Dr Mike Adams

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS (Hons))

Mike graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Science in 2005, further completing his honours degree and PhD. From there he progressed to Murdoch University graduating with a degree of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Mike has had extensive experience in South Australia before settling at Hawthorn Vet in 2015. His special interests include medicine, imaging and surgery.

Dr Christopher Brown

Veterinarian (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)

I graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2013 and have worked in multiple small animal veterinary clinics and in a University setting. I have a keen interest in small animal medicine. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening and dabbling in photography. At home, I have two pets - a dog and a cat.


Dr Caroline O'Connelll

Veterinarian (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)

I graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Environmental Science. I then embarked on a Veterinary Science degree after studying assisted reproduction in wombats during my Honours year. I graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 2008 and came straight back to South Australia to work as a mixed animal vet in the beautiful Care Valley. 

Having had varied veterinary career locuming in the UK, teaching at Roseworthy Vet school and working in small animal emergency and critical care, I started with Hawthorn Vet in January 2022. 

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice but I have a particular interest in working up challenging medicine cases and helping clients make informed decisions about their pets care.

Jacqui Johnson

Practice Manager (Cert IV in First Line Managment)

I started within the Veterinary Industry in 2010 in a client service role. It was a dream of mine to combine my love of animal welfare with my previous experience in customer service and volunteer work with Fauna Rescue.  My work within the industry evolved into Veterinary business administration, and then Practice Management. 

At home, I am kept busy by my 3 children and my beautiful, now senior, Coolie/Collie X, Bowie. Bowie was an abandoned puppy that I was lucky enough to offer a place to call home. He has trust issues from his early days so coming to the vet is a challenge. I can therefore really empathise with clients who have anxious dogs, and love sharing stories of what helps to make vet visits easier. 

Since starting with team at Hawthorn Vet I have found our clientele really wonderful. You all take such great care of your pets. The trust you have in our Veterinarian's advice allows us, as a team with you, to help give your pets the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible. Which is what we are all here for! 


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2005 and have been in small animal practice for 20 years. I have seen Hawthorn Vet grow and develop over the years to become the great practice it is today.

I enjoy working all aspects in the clinic, from surgery, triage and consults, to reception and customer liaison. I also have a keen interest in emergency nursing.

At home, I have my 2 senior pets - Lucy the cat and Sophie a Terrier cross. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2006. I have also completed my Certificate IV in Animal Laboratory Technology. I have worked in different practices but I have been nursing at Hawthorn Vet since 2007. My special area of interest is surgical nursing. At home, I have a dog, 3 cats, chickens and horses. 


Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Cert III Animal Studies)

I have always had a passion to work with and help care for animals. I spent 2 years in Whyalla fostering for their local vet providing TLC until their fur-ever homes were found. I also spent some time volunteering at the local RSPCA. After completing my Cert III in the Northern Territory, it reassured me that Veterinary nursing was the career path that I wanted to pursue.

I have two gorgeous male senior cats at home which were both rescued at a young age from shelters. They both have very different personalities, one being extremely vocal but timid around new people, and the other who gets a little ‘hangry’. We have also been raising baby sea-monkeys! 

I look forward to continuing to broaden my knowledge in the field, and continuing to meet everyone along the way.



I grew up in Country Victoria where I began working in a Vet Clinic 8 years ago.  Living in the country I got to see a large range of animals from cats and dogs to cows, sheep, horses, snakes and lots of wildlife!

My family and I decided to move from country Vic to Adelaide to enjoy the beautiful beaches and lifestyle S.A has to offer. 

I commenced employment with Hawthorn Vet as a Receptionist in March 2022.  I enjoy meeting all the clients at Hawthorn Vet and in particular I have a soft spot for all OODLES!!! Most of all, I love the way our clients care for and love their pets. 

In my spare time I enjoy taking my old Spoodle, Ruby, for walks on the beach, spending time with family and friends, camping, and most of all spending time at the beach watching the local dolphins and seals swim by. 


Veterinary Nurse

I have been a veterinary nurse since 2003 and have worked in mixed animal, equine and small animal practice, as well as specialist and emergency/ critical care. I enjoy continuing my education in all aspects of veterinary nursing and have been a Registered Veterinary Nurse since 2019.

I enjoy volunteering with animals, working overseas in Tonga with South Pacific Animal Welfare, Vanuatu with Vets Beyond Borders, as well as an active member with South Australian Veterinary Management.

In my free time, I am a Scuba, Freediving and Mermaid Instructor, Snorkel Guide with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries, and enjoy hiking, dancing, birdwatching, camping, travelling and generally enjoying the outdoors.

I am married with two adult daughters, 2 spoilt cats, horses and assorted chickens on a property in the Adelaide Hills.

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