Simone has joined the team as Deputy Director. Simone’s background is primarily in shelter medicine, having most recently been Chief Veterinarian of Animal Welfare League NSW, where as well as running a busy private clinic she treated myriad surrendered, seized and injured stray animals. Following graduation from Sydney University in 2000, Simone started her career as a new graduate at the RSPCA’s Yagoona clinic. From here she had a foray into media, writing weekly columns for the Sun Herald, monthly articles in lifestyle and children’s magazines and was concurrently the resident vet on a Channel 9 lifestyle program. Simone loves many aspects of general small animal practice: soft tissue surgery, building rapport with elderly clients, program delivery in disadvantaged communities, shelter medicine and the odd goat castration. She is excited about the prospect of building and expanding relationships and networks within the CVE and the wider veterinary community. Simone is interested in innovative and engaging ways of delivering education; loves a good practical joke (as long as she’s the instigator); being outside; raiding her father-in-law’s wine cellar and traveling of any kind.