Earlville Veterinary Surgery

Earlville Veterinary Surgery
Earlville Veterinary Surgery
Animals-EARLVILLE, QLD
Animals-Earlville, QLD
Practice Owners Dr. Owen Lavers BSc, BVSc (Veterinary Surgeons Board Registration Number 1144) (Principal Veterinarian) Owen is the Principal Veterinarian and practice owner. He has a..
474 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville, Qld, 4870.
474 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville, Qld, 4870.
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Practice Owners Dr. Owen Lavers BSc, BVSc (Veterinary Surgeons Board Registration Number 1144) (Principal Veterinarian) Owen is the Principal Veterinarian and practice owner. He has a Science Degree in Zoology and Philosophy and a Veterinary Degree in Veterinary Surgery and Veterinary Medicine. Owen grew up in Toowoomba in south east Queensland but spent some memorable holiday time in Cairns in the 1960’s with his uncle Don, who was the first university qualified vet to practice in Cairns. Owen and his wife, Rosemarie, moved to Cairns in 1981 to establish the Earlville Veterinary Surgery. Prior to that, Owen worked in private practice in Brisbane, as a research assistant and tutor at the University of Queensland, and in mixed practice in Warwick. Owen has kept his professional skills and qualifications up to date by attending many post graduate training courses and conferences, and has built up a close network of helpful and supportive contacts who are specialists in all fields of veterinary practice. Rosemarie Lavers BSocWk (Practice Manager) Rosie is our practice manager. This is one of the toughest jobs working to keep everything ticking over smoothly and making sure we are all working together towards the same goals. Associate Veterinarians Dr. Taffy Williams BVSc MVS (Veterinary Surgeons Board Registration Number 3016) Taffy graduated from the University of Queensland in 1970 then moved to Katherine, NT before studying for a Masters in Pathology at the University of Melbourne. Taffy returned to the NT, but this time as veterinary pathologist in Alice Springs and later became Regional Veterinary Officer at the Arid Zone Research Institute. It was there that Taffy was mainly involved with cattle, horses and camels, but also dog health programs on communities.Taffy moved to Cairns in the late 1990s for a lifestyle change and took the opportunity for a career change as the Solomon’s Carpet franchise owner (and even installed the vinyl on the floor of this clinic). Taffy returned to private veterinary practice in Cairns for 6 years before being contracted for 2 years to Qatar, in the Middle East, to develop a privately owned camel health facility.On returning to Australia he jumped at the opportunity to join Owen and Rosie at Earlville Vets. Dr. Sarah Gill BVSc (Hons), BSc (Vet) (Hons) (Veterinary Surgeons Board Registration Number 4839) Sarah grew up in Canberra and has always loved animals so she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of 5 years old. As a child Sarah had a menagerie of pets including mice, rats, fish, crayfish, guinea pigs, rabbits, budgies, finches, chickens, cats and dogs. Sarah graduated from Sydney University in 2000 and started her career working for a bird specialist in Sydney and has always been interested in pets with feathers, fins or scales, as well as the furry varieties of course. Sarah then went to the United Kingdom and worked in a few different veterinary practices for 12 months, also taking the opportunity to travel around Europe visiting friends and relatives. On her return to Australia she and her partner spent 4 years in Adelaide where Sarah worked in a large busy practice, learning a lot about emergency veterinary medicine. Sarah then spent a few months working at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, treating a wide variety of native animals and fulfilling her passion to develop her knowledge of Australia's amazing wildlife. She completed a Masters of Veterinary Conservation Medicine shortly after this placement. Sarah started working for Owen and Rosie at Earlville Vets in 2009 and has enjoyed learning about veterinary medicine in the tropics and developing her surgical skills under Owen's tutelage. In 2012 Sarah took 6 months off after the birth of her beautiful baby girl Freya and now enjoys being a mum and working part-time at the veterinary surgery. Senior Veterinary Nurses Clare Zagata Clare came to work for us as a locum veterinary nurse on a working holiday from the UK in 1996. Clare fell in love with Australia and we wanted her to stay. Sponsored migration, residency and naturalization followed, not to mention, marriage, home ownership and motherhood; and Clare has been our senior nurse/nurse supervisor since. Nicola Caley Nicola came to work at Earlville Veterinary Surgery in October 2012 and has been a bubbly member of our team every since. Nic hails from the United Kingdom, where she qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005, but has lived and worked in Australia for 5 years. Before she came to us she worked at the Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital for a few years then moved to Cairns to be near the beach. Nic is very interested in reptiles and has 5 pet snakes, chickens, guinea pigs and a lovely old German Pointer Cross named Macy, who won “biggest ears” at the Pets in the Park competition last year. Veterinary Nurses Karina - Veterinary Nurse Karina Werchon joined the team in 2013 and is in her final year of training to be a fully qualified veterinary nurse. She loves wildlife and has worked at Kuranda Koala Gardens and Cairns Wildlife Dome. Karina is very interested in animal behaviour and dog training, and is also studying a dog behaviour course. She fosters dogs in her home through North Queensland Animal Rescue Inc. and has had a string of beautiful dogs in her care that she has nurtured to fit in to loving permanent homes. Karina has two dogs of her own, a Border Collie X Kelpie called Daisy and Gromet, the Staffordshire Terrier cross, as well as Harley the cat and three chooks. Melanie Boyle Melanie has recently joined our team at Earlville Vets, returning to the industry following the birth of her first child in 2013. She fitted into the team immediately and it feels like she’s been part of our “family” for years. Mel has been a veterinary nurse since 2000 years and gained her Certificate 4 qualification in 2005. As well as caring for her beautiful little girl Kira, Mel has four other “fur-children” at home: Indi the American Staffy x Bull Arab, Marli the Great Dane x Bullmastiff, as well as two cats, Max and Seaka. Outside of work, Mel enjoys horse-riding, camping and fishing with her family. Rae Ashton Rae started work at Earlville Vets in June 2014. She grew up in Brisbane and started studying veterinary nursing after she moved to Townsville. Rae then had the opportunity to come up to Cairns in 2010 and, after a break of 3 years to have her daughter Jessica, has resumed her nursing career. She is excited to be back at work learning and refining her nursing skills. Her family, partner and 7 children, shares their house with Bruce the Boxer, Kita the Labrador Cross, 16 year-old cat Cassie and a scaly-breasted lorikeet called Tookie. Nurses Aid Janina Pitman Janina is our nurses’ assistant. Janina looks after our equipment and helps everyone get on with their tasks. We all thank Janina for keeping our instruments in order and cleaning up the mess. Janina is also very skilled with the clippers and scissors and does most of our professional grooming of dogs. Security Simon Simon came to the clinic as a two-week-old stray kitten and has been here ever since. He enjoys eating chicken and tantalising dogs by walking just out of their reach. He spends his days snoozing in his various spots around the clinic and demanding pats and cuddles and generally keeping an eye on things. Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 7:45am to 5:30pm (Please phone for appointment) Sunday & Pub Hols: Available On Call EMERGENCIES ALL HOURS 4054 1755

Practice Owners

Dr. Owen Lavers BSc, BVSc (Veterinary Surgeons Board Registration Number 1144)
(Principal Veterinarian)


Owen is the Principal Veterinarian and practice owner. He has a Science Degree in Zoology 
and Philosophy and a Veterinary Degree in Veterinary Surgery and Veterinary Medicine. Owen grew up in Toowoomba in south east Queensland but spent some memorable holiday time in Cairns in the 1960’s with his uncle Don, who was the first university qualified vet to practice in Cairns. Owen and his wife, Rosemarie, moved to Cairns in 1981 to establish the Earlville Veterinary Surgery. Prior to that, Owen worked in private practice in Brisbane, as a research assistant and tutor at the University of Queensland, and in mixed practice in Warwick. Owen has kept his professional skills and qualifications up to date by attending many post graduate training courses and conferences, and has built up a close network of helpful and supportive contacts who are specialists in all fields of veterinary practice.

Rosemarie Lavers BSocWk
(Practice Manager)


Rosie is our practice manager. This is one of the toughest jobs working to keep everything ticking over smoothly and making sure we are all working together towards the same goals.

Associate Veterinarians

Dr. Taffy Williams BVSc MVS (Veterinary Surgeons Board Registration Number 3016)

Taffy graduated from the University of Queensland in 1970 then moved to Katherine, NT before studying for a Masters in Pathology at the University of Melbourne. Taffy returned to the NT, but this time as veterinary pathologist in Alice Springs and later became Regional Veterinary Officer at the Arid Zone Research Institute. It was there that Taffy was mainly involved with cattle, horses and camels, but also dog health programs on communities.Taffy moved to Cairns in the late 1990s for a lifestyle change and took the opportunity for a career change as the Solomon’s Carpet franchise owner (and even installed the vinyl on the floor of this clinic). Taffy returned to private veterinary practice in Cairns for 6 years before being contracted for 2 years to Qatar, in the Middle East, to develop a privately owned camel health facility.On returning to Australia he jumped at the opportunity to join Owen and Rosie at Earlville Vets.

Dr. Sarah Gill BVSc (Hons), BSc (Vet) (Hons) (Veterinary Surgeons Board Registration Number 4839)

Sarah grew up in Canberra and has always loved animals so she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of 5 years old. As a child Sarah had a menagerie of pets including mice, rats, fish, crayfish, guinea pigs, rabbits, budgies, finches, chickens, cats and dogs. Sarah graduated from Sydney University in 2000 and started her career working for a bird specialist in Sydney and has always been interested in pets with feathers, fins or scales, as well as the furry varieties of course. Sarah then went to the United Kingdom and worked in a few different veterinary practices for 12 months, also taking the opportunity to travel around Europe visiting friends and relatives. On her return to Australia she and her partner spent 4 years in Adelaide where Sarah worked in a large busy practice, learning a lot about emergency veterinary medicine. Sarah then spent a few months working at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, treating a wide variety of native animals and fulfilling her passion to develop her knowledge of Australia's amazing wildlife. She completed a Masters of Veterinary Conservation Medicine shortly after this placement. Sarah started working for Owen and Rosie at Earlville Vets in 2009 and has enjoyed learning about veterinary medicine in the tropics and developing her surgical skills under Owen's tutelage. In 2012 Sarah took 6 months off after the birth of her beautiful baby girl Freya and now enjoys being a mum and working part-time at the veterinary surgery.

Senior Veterinary Nurses

Clare Zagata

Clare came to work for us as a locum veterinary nurse on a working holiday from the UK in 1996. Clare fell in love with Australia and we wanted her to stay. Sponsored migration, residency and naturalization followed, not to mention, marriage, home ownership and motherhood; and Clare has been our senior nurse/nurse supervisor since.

Nicola Caley

Nicola came to work at Earlville Veterinary Surgery in October 2012 and has been a bubbly
member of our team every since. Nic hails from the United Kingdom, where she qualified as a
veterinary nurse in 2005, but has lived and worked in Australia for 5 years. Before she came to us
she worked at the Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital for a few years then moved to Cairns to be near
the beach. Nic is very interested in reptiles and has 5 pet snakes, chickens, guinea pigs and a lovely
old German Pointer Cross named Macy, who won “biggest ears” at the Pets in the Park competition
last year.

Veterinary Nurses

Karina - Veterinary Nurse 

Karina Werchon joined the team in 2013 and is in her final year of training to be a fully qualified veterinary nurse. She loves wildlife and has worked at Kuranda Koala Gardens and Cairns Wildlife
Dome. Karina is very interested in animal behaviour and dog training, and is also studying a dog
behaviour course. She fosters dogs in her home through North Queensland Animal Rescue Inc. and
has had a string of beautiful dogs in her care that she has nurtured to fit in to loving permanent
homes. Karina has two dogs of her own, a Border Collie X Kelpie called Daisy and Gromet, the
Staffordshire Terrier cross, as well as Harley the cat and three chooks.

Melanie Boyle

Melanie has recently joined our team at Earlville Vets, returning to the industry following the birth of her first child in 2013. She fitted into the team immediately and it feels like she’s been part of our “family” for years. Mel has been a veterinary nurse since 2000 years and gained her Certificate 4 qualification in 2005. As well as caring for her beautiful little girl Kira, Mel has four other “fur-children” at home: Indi the American Staffy x Bull Arab, Marli the Great Dane x Bullmastiff, as well as two cats, Max and Seaka. Outside of work, Mel enjoys horse-riding, camping and fishing with her family.

Rae Ashton

Rae started work at Earlville Vets in June 2014. She grew up in Brisbane and started studying veterinary nursing after she moved to Townsville. Rae then had the opportunity to come up to Cairns in 2010 and, after a break of 3 years to have her daughter Jessica, has resumed her nursing career. She is excited to be back at work learning and refining her nursing skills. Her family, partner and 7 children, shares their house with Bruce the Boxer, Kita the Labrador Cross, 16 year-old cat Cassie and a scaly-breasted lorikeet called Tookie.

Nurses Aid

Janina Pitman

Janina is our nurses’ assistant. Janina looks after our equipment and helps everyone get on with their tasks. We all thank Janina for keeping our instruments in order and cleaning up the mess. Janina is also very skilled with the clippers and scissors and does most of our professional grooming of dogs.

Security

Simon
Simon came to the clinic as a two-week-old stray kitten and has been here ever since. He enjoys eating chicken and tantalising dogs by walking just out of their reach. He spends his days snoozing in his various spots around the clinic and demanding pats and cuddles and generally keeping an eye on things.

Opening Hours:

Mon to Sat:



7:45am to 5:30pm

(Please phone for appointment)

Sunday & Pub Hols:

Available On Call

EMERGENCIES ALL HOURS 4054 1755

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