Meet Our Team

Emergency Vet – Our Team

Taleta Hompas


Due to her husband’s military career, Taleta has been lucky enough to work in some of the best Emergency practices along the length & breadth of this country and is very excited to be able to combine the best of all of these and bring you Canberra’s Veterinary Emergency Service.

Taleta most loves the variety and minute-to-minute challenge that Emergency Medicine brings, as well as the opportunity to really help animals and their humans when most in need. Her other interests include Diagnostic Imaging, specifically ultrasound and she looks forward to completing Membership Examination in Emergency Medicine in the near future.

Taleta has two Bionic Border collies, Loki & Sona and a non-furred, 3 year old daughter and 6 month old son. She enjoys competing in Triathlons with her husband in her spare time.

Taleta loves being a part of the compassionate, experienced and committed staff at Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service and looks forward to helping you and your beloved pet soon.

Tracy Hughes


Tracy started her career in animal health in the 1990’s as a veterinary technician, after a few years in general practice she decided to enroll in vet school working as a technician in emergency and critical care to pay her way through university; it was here her love of emergency developed.

After graduating, Tracy pursued a career as an emergency clinician loving the thrill and rewards that emergency work offered. After working in emergency for 11 years, she took a one year hiatus in general practice, Tracy realized the draw of emergency work was too strong and decided to partner with Taleta and open the Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service as an emergency vet practice.

Tracy loves all aspect of emergency work, you never know what will come through the door and whilst it can be sad at times, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Animals are miraculous and seeing an animal recover and discharged back to his or her owner is wonderful. Tracy’s specific areas of interest include difficult medical cases, ventilator therapy and ultrasound.

Being part of such an enthusiastic, compassionate team at CVES makes every working day a joy.

Helping animals is so rewarding and being part of a group that is dedicated to providing such extraordinary care is amazing.

Dilly Abeyawardane BVSc


Dilly received her primary and secondary education in Sri Lanka. She then completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne in 2006. For the next four years, Dilly worked at the RSPCA (Victoria), during which time she developed a special interest in Emergency Medicine. A scholarship from the RSPCA ensued and culminated in the completeion of a course in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine in 2008.

In 2010-2012, Dilly joined the team at Lord Smith Animal Hospital in order to pursue her interest in Emergency Medicine and after-hours care. A move to Canberra in 2012 saw Dilly take up a position at the Animal Emergency Center Canberra. The decision to return to general practice in late 2013 meant that she enjoyed more normal levels of Vitamin D whilst working at the Animal Medical Centre before the call of Emergency medicine became too strong and she decided to join the team at Canberra Vet Emergency Service.

Dilly is the proud mum of two Domestic Short Hair cats. She also enjoys all things culinary, be it cooking, baking or dining with her friends.

Kristy Price


Kristy has been working in the emergency and critical care environment here in Canberra for six and a half years, after 8 years in general nursing. She enjoys opportunities to nurture our patients between treatments.

Kristy also is a long time wildlife carer, sharing her home with injured, orphaned and sick wildlife.

Kristy has 2 very active dogs a border collie named Lexi and a koolie x named Smudge and 3 cats, two of which are rescues.

Cassandra Caldwell


Cassie enjoys the fast paced unpredictability that working in emergency has offered for the last 5 years. 

In her spare time, alongside spending time with her 3 cats and 2 dogs, she can be found reading, catching up on her favourite series, studying Japanese or fiddling with her violin – which she hopes to soon be able to play without scaring her pets!

Danielle Marsh


Dani grew up in a small rural town on the south coast and has always had a passion for animals. Even from a very young age there has never been a time that she has not had the sound of 4 paws running around the house.

Dani started a vet nurse traineeship in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. She moved to Canberra in 2012 and has also completed her certificate 4 in vet nursing.

When Dani is not working, she likes to enjoy a good book or a good video game and is usually joined by her dog Hannah.

Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service will be staying open during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To stay open however, we have needed to put some measures in place to keep our staff well so we can be here to tend to your pet.

Please stay in your vehicle upon arrival at our clinic and call us at 6225 7257 for more information. We will tend to your pet as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.