Our Staff at Clayfield Vet
Meet our team of dedicated veterinarians, nurses and support staff at Clayfield Vet.
Dr Calum Robertson
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, gardening and his possum-obsessed cross bred terrier, Lucy.
Dr Joanne Robertson
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.
Dr 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?
Dr Kate Harmer
Kate graduated from the University of Queensland 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.
Dr Joy-Maree Wetzel
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).
Karen has been nursing since 2013 and finished her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. Her love and affinity for animals started at a very young age. She grew up in a Clayfield Queenslander and had an area set aside in the enclosed veranda for her ‘Animal Land’. It consisted of informative posters and stuffed animal displays. She charged a reasonable fee for family members who wished to attend, afternoon tea was an optional extra.
She has been living the dream at Clayfield Vet Clinic, nursing here for 5 years, and after a brief hiatus returned as Practice Manager. She has a heart for Clayfield Vet Clinic, it’s staff, clients and pets and feels privileged to be part of such a knowledgeable, compassionate team. In her spare time she likes dancing, hiking, and vanlife adventures with her husband and border collie Tilly.
Veterinary Nurse Manager
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.
Ashleigh has recently graduated from UQ with her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Her special interests are helping with anaesthesia and radiology. When she is not at work, she spends her time managing her Zoo at home.
She has two beautiful husky mixes, “Maia” and “Beau”, a cat called “Minty” and an Albino Darwin Carpet Python called “Mi Goreng Noodles”.
Carla graduated as a veterinarian in Mexico from the Autonomous University of Yucatan in 2017. She moved to Australia in January 2022 to follow her partner. She will be starting to undergo the long process of trying to achieve her Australian Veterinarian Examination to practice as a Vet in Australia. In the meantime, she will be working with us here at Clayfield Vet Clinic as our newest veterinary nurse!
In her spare time, she enjoys reading and taking her dog Eddie for walks.
Kit has just recently finished her studies in Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. She has always had a passion for all animals since she was young, enjoying horse riding and spending time at a family friends’ farm out past Toowoomba.
In her spare time she loves reading, spending time with her family dogs (Millie and Maisie) and taking care of her 3 noisy budgies (Bert, Neptune and Tequila).
Tammy graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology from UQ in 2021. Soon after her graduation, she enjoyed a long-awaited family reunion in Hong Kong. Whilst there, she gained some vet nursing experience in a local animal hospital. Returning to Queensland late 2022, she joined the staff of Clayfield Vet with the aim of improving her skills and knowledge.
She and her partner have 3 cats (Snowball, Snuffle, Charcoal) at home. At her leisure, she loves to spend time with her cats and hitting the gym with her partner. Outside clinic, she enjoys baking, drawing, playing guitar, watching movies / anime, and gaming.
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.