The Staff at Clayfield Vet Clinic

 

Calum Robertson

B.V.Sc (hons)

Calum graduated in 1986 from the University of Queensland. After practicing in the Fairfield/Cabramatta area of Sydney for 2 years, he and Joanne joined many of their classmates on a 3 year working holiday in England. Locuming was alternated with jaunts in the compulsory campervan to the then un-unified Europe – the iron curtain still stood, and Yugoslavia was still, at least on a map, one country!

He returned to Brisbane in 1991, where he managed first the Goodna Veterinary Clinic, and then in 1994 the Moorooka Veterinary Clinic. In 2001, he and Joanne bought the Clayfield Veterinary Clinic.

He enjoys the great variety of pets and people that a general vet practice provides. In particular, he enjoys helping our senior pets live longer and happier lives, and also enjoys the challenges of knee surgery in dogs and dentistry.

Outside of work, he is a proud Queenslander who follows all sport played with a ball (of any shape!). He also enjoys cycling, fine red wine and his possum-obsessed German Shorthaired Pointer.

Joanne Robertson

B.V.Sc (hons)

Joanne graduated from the University of Queensland in 1986. Her first job was in small animal practice in Sydney’s Western suburbs where she worked for 2 years before heading overseas.

Based in the UK, she enjoyed working at a range of different practices in varied areas whilst also doing a lot of traveling.

Returning to Brisbane in 1991, Joanne commenced working as a veterinary locum but was soon employed in a fulltime position managing a clinic at Camira.

She and Calum met at university and were married in 1988. Their first son, Declan, was born in 1997 and Angus followed in 1998.

Since 2001, she has loved being a part of Clayfield Veterinary Clinic. To be able to work in such a beautiful area, with devoted clients and their amazing pets is something she appreciates everyday. The relationships that have formed as she meets ongoing family generations and the privilege of having cared for many pets for their entire lives are very special.

Lawrence Cahill

B.Sc (agr), MSc

Lawrence graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. He has a broad experience within veterinary medicine that includes working with species as diverse as Heliconia butterflies to Indian elephants, in both rural and urban settings. His main veterinary interests are small animal internal medicine and nutrition. After working in several countries around the world he has settled in Brisbane. He joined Clayfield Veterinary Clinic in 2003 and became AQIS accredited shortly thereafter. Outside of work he likes to hang out with his dogs, cats and family in Brisbane and Spain. Does anybody know where his accent is from?

 

Kate Harmer 

BVSc (hons)

Kate graduated from the University of Queensldan in 2001. She then spent 16 years in the UK working in a number of small animal practices. During this time, she also spent 8 months volunteering in an animal shelter in India. Returning to Australia in July 2017, she did a number of locums before settling into Clayfield Vet in March 2019.

 

Joy-Maree Wetzel 

BVSc

Joy-Maree was born in Tamworth but spent a lot of time on her grandparent’s sheep station in north-west NSW. From a very young age she was passionate about animals and loved being surrounded by them. She always wanted to work with animals, and this led her to complete various degrees in Zoology and Animal Studies before she finally realised her dream of studying veterinary science. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 2008 and initially worked in mixed practice in the Lockyer Valley before returning to complete an internship at a specialist centre in Brisbane in 2010. Since then she has worked in several small animal clinics in Brisbane, managing several of them. She locumed at Clayfield Vet in 2019 and has now joined the team permanently.

Joy’s interests lie in small animal surgery but she also enjoys complex medical cases as well as the more routine vaccination consultations. She has performed surgery on many interesting pets including guinea pigs and chickens.

When not at work, she enjoys gardening, cooking, riding her bike, kayaking and collecting rubbish from our waterways, and browsing through op shops. She has a very fur friendly home which she shares with her partner and two step-children, their four dogs (Angus, Riley, Sunny and Bailey), four cats (Spooke, Studs, Delta and Bella).

   

Sabrina

Veterinary Nurse

Sabrina is a Veterinary Graduate from Brazil who joined the Clayfield Team in late 2018 working as a Veterinary Nurse whilst she studies to gain accreditation in Australia. She is particularly interested in ultrasonography and radiology and in her spare time enjoys camping and tending her beehives.

 

 

   

Megan

Veterinary Nurse

Megan has always loved animals since she was little. She grew up around her father who was a large animal vet at the time and one of her earliest memories is helping her father deliver a calf. In 2016 she finally decided to take a chance at making her passion a career, and started a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Megan has a passion for animal welfare and in her spare time she can be found looking after foster animals and taking her rescue dog Maisy out on adventures

 Karen

Veterinary Nurse

 
I love being a part of Clayfield Veterinary Clinic and am enjoying meeting the clients and their lovely pets. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming.  I have always had an affinity with animals and am very thankful to be in a profession that allows me to interact with them daily. In my previous life before children I was a dental nurse and dental radiographer, however veterinary nursing had always been on the back of my mind.
When our youngest child was in highschool I decided to take the plunge and started my Certificate II in Animal  Studies followed by Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. My graduation was a very happy day and I have been a veterinary nurse for four years. When not nursing and spending time with the family, I dance. My husband and I compete in both Latin and Standard styles of Ballroom. I am also part of the steering committee for Pets in the Park Brisbane. We are a group of vets and nurses that volunteer our time to give free treatment to pets of homeless people that live in Brisbane. The clinics run once a month outside the Salvation Army Streetlevel Misson in Spring Hill. Our family also consists of our spoodle Dougal, cat Penny, and two budgies called Stavros (Stav for short) and Smudge.
 
 

Alana

Veterinary Nurse

I began my veterinary nursing career in 2006 and completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. I spent my vet nursing career working in Katherine in the Northern Territory until April 2014 when I took a break to work in an administration job in the NT Government.
After 12 years in the NT I have relocated to QLD and am now returning to vet nursing.
I have a cat called Bug and my hobbies include running
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Jodie

Practice Manager and Veterinary Nurse

I grew up on the Northside of Brisbane and began my career in the industry with the RSPCA where I studied Vet Nursing. 9 years later, I moved on to the Council working in the Animal shelters and Vet clinic. In 2010 I began at a large 24 hour veterinary hospital on Brisbane's Southside before coming on board at Clayfield in September 2020.
I enjoy horse riding my two horses "Hiney" an Australian Stock Horse and Echo a Clydesdale X Belgium draft.
Owning 2 cattle dogs "Rada" and "Sid" shows I am open to challenges.wink

 

Boss

Boss came to us as a part of our kitten rescue program and liked it so much, he decided to stay. He has reorganised the clinic to suit his needs, has a particular affection for the surgery heating mats and loves to curl up in any in-tray he can find. If you would like a cat just like him, have a look at our kitten rescue page!