Practice Owner (Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Qld), MANZCVS, GradDipSc)
Mark grew up in far western Queensland and NT on extensive cattle stations. Upon graduating he took up his first vet job in Dorrigo in 1983. Later that year he was the sole vet at the Dorrigo practice, and ultimately bought the practice in 1986. Since then he has moved "down the hill" to Bellingen to concentrate more on "smallies" after many years working on "largies". He has had various stints away overseas over the years working in the UK in an equine practice, on the foot and mouth outbreak, and a large mixed practice in 2005, as well 15 months in Trinidad lecturing in surgery at the veterinary school.
His great thirst for knowledge and continual improvement, has led him all over the globe regularly attending conferences and seeking out new ideas and viewpoints. He has a special interest in the unfolding world of laser therapy and digital thermography in veterinary medicine. Client education through informed objective advice to deliver better health, welfare and general well-being outcomes for animals has been a driving force throughout his veterinary career.
Outside of work Mark is a keen gardener, bird watcher, runner, bushwalker, photographer and traveller. He lives in Dorrigo with his wife Elizabeth, Foxie the dog and Hiphoppoobum the cat. Their 4 children, who all grew up in the Bellingen Shire, are scattered from Newcastle to Sydney.
Quote: "Any animals, be they domestic or wild, that do not have a sound relationship with a human or humans are bound for extinction. If no one cares they will be gone - such are humans."
Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)
Camilla is from the small country town of Walcha. Growing up on the land she soon found a love for animals from a very young age. Looking after working Kelpies and their pups, owning various pets including Rabbits, Pigs, Chickens, a Kangaroo. Camilla kept a love for animals right through her teens.
After high school she soon realised that ‘loving animals can be a career'.
She studied a Certifcate IV Veterinary Nursing through Tamworth TAFE. And came across Bellingen Vet Hospital when trying to find a work placement to finish off her course in 2014.
Camilla has a keen interest in animal behaviour and orthopaedics and likes to keep up to speed with the latest veterinary advancements attending various conferences and continued education courses.
She spends most of her spare time in the out doors, bird watching and being with the flow of nature, alongside her companion, an English Staffy, Mishka, who Camilla claims is “the love of her life”.
Camilla is very passionate about animals and wants to live a life giving back to them through her work in the veterinary field.
Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing )
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Rachel grew up on her grandparent's farm in the North of Brisbane. When she graduated high school she completed a Bachelor at the University of Queensland and quickly realised academia was not her calling and decided to follow her heart and pursue a career working with animals.
Rachel volunteered at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for over a year and decided to study a Certifcate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
In early 2019 it came time to choose a clinic to do her workplacement and so she followed her parents to Bellingen and continued her studies with us. And soon became a valuable team member. With an inherent love for wildlife, she signed up as a WIRES volunteer and is currently specialising in flying foxes.
Rachel spends her spare time studying and walking her two dogs on the beach.