Meet the Team
Dr Lawrence Baker Principal Veterinarian
Prior to opening the Selwood House Veterinary Hospital Lawrence practised as a veterinarian at the Katoomba Veterinary Clinic and at clinics in the UK, spending the majority of his time at a primary accession and exotic animal referral hospital in Leeds. In February 2014, after a 10-year career in law and policy, Lawrence founded the Selwood House Veterinary Hospital. In 2015 he integrated the Mid Mountains Animal Health Centre with Selwood House Vets and in 2017 commenced emergency services from Blue Mountains Animal Health in Leura. Lawrence has a keen interest in surgery and at Selwood House he aims to offer his clientele evidence-based, best practice veterinary care in a beautiful aesthetic environment. He lives in Blackheath with his wife Jess and their children Asher and Lilah and cat Molly, and when time permits he enjoys hiking, jogging, reading, gardening and strumming an acoustic guitar.
Dr Mark Frost Clinical Director
Mark graduated from the University of Bristol and has practised as a veterinarian for over 10 years in the UK. In 2011, Mark and his wife Jennie visited Australia where he worked as a locum veterinary surgeon at a number of practices in Sydney. On returning to the UK, he worked for a practice in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, became a partner and director at a practice in Taunton and worked in a large vet hospital in North Somerset. However, Mark and Jennie could not get Australia out of their minds, so decided to start the process of visa applications and organising to move half way around the world. Having visited the Blue Mountains previously and having spent a lot of time here, they had fallen in love with our landscape and lifestyle. Mark has a particular interest in small animal dental health and dental radiography. Outside of his professional life, Mark has a keen interest in bushwalking & landscape/wildlife photography – what better place to be than the Blue Mountains!
Alana Howard Practice Manager
Alana grew up in NZ on a dairy farm, where she developed her love of animals. Alana completed her veterinary nurse training in NZ in 2001, following which she worked in a busy mixed practice before moving to Australia. In Oz Alana has worked at a busy small animal practice, as well as at a feline specialist clinic and she has owned a pet shop. Alana has two beautiful girls, Ella and Mia, plus eight fur babies: two dogs, Grace and Benji; four cats, Taz, Wally, Gizmo and Honey and two ferrets, Delilah and Tinkerbelle.
Talia Pasche Veterinary Nurse
Talia has worked in the veterinary industry for more than four years and is currently completing Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Talia enjoys all aspects of surgical nursing and hopes to further her knowledge in the field of anaesthesia in the near future. Talia lives in Katoomba with her partner Leam, their daughter Jemima and their fur babies; Harry the Terrier, Wiley the Wippet Cross, Olive and Oscar the cats and Myrtle the turtle.
Brooke Welsh Veterinary Nurse
Brooke is a Certificate IV vet nurse, graduating in 2015. She has been working in the veterinary industry since 2013 and is especially interested in wildlife nursing and hand raising young. Brooke has four furbabies, three dogs; Patch, Remi and Chewbacca as well as one bird named Prinny. Brooke would love to travel and use her nursing skills overseas in the future.
Tonya Halay Trainee Nurse
Tonya is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing. Before having a break to raise her son Zmii, Tonya worked as an animal attendant and vet nurse and is loving being back in her favourite job. Tonya has lived her whole life in the Blue Mountains, she has a love of native wildlife, animal behaviour and animal communication and looks forward to studying these things in more depth. Tonya is owned by Maggie her 3 year old dog, her 4 hand raised chickens and her son Zmii.
Maddy Talbot Trainee Nurse
Maddy is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing and she has been working in the Veterinary industry since 2015. Maddy also works at the Pet Health Hub in Lawson and enjoys gaining in-depth knowledge about pet health and nutrition. Maddy has lived most of her life in the mid mountains, leaving for 18 months to live and work in Canada with her partner Chris. They are now settled in Hazelbrook with their four furbabies – Kobe the Labrador, Lucy the Border Collie and Duke and Earl the mini lop eared rabbits.