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New Vets join Local Land Services

Central Tablelands Local Land Services has appointed two new veterinarians to serve landholders in this region, Amy Masters and Kate Peffer.

Amy Masters has begun work in the Orange region replacing former District Veterinarian Alan Taylor who retired in March.

Amy hails from the Southern Highlands of NSW and studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, graduating with Honours Class I and The University Medal in 2010.

Amy completed an honours research project investigating management factors affecting the efficacy of Gudair vaccine in the control of Ovine Johnes Disease on Kangaroo Island.

Prior to joining Local Land Services, Amy worked in a mixed animal and dairy practice at Numurkah Veterinary Clinic in the Goulburn Valley in Victoria.  She has also worked with the Garden Veterinary Group in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom, and was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK in 2015.

“Working in a District Vet’s job with Central Tablelands Local Land Services will allow me to pursue my interests in livestock health and production,” said Amy.

Also joining the Central Tablelands Local Land Services team is Kate Peffer, who will be acting as District Veterinarian in the Molong office until September 2016 while Lucy Downs takes maternity leave.

Kate grew up on a dairy farm in Kingaroy in Queensland where she developed an interest in farming and animal production. She completed a dual degree in Veterinary Biology and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University’s Wagga campus and graduated in 2012 before moving to Forbes where she worked in a busy mixed animal practice for two and a half years.

“During this time I was exposed to a large variety of both small and large animals and had the opportunity to be involved in a number of herd health investigations. It was here I was able to develop my keen interest in large animal medicine, herd health and production,” said Kate.

Kate next moved to Molong with her husband and worked for 15 months in a small animal practice in Orange before taking the opportunity to join Local Land Services in April this year.

The Vet Team Leader Bruce Watt has welcomed the new veterinary appointments to the Central Tablelands.

“We are very pleased to have these two enthusiastic professionals joining our team.  Kate and Amy will provide a first class livestock health service to the producers of the Central Tablelands,” said Bruce.

Amy Masters can be contacted on 0428710002 and Kate Peffer can be contacted on 0409496908. 0428 71

For more information about veterinary assistance available through Central Tablelands Local Land Services, contact Bruce Watt on 02 63332300 or email

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