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David grew up in Goondiwindi, Qld where his father (Ralph) was based as a rural vet. He spent a lot of time doing calls with Ralph and has wanted to be a vet since he was a toddler. He was also a keen horse rider as a child.
His family moved to Perth when Ralph became a founding Professor at Murdoch University Veterinary School. David attended high school in Perth and then onto Murdoch University after deferring for a year and travelling overseas.

David graduated in 1987 and headed to South Australia where he worked in a mixed practice in the Adelaide hills and in the Adelaide Emergency Centre. 
He returned to the West in 1990 when he married Nicole and after an extensive honeymoon, headed for Esperance. They began Swans Veterinary Services in 1992 and the rest is history.
Outside of work and family, David is a keen yachtsman, fisherman and diver.

Enoch Bergman grew up in Wild Horse, Colorado, where his family had homesteaded in 1909. Wild Horse, population 12 is located on the high plains of the eastern end of the state of Colorado, which is otherwise typically known for its mountainous terrain. Enoch graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class of seven students in 1992. He then went on to the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry in 1996. Enoch then commenced vet school at Colorado State University, receiving his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2001.

After graduation, Enoch struck off on his own, primarily engaging in feedlot work. He also worked as a relief veterinarian and as a sale barn veterinarian. In 2003 he enrolled in a food animal medicine internship at Colorado State University. Enoch had always been interested in Australia and after completing his internship, he decided to look for work down under. He networked, via email, seeking clinics with large beef cattle caseloads. The Swan’s had come across his resume and after a few phone conversations, reference submissions, and immigration negotiations Enoch was on a plane headed half way around the world.

Since his arrival Enoch has been actively involved in Australian BVDV research. In 2006 he established Australia’s first commercial laboratory for the diagnosis of animals Persistently Infected with BVDV. He travels throughout Australia delivering lectures on BVDV and other cattle topics. Enoch has also represented Australia speaking both in the US and China.
Enoch quickly fell in love with Esperance and decided to stay. In mid 2006 he became a partner in the practice and in 2008 he married his lovely wife Jayme, so we guess he is here to stay!

Nicole graduated from Murdoch University in 1988. She spends the majority of her professional time working with small animals & running the practice. She has a special interest in small animal dentistry & acupuncture, as well as sheep worm control. Her interest in dentistry has led to the recent purchase of an IM3 dental machine to provide state of the art dental care for our patients.
Nicole is often “Vet on Course” at Equestrian WA Eventing competitions throughout the State. This is a 3 phase equestrian competition of dressage, cross country & show jumping. This allows her to combine her career with her daughters’ (Anna & Olivia) interest in Eventing. 
Nicole enjoys the fact that she has the opportunity to work as well as raise a family (Emily, Anna & Olivia), although at times this makes life very hectic. Her ambition is to see the practice consolidate & grow but at the same time be able to enjoy family life. Nicole finds work challenging & fulfilling. Being part of a rural community means that clients often become friends & this makes work even more satisfying.
When not at work Nicole spends the majority of her time riding & caring for the girls horses while they are away at boarding school. She is accompanied by their staffy “Ellie”. She also travels many weekends so that the girls can compete at events.

This year Nicole and David’s eldest daughter Emily and youngest daughter Olivia are both studying Veterinary Science at Murdoch University, carrying on a family tradition.


Born in Esperance District Hospital, Isabelle grew up on a farm in Ravensthorpe. With an endless supply of pets and animals requiring TLC (and some that didn't!) it was there that her love of animals was born and nurtured. Ever since she could say 'veterinarian' (maybe even before), she wanted to become one.

After completing secondary education at St Mary's Anglican Girls' School, Isabelle spent 10 months in Japan as an exchange student. On return she studied Veterinary Science at Murdoch University and graduated with first class merit honors in 2002. Upon graduation Isabelle headed east - initially to Bordertown, SA and later to Mareeba, QLD where she worked as a mixed practice veterinarian.

Isabelle started at SVS in 2007 and now juggles part time work with toddler chasing and sheep farming. Isabelle enjoys the lifestyle Esperance has to offer with free weekends spent camping, fishing and exploring the environs.
Rob Hewlett is originally from Benton, Louisiana. He knew from a young age that he was destined for the veterinary field from his experiences helping his father who also is a veterinarian. He grew up on Holly Hill Farm building fences, barns and cross country jumps for the working equestrian center home to about 150 horses. His mother and two sisters are all competitive eventers.
After completing high school he moved to south Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University where he studied animal science and agriculture business. He then decided to travel to Western Australia to continue his studies at Murdoch University, finishing veterinary school in December 2009.
He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has special interest in anything equine related and small animal surgery. His interest in orthopedics lead him to take a course in managing canine stifle injuries, which allows Swans Vet to offer the TTO procedure which in the past is only offered by specialists in referral practices. The distance from referral practices allows him to sharpen his skills in orthopedic plating. During the horse racing season he offers lameness evaluations putting to use the practices’ radiography and new state of the art ultrasound.

In his off time he likes to be outdoors enjoying the beaches; surfing, 4-wheel driving, camping, fishing and everything that Esperance has to offer.



Steph was born and raised on a sheep and wheat farm in the lovely town of York.  Experiencing the joys of owning pets and also being exposed to the importance of animals as a livelihood on the farm, Steph knew from a young age that animals would always play a pivotal role in her life. 


After heading off to high school in Perth and then on to study Vet Science at Murdoch University, she returned home to York to work in mixed animal practice, predominantly equine and small animals.  Whilst working there she focused her attention on small animal internal medicine and preventative equine care, particularly dentistry, nutrition and metabolic diseases.


When the opportunity to work at Swans Vet Services presented itself, Steph couldn’t resist the chance for a change of scenery.  During her spare time she enjoys horse riding, camping, and taking her dogs swimming at the beach.

Travel is also a special interest of Steph’s. She is usually jetsetting during her holidays, and of course she always looks forward to a road trip home to visit her family and friends.





I am a Perth girl born and bred and rode horses like mad at Darlington Pony Club in the Perth Hills. I graduated from St John XXIII College and headed straight for University.

I graduated from Murdoch University School of Veterinary Studies in 1988. My career started in sunny Geraldton in mixed practice, mainly with dogs, cats and races horses. It was a springboard to a career travelling around Australia. I made my way to Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and finally back to Western Australia. Whilst working in small animal practice in Jandakot, I met my future husband James, a farmer from Jerdacuttup on the South East coast of WA. I followed my heart to rolling wheat fields and the best beaches in the world. We gradually filled our home with 3 beautiful children (Sophie in 1999, Max in 2002 and Mimi in 2004), 5 horses, 4 dogs, 5 cats, 6 hens, 2 roosters, 2 budgies, 23 guinea pigs and a kangaroo. I became involved with the Munglinup Pony Club, acting as the Coach Coordinator for many years (and still do). I met up again with David and Nicole in Esperance, and in 2006 they opened the Swans Veterinary Services Ravensthorpe Branch.

You will find me on Tuesdays at the clinic on Morgan St - fun filled days spent catching up with numerous friends, old and new, and their furry pals, from the Ravensthorpe/Hopetown and surrounding districts.


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