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Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic
8-10 Queen St
Murwillumbah
NSW 2484

Phone:
02 6672 1919
Fax:
02 6672 1918
  • Our Veterinarians
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  • Dr Stephanie Wright
    B.V.M.S. (Glasgow) MRCVS 1990 - Practice owner, particularly interested in feline medicine and small animal soft tissue surgery

    My funny accent hails from Edinburgh and I went to vet school in Glasgow just like James Heriot - though it was a bit more modern by 1985!! I worked in mixed practice in the North of England for a couple of years before migrating to Perth W.A.

    My husband Tony, my son Sean and I moved to 80 acres near Uki in January 2000. 

    We now keep a small herd of dairy goats as well as 3 cows, a bunch of chooks, an old black lab cross dog called "Storm" a middle aged golden lab called "Angel",2 young cheeky female cats "Poppy" and "Lola" and one extremely elderly birman cross puss called "Horrie".

    Joan and I took over MVC on Valentines Day 2003 and it has been a real roller coaster ride since then. As most of you know we lost Sean in March 2004 and keeping the business going through the haze of grief was both challenging and rewarding. Joan and I are very lucky to have a great business partnership and fantastic staff.

    After 3 years of IVF our little miracle, Gabriella was born on 11th June 2008. I now work 3 days a week and life is busier than ever!!

    I had major back surgery in 2011 and no longer do much large animal work because of this. I am finding plenty of dog, cat, rabbit and even bird surgery to keep me busy though and I still enjoy talking to our farmers when they pop in for a coffee or to pick up some medications.

    Tony, Gabi and I continue to travel a lot as we have family in the UK and Germany. I don't have much time for hobbies these days and my back injury has stopped me horse riding but you will often find me swimming (badly!) in the Murwillumbah pool, walking the dogs or bike riding on Chowan Creek Road trying to keep as fit as I can and fighting the constant battle with my weight.

    As this is the 'personal' part of our web page, I just want to say how much I have appreciated the support of those clients who have been so encouraging during all of the difficult times and have made the clinic more like a second home than a workplace. Our family was lucky to find such a wonderful part of Australia!!!

     

     

     

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  • Dr Joan Gibbons
    B.V.Sc. (Brisbane) 1989 - Practice Owner, Certified cattle pregnancy tester, Equine Veterinary Association Member

    Special Interests: cattle obstetrics, canine medicine, fear free consulting.

    The daughter of dairy farmers hailing from Warwick, I always wanted to be a vet. As a young child I would make rugs from hessian bags for any sick calf and sneak them into the hay shed to recuperate. Dad was not particularly happy when they pooed all over the hay!!

    I graduated from Qld Uni in 1989 and count myself lucky to still love my job after 25 years. In 2015 I caught up with friends from vet school and found many of them were no longer in practice and were engaged in careers as diverse as IT and human medicine. I I started out in dairy practice in Kerang, Victoria where I learned lots of tricks for dealing with difficult calvings. Today, those skills stand me in good stead for even the most difficult bovine obstetrical case. Having “double jointed” elbows also helps!!

    My family, husband Neil and children, Charlie and Summer are my greatest joy.

    We have 2 pets, a Grey cat called Sparkles that was a birthday present for Summer in 2014 and an elderly pound rescue dog named Tandy.

    My free time is very fitness oriented. Almost every Tuesday, I walk up Mt. Warning with a friend with our eyes on the clock trying to improve our time. I enjoy CROSSFIT and do extra running and swimming training for triathlon. I do Saturday triathlon during Summer as much for the camaraderie as for the personal achievement.

    As the children are getting older they have developed interests outside of school and now play soccer, go horse riding and also triathlon. Summer loves gardening and animals. Charlie is an avid reader and has a great, infectious giggle. Neil and I are always challenging them to try their best.

    At the end of 2015 we are going on a fantastic holiday to have Christmas with Neil’s family in England and then meet our World Vison Sponsor child in South Africa.

     

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  • Dr Christine Jenkins
    Bsc B.V.M.S - Murdoch University

    My name is Christine and I'm the newest member of the team at Murwillumbah Veterinary clinic. I grew up in Chinderah and have always been surrounded by animals.

    After accepting my early offer into vet school, I decided to get an insight into the industry and that's when Joan and Steph hired me as a vet nurse.

    After working for a year at the clinic I set off on my big adventure over to Perth to start my veterinary degree at Murdoch University. Whilst I love all creatures great & small, my passion for feline and equine medicine grew throughout my degree. Unexpectedly, I developed a particular interest in dairy goats after my part-time volunteer work as a midwife on commercial dairy farm.

    When I wasn't at uni, or I'd lost the continuous battle with my cat for space on study desk- you'd either find me out in paddock with my goat pals or in the arena riding my horse.

    Throughout my degree I maintained contact with the clinic and continued to do work placement with the Murwillumbah team. I've always love the area, the clientele and the variety of cases the clinic take part-in, that I decided to do a lot of my final training under the guidance and support of the Murwillumbah Veterinary team. As I came towards the completion of my studies, Steph and Joan offered me a position as a new graduate veterinarian, to which I was very honoured. I feel very blessed to start my career in such a beautiful part of the world, with the help of the very supportive and lovely team at the Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic.

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  • Dr. Lauren Archer
    B.V.Sc. - University of Sydney

    I came to Murwillumbah after working in the Northern Territory, and worked with the Mur'bah Vet team since then, around 5 years.

    Now I am a fly in, fly out vet from Rockhampton when they need me down here to give the others a break.  I am lucky to find that it is lovely to be home at Murbah Vet again.  I love mixed practice because of the diverse and challenging cases it offers and  I am particularly proud to be part of the 2015 Australian Mixed Veterinary Practice of the Year.  I enjoy my rewarding role in your pets’ and livestock’s lives, and being part of the Murwillumbah crew. 

    In my personal menagerie I have a cat called Terry, two pythons Nynaeve and Ba'alzamon, a native bee hive, and a husband called Ant. 

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  • Our Nurses
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  • Robyn Mills
    Practice Manager

    I’m one of the newest to the team at the Clinic, but probably the oldest in age and have a long-time connection to the Tweed Valley, where I settled with my young family in 1981, having grown up in Victoria and then lived in the Northern Territory.

    Since that time, I’ve mostly lived on small acreages, including at Eungella by the banks of the Oxley for 15 years, and living for 7 years in Uki. I’ve recently moved back to the area from the Canungra area, and being back at work in Murwillumbah feels like coming home. It’s a bit of a treat to recognize so many people who visit our Clinic with their pets.

    I’m very lucky to have 7 grand-daughters which I call my ‘netball team’. I also have a very spoiled pussycat called Misha who I rescued a couple of years ago from an animal shelter. She owns my house, my couch and my bed, and I run around after her, and she thinks I’m weird. In other words, she is a typical cat. When my boys were young, we had the usual menagerie of cows, goats, birds, lizards, dogs, cats and guinea pigs. I drew the line at snakes however.  It’s interesting watching the boys with their kids trying to recreate their own menageries as well, although the eldest grand-daughter has a pet carpet snake, and I’m in no hurry to check it out!

    I have a background in organisational management, but not in the animal care industry, so it’s all a bit of a learning curve at the moment. I am enjoying being part of a wonderful team of caring individuals, and also being able to support the Clinic in the development of systems and infrastructure. My baptism into life at the Clinic included organising the clinic expansion and new signage in 2015, and we are all thrilled with the results.

    I love the odd adventure, and am looking forward to going to an art retreat in France later in 2016. That, my family, spending time with my friends and enjoying the beach are how I spend my precious leisure time.

     

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  • Robyn McCalman
    Head Veterinary Nurse

    I have been working at MVC for 34 years! I was born and bred in Murwillumbah and am married to Ron. I have 2 adult children Carolyn and Craig, five grandchildren and a large extended (and extremely social) family. I enjoy cooking for family nights in but also enjoy going out to dinner.

    We live out at Condong on a property where I lived as a child and we run cows, chooks and greyhounds. I have been involved with greyhounds for over 28 years and we race (reasonably successfully) and breed them. My knowledge in this area comes in handy at work too!

    I started working at MVC with the previous owners while my children were at school, at first doing afternoon work then as they got older I moved to full time work both in the office and nursing. Since Steph and Joan took over I have watched the place grow and change in great strides.I am happy to admit I was a bit nervous about what those changes might be after working with the same people for so long!

    I am now the head surgical nurse at the clinic. I do admissions, pre meds for surgery, assist the vets during surgery and ensure the recovery of your pet after. I also do the ordering for the clinic so if there is something we don't carry come in and talk to me. As the clinic has grown, keeping on top of inventory is difficult and I am having to learn new computing skills - just goes to show you CAN teach old dogs new tricks!

    I still love working with the animals here and the rest of the staff are like extended family to me now after so many years together. Its lovely to work somewhere where just about every face that comes in the door is someone you know. This is one of the delights of living in such a great Australian country town.

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  • Bronwyn Burton
    Head Receptionist

    I grew up on a remote farm in central New South Wales so my animal experience began early and included a lot of sheep!

    I have been married to my husband Ted for 38 years and have a son, a daughter and 3 grandkids. We have lived on our property at Kielvale for over 27 years. 

    I have worked at Murwillumbah Vet Clinic for 25 years, seen a lot of changes and now consider myself part of the furniture! What I love most about working here is interacting with the farmers and getting to share the lives of our client's pets from birth to death. I like the staff parties and outings a fair bit too!! We are a pretty sociable lot in here.

    You might also recognise me from the Tweed Jockey Club where I have worked on race days for 24 years. As you can see I am a bit of a stayer.

    My hobbies include breeding all kinds of birds and fowl from tiny wrens to blue egg laying chooks, peacocks and guinea fowl. This has given me a bit of a reputation for being the 'bird expert' at the clinic.

    I love my blue heelers and cats too and am pretty keen on snakes and Aussie wildlife and tropical fish. Actually I really enjoy fishing too especially for bass and luderick.

    I always joke they won't get rid of me from the vet clinic until I am carried out in my coffin!

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  • Rebecca Kirkman
    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    I joined the team in May 2009 after 8 years vet nursing experience on the Darling Downs. The staff and clients at MVC have made me feel very welcome. 

    Nurses are really 'hands on' here and this adds to my experience and training to help to make me even better at my job. Everyone in our clinic is really encouraged to take part in continuing education and I have completed a radiology course and one in pathology.

    One of my favourite parts of the job is being able to reassure worried pets and make them feel more secure in a stressful situation. I feel this is an aspect of vet nursing that I do very well and I can let owners know that their pet is in safe and caring hands and will be comfortable while at our clinic.

    I run the Puppy Preschool classes here at MVC and new classes are starting all the time. It is great to have the chance to set little puppies off on the right foot towards a long, happy and healthy life and let's face it, who wouldn't love a job where you can hang out with puppies!

    Some of my hobbies are traveling, particularly camping under the stars in the bush all around this great country we live in. I enjoy creating woodwork items and have made fabulous chairs and tables and even some works of art. Photography is another passion and this takes me to all sorts of places looking for the perfect shot!

    My husband David and I purchased the Uki Supermarket in 2010 and so plan to stick around this area for a long time. I find the people in this region very open and friendly and am grateful to the clinic for giving me so much opportunity for growth. I do what I love, and I love what I do. Who can ask for more than that!

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  • Rachel Hurst
    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    I have worked at Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic for over ten years starting just after Joan and Steph took over as a volunteer student and working my way up to a more senior position .

    All the staff at MVC are wonderful people, we are more like a second family than just workmates. I work mostly in the hospital kennel area, directly with the inpatients and recovering surgery patients, keeping them comfortable and clean and warm.

    I am also in charge of surgical nursing when Robyn has her Fridays off or is on holiday.

    We really are a team here though and everyone helps each other as needed being ready to turn our hand to most tasks. Vet clinics commonly have emergencies requiring all hands on deck at any time.

    I always knew I wanted to work with animals. My first job was at a pet store called ‘Noah's Bark'. I worked there for around seven months until the shop was sold.

    I volunteered for Friends of the Pound shortly after that and have maintained my interest in animal welfare ever since. I particularly find it a rewarding experience when former pound animals are desexed here, recover and go home to their loving new owners.

    I have completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

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  • Helen Gorton
    Receptionist and Consulting nurse

    A lot of clients will probably recognise me from my other employment as a dental nurse upstairs at Biltoft's dentist.

    It's an extra treat to help you again with your animals downstairs especially if you have any insurance queries or a puppy I can cuddle!!

    Of course my passion has always been animals and so I was thrilled when I was asked to join the clinic as a receptionist in April 2008.

    I have an extensive knowledge of horses. Since a small child I have competed successfully in Pony Club, Agricultural Shows and even won at Royal Show level. My experience varies from riding and competing to judging and instructing. This eventually led me to become a riding instructor for 5 years with the Australian Racing Institute at the Cabarita Beach and Murwillumbah Campus. I was involved with teaching international students about all aspects of the racing industry from horse care to riding and this was where I met Joan and Steph. We had many a conversation while gelding a colt!!! 

    I have been involved with the racing industry for 30 years now, up early daily to ride track work and care for the horses, each horse having its own individual needs and I am still learning all the time.

    I don't have much free time but I am keen on keeping fit, lifting weights and running

    Since joining the team here at the clinic, every day is exciting and I am enjoying continuing to master new skills. Those skills now encompass many areas of veterinary nursing as well as front desk duties.

    At home my human family includes 2 wonderful daughters Lauren and Sheridan, while my animal family consists of  a cockatiel, 6 cows (including a gorgeous jersey cow!), 1 dog, 2 cats and, of course, my horses!

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  • Tiffany Swift
    Veterinary Nurse

    From a very young age I have always had a love for animals.

    My very first pet was a pearl cockatiel called Pepsi who was always keen for a bike ride and my most current pet is a nine year old Staffie called Rhylee who loves to ride shot gun on car trips.  I also have a lovely puppy named Keisha.

    At the end of year 10 I signed up for a school based traineeship with Murwillumbah Vet Clinic which included a 2 year TAFE course in animal studies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I have now completed Certificate IV in Vet nursing.

    In my spare time I play inline hockey and enjoy going to the beach with my friends.

    I became 2014 Hills Vet Nurse of the Year on 10/10/14 at an award ceremony is Sydney. It is an honour to be recognised by the community at large and my fellow vet nurses.

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  • Lisa O'Brien
    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    I grew up on a 400 acre turf farm in the Lockyer Valley which also ran Hereford cattle. We were never without a menagerie of pets including the family dog "Zac" the German Shepherd, many farm cats, poddy calves, sheep, horses, pigs and chooks. I knew from an early age I wanted to work with animals and was fortunate to find my husband (local Master Farrier Andrew O'Brien) shared a similar passion.

    My first job as a Veterinary Nurse was at the Saleyards Veterinary Clinic in Gunnedah NSW where I gained my practical knowledge whilst undertaking my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Tamworth TAFE. Soon after completing my certificate we moved to the Sunshine Coast where I worked at Maroochydore Vet Clinic for two years before moving again to Ipswich and working at Moreton Vet Hospital until 2008.

    Finding our property at Uki was a dream come true where my husband and I feel we have truly found 'home'. We absolutely love the area and feel blessed to be able to raise our three children here. Alec is seventeen, Ella fifteen and our youngest, Lily, is five years old. We have a dog named 'Bill', a gorgeous Burmese named 'Selene', eleven cows, five horses, two budgies, two lovebirds, loads of fish...

    The team at Murwillumbah Vet Clinic really are like a family which I'm very grateful to be a part of. Everyone is truly dedicated to providing high quality care to the patients we see and have a genuine interest and care in their wellbeing. I also love the emphasis on continuing education and really enjoyed the recent Veterinary Nurse Conference in Brisbane.  

    On a Monday and Thursday you might see me cruising around in my wagon while I undertake my mobile grooming business, "The Waggin' Tail". 

    All of this keeps me very busy but I manage to squeeze in some swimming, running and cycling and try to make it to the club triathlons on a Saturday morning. I also enjoy yoga, reading, bushwalking, travelling and camping with my family.

     

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  • Dionne Evans
    Vet Nurse

     

    Hi, I am Dionne and live on 2 acres in the Hinterland with my husband, Nick and our cattle x kelpie rescue girl Maxi. Nick and I returned from living in England for two years in November 2013. This made for perfect timing to start training for a long wanted career change from the clothing industry to becoming a Qualified Veterinary Nurse.

    In November 2014 I completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies. Then in February 2015 I started at Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic as a volunteer trainee nurse while studying Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing at Lismore TAFE. At the end of 2015 I finished the course successfully!

    Now, I am fortunate enough to have been employed at Murwillumbah Vet Clinic as part of the Vet Nurse team. This has given me the opportunity to teach puppy preschool at the clinic too, which I love. Being a mixed practice makes for a wonderful place to work. The staff are a great team, friendly, professional and happy to share their knowledge, which they have a lot of.

    My enthusiasm for animals has been one that has grown over the years. I have a soft spot for dogs and love the range of companion animals out there. I like learning about all animals, they are so amazing! I have volunteered at Animal Welfare League and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

    In my spare time I am interested in travelling, lindy hop dancing, mountain biking, archery, hiking and sewing, to name a few things.

    I am looking forward to the years ahead learning more about different areas of vet nursing, animal welfare and how best to care for all the beloved animals and pets out there. Hope to meet you all soon.

     

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  • Lisa Wickbold
    Vet Nurse

     

    After a career in the music and arts industry and living overseas (and Brisbane!), my partner and I built our dream home in the beautiful foothills of Mt Warning in 2007 and started a family.   I started volunteering at Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic in July 2013 when I commenced studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing,

    Now as a qualified nurse, I love my role at Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic where I get to work closely with both our patients and their owners. 

    The learning and working environment is wonderful, with all staff so happy to share their knowledge and experience, and in the meantime I feel I’ve made some great friends too.   We have two dogs at home, a very charming Airedale Terrier, and his best mate, a Schnoodle.   They've both successful graduates of the MVC puppy pre-school (as am I)!.  

    I feel very privileged to work at a practice such as this, where striving for excellence is an everyday goal - whether that be in practicing medicine, customer service, patient well-being or even workplace health and safety.

     

    Outside of work, our kids keep us very busy - and I try to maintain a modicum of fitness to balance out my love of eating out!

     

     

     

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  • Our Volunteers
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  • Yvette Brown
    Nurse Volunteer

    It's hard to believe, but I have been a volunteer at M.V.C for 33 years! 

    I enjoy helping the animals as well as their owners and feel very much part of the Murwillumbah Vet Clinic family.  It is always a lot of fun when the staff from the vet clinic get together outside of work and I love to be involved with the social activities such as the Brisbane boat cruise.  Our farm has played host to the Christmas party and several "steamboat" dinners over the years.

    I have been working in veterinary clinics since age 14 and I find it both very interesting and at times very challenging. I have a keen interest in animal welfare and to this end I am a foster carer for Friends of the Pound and a life member of this charity and the RSPCA.

    A dog "Tess" and cats, "Cleo", "Kat" and "Zeus", plus rabbits, chooks and cows make up my menagerie at home.  Oh, and my husband Allan and children Andrew (12) and Daniel (9) also keep me busy.

    My non-animal interests include belly dancing, art, reading, fishing, and I love to find a bargain at an op shop!

     

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  • Jorja McLeod
    Volunteer - trainee Vet Nurse

    From a very young age and growing up on a farm with all types of animals, I have always loved the company and being around animals. I also wanted to become involved in caring for them and to help make a difference to their lives.

    I started volunteering at the Vet Clinic on the 15th of February 2013 to carry out my ambition to become a Professional/Qualified Cat and Dog Groomer and a Qualified Veterinary Nurse.

    I am Qualified in Certificate II Animal Studies, Certificate III Companion Animals, Qualified Dog Groomer and Currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

    In May 2014, I attended a 4 week course at the Victorian College of Dog Grooming, which encouraged me to start my own business within the Dog Grooming Industry, my business name is "Pets with Pawsonality Professional Dog Grooming Service". My salon is located at Dunbible which is about 10 minutes out of Murwillumbah and 5 minutes from Stokers Siding. I am also the Groomer on Friday's at the Vet Clinic.      

    The Team of Vets and Nurses are very professional and ensure that I will get the best understanding and knowledge possible to enhance my desire for learning the correct procedures.

    As for my Hobbies/Interests, I enjoy horse and motorbike riding, cattle work/farm work, op shopping, listening to music, art and spending time with family and friends.

     

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  • Melana
    Volunteer - trainee Vet Nurse

    Hi, my name is Melana Oakes.

    I started volunteering at the Murwillumbah vet clinic in October 2012, at the time I was doing Certificate II in Animal Studies, continuing my studies and getting my Certificate III in companion animals and have continued my studies with Certificate IV in vet Nursing.

    I currently am a registered Breeder of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and have a range of rabbit breeds that I breed to sell for pets, breeders and for showing, I have a multitude of pets at my place including 4 dogs, 27 rabbits, 2 cats, some chickens and a turtle, put it all together with my 3 kids and I definitely have a busy household.

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  • Rashell O'Hara
    Volunteer - trainee Vet Nurse

    My name is Rashell, I'm a trainee studying Animal studies and would love to get my qualifications in Captive animals so I can work in a wildlife sanctuary or zoo. I have 5 cats, Harley, Lexi, Sooky, Odin and Carla, and as naughty as they are, I can't help but love them. I've been working at Murwillumbah Vet Clinic since 2015 and love working with the team. It's an awesome and very interesting place to learn and practice.

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