Meet Our Team


Dr Andrew Thompson

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc (hons))

 Andrew was born and raised in the Blue Mountains; he graduated from Sydney University in 1993 with honours. In 1996 Andrew decided to travel and gain experience in the UK, he worked throughout England until 2001. Whilst over there Andrew met and married his wife Melanie and they returned to settle into “Mountains” life in 2001. In 2003 he was given the opportunity to buy Springwood Veterinary Clinic, a business that has been established in Springwood for over 20 years. Andrew and Melanie live locally with their young son Lincoln.

Andrew loves his work as a Veterinarian and strives to offer the quality and personal care, for which Springwood Vet Clinic is renowned.

Although working as a Veterinarian is VERY time consuming Andrew still loves playing golf, exercise and gardening when he can.


Melanie Thompson

Practice Manager (Practice Management)

 Melanie was born and raised in England; she came to live in the mountains with her husband Andrew back in 2001. She has been working part time at the Clinic since 2003. Melanie divides her time between work and looking after their young son Lincoln.

In between times she tries to find time for Needlecraft, Gardening and cooking.

Stephanie Wood

Veterinarian (BVSc )

Stephanie has joined us from New Zealand. She met Dr Harry at Taronga Zoo when she was a young girl this inspired her to be a Vet when she grew up. She finally achieved her goal in 2016 after graduating with her Veterinary degree from Massey University in New Zealand. Stephanie enjoys exploring the Blue Mountains bushwalks, cooking & hanging out with her cat.

Franca Mazzone

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Franca graduated from Sydney University in 2008. She has been apart of our team since. In her own time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her son Harrison.

Amber Lee Kessel

Head Nurse (Certificate 4 Vet Nursing)

Currently starting her journey on achieving her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Amber started her career in the animal industry in 2010 completing her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies through correspondence at Tamworth TAFE while living in Tasmania. Moved to Sydney 2011 to begin her nursing journey, completing her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in 2012 at Richmond TAFE whilst working in Baulkham Hills. Amber has the heart for country life and had been working in clinic in Tamworth 2018 til moving back and joined the Springwood Veterinary Clinic team in 2021. Amber has a passion for all aspects of Nursing; general practice to intensive care emergency nursing. 

In her 'spare' time she enjoys adventures of roadtrips and hikes, training and caring for her zoo - Koolie X 'Hali', 2 cats 'Bonita' 'Kovu' and Cockatoo 'Zazu'

Danni Hancock

Veterinary Nurse (VNC)

Danni worked at the original Springwood vet clinic on Maquarie road for 10 years and also owned the first mobile dog washing business in the Blue mountains. Danni then decided to return to vet nursing and rejoined our team at springwood in 2008. She lives locally with her husband and 3 children. Her pets include a bearded dragon, 2 rabbits and a dog. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and enjoys going to the gym.

Natasha Reid

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 4 Vet Nursing)

Tash has been partof our team since 2019. She completed Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing at Richmond TAFE. Tash has a special interest in feline behaviour and care. In her spare time she enjoys listening to a variety of music and spending time with her friends.

Maddy Chambers

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 4 Vet Nursing)

Bio coming soon..

Megan Whiteley

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 2 Animal Studies)

Bio coming soon...

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