Meet Our Team


Greg Thompson BVSc

Practice Owner

We took over Richmond Vet Hospital in July 1988 when it was just a small branch practice to Riverstone, only open a couple of hours a day for consultations and with no facilities for surgery or hospitalisation.  Greg was an enthusiastic young vet surgeon, 3 years out of university ready to run his own practice and Neile was an advertising executive who didn't want to commute back into the city every day, loved animals, believed wholeheartedly in Greg's abilities and goals and so became a vet nurse over night ... the rest, as they say, is history.

Our aim was to create full A Class vet hospital that gave ‘complete’ care for small animals and their owners, professional and empathetic, based on the belief that each pet is an important member of the family.

We’ve built a dedicated and professional team of Nurses and Veterinarians all of whom are committed to providing the best care and treatment for their patients.   Continuing education for all staff and ongoing reinvestment in equipment, technology and facilities support this commitment.

In 1988 we opened Wilberforce Vet Hospital.  All the staff work at both practices so the same standard of care and professionalism is carried through both hospitals.

Over the last 30 years at Richmond and 20 years at Wilberforce, we’ve been privileged to be part of the lives of many, many Hawkesbury families.  Sharing the joy of new pets – be they puppy, kitten, cat, dog, bird, guinea pig, ferret, rat, chook, duck or even axolotl - when they join the family, all the ups and downs over the years as they mature and the great sadness and loss at the end of their lives.

We’re now treating the loved pets of second and even third generation clients!  ... and we're still working happily together!

Neile Thompson

Veterinary Practice Manager

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Tom Winters

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Dr Tom Winters graduated with a BVSc from The University of Sydney in 2012.  Since then he has been enjoying treating the wide variety of animals at both our hospitals.  He has a personal interest in diagnostic imaging, surgery and the medical management of complex diseases.  He enjoys finding the best possible treatment for every animal.

Outside of work he enjoys soccer, church and going to the park with his friendly Border Collie named Indie.

Jennifer Poon

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Jennifer joined the team in December 2010 after graduating from the University of Sydney.  Since then she has enjoyed getting to know regular and new pets to Richmond & Wilberforce Vet Hospitals and their families.

Growing up with dogs, cats, fish and a rabbit, Jennifer has always had a love for animals from a young age.  Being able to provide preventative care for healthy pets as well as helping sick or injured pets and wildlife has been a lifelong goal.  Jen's areas of interest include ophthalmology (eyes), dental cases and cuddle time with our boarders.

In her downtime she enjoys reading, playing sports and being owned by her dog and two cats that she hand raised from tiny little motherless strays.

Mechelle Hughes

Head Nurse (Certificate IV - Veterinary Nursing; BN - Bachelor of Nursing)

Mechelle has lived in the Hawkesbury for most of her life.  She achieved her Vet Nursing qualifications at Ultimo TAFE whilst working at a small animal hospital for a number of years before switching to a larger mixed practice where she held the title of Head Nurse.  Mechelle then followed her passion for horses and joined a large equine practice enjoying the hands-on approach with those gentle giants for a number of years.

Mechelle began working at Richmond Vet back in the very early good old days when it was just Greg, Neile and a nurse or two ... How things have changed since then!   She is now Head Nurse with a team of 6 nurses and 3 vets to organise and co-ordinate and the experience and knowledge to often know what everyone needs before they know themselves!  She's helped Greg train up many young new graduate vets and nurses in her 20 years with us.

Mechelle strongly believes in continuing education and over the years has achieved a Bachelor of Nursing degree (for people, that is) and certificates in Pathology speciment collection, Vocational Training & Assessment and Pet Nutrional Advisor & Counselor with Royal Canin and Hills diets.  

Mechelle has also attended many industry related training seminars covering topics such as Animal Behaviour & Modification, Dealing with Aggressive Patients, Anaesthetics & Monitoring, Cardiac Emergencies, Conflict Resolution, OH&S, Radiology & Radiographic Techniques plus product detailing covering parasiticides, skin care & anxiety.  She has also devised and conducted staff in-clinic training seminars.

She enjoys Sci Fi movies & novels, bushwalking & outdoor activities and greatly values quiet time at home with her pets; Celine, a retired greyhound; Poppy a Rottweiler crossed with goodness only knows; Paris & Lokii, Ragdoll x Burmese brothers in mischief and Spicee Chicklett, a Persian X handed into the hospital as a 5 week old stray ... oh, and her dear, long suffering husband John who says "No" to all her request about bringing animals home but loves them when she brings them anyway :) 


Jody Griffiths

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV - Veterinary Nursing;Microchip Implantation; Senior First Aid)

  • Jody joined the Richmond & Wilberforce Vet Hospital Team in 2002 after several years experience at another practice, she has achieved Senior Nurse status and is our head nurse at Wilberforce Vet Hospital.  Jody also assists Neile with administration tasks and computer / technology issues ... of which there are many :(

    Jody's qualifications include Certificate III in Animal Studies, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Microchip Implantation and FIrst Aid.  A strong believer in continuing education she has also completed courses and workshops in Fluid Therapy & Lab Techniques, Puppy & Kitten Socialisation & Training, Excellence in Customer Service, Hills Nutritional Advisor Programme, Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Nursing, Animal Behaviour, Respiration & Cardiac Emergencies, Understanding Cardiac Emergencies, Emergency Medicine for Vet Nurses, Bandaging & Casing, Puppy Preschool Training, Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor Programme, Whelping & Dystocia, Canine Rehab - Massage Therapy and Canine Rehab - Intensive Therapy.

    She has special interest in Emergency & Critical Care, Surgery and Dentistry... and Cocker Spaniels.  Jody is completely dedicated to ensuring that all our patients receive the best care possible and their owners the best service and information.

    Jody is also our resident handy person ... never happier than when she has a cool power tool or gadget in her hand!


    Away from work, which isn't very often, she has become an avid Agility fiend with Willow the Wonder Cocker Spaniel!


Sarah Pope

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV - Veterinary Nursing)

Sarah joined Richmond & Wilberforce Vet Hospitals as a trainee vet nurse while she was undertaking Cert III - Animal Studies followed by Vet Nursing - Cert IV at Richmond TAFE back in 2008.  Having achieved her Cert IV Sarah continues to expand her knowledge and skills undertaking various additional training courses and seminars in wildlife care, nutrition, critical care & emergency as well as many industry related training courses.

Her priority is the best care of all our patients and customer service.  Having once left the warm and loving environment of Richmond & Wilberforce Vets for work at another practice she came to the realisation that there was no place like home.  Sarah returned after 6 months swearing to never leave again ... until she went and had a baby ... welcome little Charlotte! ... Sarah now enjoys the challenge of juggling parenthood and vet nursing.  Fortunately both jobs have much in common ... wee, poo, slobber, vomit, noise ... she's really happy wherever she is.

In her spare time (rare) she enjoys keeping fit via pole dancing and spending quality time with her daughter, her much loved pets, Honey, Poppy, Mister & Dolby ... oh, and she throws her husband Rhys a bone every now and then to keep him happy ;)

Cheryl Spicer

(Cert IV - Veterinary Nursing)

  • Cheryl joined the team in February 2014. She has nearly 20 years experience having worked at 3 small animal hospitals including 1 bird specialist before joining us.

    She holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing & has also completed several Veterinary Nurse courses online.

    She enjoys all the practical aspects of day to day hospital life, particularly the care of patients & assisting with our daily surgical cases.

    She lives at home with her husband & one cheeky rescue kitty "Pippa".

    Her interests include travelling, camping, reading & watching funny cat videos!



Customer Service Manager (Cat in Residence)


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV - Veterinary Nursing (soon))

Zoe joined us in October 2015.  She will be completing her Cert IV soon having taken time off to produce baby Annalise!

She has two much loved rescue cats ... and is our resident pushover when a foster carer is needed for tiny little motherless kittens.

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