INTRODUCING OUR TEAM

Take some time to get to know our hard working and dedicated team. Our vets are committed to offering high quality care and undertake regular training to keep up with latest developments and techniques. They are ably supported by our highly qualified nurses and reception staff. We all share common values and through co-operation and respect strive to deliver care with integrity and professionalism.

Dr Michael McCormack VETERINARIAN

Michael graduated from The University of Sydney in 2005. His career started in rural mixed practice in the United Kingdom, working for 2 years in Hertfordshire and Berkshire. While there he adopted his Border Collie cross ‘Hogie’ who accompanied him back to Australia.

After starting work in Bungendore in 2007 Michael has developed a particular interest in surgery and now regularly takes on challenging surgical cases including small animal orthopaedics. He has also completed training in canine reproduction and artificial insemination. He fosters these skills by regularly attending workshops and lectures.

Away from the clinic, Michael and his partner share their home in Bungendore with the obligatory menagerie, including 2 cats, a sheep, a cockatoo and some chickens. Hogie and Lucy (a Kelpie) accompany Michael on his early morning jogs (he may one day complete a marathon!). He is also a keen cook and regularly spends time creating culinary delights (and catastrophes).


BVSc (Hons)

Dr Jack Laing VETERINARIAN

Jack graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 staying on at the University’s Camden campus in 1987 to complete an internship in mixed practice. After leaving the University he worked in racetrack practice in Melbourne and general equine practice in the south of England. Returning to Australia in the early 1990’s he took up a position as a large animal resident at the University of Sydney’s Camden campus.

An interest in equine reproduction then took him to the Goulburn Valley in Victoria, followed by a year at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic, during which time he gained his membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Equine Medicine). In 1994 Jack and his wife Rosemary purchased a small mixed practice in Bungendore and so began the Bungendore Veterinary Surgery. Jack continues to enjoy equine and large animal practice, but also loves being in the clinic when he can seeing the smaller sized animals (especially in winter!).

Away from work Jack loves to run, competing in orienteering and athletics. He also enjoys surfing, hiking and spending as much time as he can with his family. In all these endeavours he says he lacks talent but makes up for it with enthusiasm.


BVSc (Hons), DipVCS, MANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

Dr Stacy Gwyther VETERINARIAN

Stacy grew up locally on her parent’s hobby farm in Wamboin. She has had a long association with BVS completing work experience and vet placements with us a number of years ago.

After graduation from the University of Sydney in 2006 with first class honours she went to work in Wagga Wagga at a large mixed animal practice. Four years later, after meeting her husband in Wagga, she decided it was time to move home and settle down. She started at BVS in January 2011 and has been with us ever since.

Stacy is often found treating small animals in the surgery, which is something she loves doing. She has a special interest in farm animal medicine and surgery and enjoys working with cattle, sheep, goats and alpacas as well.


BVSc (Hons)

Dr Helena Reeves VETERINARIAN

Helena grew up on a cattle and sheep property on the North Island of New Zealand. In between school and university studies she enjoyed being involved with production animal farming, as well as competing on and breeding her own show jumpers and endurance horses. While at University she also worked on thoroughbred studs throughout NZ and Australia, handling and preparing yearlings for sales.

In 2009 Helena graduated from Massey University moving to Australia in early 2010 to join a practice in the Queensland outback. She came to Bungendore in August 2010 and although she misses her family (and pet rabbit Mr Bunny!), she is enjoying her time here. She loves working in a mixed practice, whilst having a particular interest in equine medicine, particularly reproduction.

Helena loves sport, in particular the All Blacks, playing hockey and horse riding. Her menagerie includes a cat, a horse, a whippet and 4 chickens.


BVSc

Dr Kyra Wilhelm VETERINARIAN

After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2013, Kyra went straight into an internship at the Equine Health and Performance Centre at Adelaide University to gain further experience in equine medicine and surgery. After finishing her internship, she worked at the university for an additional 6 months as an equine ambulatory clinician, before moving to Bungendore at the end of August 2015. Kyra is thoroughly enjoying working in mixed practice again. Her special interests include equine laminitis control and management, equine ophthalmology, small animal medicine and surgery.

In her spare time, Kyra enjoys horse riding (dressage and some showing), playing tennis and netball and spending time with her new black Labrador puppy ‘Fleur’, who also migrated from South Australia in early 2016.


BSc, DVM

Dr Clem Watson VETERINARIAN

Clem is from Melbourne and although from the city always wanted to be a rural mixed practice vet. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology, she decided that her true path ahead was in veterinary science. After another 6 years of study she graduated from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in 2016 and moved to Bungendore in August the same year.

Clem has an interest in small animal surgery, equine medicine and reproduction but at the moment is happy experiencing all aspects of being a mixed practice vet.

Clem moved to Bungendore with her four legged family including Banjo the Kelpie, Rufus the cat and a couple of horses. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with all her animals, as well as riding and competing on her horses in various disciplines.


BVet Biol/BVSc

Dr Louise Baskind VETERINARIAN

Louise graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009 and started her career at an ASAVA Accredited Hospital of Excellence in Central Australia. She then spent two years working in small animal practice in the UK, before returning to Alice Springs for another stint.

Louise has recently moved to Braidwood with her partner and dog, where she enjoys a relaxed lifestyle in a cute cottage growing vegetables and experimenting in the kitchen. She also enjoys four wheel driving and camping, and has had some epic adventures in Outback Australia.

Louise sees dogs, cats, pocket pets, backyard chickens and wildlife and has a particular interest in small animal medicine and radiology. She appreciates that the human-animal bond is unique to each client and their pet, and is passionate about involving her clients directly in the treatment plan.


BVSc

Kara Piddington NURSE

Kara graduated from Charles Sturt University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Equine Science (picking up the Dean’s Award for Excellence for good measure) and has been employed in animal health ever since. She started at BVS in 2007 and obtained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2008. She spends most of her time in surgery, but also helps out in reception a couple of times a week.

Kara’s interests include running, horse-riding, exercise physiology and sewing. She loves spending time with her family and being a part of her children’s sports and other interests. She has a menagerie of cats, dogs and horses on her farm and in the few hours a day she has free she likes to sleep, preferably with a cat on her head and under one arm!


Bachelor of Equine Science & Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Kay Dodds NURSE

Kay has been a vet nurse since 1993. After moving to the Bungendore area in January 2009 Kay started with BVS in the July the same year. Kay has worked at various practices over the years and cared for all kinds of animals large, small and the exotic. Intensive care, anaesthesia and animal behaviour are her particular areas of interest, she loves to continually update her knowledge and regularly attends continuing education seminars.

Since mid-2011 Kay has been organising and running our popular puppy classes of an evening at the surgery. These classes provide important socialisation opportunities for new pups as well as covering behavioural, nutritional and grooming topics.

Away from work Kay enjoys spending time with family on her farm and looking after her many four legged family members including dogs, horses, chooks and a sheep.


Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Paula Wood NURSE

Paula has been a veterinary nurse for 20 years, initially in a mixed animal practice similar to BVS, then moving into small animal practice. For many years she was a theatre nurse assisting Dr Sarah Webb, a small animal specialist surgeon in Canberra. She started with us part-time in March 2010 and is a huge asset to our clinic, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and a great personality (just feed her chocolate!!)

Paula was born and bred on a grazing farm in the Upper Murray Region, overlooking the Murray River. Whenever she gets the chance she loves to go back there and help her Dad out with the sheep and cattle work.


Advanced Associate Diploma in Animal Science and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Janine Robinson NURSE

Janine was born in the UK and moved to Australia as a young girl. She first joined BVS in 1996 when she was studying for her nursing certificate at CIT in Canberra, from which she graduated in 1997 at the top of her class being presented with the Highest Academic Achievement award. She enjoys all facets of veterinary nursing and many animals have benefited from her caring attitude and high level of professional competency.

Janine has given more than 20 years of wonderful dedicated service to BVS and has seen the surgery evolve and grow. She says how proud she is to still be a part of such a wonderful caring practice. She currently works three days a week, mostly in surgery.

Janine owns several horses and spends much of her spare time helping her daughter train and compete in dressage.


Advanced Certificate of Veterinary Nursing

Kay Fisher NURSE

Kay grew up in Canberra and completed her veterinary nursing certificate (equivalent of Certificate IV) at Wagga Wagga TAFE. She started with BVS in December 2016 and comes to us with 31 years of nursing experience – needless to say we were very pleased to welcome her to our nursing team. While her previous experience is in small animal practice, she is enjoying the challenges associated with working in a mixed practice.

Kay brings with her a very broad range of skills in all aspects of veterinary nursing including animal husbandry, lab work and reception, but she particularly enjoys working with the vets in surgery.

Having lived in the Bungendore area for many years, but working in Canberra, Kay says she is particularly enjoying the short commute to work. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband, two daughters and their menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens and a lizard. She is also a wildlife carer and a keen soccer player and coach.


Certificate of Veterinary Nursing

Megan Mitchell NURSE

Megan grew up on rural properties in the Bungendore area and has a love for everything that involves animals. She spent most of her childhood riding and competing in numerous horse sports; her main focus was Polocrosse, which gave her the opportunity to travel over the country with her family, as well as represent Australia in international competitions. Prior to starting in veterinary nursing she spent many years working on, and managing, a local sheep and cattle property.

In 2012 Megan started working part time at Bungendore Vet Surgery and in the same year completed her Certificate III in animal handling at CIT. She loves gaining new skills and working with the BVS team and over the next couple of years, as well as looking after her two young boys, hopes to complete her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing.


Certificate 3 in Animal Handling

Jessie Bevan NURSE

Jess finished her schooling in 2014 after being home schooled since her early primary years. After completing a week of work experience at BVS she made the decision to become a vet nurse and she is now studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via correspondence.

Jess has lived with her grandparents, parents and younger siblings on a farm in the Bungendore area since she was very young and has grown up surrounded by pets and farm animals. One day she hopes to have a dog of her very own.

Apart from studying, and now working at the surgery, Jess’s time is spent at her church in Canberra, listening to country music, spending time with her family and friends and, where she can, fitting in some photography on the side, usually of her family and animals on her farm.

Taylor Clancy NURSE

Taylor hails from Queensland and moved south to Bungendore after finishing school in Brisbane. She spent many years volunteering at Riding for the Disabled in both Brisbane and Canberra and her first part-time job while at school was at an equestrian centre in Brisbane.

After moving to Bungendore Taylor started a double degree at the University of Canberra but, realising this was not the path for her, she made the decision to study vet nursing and pursue a career that would keep her involved with the animals that she loves.

Taylor started at BVS in early 2016 doing her practical placement for her vet nursing course, but now works every day in the surgery and treatment area. She loves all aspects of vet nursing, even the early morning start, and is relishing putting her studies into practise now. In her spare time she likes to go horse riding, attend Pilates classes and spend time with her pug Coco Chanel (including attending Pug Club!).


Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Naomi Waters SUPPORT STAFF

Naomi has always been interested in animals and art. After gaining her degree in Graphic Design, she promptly started working in the veterinary industry and has worked with animals ever since; initially as an assistant to a Specialist Veterinary Radiologist in Sydney (the highlight being radiographing a Giraffe from Taronga Zoo) and then with Bungendore Veterinary Surgery from 2004.

When her youngest boy started school, Naomi decided to become formally qualified and graduated from Canberra Institute of Technology with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in Dec 2008. These days Naomi spends most of her time keeping us organised in reception, though she still likes to spend a day every so often in surgery.

Away from work Naomi keeps busy running around after her 2 boys and looking after the menagerie of pets that the family have acquired. She is always wary when her boys bring her boxes with the warning “Beware, Mysterious Creature Inside”!!


Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Jill Young SUPPORT STAFF

Jill was born in the UK and moved to Australia in 2000. In her previous life in England she worked as an enrolled nurse, but in recent years her focus has been on customer service, administration and management and since 2011 has worked for BVS in reception and administration.

Jill believes her role at BVS is her perfect job, combining customer service and interaction with the opportunity to “meet all the lovely animals that come in to the surgery”. Jill has always been an animal lover and is a foster carer for Golden Retriever Rescue with one of her foster cases never leaving. She also has a keen interest in parrots and birds. Jill’s “spare time” is spent raising her two young boys and happily pursuing her love of musical theatre.

Dr Rosemary Laing SUPPORT STAFF

Rosemary graduated from the University of Sydney in 1987, working in dairy & mixed practice in Orbost, Victoria, before spending a period in England, then Camden (Sydney University) & Victoria.  Following this period in practice Rosemary returned to the University of Sydney in 1992 to complete a Masters in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. She then worked in a veterinary laboratory in Randwick and for a number of years as a locum at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory at Menangle.

Rosemary’s pathology skills have been very useful over the years and have helped us to make more timely diagnoses than would otherwise have been possible. These days she spends her time on the administrative side of the practice, working as our practice manager, although still supervises and helps out with our in-house lab when required.


BVSc (Hons), MVStud(Path)

Trapa SUPPORT STAFF

Trapa came to our clinic as a stray in early 2004 with a nasty injury to his left front leg (caused by a rabbit trap). Due to his fantastic temperament, the decision was made to amputate the leg and keep him as our clinic cat. Trapa spends most of his time eating and sleeping and enjoys daily visits to the feed shed across at Bungendore Rural “looking for mice” (getting fed again). He loves overseeing veterinary procedures, in particular horse work, and just generally keeping an eye on the day-to-day running of the practice. Trapa thoroughly enjoys antagonising large dogs and has a special interest in extracting the greatest amount of sympathy from clients as possible. He is a much loved member of our team.

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