Pendle Hill Veterinary Hospital

(02) 9636 5641

215 Wentworth Avenue, Pendle Hill NSW 2145

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.

Alex Heggie

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science-Sydney University)

Alex first started her career in the veterinary industry as a casual nurse in 2008.  She enjoyed working with animals so she then went on to complete her veterinary studies at Sydney University in 2016.  Alex's first job was in a mixed animal practice in a rural suburb of Sydney and then she came to join our Pendle Hill Vet team in October, 2018.  

Alex's main interests lie in diagnostic imaging, medicine and behaviour issues.  She really loves helping all small animals; dogs, cats and pocket pets and enjoys diagnosing and working out the best plan for pets and their caring owners.

She is passionate about the welfare of our animals and understands their value in the family.

In her spare time, Alex enjoys spending time with her partner, Josh exploring the outdoors, socialising with friends and family and spending time with her dog, Wilbur and rat, Jemaine.

Shaun Pratt

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons I))

Shaun grew up in Brisbane west and graduated from The University of Queensland. He spent time with Sydney University as a veterinary anaesthetist before joining our Pendle Hill Vet team in Janurary 2020.


His interests include anaesthesia, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging and medicine. Shaun knows that every pet is different and he is enthusiastic to work with you, to achieve the best results for your animal.


Shaun lives in Richmond with his partner (who is also a vet), their two cats, and her horse. Outside work he enjoys hiking, waterpolo and wakeboarding.



We also have a fantastic bunch of highly qualified associate veterinarians. If you see them, please make them feel welcome!


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!!



Hollie McAlpine

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate 4 Vet Nursing and Advanced Small Animal Nursing)

Hollie grew up loving animals and surrounded by deers, horses, rabbits, dog & birds.   She has been a veterinary nurse since 2005 and has completed certificate 4 in veterinary nursing and Advanced Small Animal Nursing. 

Hollie developed meningitis at 14 months old and as a result is hearing impaired. However, this has not stopped her passion working with animals. 

She enjoys monitoring surgical cases and making sure they are getting the best care possible. 

Hollie is married with 2 young children. After she had her first daughter she rescued a stray cat named Spike. Hollie enjoys spending time with her family & friends, outdoor activities, baking & travelling. 

Victoria (Torrie) Langford

Registered Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Torrie started working at Pendle Hill Vets in June, 2018. She found her love and passion for animals once she started studying her certificate 2 in Animal Studies at the RSPCA in 2017.  

Torrie's hobbies include spending time with her nieces and nephews and caring for her 4 dogs: Maddie, Missy, Buddha and Bessie.  She also has a rabbit called Jimmy, snake called Susie and a bearded dragon whose name is Malaki.

She loves her job at Pendle Hill Vets and always strives to ensure the client and animal gets the best care that they need!


Client Relations

Jasper is our amazing clinic cat!  He came to us as a stray in April, 2018 and we fell in love with his special behaviour and we knew he belonged to the Pendle Hill team.  He enjoys meeting patients that come to the vet hospital, sleeping and sneaking treats!!

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