Dr Martin Strong, BVSc, MACVc (sas) After graduation in 1993 from Sydney University he began working with Dr Robert Zammit and had the opportunity to increase his knowledge and skills in all aspects of small animal veterinary science with the particular interest in small animal reproduction.  In 1997 Martin bought the practice and has enjoyed improving the facilities and services provided to our clients.


In 2001 Martin completed further study in small animal surgery and obtained his membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Science which has enhanced his knowledge and skills in this field.  Since then his education has continued and in 2007 he was certified by the University of Pennsylvania to submit Penn Hip XRays and was accredited by AQIS in 2008 to perform pre-export examinations.  Further training has led to Martin now performing cruciate ligament repairs with the TTA method and he is having great success.

In his leisure time he enjoys riding and training horses, kayaking and playing with his dog.

Dr Ali Bumak - graduated from Sydney University in 2008 and began her professional career in Dalby, Queensland.  She worked in a busy mixed animal practice, gaining a particular interest in equine dentistry and all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine and surgery.  

Ali then spent 6 months travelling in Canada before returning to "God's own Country" in the Hunter Valley;  she has been working with us since December 2013 and has furthered her education in equine dentistry and small animal surgery since being at Motto Farm and loves spending her free time playing with her beautiful dog and riding her horses.

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Dr Ross Barter - After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1988, Ross worked in mixed practice for 7 years before concentrating on small animal practice.  He has worked in Australia, New Zealand and England, including 5 years at the RSPCA Newcastle, and 7 years as an emergency vet at the Newcastle Animal Referral and Emergency Centre (NAREC).

Ross has a particular interest in ultrasound and cardiology and has completed many postgraduate courses in these fields.  On his days off Ross operates Newcastle Veterinary Ultrasound, performing ultrasound examinations for referring veterinarians.  

Ross is married with 2 children 4 cats, 1 rabbit and often several foster kittens.

Melissa Cowan - Melissa joined our team in 2006 and since then has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys looking after a variety of sick and injured animals. Melissa is the head nurse at our hospital and is and integral part of our team. We would be lost without her organising the staff and especially the vets!


Karen Manual first worked as a veterinary nurse in 1989.  She loves her cats, dogs and horses and gets a lot of satisfaction in seeing the animals in her care return to health.

Liz is a certificate IV qualified nurse and loves caring for her patients . She has been working within this career since entering the work force.

Rhonda Vidler started with us when she was in TAFE and since graduating with her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV she has continued to work with us.  Her dedication, even at this early stage of her career is admirable.  She has 4 fantastic boys at home to keep her occupied in her time away from work and she also has a collection of animals including an old Shepherd cross whom she rescued.

Kassie Edwards is continuing to study for her Veterinary Nursing Qualification Certificate IV whilst working with us.  She has great compassion for the many cases that she nurses and is enjoying being exposed to the many aspects of the work at Motto Farm Veterinary Hospital.  Kassie loves nothing better on her time off than to take her beautiful Border Collie to the beach.