James Meyer grew up just South of the Adelaide Hills in Ashbourne. He spent his primary school years involved with Goolwa Pony Clu,b as well as riding some of his Auntie’s stud ‘Dalpura’ Welsh Mountain Ponies.
His family moved over to Kangaroo Island for his high school years, where James competed and instructed with the local Pony Club, mainly in Dressage and Eventing.
After high school James went straight into Veterinary Medicine at the University of Adelaide where he not only instructed at Gawler River Pony Club, but also volunteered for both the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) & Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) organisations.
James’ main interests are in surgery, as well as preventative medicine in pleasure horses. He also has experience with race horses through his Grandfather, Walter Tonkin, a breeder and trainer on the South Coast.
Jodie is one of our office staff, and is often the first point of contact when making appointments, emergency calls and accounts.
She has many years of experience in reception and book keeping roles, and loves that she now combines that with her passion for horses.
Outside of work Jodie enjoys riding her horse, Dex, rodeos and camping, along with taking her daughter Annalise to vaulting and pony club, or watching her son Brayden and husband Garry at Motorcross.
Naomi is our newest veterinary nurse, who joined our team mid 2012. She has been surrounded by horses all her life and at the age of 15, joined the State Emergency Service and the mounted division at Kapunda. Naomi is an integral member of the mounted team who serve the community from anything such as security at public events to helping the mounted police with land searches.
She completed high school at the end of 2011 and since then has been working towards her Veterinary Nurse qualifications. Her hobbies include horse riding, wakeboarding and netball
Jodee O’Leary is our receptionist. She has been around horses for many years (won’t say how long - it will show her age); she started her career early, riding track work in the mornings before school. Jodee is now studying cert IV in Veterinary Nursing, and has a Certificate II in equine studies and accredited in OHS business operations.
She is a National level show Horse Judge, and has shown horses at Royal and National level for many years, and still enjoys riding and competing, training and educating show horses. Jodee was the founder of Show Horse Council SA, and secured Hygain sponsorship back in 2002-2003, to hold one of the state’s biggest Show Horse event “The Hygain Horse Of The Year.”
Jodee is married to Peter (livestock buyer/stockman), and has 3 children; Courtney (who is following in mums footsteps) and twins Lachlan & Benjamin (fantastic footballers). The O’Learys live on a farm between Mallala & Hamley Bridge
Jenny comes to the APEC team from the Scone Equine Hospital, where she has undertaken roles including Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse and Head Nurse.
Prior to that she worked at various thoroughbred studs in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Her broad range of nursing skills and experience are a welcomed addition to the APEC team. Jenny has completed her Equine Nursing Certificate III and Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV, and outside of work, her top hobby is breeding paint horses.
Lisette brings to the APEC team a broad range of veterinary assistant and reception skills, having worked previously in Veterinary, Medical and Retail businesses. Lisette has various certificates, and has completed training in medical records, accounts, OH&S, Horse Husbandry and she is an Accredited Judge. Her great sense of humour and ‘hands on’ approach to work has seen her openly welcomed to the APEC team.
Lisette’s personal interest in horses and work at various studs are highlighted by her involvement in yearling preparations for and at the Magic Millions. Watch out for Lisette at the Magic Millions in March at Morphettville.
Sandy is returning from maternity leave, bringing back her skills and knowledge, including six years with APEC, equine nutrition, nine years stud hand and management and ICU work overseas. It is great to have her back in the APEC team with her enthusiasm, drive and dedication.
Sandy has completed her Veterinary Nursing Certificate III, and has commenced the Certificate IV. She first started work with APEC in February 2004, and fills her personal time with family, farm and horses interests, particularly breakaway roping and barrel racing. ‘Lame ducks’ tend to find Sandy for her to take home and ‘fix’.