Emma was born and bred in Armidale, spending her whole school career at local schools and finally leaving town to pursue further study in Brisbane. It was here at the University of Queensland that she completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science and graduated with honours in 2005. Her first post was at Dorrigo, NSW doing 80% large animal in a mixed practice (mostly dairy and beef cattle) where she stayed for 2 years and met her husband Josh. They then moved to Armidale where they have settled and have two daughters, two dachshunds, and a multitude of other animals.
Emma’s special interests are behaviour, reconstructive surgery and medicine.
Lucy is also locally born and bred in Armidale and was also schooled locally. She left town to pursue her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, graduating with honours in 2011. Her first post-graduate post was at Dubbo, NSW doing mixed practice before she decided to try out the UK kind of vetting and spent the next 3 years living in and around London locuming to a variety of practices. She returned to Armidale permanently in 2016 with her partner, Milo and reunited with her dog Elle. Lucy’s special interests are all kinds of surgery, analgesia and exotics.
Robin Cameron is a sixth generation Armidalian and a descendant of the McLennan family from Kilcoy and Scots Corner near Wollomombi. After leaving school at PLC Armidale she started as a working pupil at the NEGS Riding School where she remained for over 30 years rising to the position of Director. Robin rode her horse to work and home again each day until she was old enough to get her driver’s licence.
While working at NEGS Robin had two trips to England to gain qualifications (not then available in Australia) as a riding instructor and in stud management. She has been a member of the Armidale Horse and Pony Club since 1963 and has represented the Club, Zone and State on many occasions in riding, show jumping and eventing. She also competed in the Melbourne to Sydney Harness marathon in 1987 and has competed successfully in many horse endurance rides including the Shazada 400km ride. She was nominated as Zonta Woman of the Year in 1992 and in 2006 received the Armidale Service to Sport Award. In 2010 and 2014 she was voted Zone 13 Pony Club Volunteer of the year and in 2016 was awarded life membership of Armidale Horse and Pony Club. She is currently coach for the armidale Branch of Riding for the Disabled. On leaving NEGS, Robin began part-time employment with the Dangar Street Veterinary Clinic and in May 2006 became a permanent member of staff. Robin seems to know and be known by almost everyone in town. She is married to Lyall and they have one daughter, Rebecca.
QLD born, I’ve spent most of my life growing up on large sheep and cattle properties in QLD and
NSW, and have always been surrounded by a menagerie of animals. Living on the land and working
with all kinds of livestock and farm animals, I have developed a strong connection and appreciation
for all creatures (still working on the connection with snakes and spiders). If you had asked five year
old me what I wanted to do when I grew up the answer was always ‘work with animals’, so working
and studying at a veterinary clinic makes sense to me.
I’ve previous work experience in customer service and accounts in a variety of positions, but have
found none to be as satisfying as my current role at the Veterinary Clinic.
Currently studying animals studies with the plan to become a fully qualified vet nurse.
Originally from a small community between Daintree and Cape Tribulation, my childhood was filled with all sorts of fantastic animals, making it nearly impossible to not develop a strong love for all animals, and I was pretty certain from an early age that I wanted to work with animals. Being a touch horse crazy by the time I finished high school, I moved to Gatton to attend the UQ campus there to complete a Diploma in applied science, Equine Studies. I then somehow ended up in Armidale (when asked how that happened the short answer is always ‘I brought a horse’) and started my animal career by working at the NEGS equestrian centre. After NEGS i worked at a thoroughbred stud for a few years, and then decided to give the vet nursing a shot.
I discovered very quickly how much I love the work. Although I am still slowly working my way through my studies to finish my cert 4, I have been nursing for a few years now, absolutely love my job and am thrilled to get to work with such an awesome team.
I currently live with my (very patient) partner Jeff on our small property in Kentucky with our 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 sometimes 3 horses, a dozen sheep, chooks, and what ever other critters I can sneak home without being caught.
Growing up on a small farm in the Bellinger valley, my childhood was spent surrounded by dogs, chickens, cattle, horses, and deer which left me with no doubt I wanted to work with animals. During High School I completed a Cert II in Animal Studies at TAFE before moving to Armidale to study a Bachelor of Zoology at the University of New England. In the final year of university, I was able to travel to the Tiwi Islands to assist Vets in a dog health program, which reinforced my love for working with domestic animals. After graduating, I decided to undertake my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing which I have now completed and am thrilled to be doing something I love. I now live permanently in Uralla with my partner, two dogs, and a cat (although many more pets are planned).
I grew up in a semi rural village – Brushgrove between Grafton and Maclean where I could always be found with the family animals. Who needed dolls when I had living toys.
My work history has included, in order from leaving school:-
Admin/Reception, Banking, Telecom, Construction/Surveying, Bar Work, Tourism, Bar Work, Banking/Finance/Lending, Reception, Vet Nursing/Accounts/Management, Boarding Housemother.
I have a great interest in caring for children, volunteer work with Armidale RSPCA, renovating and exercise.
Our house is a work in progress. It is hard to work around numerous cats and dogs in care.
We have 4 dogs and 4 cats of our own. All but one of the dogs have been in care with us and never left.
My own children have gone back to their state of birth – Qld.
This is my 22nd year in Armidale. I would never have thought I would stay in one place so long. I obviously love this town and the many great friends and acquaintances I have made.
Robbo is a permanent resident of the clinic and most people will see (or hear) him welcome them when they arrive. He has a special relationship with Robin, though fancies pretty much anyone who will feed him.
Often found lazing about on the front desk trying to knock the lid off the treat container, or posing on the scales. Robbo is a vocal and friendly member of the team (though we question his productivity at times). He has regular special visitors that come in just for him, and when outside you can often see him wearing his hi-vis vest for safety.
Robbo is exceptionally tolerant of being dressed and on special occasions you will often find him wearing outfits and hats to help celebrate various holidays.