
Tiana 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 10 years experience doing.
Tiana has been a local all her life and has 4 young children with her husband Dean. They have some acreage and enjoy spending time with their dogs and horses.
Pam has had a lifelong passion for animals and enjoys looking after the patients that come into the clinic.
Her four-legged family consists of my two horses – 25-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, Major and 28-year-old Arab mare, Khali, as well as a 15-year-old Terrier cross, Tasha and 14-year-old cat, Bengal.
Pam finds working at Kanwal Veterinary Hospital very rewarding – always learning with each day different. Pam will be retiring in August, but will be doing some fill in work still here at Kanwal Vets.
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.
Samantha’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 two children, Maddison and Rylan, along with a Great Dane “Abbie” and a cat affectionally named by her children as “Cat”.
Willow has recently joined our veterinary nursing team. Willow joins us with over 9 years of industry experience. Willow enjoys spending time with her two young daughters and partner.
Makayla is our trainee Veterinary Nurse. She is currently completing her certificate IV in Vet Nursing at Tafe. In her spare time she enjoys looking after her 15 dogs and hanging out with her family on their property.
Makayla is passionate about animals and their welfare and loves caring for all of them.
Jaimi-Lee has joined our Nursing team earlier this year.
Jaimi as recently gotten married to her partner Joe and with their son Reggie enjoy hanging out with family, friends and her animals.
Jaimi-Lee has been a Vet Nurse for over 8 years and loves her job.
Eva Hopgood -Receptionist
Eva is our full time receptionist, Eva is the friendly face that greets you upon entering our clinic. Eva joined the team only this year and has settled in beautifully, she has become a vital part in making you and your pet feel welcome at our practice
Eva lives on the coast with her fiancé Joel, her dogs Floki and Ash and her cat Mally.
In her spare time she enjoys visiting the beach and travelling in their van.
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.