The Southern Tablelands Veterinary Hospital's dedicated facility at 105 Robinson Street, Goulburn celebrated its fifth birthday yesterday.
"This purpose-built architect-designed building built by Rohan Gehl offers a great clean space to look after people's pets similar to a small human hospital with separate surgery [and] radiology suite, and [it also] encompasses cat boarding," says co-owner and vet Amanda Craig.
The current facilities are impressively-modern, but the practice itself is actually the longest-established veterinary hospital in Goulburn, tracing its origins back to 1973 with the opening of the Clifford Street Veterinary Hospital by Peter McCormick.
Veterinarians Ian Hayes and Gail Versluis both started working at the practice in 1988, and together they bought it in 1993. The current facility was opened on December 1, 2014, and a high demand for their services saw Ian and Gail welcome returned Goulburn girl Amanda Craig as a new partner in August 2018.
"I completed my bachelors and masters degree at the University of Sydney and have worked in Canberra, France, London at the Royal Vet College, and the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney."
Amanda says she joined because "I was looking to become involved in a growing business and was impressed by the great facility, well-trained caring staff and partners who were like-minded and maintained high standards of veterinary care. It was a bonus that it was in Goulburn close to family and it's helpful being close to the specialist animal referral hospital in Canberra for emergencies and advanced care."
Ian and Gail said they brought Amanda into the business "because who could pass up the opportunity to have an experienced, well-trained, dedicated veterinarian who had a long association with the local community and its residents."
THE CURRENT TEAM
Ian Hayes is head surgeon with interests in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.
Gail Versluis and Amanda Craig are both involved with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary scientists ANZCVSc (pharmacology and dermatology chapters respectively) in executive roles. This year Gail received a well-earned meritorious service award. They share interests in small animal medicine with Gail adding birds and exotics to her interests and Amanda enjoying ultrasound and soft tissue surgery.
"We will be excited to welcome Josy Wong in 2020, a new graduate with a wide range of interests after completing her degree at the University of Sydney. And Lucy Fish, our part-time vet from Braidwood, is very keen on wildlife and animal welfare."
The vets are supported by a caring vet nurse and receptionist team. "We have fully-qualified nurses Claire Rowan and Chloe Ryan helping to train new local school leavers Tom Ripphausen and Rylee Bowles who will work to complete their TAFE courses. Everyone shares their love of pets, with Tom keen on wildlife.
"Receptionist Katrina Watson is the friendly knowledgeable face at the front desk and helpful person on the phone who is patient with all your enquiries and understanding at times of need. She is supported by Belinda Masters."
Ian, Gail and Amanda want to give a big thank you to all their staff for helping with the move and to their loyal clients for following them to the new facility. "We are all very happy to have this great facility celebrating our fifth birthday, continuing to provide quality care to the pets of the local community."