Meet Our Team


Dr Alan Sharrock

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc MACVSc)

Our fearless leader Alan has an enormous wealth of experience in all areas of the veterinary field. It is in fact almost impossible to find something Alan hasn't seen and treated before! Hence he has a loyal client base. Alan grew up on a property in the small town of Bribbaree where he still runs a White Suffolk and Poll Dorset stud along with his brother Ian. Alan graduated from the University of Sydney some time ago before working in Leeton, Young, Orange and finally settling in Forbes. He spent several years of travelling soon after graduation in the 1970s, including working in rural practice and on the biosecurity team during the British Foot and Mouth outbreak. Alan has been awarded his memberships to the Australian College of Veterinarians for pig medicine. He also has a long history working with equine reproduction in both the thoroughbred and standardbred industries.

Dr Amy Talty

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Amy graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 and joined the Lachlan Valley Veterinary team soon after. She grew up in Sydney but has completely embraced the country lifestyle of Forbes and now perfers it. Although heavily involved in all areas of the clinic Amy's main interests are small animal medicine, surgery and practice management. Amy shares her house with a Russian Blue cat named Clawd as well as hosting the various strays that come through our doors. She had a working holiday to the UK in 2016 spending time at a mixed practice near Derry in Northern Ireland as well as a small animal clinic near Liverpool. Amy is accreditated to do Brucellosis testing, companion and livestock export and is currently completing further studies in veterinary imaging.

Dr Rebekah Burns

Veterinarian (BVSc / BSc (Vet) Hons Sydney University)

Rebekah joined our team after graduating from the University of Sydney in  2018. During university, Rebekah's passion for agriculture and food security lead her to spend over 12 months living in Laos working on a goat health project for which she has two published papers and many crazy stories to tell.  Rebekah's career aspiration is to eventually return to the agriculture development scene.  Rebekah has embraced the country vet lifestyle where no two days are the same... from helping a sick canine friend to assisting small ruminant obstetrics and anything in between.  Rebekah has an interest in equine ambulatory medicine and surgery having worked as a nurse in an equine referral centre when she was studying Vet Science. Outside of vet life, Rebekah is a keen ultimate frisbee player with the sport taking her all around Australia, to Asia and to the United States.  Rebekah shares most of her spare time with her horses and dogs.

Dr Tess Bailey

Veterinarian (BVBiol. BVSc)

Tess joined our veterinary team after working in a mixed practice on the South Coast for 3 years. She graduated from CSU in Wagga Wagga in 2012 and has a keen interest in cattle, especially neonatal calf medicine, and working dogs. In 2014 she volunteered as a vet in South Africa working with cattle, lions and Impala. Tess has become an enthusiastic member of our team as well as embracing the Forbes community being on the local show committee. In 2018 she was named a young rural achiever and spent a week at the Royal Easter Show. She has a female Coolie named Pip who loves running around the lake and occasionally cuddling up to staff at work. Tess is currently on maternity leave enjoying time with her beautiful daughter Matilda.

Judith Wright

Veterinary Nurse

Judith is Forbes born and bred with an enthusuastic involvement in the equine world from a young age. She was very involved in Pony club and later show jumping when her three daughters were growing up. More recently Judith has become involved in harness racing, breeding and training standardbreds along with her partner Adam. Judith also has experience in the piggery industry hence manages our monthly client order system for piggeries. She spends her days at the clinic juggling reception and nursing duties and generally keeps things moving! Judith has recently welcomed her first grandbabies into the world -she will be happy to show you photos -just ask!!

Dr Ebony Schoenfeld

Veterinarian (BVBiol. BVsc (Hons))

Ebony graduated from CSU Wagga Wagga in 2016 and joined us on graduation. Ebony enjoys all aspects of veterinary work from the backyard chook to the stud bull, but has a particular interest in small animal clinical pathology and intensive production; especially pigs. Ebony shares her home with her Ridgeback X Lab Holly who you may have seen around the clinic. Holly is our #1 blood donor!  Ebony recently worked in Cornwall, England for twelve months, while Amy took in Holly until Ebony returned in February 2020.  In 2020 Ebony is doing a Masters and internship at the specialist veterinary hospital at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and remaining part of our team by filling in as a locum veterinarian when she can.

Harri Scourfield

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

We welcomed our super nurse Harri to the Lachlan Valley Vet family in 2017. Initially moving to Australia in 2012 to play polocrosse, Harri ended up falling in love with the country and decided to complete her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is now a skilled veterinary nurse who provides high quality care to all our patients both small and large. Harri's favouriate aspect of veterinary nursing is assisting in surgery. In her spare time she can be found crossfitting, horse riding or playing with her Pug, Maisy and newest addition Bobby.

Cat Newcombe

Veterinary Nurse (Cert III in Veterinary Nursing)

Cat joined our team in mid- 2017 working two days a week in our Forbes branch. She is a local girl with a keen interest in all animals. Before having her gorgeous son Sonny, Cat was a successful jockey for 9 years. On most days you will find Cat up in the early hours prepping horses at the local track. She also dabbles in sheep farming and is proud of the sexy Australian White Rams that can't keep away from her ewes. Not shying away from anything she is also well known as a side kick to the local snake catching master in town Boo- apprentice Sonny hot on their tails. Her most recent animal endeavour is a foray into the poultry industry -specifically some isobrown pullets she hopes to enter into the next Forbes show along with her 'mint' Oranges. In October 2019 Cat had the beautiful Shelby, a baby sister for Sonny, and is currently being a full time Mum until she returns to work.

Ashleigh Leibick

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Cert III horse husbandry)

Ash is a Grenfell local. Ash started working with us in early 2018 as a trainee student vet nurse shortly after our Grenfell practice opened.  Now fully qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, Ash works in both our Grenfell and Forbes practices. Ash was involved with horses as soon as she could sit on a horse, being a member of the Grenfell Pony Club and the Weddin Mountain Muster.  Ash moved to Tocal Agricultural College at 17 to gain a Cert III in Horse Husbandry, then moved to the coast to work as a stablehand in a showjumping stable.  Moving back to Grenfell she had her children Blair (born 2010) and Annabelle (2014).  In 2016 Ash commenced studying veterinary nursing, working in an Equine Veterinary Hospital nursing foals in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  Ash's favourite aspect of vet nursing is equine surgery and anaesthetics but she also enjoys the hospital care of small animals.  In her spare time Ash enjoys competing in cow sorting events and endurance events, and spending time with her family, including her elderly border collie Spot.

Grace Ranger

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Cert II Animal Studies)

Grace has been a Forbes District local all her life, growing up on her family farm in Bogan Gate.  After graduating from Orange TAFE in late 2017, Grace worked in a mixed practice in Warren, mainly with the large animals.  Grace then joined our team in September 2019. Grace enjoys all aspects of vet nursing and has a special interest in small animal emergencies. When Grace is not at the veterinary clinic she can be found helping out on the family's mixed farming property.  Grace has a parrot (Polly), two cats (Maggie and Matilda) and a kelpie pup Jazz.

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