Meet Our Team


Samantha (Sam) Lackenby

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science)

Sam grew up on a sheep/cattle/wheat farm in Gulargambone, NSW.  She graduated from Sydney University in 1995 and went to work in Deniliquin, NSW for 2 years as a mixed practice vet and then travelled and worked overseas for another 2 years.  On her return she has worked in Sydney and various practices gaining invaluable small animal experience.  Her passions are solving the illnesses that trouble our pets and working out the best possible way to make them better.  Sam enjoys surgery, medicine, dentistry, behaviour, oncology and skin diseases in particular but is comfortable dealing with all the variable cases that vets have to deal with.  In her spare time she is chasing after 4 daughters (with her husband Scott) who love their sport and outdoor activities.  She also has 2 labradors; Ted and Judo and an old cat called Oscar who make her family complete!

Markus Mander

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science)

Markus graduated from the University of Pretoria Vet School in 1996 and spent the next 5 yearrs gaining a vast amount of veterinary experience working in small animal practices in England.  
Markus moved to Australia in 2001 and completed a postgraduate study in Small Animal Medicine.

His interests include complex medical cases, soft tissue and orthopaediac surgery.  His main surgical passion lies in knee surgery-both cruciate ligament rupture and luxation surgeries.

Markus lives in Kellyville with his wife and 2 children and plays an active role in the local community.  His hobbies outside of work include travel, cycling, running, kite surfing and scuba diving.


Senior Vet Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Cindy has been vet nursing for 28 years of which 13 years of her career has been at Pendle Hill Vet.  Her passion is birds, especially parrots.  She has 2 lorikeets called Ricky and Keet along with 2 cats, 4 chickens, a turtle and a pond full of fish.  Cindy has spent a substantial part of her life involved in wildlife rescuing which has spanned 15 years.  She has cared for sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife such as birds, possums, gliders, lizards and kangaroos.  She has also caught and relocated pythons, red-bellied and brown snakes!

Cindy has enjoyed getting to know and become close to the clients over her many years at Pendle Hill vets and looks forward in helping them for many more years to come!

Melissa Ellis

Veterinary Nurse

Mel has worked at Pendle Hill for the past 13 years.  She started working with animals when she became a kennel attendant in 2003 and then commenced her studies at Tafe.  Mel has 3 lovely children and a husband who help her to care for her 3 dogs; Pepa, Elver and Ranger.  

She also spends her spare time helping at the local pound and at her childrens' school particularly the P&C committee.  Her hobbies are football and swimming.

Mel loves her job and working in all aspects of the hospital and could not imagine doing anything else!!



Rebekah Handley

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Bek has been at Pendle Hill Vets since 2013 while she was studying her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. She graduated in early 2015 and has enjoyed every minute of it. 
Bek loves seeing all our patients and getting to know them and their families. She is a huge animal lover and has three cats; Ollie, Atticus & Franky, a staffy: Stella & a guinea pig: Willow.

In her spare time she likes to wind down with long walks with Stella, spending time with her family and friends as well as getting comfy with a really good book. 


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