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.

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.

Dr Frances Ng BVSc (hons) MANZCVS (ECC) - Frances hails from tropical Malaysian Borneo, and migrated to Australia in 2003 to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008, took a wrong turn during a road-trip and has stayed here ever since. She started off as most veterinarians do, in a busy mixed practice where she worked for 3 years. Her next adventure landed her in the Emergency Centre in Broadmeadow for a further 5 years.  She consolidated her skills in this area by achieving her memberships in the Emergency and Critical Care Chapter of the  Australia and New Zealand  College of Veterinary Scientists in 2016.  Frances joined the team at Motto Farm Veterinary Hospital in 2017 and finds working normal daylight hours quite agreeable.  She has a special interest in internal medicine and hopes to develop this further.  In her spare time, Frances collect cats, tends to her vegetable garden and makes soap out of lard.

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.

Kassie Edwards  has attained 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.

Kylie  Kylie began veterinary nursing in 2007 while completing her Certificate IV. She joined us at Motto Farm in 2015. She loves applying her nursing skills to all areas of the job while caring for and getting to know her patients.

At home Kylie loves nothing more than spending time with her young family, 3 dogs and a cat.

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.

Erica Oldfield  is a local girl who started her nursing career in Alice Springs NT in 2007. She moved home and joined us at motto farm in 2009 and has been a valued team member ever since.

Erica has 2 gorgeous daughters and 2 border collies to keep her busy outside of work. 

Anna Curlew graduated with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016, and has been working at Motto Farm Veterinary Hospital since then. She enjoys all aspects of nursing with a keen interest in surgical cases.

Outside of work Anna enjoys spending time with her 2 cats and riding her horse.