(Hons1), BSc (Vet)(Hons1), MACVSc
Raised in the Blayney District, Howard is a University of Sydney graduate  completing a special research year in Parasitology . His first 5 years of clinical practice was intensive small animal practice in Perth where he developed his passion and expertise for surgery and in particular orthopaedics. Howard was admitted to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in “Feline Medicine” in 1981.
During 1982-1987 Howard turned his hand to the production of sheep and cattle on family farms back in the Blayney District while carrying out veterinary work. In 1987 he purchased the Blayney Veterinary Hospital and set about turning it from the quiet single vet practice to the vibrant multi-vet practice it is today.
Howard’s areas of expertise range widely from cattle and horse reproduction to parasitology, but these days he confines his work to his particular interest small animal surgery especially orthopaedics (fractured legs, cruciate surgery and the procedure of TTA are all favourites).
Away from clinical practice, Howard puts his Foot and Mouth Eradication experience (Yorkshire, UK 2001) into several Australian government committees concerning exotic diseases. His lifetime passion for sport has passed through cricket, football, hockey and running and now is based around swimming and cycling.
BVSc, BSc (Vet)(Hons1), MACVSc
A University of Sydney graduate of Veterinary Science  with a research year in Clinical Pathology  Ruth initially worked in small animal practice in Perth, then four years as a clinician in Small Animal Medicine at Perth’s Murdoch University Veterinary School. In 1981 Ruth was admitted to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists following an examination in “Feline Medicine”.
Returning to the Blayney district in 1982 she worked for ABC radio 2CR as a broadcaster [1982-1988] and raising Julia and Robert. In 1988 she joined Howard in the venture of building up the Blayney Veterinary Hospital.
Ruth’s veterinary interests are broad and but she particularly enjoys the investigations into disease processes of cats and dogs, skin conditions of all species and behaviour of companion animals. Having been in a teaching position in Perth, Ruth enjoys having final year veterinary students from veterinary schools across Australia join the practice to see the challenges and the rewards of rural practice. Enjoying country living and veterinary practice it was an enormous pleasure to receive the University of Sydney award for the top rural teaching veterinary hospital in 2008.
Apart from full time clinical practice Ruth has held local and state positions within the Australian Veterinary Association and over 16 years on the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW [ 6 as President]and six years on the Australian Veterinary Boards Council [ 2 as Deputy Chair].Representing rural veterinary practitioners at State and National level is a passion.
BVSc (Hons1), BSc (Vet) (HonsII)
Joanne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990, after completing a research year in Animal Genetics in 1987.Although brought up in Sydney, on graduation it was the attraction of the country lifestyle and rural veterinary practice which called her to at Wellington, NSW. Joanne moved to Blayney in 1993, joining the Blayney Vets and marrying local Richard Cheney. Working across the species- large horses and cattle down to the smallest of exotics- feline medicine is a particular interest as is soft tissue surgery-Joanne is the main soft tissue surgeon at Blayney.
Joanne’s father was a school principal so no surprises… education is a passion - that might be preschoolers, work experience students, veterinary nurses or veterinary students. It extends to education of clients to enable them to have the best relationship with their animals that can be had. One of the best parts of practice is the relationship that builds between vet, client and animal and that you never stop learning.
Joanne loves working in and being part of the Blayney community. She is active in a variety of community groups, raising two young men and tending a huge and glorious garden overlooking Blayney.
Natasha graduated from Charles Sturt University in July 2015 and commenced working at Blayney Veterinary Hospital shortly afterwards. CSU's veterinary school focuses on large animal medicine and encourages their graduates to pursue careers in rural Australia. Blayney Vet Hospital focuses on both large and small animals with clients from suburbia and large rural properties. So where better for Natasha to pursue her career than Blayney…?
Natasha grew up on a property west of Moree, which is where her interest in sheep and cattle developed. After moving to a property near Orange Natasha’s love of big animals - in particular, cattle - was nurtured and developed into the passion she has now. Blayney Vets offers a diverse range of animals that suited Natasha to a T. She greatly enjoys the challenge that large and small animals alike have to offer. Already Natasha has attended an Advanced Equine Dental workshop, is accredited to test sheep for Brucellosis and to vaccinate horses against Hendra virus.
In addition to her veterinary love, she is also a tennis enthusiast and plays in several Blayney tennis competitions. As the eldest of three girls, Natasha is very family-oriented and enjoys her weekends off at home, playing complex board games and having lively discussions on a wide range of topics. She continues to help on the family farm and occasionally, plays the piano for relaxation.
Born and raised in the Blue Mountains, Dennis graduated with a Bachelor of Animal Science with honours in 2007 from Western Sydney University. He worked at WSU in the area of water resource management and habitat sustainability until the childhood dreams took over and he headed to University of Sydney to study Veterinary Science.
In 2015 he graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and chose Blayney as the place to begin his long career in mixed practice. Dennis had visited Blayney during his final year as a student so he knew the practice and town offered everything he was seeking as a veterinarian.
He enjoys working with both large and small animals, the medicine and the surgery, but has a keen interest in birds, reptiles and alpacas. Dennis is already Brucellosis Accredited and Hendra Accredited and has attended the Advanced Equine Dental workshop.
Outside of work Dennis enjoys long distance running, going on bushwalks, woodworking, and gardening when he has the time. Keep an eye out for him cycling the district roads too.
Dr Penny Ovenstone joined the Blayney Veterinary Hospital team in 2015. Penny is very familiar face, having been born and educated in the Blayney District. Penny has always been active in the local community and was awarded Miss Blayney Showgirl in 2010. After school, Penny headed to the University of Sydney to study .Even as a student Penny spent many hours at the Blayney Veterinary Hospital whenever at home, while also working in a number of veterinary hospitals in Sydney while she studied.
On graduation Penny headed to a practice in Muswellbrook specializing in equine lameness and podiatry and then Penny looked for broader professional experience and moved to the Crookwell Veterinary Hospital. Here she threw herself into all the challenges a mixed practice has to offer; sheep, horses, cattle and alpacas making up the majority of large animal patients.Penny has experience beyond her years, having conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of cows, bearing accreditations for APAV, is Ovine Brucellosis Accredited, is a member of the Equine Dentist Association, has completed her Artificial Insemination and Animal Breeding Management certificate and of course is Hendra vaccination accredited.
Penny and her husband and baby Tom are living in Blayney and continue to ride and to compete on their horses. Penny is back at work on a part time basis.
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Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 12:00pm
24 hour emergency services available
Phone: 02 6368 2264
(A veterinarian is on call 24 hours a day for emergencies)
79 Adelaide Street, BLAYNEY NSW 2799
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