Mount Barker Veterinary Hospital

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Meet Our Team


Miles Nye-Chart

Practice Owner (BSc BVMS (Hons))

Miles has been the practice owner of Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital since February 1991 and continues to work fulltime in the practice. He completed his veterinary studies at Murdoch University, graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with honours in 1990. He studied as a mature age student after working for some years as a stock inspector in the Northern Territory, where he was involved in eradicating Tuberculosis and Brucellosis in buffalo and cattle. Miles initially studied at Queensland Agricultural College in Gatton and has a certificate in Animal Husbandry and an Associate Diploma in Stock and Meat Inspection.

Miles moved to Mt Barker on completing his veterinary degree and has been here ever since. His areas of special interest include equine dentistry, equine reproduction and beef production. During his down time Miles' personal interests include fishing, camp drafting and going camping.

Deborah Nye-Chart

(Bachelor Health Science- Naturopathy, Diploma of Remedial massage and Associate Diploma in Electronic Engineering)

Deb, with her husband Miles, has been an owner of the Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital since 1991. She also runs her own business in Mt Barker, Healing Naturally WA, from which she works as a herbalist, naturopath, remedial massage therapist and produces specialty herbal teas. Deb also prescribes and supplies herbal and nutritional animal remedies.

Deb's roles within the veterinary hospital include naturopathic consults and herbal remedies to complement traditional veterinary medicines. She is also the IT guru and bookkeeper. Deb’s personal interests include campdrafting, gardening, reading and natural medicine.

Tara Mills

Veterinarian (BVetBiol/BVSc (Hons))

Tara joined Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital in August 2013 after completing a stint in the north west of WA providing dental care for horses from Carnarvon, Onslow and all station horses in between. She is a local girl, having grown up in Albany, before having moved east to study at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Here she graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Veterinary Science with first class honours after completing a thesis on wound healing in horses. She then worked in dairy/ mixed practice in southern New South Wales for a few years prior to relocating back to WA.  

In Mt Barker Tara is enjoying being involved in mixed practice and is very enthusiastic about providing quality dental care to the horses of the Great Southern. When at home she enjoys dabbling with her horse Ceaser and getting away camping with her partner, Cliff and 2 dogs Reggie and Chammy.


Stefan Gouws

Veterinarian (BSc BVMs )

Stefan joined our team at the Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital in 2016. He studied at Murdoch University and graduated with Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Before completing University he spent a year working at the Muchea cattle yards as a stock handler. Stefan enjoys all aspects of large animal work but his passion lies in working with cattle, small animal surgery and orthapedics. Stefan has a 10 year old rescue Greyhound named Archer, and a stimpsons python named Snickers. Outside of the veterinary industry he enjoys working on and modifying his car, playing social touch rugby and hiking the local geography. 

Lesley Fantin

Veterinarian (BSc MSc BVMS)

Lesley has been working at Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital on a part time basis since July 2013. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Wildlife Nutrition, whereby she got the opportunity to work with red pandas at the Toronto Zoo. She obtained her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the Univerisity of Murdoch in 2003. Her colourful career spanning 11 years has seen her practice in Canada, Tasmania, Queensland and throughout the Great Southern, including Albany and Manjimup.

She resides on a mixed sheep / cattle / cropping family run farm just west of Kendenup with her husband, young daughter and in-laws.

Bronwyn King

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS)

Bronwyn started part time with us at the Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital in 2017. In 2004 Bronwyn completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and worked as a Veterinary Nurse for 8 years. She then went onto study to become a Veterinarian and graduated from Murdoch University in 2013. Since then she has locumed around Australia whilst raising her family.She has done some continuing education including her Master of Animal Science - production animal consultancy and Essential Ultrasound Skills for the small animal practitioner. Her special interests within the veterinary industry are intensive production systems, clinical pathology, cytology and internal medicine. 

Her personal interests are travelling, camping and sustainable living. 

Melanie Greeney

Veterinary Practice Manager (Veterinary Nurse Technician (2013)Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing (2008) )

Melanie is our Senior Veterinary Nurse and Practice Manager at Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital. Melanie began working with us while still at high school, joining us full time in 2005. Melanie completed her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2008 and has since completed her veterinary nurse technician course in 2013.
Melanie grew up on a small pony stud in Kendenup and attended both primary and high school in Mt Barker. She is a keen soccer player, loves horse riding and spending time with her animals which include her dogs Angel and Yogi, her cats Max and Scarlett, and horses Vision and Lesty.


Emily Hughes

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)


Emily joined the Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital team in May 2013 after finishing high school at Mt Barker. She has since completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Polytechnic West and is loving every minute of it. She works full time in the clinic and is looking to futher her education within the veterinary industry.

Emily lives with her 2 dogs a Border Collie named Milo, and her families Chihuahua x Shih tzu Hunter, her 2 horses Pebbles and Dixie, 3 cats Chevy, Beans and Ellie, and cattle, sheep and chickens on her family property in Narrikup. She enjoys travelling, camping and spending time with her many animals.

Sarah Brown


Sarah worked her gap year between school and university as a veterinary nurse in 2011 at Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital. After moving to Perth for some time she then relocated back to Mt Barker. She has once again joined the veterinary hospital team as our go to person, who fills the gaps when they arise, from reception and veterinary nursing, to gardening, admininistration and marketing.

Sarah has a keen interest in sewing and Dachshunds! Her family own a Dachshund called Dinky who she gets to baby sit regularly. He has lots of character and she often has funny stories of him to share.  

Tiana Owen

Trainee Nurse

Tiana is the newest addition to our team at the Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital. She started working full time with us in the middle of 2017. Tiana will be studying her Certifcate IV in Veterinary Nursing starting this year and will take around 2 years to complete. 

Tiana owns a Mastiff x named Tess and a DSH cat called Tilly. Tiana enjoys getting outside and spending time with her friends. 


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