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Welcome to Weston Woden Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Holder, ACT
Call us at (02) 6288-4777

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (02) 6288-4777!

If you live in Holder or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Our licensed ACT veterinarians treat all types of pets. Your pets’ health and well being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Weston Woden Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our veterinarians have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Holder veterinarians.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (02) 6288-4777 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our veterinary office is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below! 

At the Weston Woden Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

 Weston Woden Animal Hospital | (02) 6288-4777
[email protected]
176 Dixon Drive
Holder, ACT 2611

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Bean Yenson

    Shiruko (aka Bean Soup) is a 2 year old Domestic Short Hair who was adopted from Sydney by Dr Jessica. She is food obsessed and often hangs out at the clinic for moral support.

  • Dr.
    Clare Hibberson

    Clare grew up just outside Canberra. And always knew she wanted to work with animals. After graduating with an honors degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2010 she returned to Canberra where she married her husband, started work at Kippax Veterinary Hospital, and adopted their cat, Poppet, from the RSPCA.

    Clare has a special interest in all areas of small animal medicine, particularly dermatology, ultrasonography. In her spare time, Clare enjoys catching up with friends, gardening, camping, hiking, and going to the movies – and finding ways to involve her 2 kids in all of these activities!

  • Jasmine Braybrooks
    Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

    Jasmine began placement with us in 2020 while studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at CIT. She works full time and is a valued member of the team with her genuine and caring nature. She lives with her partner and two cats Plonky and Noodle. She enjoys hiking, hanging out with friends and travelling in her spare time.

  • Dr.
    Jessica Yenson

    Jessica started working with us in 2021 after graduating from the University of Sydney in 2020. She has a strong interest in dentals and behavioural medicine.

    In her spare time, Jessica can be found volunteering at her local church or relaxing with her two domestic short hair cats named Tama and Shiruko (Bean Soup)

  • Dr.
    Saraih Werry

    Dr Saraih is one of the partners here at Weston Woden Animal Hospital.  She has come from Central West NSW where she spent 10 years caring for all sorts of creatures in mixed practice.  She enjoys all aspects of medicine, especially working with our older patients and ultrasound.  She loves caring for her patients and their owners.  

    When not at work you will find her trail running, hiking and sometimes swimming in the lake with her crazy Labrador Oliver.

  • Dr.
    Alison Taylor

    Dr. Alison is one of the partners here at Weston Woden Animal Hospital. She began her career in mixed animal practice in Gerringong before moving to England. She worked there in small animal practice for four years and also managed to see some of the world during this time.

    After another short stint at the coast, she moved to Canberra in 2004 and has been at Kippax Veterinary Hospital since 2006. During this time she has done further study in radiography, ultrasonography, and management of radioactive substances allowing the use of radioactive iodine to treat cats with hyperthyroidism.

    Alison has two boys (Jack and Hugh) to keep her busy when not at work. Her main interests outside of work and family are sport, cooking and traveling.

  • Dr.
    Courtney Streeter

    Courtney started working with us in 2020. Courtney graduated from James Cook University in 2018. Following graduation, she worked in a mixed animal practice in western NSW. Courtney loves all things oodles and has a strong interest in surgery.
    In her spare time, Courtney can be found hiking, walking her dog, and discovering local cafes and restaurants. Courtney lives with her cavoodle, Ollie, and her domestic medium hair, Barney.

  • Dr.
    Steven Kijlstra

    Steven graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014. He developed a keen interest in small animal medicine and ultrasounds. Steven joined us at Weston Woden Animal Hospital in April 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his partner and new baby. He also has a lovely koolie dog called Lift who often comes to work with him.

  • Lift Kijlstra

    Lift is a 3 year old Koolie x. She was adopted by Dr Steven in 2019. She is named after a character from The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. She can often be found checking out who’s waiting in reception or secretly stealing food from empty cages. 

  • Claire Blakely
    Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

    Claire previously worked as a beautician before completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at CIT. She joined the team at Kippax Vet and Kaleen Vet our sister clinics as well as Weston Woden. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, exercising and spending time with her two cats Possum and Miss Ginge

  • Rhiannon Paddick
    Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

    Rhiannon began working for us in 2022 while finishing her Certificate IV at CIT and began working full time shortly after. She has a soft spot for dogs of all shapes and sizes and always has an amazing bubbly positivity about her. She lives in Belconnen with her two dogs Angel and Billy. In her spare time she enjoys collecting bratz dolls, Britney Spears and 2000’s pop culture.

  • Amy Cunningham
    Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)/Nurse Assistant

    Amy joined the Weston Woden team as a placement student in 2021 before completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2022. She also works at Molonglo Vet casually. She has a beagle named Ace who is very naughty. She enjoys pet sitting and working as a waitress at her other job. 

  • Dr.
    Juliane Dreher

    Juliane started working with us 2019. in She was born and raised in Germany and graduated from university in Berlin in 2015. Since then she has mostly worked with small animals in the UK. Juliane has a certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and her interests as a vet lie in birds, rabbits, rodents and other exotic pets, so she would love for you to bring her your exotic friends! Juliane is a nature lover and she enjoys travelling.

  • Allison Needham
    Nurse Manager (RVN, AVN, Diploma VN (GP), Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

    Alli has been a part of the nursing team here since mid-2010. She graduated from CIT with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011, is both registered and accredited, and has recently completed her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (General Practice). Alli lives in North Canberra with her tabby cat named Jolene, 2 Shingleback lizards and 9 chickens. She has a passion for feline and emergency nursing, indoor plants and traveling. 

  • Rachel McNamara
    Senior Receptionist (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

    Rachel joined the nursing team here in early 2010 after completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at CIT. Rachel is an incredibly caring nurse who has a special place in her heart for cats. These days Rachel has a preference for the administrative side of her job and is always on top of keeping the clinic organized! She lives with her extremely spoilt domestic shorthair kitten named Milly. Outside of work Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and loves anything Harry Potter related

  • Jessica Walton
    Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)/Nurse Assistant

    Jessica joined the team in 2011 and graduated from CIT with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. She works part time with us here, ensuring that she has maximum time at home to devote to her beloved pugs Abby and Chino whom she affectionately refers to as “The Beige Brigade”. Jess is a caring and calming presence for all who work with her, and she always has time to cuddle patients and ensure their comfort while in hospital.

  • Bella Lomax
    Head Nurse (RVN, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

    Bella joined our team in 2017 as a work experience student, studying at CIT to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She was such a hard worker (not to mention a lovely person), so we quickly snapped her up and offered her a position in our team. Bella received her Certificate IV from Australian College of Veterinary Nurses in 2023. Bella has a special way of making even the most nervous and timid animals comfortable and is an integral part of the nursing team here at WWAH.

    She lives in Belconnen with her partner and two beloved cats Juno and Maeve.

  • Zoe Kirwan
    Clinic Education Supervisor (RVN, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

    Zoe previously worked as a hairdresser and horse-riding instructor but joined the team here in July 2018 after doing work experience with us for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at CIT. She completed her Certificate IV via Australian College of Veterinary Nurses in 2023. Zoe is keen to learn as much as possible and is one of our hardest working employees. She has a strong interest in surgery and dental procedures. Zoe lives with her border collie Arrow and her two ferrets Rascal and Cinnamon. She enjoys crafting, catching up with friends, and spending time with family.

  • Reed Sanderson
    Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)/Nurse Assistant

    Reed completed their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at CIT. They began doing work experience with us in 2018 and was offered a casual position as a part of our animal care team. Reed currently works as a nurse assistant. Reed is an incredibly hard worker and is very keen to learn all they can. They are passionate about animal care, reading and cares for 2 cats and 5 chickens!



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