Meet our friendly veterinarian staff

Meet Our Team

  

Dr Graeme Collins (Retired)

Veterinarian (BVMS)

Graeme came to the South Coast after owing a mixed animal practice in Goulburn. Initially he worked in Bega doing dairy, horse, cattle and companion animals.  He then settled in Merimbula. Graeme has extensive training and a passion for orthopaedic work and he does many of the more complicated fracture and ligament repairs. Graeme loves the beach and swimming in the ocean in his spare time.

Graeme has now retired from full time work to spend more time with his family and exploring Australia. You will still see him about the clinic doing the occasional shift - because we all know he can't stay away!


Dr Justin Daniel

Veterinarian (BVMS BSc)

Justin grew up on a rural property in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia.  It was probably here that Justin developed his great love of animals as the property maintained a large number of pets and stock including dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, chickens and a string of rehabilitated birds.

Justin studied Veterinary Science at Murdoch University in Perth, which is where he and his wife Linden met as Veterinary students.

Justin graduated from University in 1998 and spent his first few years in a mixed animal practice in the Clare Valley of South Australia. As well as treating companion animals, this practice serviced pigs, sheep and cattle farms as well as a number of 'stud' properties including thoroughbred, standard bred, riding pony, alpaca and merino breeding facilities.

Linden and Justin were married in 2002 then went on a 'working honeymoon' working in several practices in England for a 12 month period.  Their time in the United Kingdom certainly broadened their experience in the veterinary profession.

Since returning to Australia, Justin worked in a busy companion animal hospital in Canberra, then spent another year in a mixed animal practice before moving to the beautiful South Coast in 2006.

Justin and Linden have had 3 boys since moving into the area and now have their own little hobby farm with sheep, alpacas, 3 horses and 2 dogs to keep their family company.

Justin enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery attending to companion animals, horses and farm animals in his working days.

In his time away from work Justin enjoys water sports, camping and bushwalking with his family, horse riding and motorbike riding.


Dr Nicole Rowley

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Nicole shares her time between our Merimbula, Pambula and Eden Clinics as well as travelling to our remote clinic in Mallacoota.

Nicole grew up in rural Gippsland where she developed a love for animals and a desire to be a vet at a young age.

She completed her studies at James Cook University in Townsville before moving back to Victoria to work in a mixed dairy practice in the North East. Nicole enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine incluidng small animal surgery and getting out in the field with a variety of farm animals.

Nicole has been involved in showing and breeding purebred dogs from an early age.  She has some very well loved English Toy Terriers and a Cairn Terrier who all love regular walks along the beach.  She spends a lot of time riding other people's horses and hopes to get one of her own in the near future.

Nicole is enjoys playing a number of sports being involved with Merimbula Netball, Merimbula Squash and Sapphire Coast Runners as well as surfing and horseriding in her free time


Dr Gabrielle Knight

Veterinarian (BVSc BVBio)

Gabby grew up in Jindabyne, before moving to Wagga Wagga to complete her veterinary studies through Charles Sturt University. On completeion of her veterinary degree, Gabby worked in a large mixed practice in Orange (Central West) NSW for 2.5years years before packing her bags and travelling to the UK for a working holiday. Gabby spent two years locuming for a number of different veterinary clinics throughout England and Scotland, while travelling Europe in her spare time.

On the return from her overseas endeavours, Gabby joined our team in September, 2018 and has settled into life on the Sapphire Coast very happily. Gabby thoroughly enjoys all aspects of mixed veterinary practice and the variety it brings to each work day.


Sarah Huff

Head Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, B.Comm)

Sarah is a very experienced Veterinary Nurse who previously worked as Practice Manager at our Pambula & Eden Clinics before taking some maternity leave. Sarah now works part-time as well as taking care of her beautiful young sons Louie and Patrick. Sarah has a Kelpie X called Bebo who shares the house with her cat 'Jack'.


Kacey Collins

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Kacey completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing several years ago and has a flare for surgical and emergency nursing. Kacey is a dedicated nurse who also goes above and beyond for the animals. Kacey has two tiny Chihuahuas, which are not much bigger than her hand, a Fox Terrier cross and a Jack Russell cross.


Shannon Overs

Veterinary Nurse (BEqSc, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Shan grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney but has spent time exploring and travelling other places since finishing high school many years ago. She has completed a Bachelor of Equine Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga as well as worked in the UK at an agricultural college as a horse groom/ teaching assistant and then spent 4 years working for a pet insurance company in both the UK and back home in Australia. She realised how much she missed working with all types of animals though and started working as a veterinary nurse 2013 and has never looked back! She has spent the last year working in Darwin at a small animal and wildlife specialist veterinary clinic and is looking forward to becoming a wildlife carer as soon as she finds a property and home to call her own here on the far south coast as well as finishing her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She is mum to a bouncy wolfhound mix called 'Ivy', a rescue cat named Solo and various poultry. Although she doesn't own any horses of her own at the moment you will often find her out horseback trail riding or camping, kayaking and exploring the national parks with her partner in her free time.


Sarah Gomez

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Sarah is the newest member of our nursing staff. She moved down to the far south coast from the Gold Coast in Queensland. Sarah completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 but has been working in the veterinary industry for over 10 years. She enjoys surgical nursing and creating bonds with clients through their pets. 

When Sarah isn't nursing she is travelling around the world and looking after her elderly Jack Russell named Evie and a young Greyhoud mix called Dolly.


Melissa Nielsen

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Melissa has recently come back to work at our clinics after taking some time off to raise her 3 children. She is a animal lover who has owned just about every animal you can think of.  

Melissa has been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2005 and has worked in a range of different practices as well as a teacher of veterinary nursing.

In her spare time she runs a cake decorating business and is also a registered breeder of West Highland Terriers.


  
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