Phone: (02) 4832 1977 


Jayde Costello

Veterinarian and CVH Director

Jayde WatlingJayde joined CVH in late 2010 and, like all CVH vets, is passionate about treating both small and large animals. She completed 2 years of a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience degree before commencing her veterinary studies, and graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2010. Jayde also managed to fit in, alongside her studies, the management of several restaurants, including a 200 seat Italian restaurant in Sydney!

Jayde, already an experienced ultrasonographer, has completed additional studies through the University of Sydney Centre for Veterinary Education. Jayde also has AQIS accreditation (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service), enabling her to oversee the import and export of animals and animal products, she is an approved APAV practitioner (Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians) for a range of national and state farm animal programs, and is also accredited to use equine Hendra Vaccination.

Raised in Scone, Jayde loves country life and a whole range of sports, making it easy for her and her family to settle into local community life.

Tess Noble


Tess joined jthe Crookwell Vet team in January 2021, growing the team to four full time vets. Tess graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Tess came through CVH as a final year veterinary student and really impressed us with her enthusiasm, skills, and the way she fitted into the CVH team. We were unable to let her finish her stay without offering her a job.

Tess grew up in Sydney, she has a love for outdoor activities and is a keen sports person playing at state and national levels in cricket and coaching the NSW Junior Cross Country Ski Team. Tess is an avid rock climber and hiker, and has recently taken up tennis and golf but will have a crack at any sport on offer.

She loves the mix of small and large animals and is happy pulling a calf or spaying a cat. Tess has cat called Nigel who came through CVH’s kitten adoption program. Nigel is a bit of character as you can see!


Will Lucas

Veterinarian and CVH Director

Will LucasWill joined the veterinary staff of CVH in January 2012. A Bachelor of Veterinary Science graduate from James Cook University in Queensland, Will also has a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England.

In between his agriculture and veterinary degrees, Will gained extensive experience working on large sheep and cattle properties. He says he developed a love for rural life and production animals when working on the T A Field Estates Hunthawang property at Hillston in 1998. Before commencing his veterinary studies, Will was appointed overseer of a number of Egelabra Merino Stud properties. He’s also spent time as a volunteer in India, working on genetics in Deccan sheep and goats.

Will is accredited for the Ovine Brucellosis Scheme, the use of equine Hendra vaccine, and he has Australian Cattle Veterinary Association Pregnancy Diagnosis accreditation, essential for veterinarians tail tagging cattle pregnancy tested prior to sale.

Will was the recipient of the Beef Cattle Production and Medicine medal at graduation, but he also loves small animals - his cat Albert helps out at the clinic every day.



Ciara Halliday

Ciara joined us at the end of 2017 after graduating from the University of Sydney, where she achieved many academic honours including awards in parasitology, pharmacology, large animal and equine fields as well as being awarded the prestigious Deans List.  We first met Ciara when she was completing her rural placement at CVH as a 4th year vet student, she really impressed us then with her skills and knowledge. On returning in her final year for a months placement we had no other choice but to offer her a job before somebody else did. She fitted right into the CVH team. 

Ciara also has a degree in human nursing which she completed before embarking on veterinary science.  With an interest in both small and large animals Ciara is looking forward to getting out on properties, helping the farmers as well as looking after your pets. Ciara has a cat called Zac and Ruby the Groodle, although I think Ruby has been taken hostage by her parents and has not yet made the move to Crookwell.

Our Part Time Veterinarians

Dr David Chaffey is one of our highly valued locums. He has many years experience in rural mixed practice, including as owner of a veterinary business on the south coast of NSW. Dave and his wife Margie now own a property near Crookwell.

CVH Founding Veterinarians

Drs Rob and Jennie Churchill established Crookwell Veterinary Hospital in 1982. The practice grew over the years to become a busy 3 full time vet practice. They and their staff have been committed to delivering a 24/7 service for both large and small animals, and Jennie and Rob are proud that their clients have been able to call a vet around the clock for 35 years. In June 2017, they handed over Crookwell Veterinary Hospital to Drs Jayde Costello and Will Lucas. Jayde and Will had worked for CVH for more than 5 years and were settled in Crookwell with their partners and families. The Churchills were delighted to have such high quality vets to take over their practice, and to know CVH will continue to deliver the same attention to customer service and a passion for caring for animals large and small.