Meet Our Team


Dr Penny Schwarz

Practice Owner (BVSc(Hon). Diploma of Management)


Penny, originally from Dimboola, graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne with honours in 1995. Whilst working her way around Victoria, she then completed a Diploma of Management.  Penny now spends her time ensuring the smooth running of Your Family Vet, leading the team, updating protocols, equipment investment and designing and co-ordinating the details of the hospital expansion.

In her free time, Penny enjoys spending time with her daughter Georgie, cat Eli and helping out at her family's Miniature Donkey stud.  She enjoys being involved in Georgies Dance concerts and volunteering at Horsham Town Hall.

Dr Chloe Fingland

Veterinarian (BVSc)


Chloe graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from James Cook University, Townsville in 2014.  Throughout her degree, she assisted with training at a puppy school and undertook placements all over eastern Australia. Chloe has a special interest in avian medicine and is a keen aviculturist.   Chloe has also spent time with behavioural specialists and enjoys this unique area of problem solving.  Chloe also runs our Puppy Playschool.

Having spent her childhood traveling Australia, Chloe enjoys getting out and seeing the countryside, especially bushwalking and birdwatching in her spare time.

Chloe has returned to work with us after the arrival of her daughter Sophia.

Dr Samantha Stephens

Veterinarian (BVSc)


Sam, originally from Echuca, graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 2013.  She worked at Your Family Vet as a locum in 2014 before taking a full time position in North Eastern Victoria.  Having experienced a very busy mixed practice, Sam has returned to the Wimmera to concentrate on small animals and has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery and feline medicine.

In her spare time, Sam enjoys riding bikes with her husband Tom, spending quality time with her daughters Isabelle and Eloise and playing with Rosie the beloved family cat.

Sam has returned to work with us after welcoming her second daughter Eloise to the family.


Dr Jess Bammann

Veterinarian (BSc DVM)


Jess graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 2018. Throughout her degree she has enjoyed travelling to various locations for placement, such as the Northern Territory and New Zealand. Jess has interests in surgery, dentistry and dermatology. Jess is already an integral part of the team at Your Family Vet and is looking forward to all the new challenges ahead. 
In her spare time, Jess enjoys playing netball, sight seeing, walking her dog, Ned, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Dr Jessica Farrow

Veterinarian (BVSc)


Jessica recently joined our team when she moved to the area from Portland with her partner Dave, two young daughters and 3 dogs Bella, Skees and Penny.

Jessica received her qualification at the Melbourne university and has worked in many different practices all over.  Work interests include imaging, especially ultrasound, and critical care.  She would like to pursue more options in physiotherapy and rehab.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys exploring new places, camping, 4 wheel driving, sports, horseriding and a good book.

Lauren Monaghan

Practice Manager (Double Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management and Management (HR), Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Diploma of Community Services Work)


Originally from Brim, Lauren is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse who has also studied a Diploma of Community Services Work before more recently graduating with a double Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management/ Management (HR).  Lauren has switched roles from Senior Nurse to Practice Manager and is thoroughly enjoying supporting and bringing out the best of each team member.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys playing netball, doing fun runs and exploring the outdoors with her two sons Carter and Jimmy.   When she is at home she enjoys hanging out with her cat Nimbles and Pugs Hawk, Lacey, Betsy, Darla, Lily and Chokito.

Larree Darrington

Veterinary Nurse


Larree has been working as a vet nurse since early 2013.  Prior to joining the clinic, she worked as a manager at Bonnie and Clydes and as a racetrack attendant for Greyhound Racing Victoria. Larree has been an integral part of our team at Your Family Vet for many years.
In her spare time, Larree enjoys fishing, playing netball and spending quality time with her family, cat Oscar and dog Shar.

Larree has just returned after welcoming her second child, Willow and is very busy now with big brother Jagger doting on his little sister.

Maddy Heard

Veterinary Nurse


Maddy is a local girl and has now been a part of the team in a veterinary nursing role for 4 years.  Maddy has a great passion for Staffies and currently owns two which she really enjoys taking on walks and exploring the great outdoors. 

In her spare time, as well as spending time with Sasha and Amarni (her furbabies), Maddy also enjoys fishing/yabbying, hanging out with friends and socialising

Nikita Bradshaw

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Retail Operations Finance and Insurance)


Nikita moved from Telopea Downs to Horsham as a young girl and comes from a farming background.  She has always been around animals and is very excited to be able to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinary nurse.  As well as sharing her spare time with her husband Ben and young boys Cooper and Elijah, Nikita enjoys exploring the Grampians. 

Nikita and family currently enjoy life with Jack the Ragdoll who is always getting up to something.

Susie Relouw

Customer Service (Diploma in Financial Services, Associate Diploma in Business Management, Cert 4 in Community Services, Diploma in Child Services, Lifeguard, Aust swim teacher)


Susie enjoys learning new and different things and loves a challenge.  Susie has run her own business and is now really enjoying being part of a team that lets her indulge in her love of animals.

Susie has raised 5 children who are all now making their own way in the world and she hopes she will soon be able to travel again as she loves to explore different parts of the world and new cultures.

Susie also likes to spend time with her grumble (3 loving pugs).

Nat Gruin

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy)


Nat grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and had lived and worked in Perth and Adelaide before returning to Victoria.  Her soul passion has always been with the advocacy, welfare, health and education of animals.

Nat qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1995, had 13.5 extremely fulfilling years working in the profession before new adventures lead her to work in the sporting industry, train as a barista and eventually qualify as a Remedial Massage Therapist, before coming full circle back to her true passion of Veterinary Nursing.  Along the way she always stayed connected to her love of wildlife through volunteering at not-for-profit santuary Wild2Free, who's main focus is the rehabilitation and release of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, and animal shelters in Adelaide Hills.

We are excited to have Nat join our team as she has already proven to be a great asset!  Nat has recently welcomed Morgan (a Border Collie puppy) to her home and she has already stolen her heart. 

David Legg

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)


Born on a dairy farm, David has been working with animals of all kinds from a very early age. Qualified and trained in both small and large animal nursing, David has recently moved to the area from South Coast NSW to join our growing team.  He has already become a valued team member. 

In his spare time David is an avid gamer and enjoys curling up with his cat Saffron and a good book.

Georgie Schwarz

Customer Service (Student)


Georgie is a familiar face at Your Family Vet, being Penny's daughter. Georgie has a very quiet way with animals and really loves spending time with her grandparents' Miniature Donkeys.  She has spent a large amount of time in the clinic afterhours, becoming very proficient with newborn puppies and is usually the one helping the pups nurse for the first time after a caesarian.  Georgie really enjoys interacting with clients at the front desk and often helps out after school and during the holidays.  Georgie also enjoys working at Pick A Posie.

In her spare time Georgie enjoys attending dance classes, travelling and catching up with her friends.

Penny Stemp

Financial Administrator (Diploma of Accounting)


Penny has been part of the team right from the start, maintaining the accounts.  Penny graduated with a Diploma of Accounting from Ballarat University and moved to Horsham with her family for a tree change. 

Penny's main interests are her human family, husband Brendan and now grown up children Bec and Harry, but she also loves her extended fur family Dougal, Molly, Jack, Scout, Annie and Mogsy (just to name a few).  Penny is an integral volunteer with Horsham PAWS and is now the President of the association, as well as having her own luxurious boarding facility for cats, Catnap, quite simply she adores cats!  If she manages to find some free time she also enjoys reading and patchwork.

Lacey Vicary


Lacey has been a frequent visitor of ours for many years due to her being a dedicated wildlife carer and has recently joined the team as our wonderful cleaner.

Lacey's passion and love for animals has had her rescuing animals her whole life.  As well as looking after her family and doing rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife she is currently completing a course in pet care and vet assistance in the hope that she can get into veterinary nursing.




Clinic Cat (Master of relaxation)


Kimmy originally came to Your Family Vet as an adoptee with Horsham PAWS.   Having spent many months with us, during this time slowly teaching us that we absolutely couldn't do without her, we finally decided to formally adopt her in January 2017.  She is very popular with clients, with numerous people every day asking where she is when they visit. 

Kimmy now has the life of luxury telling us what she wants and when and basically spends her day moving around the clinic, spending the majority of her time in the staff lounge.  She loves when her harness comes out as it means going outside for a roll in the sun and scratch in the sand.

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