The team at Moss Vale Veterinary Hospital believes in the best care for your pet. We aim to provide a comprehensive, professional and compassionate veterinary service. We recognise the significance of your pets and the place they hold in your family. Dr Alex, Dr Marea and Dr James are our highly qualified Veterinarians and they have special interests and expertise in eye and skin conditions, dentistry, general surgeries, internal medicineanimal behaviour and more. Our animal health care teams will offer education, advice and care to ensure your pet has the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible. We welcome you to bring your pet to meet our team at anytime.

Meet Our Team
Dr Alex Johnston
  • BVSc

Alex joined the Veterinary team at Moss Vale Vet in early 2016. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989 and after some time working in various practices in Canberra and Sydney. 

In 2004 Alex and her family relocated to the Southern Highlands. Even after 28 years, Alex still thoroughly enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice.

In her leisure time Alex enjoys spending time with her husband David and their teenagers Zac and Anneliese. Most weekends are spent attending horse events, cricket or rugby games. Ideally Alex would love to spend more time bushwalking and tending to their native garden with her dogs Olive, Roly and Sally the cat.

Dr James Blackshaw

James graduated from the University of Sydney in 2001 after having already completed a Business degree, he decided that Vet was his passion. James has a keen interest in cytology and internal medicine and has an overall love and passion for the industry in total. 

James was the previous owner of our clinic and after a very well deserved break, he has returned back to the clinic on a part-time basis. In his spare time, James enjoys managing and visiting his family's farm, gardening and spending time with his wife Vivienne and daughter Amelia. 

Practice Manager

Jess has been a Qualified Nurse and with Moss Vale Vet since 2012. Shortly after she gained the skills for reception, making her a fantastic all-rounder! 

Jess is always looking to improve her skills and knowledge, as a result is an excellent teacher to the new staff and work experience students. She is currently completing her Diploma in Leadership and Management. 

Away from work, Jess loves to travel and has become a great baker, often bringing in tasty and stunning looking cakes and treats for us to test...Ma king it impossible for any successful dieting at the clinic!

Jess can fully understand the challenges of owning “Houdini” pets, as her 9 year old escape artist Border Collie, Bonnie, certainly keeps her on her toes. She also has an 10 year old Tabby Cat, Minnie (her favourite fur child), and after many years of swearing she would never own another working dog breed, adopted a Kelpie X from a rescue group at 8 weeks old in January 2021 who now goes by the name Rusty and is making her Houdini Border Collie look like a saint

Vet Nurse

Erika has been a Qualified Vet Nurse and with Moss Vale Vet since 2012. She is very much a quiet achiever and has a very keen eye for detail, making her a fantastic nurse. Erika enjoys the many boarding cats we see here and is often behind the lovely photos and texts you may receive whilst your pet is with us. She also does a wonderful job managing our Facebook page and making sure we are always posting, especially about our wonderful patients that have come to visit us.

Erika has a great sense of humor and can keep the staff laughing even during stressful times. When not at work she is spending time with Roy her very spoilt and lovable Bull Arab. Erika has also just recently adopted a 17-year-old shelter cat.

We all believe that if we were to come back reincarnated as a dog, we would like to come back as a dog owned by Erika.

Vet Nurse

Tessa first joined our team as a trainee vet nurse in December 2018 whilst enrolled in Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Tess recognized she could build a career around caring for animals, which has always been a passion of hers. Making fast improvement in her nursing abilities, Tess joined us as our permanent Sunday nurse in May 2019.
Tess ensures that our boarding patients receive lots of TLC over the weekend, and also frequents as a kennel hand at DOGUE boarding kennels when not in the clinic - so has plenty of experience in making your beloved pets feel as much at home as possible.

Tess is also the proud companion of Charlie, a 9-year-old cheeky jug and a 4-year-old rescue cat called Yeezy. When not at the clinic Tess enjoys taking Charlie on adventures and traveling.

Vet Nurse

Rachael recently joined our team in March 2021 after graduating as a qualified vet nurse in 2020. Rachael has a strong passion in dog training and utilises this in the teaching of our clinic puppy preschool classes where she can start them off on the right foot in life.

Everything in Rachael's life revolves around animals; from growing up with a menagerie of pets, to working at our local animal shelter for many years. It was only natural she persued a career in vet nursing.

When not in the clinic Rachael spends her time working at Greyhound Rescue, studying animal related courses, spending time with her fiancée and attending to her menagerie of pets at home which include Penny a 2 yr old, adopted boxer X , three adopted cats Eddie, Herbie & ivy who were bottle fed from day old kittens, and two rabbits Tibby and Pepsi

Vet Nurse/ Receptionist

Chloe started her career in veterinary nursing in 2016 and joined our team in January 2020. Not only is Chloe a Vet Nurse and Receptionist, she also runs our Puppy Preschool classes at the clinic. Chloe has known she wanted to work with animals since a very young age, as she grew up helping her dad with all the farm animals which she loved! They included sheep, chickens, a pig named Belinda, rabbits and ducks. Chloe currently has a one-eyed cat named Bran, and loves going back to her parents to see the farm animals and their two dogs, Hazel and Tucker.

Chloe loves to keep busy by filling her spare time with outdoor activities (scuba diving and hiking), martial arts, yoga, and occasionally volunteering at the free vet clinics for homeless people and their pets. She also enjoys all things art, from painting, drawing with charcoal and graphite, she even has a special passion for tattooing!