Meet The Team

Our caring team of veterinarians and nurses are committed to providing the highest standard of care to all the patients we see throughout each and every day. We are friendly and compassionate and pride ourselves on providing excellence in all aspects of our profession. A diversity of professional backgrounds has enabled the development of a robust, progressive and dynamic team.

Bronwyn De Losa (Director)

Bronwyn opened Hartley Valley Vets in 2015 in the heart of Little Hartley.

Bronwyn has managed numerous businesses and is also a Finance teacher and a registered RTO. She is the author of an accounting software textbook which is used by teaching colleges across Australia. Bronwyn lives in Locksley with her husband Jamie on a 60 acre property and runs beef cattle, sheep and horses.

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DR John Alexander - Director/ Veterinary Surgeon

John has been part of the Hartley team since mid 2016. John has over 40 years experience as a vet, with a significant amount of his career owning and running his own practice in Lawson. After selling his practice, John relocated to Hartley with his wife Heather. We are very lucky to have John in our team, he is a wealth of knowledge!

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Dr Monique Atkins - Veterinary Surgeon

Monique joined Hartley Valley Vets in early 2018 as Veterinarian.

She adores all things tiny, as shown by her collection of small pets with massive personalities! She owns a Chihuahua named Sox that has a passion for nibbling toes and a Connemara pony named Fanta.

Hailing from Western Sydney, Monique loves country lifestyle – particularly riding her horse before work! She is keen on all things horses and has developed a special interest in small animal behaviour and anaesthetics.

Monique has done additional training in Equine Dentistry and preformed all our equine dentals using our equine trailer and power float.

Dr Emma Tinslay - Veterinary Surgeon

Emma joined the team in early 2021 after graduating from Sydney Uni. She grew up in Sydney but has spent time working with horses on the NSW south coast and in Camden. Emma likes all aspects of veterinary medicine but particularly enjoys spending time with her canine and equine patients. Outside of work Emma loves spoiling her horse, Comet and baking delicious treats.

Dr Nikki Allison BVSc(hons) - Veterinary Surgeon

 Nikki has been a vet for over two decades. She started work in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley, then worked all around the UK, mainly as an equine vet. She moved to the Blue Mountains 15 years ago, fell in love with the area and has been working as a small animal vet in the lithgow and blue mountains regions ever since. She has two Post Graduate certificates from Sydney Uni, in Small Animal Dermatology and Internal Medicine. She adores helping all of her patients achieve their best quality of life.

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Dr Beth Parsons - Veterinary Surgeon

Beth joined Hartley Valley Vets in early 2023 as a locum and stayed when she fell in love with our team and the area. Beth worked in mixed practice on the central coast for two years before completing an 18 month speciality rotating internship at North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre in Sydney. She has locumed around NSW in mixed practice and emergency. Beth enjoys all aspects of being a veterinarian and has special interests in diagnostic imaging, exotics and emergency medicine. Outside of work Beth’s hobbies include quilting, playing the cello, skiing and relaxing with her chatty cat Mittens.

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Dr Craig Lock - Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Craig joined Hartley Valley Vets in late 2021. Craig has a keen interest in small animal surgery, equine practice and has a good level of exposure to genuine mixed practice.

Outside of the clinic Craig enjoys fitness, travel and playing the Banjo. Craig has an offsider (Flenigan) a very lovely, loyal blue cattle dog that spends everyday with him.

Dr Cillian Coleman BVSc MANZCVS

After knowing he wanted to be a vet from the age of 4, Cillian went on to graduate from the University of Sydney and began mixed practice work in the Central West. Since then, he has spent a few years as a locum. He has a keen interest in true mixed practice and a desire to offer as many services for as many species as possible. Since graduating he has completed courses in Equine Dentistry, Point-Of-Care Ultrasound, Small Animal Fracture Repair and in 2023 was admitted as a member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) after completing exams in small animal veterinary practice. Coming to Hartley Valley Vets, he hopes to continue to expand his skills further to offer more for his patients and clients in the years to come. When not working, Cillian loves his sport, woodworking, gardening, and bushwalking, but he loves nothing more than spending time with his dog/best friend/travel companion, Oisín – affectionately called ‘Oosh’ by all others.

 

Dr Julia Ranocchia

Julia is a recent addition to the Hartley team, joining in January 2024 after graduating from the University of Sydney. Julia is Australian, but with an American accent, as she spent most of her childhood in New York. Although she has always been a city girl, she found that she loved doing mixed practice work and is excited to be working with both large and small animals in the Blue Mountains. Outside of work, Julia enjoys baking sweet treats, crafting and reading.

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Caitlin Shirlaw - Head Veterinary Nurse

Coming SoonCaitlin joined Hartley Valley Vets early 2021. She has been nursing for 5 years and absolutely loves her job. When not at HVV Caitlin also nurses at ARH (Animal Referral Hospital) in Sydney and brings a world of knowledge with her. When not nursing Caitlin is at home wth her partner Chris looking after their 7 dogs, 3 horses and 1 cat.

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Sophie Gilmore- Veterinary Nurse

Sophie grew up in the Blue Mountains before moving to the Snowy Mountains where she started her career as a Veterinary Nurse 9 years ago – Sophie has worked in many different roles as a veterinary nurse including equine, general practice, emergency and surgical. Residing in Hartley with her two border collies, Taz and Spook. Sophie is a passionate and caring nurse who prides herself on high quality patient care.

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Bec Thomas - Veterinary Nurse

Bec grew up in the Rockley area, now living in Tarana with her three children and many animals including her four dogs and two cats. Bec was a full time groomer for 17 years with experience in dogs, cats, rabbits and guniea pigs. Bec hung up the clipper and has persued her passion for vet nursing, she is part of the HVV nursing team whilst completing her studies as a Vet Nurse.

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Bianca Clark - Veterinary Nurse

Bianca grew up in Blackheath but now resides in Hartley with her husband, two children and her family of pets which include a Cattle dog and long haired Jack Russell.  Bianca intends to further her studies and work closely with our nurses in training to ensure we can offer our clients and their pets the best possible care.

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Rachel Hopkins- Veterinary Nurse

Rachel has been in the veterinary industry for over 9 years and will be soon graduating from her veterinary technician course. She is a passionate and empathetic nurse who always strives to do her best. In her spare time she likes to be outdoors, travelling or snowboarding.

Lashay Chow - Veterinary Nurse

Ever since she can remember Lashay has always been passionate about animals, especially about nursing and rehoming rescues. She has been in the veterinary industry for over 10 years and her knowledge is expansive. In her spare time, she is a lash and nail technician for her own business Zenful beauty.

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Tyler De Losa - Head Receptionist

Meet our Head Receptionist Tyler, the organisational maestro ensuring a seamless front desk experience. With a keen eye for detail and warm professionalism, she handle inquiries, manage appointments, and create a welcoming atmosphere. Tyler is a multitasking expert committed to excellence and sets the tone for positive and memorable interactions.

​In her spare time, Tyler enjoys spending as much time as possible with her blue cattle dog Mia.

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Jocelyn Irwin - Assistant Practice Manager

Jocelyn is a lifelong Lithgow local with a deep love for animals. Joining our Hartley Valley Vets family in August 2023, she’s the warm and welcoming face you will encounter when arriving at our clinic, always ready with a friendly smile. At home Jocelyn, her husband Mick and children all love attending to their menagerie which includes four dogs, two horses, a bearded dragon and a bustling flock of chickens and roosters. 

Alice Honter - Receptionist

Alice is originally from Victoria but now resides in Portland with her husband, two young children and German Shorthaired Pointer – Moose. When Alice is not working, she enjoys baking, watersports and spending time with her family. Alice is looking forward to meeting you and all your pets.

Alisa Christie Johnston - Veterinary Nurse

Alisa grew up in Oberon and after finishing school went to Coolah with her partner to work on a cattle and sheep station. She starting working as a Vet nurse in 2017 and has a passion for both small and large animals. Alisa moved back to Hampton where she now lives on a 200 acres farm and runs cattle. Alisa spends most her time looking after their 8 dogs, 4 horses her beloved cat. In her spare time you would find Alisa either horse riding or water skiing. 

Georgia Willis - Vet Nurse

Georgia’s journey at Hartley Valley Vets has been nothing short of remarkable. Joining the team in 2020, she immersed herself in the world of veterinary care with passion and dedication. Over the years, Georgia has grown both personally and professionally, honing her skills under the guidance of experienced veterinarians and fellow team members. Now, as she proudly graduates to the role of a vet nurse.