We would like to introduce to you our wonderful team of caring vets and nurses, working together with you to provide the best care for your furry loved ones. We understand that special bond you have with your fur-baby and ensure all pets in our care are treated as if they were our own!
Dr. Jacqueline Bell
Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Bell (DVM) is the owner and senior vet at Cronulla Veterinary Clinic. She graduated from Utrecht University (in the Netherlands) in 1994 and came to Australia soon after. She started working at Cronulla Veterinary Clinic in 1998 and immediately fell in love with the practice, with its friendly family atmosphere and lovely clients, and took over the practice in April 2012.
Jackie’s dream of becoming a vet started thanks to James Herriott, and from childhood she has always had a menagerie of pets, including a diabetic cat, guinea pigs and rabbits, dogs and birds. She is currently mum to Lexi and Ivy, 2 cheeky rescue greyhounds (after sadly losing her elderly greyhound Mischa in 2020).
She is committed to Continuing Education to provide the best and most up to date health care. She has developed a special interest in Internal Medicine, Behaviour Medicine and over the years has completed various Post Graduate Courses in internal medicine, radiography, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology and behaviour, to name a few. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking Lexi and Ivy, and spending time with husband Ramon and son Jordan.
Dr. Leah Skelsey
Dr. Leah Smonkelsey graduated from Sydney University in 2009 with first class honours.
Growing up in The Shire, Leah’s beloved pets were always lovingly cared for by John, Trish and Jackie at Cronulla Vet Clinic. Leah was honoured to be able to join Jackie in 2015.
Since graduation, Leah developed a passion for teeth and oral health, and has completed her additional studies in human dentistry in 2020. In 2018, Leah obtained Membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery. She is currently working as a Veterinary Dentist with Dr Christine Hawke at Sydney Pet Dentistry, and also comes in a couple of days per week as part of the Cronulla Vet Clinic team to help our local pets with their dental health care.
When she’s not working or studying, Leah is involved with Pets In The Park, a charity providing care for the pets of people experiencing homelessness across Australia. Leah draws inspiration daily from her beautiful greyhound Sarah and handsome moggy Hansa.
Dr Joy Cook
Dr Joy has been with our clinic since 2017, and is a much loved member of our team. She cares deeply for both our furry patients and their pet parents, and her care and empathy and her vast knowledge make her one of the best vets around! Some of her special interests include pet behaviour and dental health care. When she is not at work, she dedicates her time to her family and to staying fit.
Dr. Jordan Dunham
Dr Jordan is a graduate from the University of Sydney. She is originally from Florida, USA but arrived in Sydney for veterinary school and now plans to stay long term.
Before starting veterinary school, she obtained an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and worked as a veterinary nurse in Florida and New York City.
Growing up with a love of animals, it wasn’t long before she found the awe and excitement of James Harriot stories. She was gifted a cassette tape of his favorite dog stories for her birthday one year and listened to it every night before bed. It was the combinations of his stories and watching the vets take care of her own childhood animals that solidified her dream of becoming a veterinarian herself one day. Now she is so excited to be able to help and care for your pets as well!
Jordan lives with her husband and their dog, Abby, a German Shepherd. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, exploring new bushwalks, and playing volleyball.
Dannielle started Nursing in 1993 and has been with us since August 2014. Dannielle is our dedicated Senior Nurse who loves working with animals. Her favourite area of nursing is surgery and caring for injured wildlife and she also has a special interest in animal breeding. Not only does Dan make sure everything is running smoothly in the clinic, but she looks after our whole team as well. She is a very conscientious member of our team, caring and hard-working, with a great passion for the welfare of all animals. Another Shire local, Dannielle enjoys spending time with her 2 children when not at work.
Georgia has been with us since November 2019. Georgia is a fully qualified vet Nurse, who brings a lot of happy positive energy to our team with her sunny personality and her willingness to help out wherever she can. She loves all aspects of vet nursing, and is much loved by our patients and clients alike.
A local Shire girl, when Georgia is not working, she loves hanging out with her family and her 2 boxer dogs Lexi and Koa!
Ashley is our Saturday nurse. Ashley is a local Shire Girl, who is passionate about all animals, big and small.
She is a University Student, working towards her goal to one day be a great vet! She first started helping us out at our Cronulla Vet Clinic as a year 10 student on work experience, and loved it so much that she volunteered at our clinic for the next 2 years. In December 2019 she took over from Julie, who graduated to be a vet. She has hit the ground running and it is as if she has always been part of our team! Ashley has a great passion for giving our puppies the best start in life and on Sundays she runs our puppy preschool.
Ashley is the proud pet parent of her adorable cavoodle Byron, and whenever she is not working, studying or playing with her puppies, she spends time looking after and riding her horse. She is also an accomplished artist and her horse drawings are the best!
Elle is our Sunday nurse. She is a Veterinary Student, currently studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney. Elle has been a Shire resident for all of her life. She is interested in all aspects of Veterinary Science and Animal Behaviour, and she has a strong desire to optimise pet health through communication with and support of our clients. She is interested in improving pet welfare and our relationship with them. Whenever she is able to, after her Sunday shift she helps Ashley with Puppy Preschool.
Cats are her passion, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her cats at home. She will make a great caring Vet one day, but until then, we have the pleasure and privilege of having her as part of our close knit team.
Pidge is our clinic pigeon. She came to us in October 2016 as a baby pigeon with a sore foot. After nursing her back to health she decided to stay with us (maybe her luxurious accommodation and readily available breakfast, lunch and dinner has something to do with that?). She is very cheeky and expressive, and lifts the spirits of everyone she meets! She has her own very popular Instagram account: pidgeatcronullavet