Meet Our Family
Originally from the western suburbs of Sydney Robyn graduated from the University of Sydney in 1977 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (hons) one of only 8 women in a class of 68 graduates. Robyn‘s first position was in Broken Hill as the supervising vet at the RSPCA clinic (which was the only veterinary clinic within 200kms of Broken Hill) treating everything from cockatoos to camels and working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to provide vet care to outlying properties.
She left Broken Hill in 1980 and since then has worked in a number of rural and regional practices in Yass, Canberra, Orange, Wagga Wagga and finally settled in Tamworth in 1990.
Originally working in mixed practice then part time in small animal practice in 1999 Robyn decided to open her own small animal clinic in Marius Street.
The practice opened in June 1999 with one vet and one nurse (Bonnie Douglas) and now employs three vets and four nurses and has twice been awarded winner in the Tamworth Quality Business Awards.
Robyn’s veterinary interests include small animal medicine in particular nutrition and geriatric pet care, dentistry, animal behaviour and pocket pet medicine. She has two children and two grandchildren. Her interests apart from her family include singing, acting, painting and travel. She and her husband live on five hectares outside Tamworth with their cat Bat Cat who still misses their beloved Staffordshire Bull terrier Luci who passed away after 16 years.
Originally from Aukland,New Zealand Michelle has travelled extensively and lived in Surrey UK and Sydney before she moved to Tamworth in 2004.
Initially starting work as a veterinary nurse in 2000 in Sydney, Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (hons) in 2007.
Her first veterinary position was with Tamworth Veterinary Hospital in 2007. She started work at the Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic in 2012. She also works as an Animal Care TAFE teacher in Tamworth delivering the Veterinary Nurses course.
Michelle’s veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, pocket pets, reptiles and wildlife rehabilitation.
When not teaching or working as a vet Michelle spends time with her husband and son on a property where they run cattle and have horses, chickens and cats.
Her personal interests include team penning and other horse events, touch rugby, dance, yoga and gardening.
Michelle likes to keep up to date with her veterinary work by attending veterinary conferences and doing online courses.
Born in Warren NSW , Rebecca grew up and did most of her schooling in Glen Innes. She graduated in 2005 from the University of QLD with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (hons).
Rebecca’s first position was in mixed practice in Warwick, QLD. After leaving practice in 2007/8 she worked for the Department of Primary Industries during and after the Equine Influenza outbreak.
In 2008 she moved to a small animal practice in Towoomba before relocating to Tamworth in 2009.
In Tamworth Rebecca started teaching the TAFE Veterinary Nursing course and worked two days a week in mixed practice in Gunnedah before starting at the Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic in 2013.
Rebecca’s veterinary interests include animal behaviour and preventative health.
When not working as a veterinarian or teaching at the TAFE, Rebecca spends time with her husband and their 12 month old daughter, 3 Labradors and 2 cats. She enjoys netball, touch football, going to the gym and dog obedience/showing.
Rebecca is not undertaking any current studies but would like to pursue further study in the area of animal behaviour.
Originally from Montana in the USA, Bonnie graduated in 1988 in Denver Colorado with a Degree in Applied Science and Animal Health Technician. Since then Bonnie has acquired additional qualifications in Animal Behaviour (Delta Canine Good Citizen Instructor 1997) and Animal Nutrition (Hills Nutritional Advisor 1997and Hills Nutritional Advocate in 2013),
She started her veterinary nursing career at a Large Animal clinic treating 99% horses. From there she moved to Great Falls Montana and a mixed practice before moving to Australia on an Agricultural Exchange.
Bonnie and her husband moved to Tamworth and from 1992 to 1999 she worked in Small Animal practice in Tamworth. In 1999 she and Robyn set up the Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic and she has been working for the clinic since then as a nurse and assisting Robyn in the management of the practice.
Bonnie has special interests in equine medicine, canine behavior and small animal nutrition and enjoys the care and treatment of both large and small animal pets.
Bonnie has been married to Brett for 26 years and they have two children one in high school, and one graduated. They live on a Lucerne property with sheep and cattle. They have 7 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, cockatiels, chickens, guinea fowl and guinea pigs. She enjoys riding her horses and competing together with her daughter in horse sporting events.
She enjoys furthering her veterinary education and attends continuing education conferences ; and takes part in regular online seminars.
At present, as well as her nursing duties and puppy training, Bonnie assists Robyn in the daily running of the practice assisting with practice management, stock ordering and control and staff rosters.
Kate completed her Certificate iv in Veterinary Nursing in Tamworth in 2012. Since then she has also completed the Hills Veterinary Nutritional Advisor program and the WIRES initial Wildlife Care training course.
Kate has lived all over Australia but now calls Tamworth home. She did her initial veterinary nursing training at Greencross South Tamworth Animal Hospital and the Marius Small Animal veterinary Clinic and in 2013 started working on a regular basis at the Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic.
Her veterinary nursing interests include reptiles, wildlife and nutrition; and she is often involved with the care and /or rehabilitation of native wildlife.
Apart from spending time with her human, furry, feathered and scaley family Kate enjoys dancing and the outdoors.
In 2017 Kate commenced a Rural Science degree at UNE Armidale and has recently been accepted into a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
Melissa, originally from NSW then Narangba in QLD achieved her Certificate iv in Veterinary Nursing in Brisbane in 2012. Since then she has also attained a Bachelor of Zoology from the UNE Armidale .
She started her nursing career in QLD then moved to Armidale to complete her studies. Initially a client of the Marius Small animal veterinary clinic, Melissa started working with us in 2015.
Melissa’s veterinary interests include pocket pets, wildlife and dental health. She enjoys handrearing orphaned animals and volunteering in wildlife research/conservation projects which has taken her as far as Cape York Australia and the African continent.
Melissa and her partner have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 ferrets and 2 birds.
Once Mel has settled into motherhood, she would like to continue her studies with the aim of achieving a Masters of Environmental Science and Management at UNE whilst resuming her veterinary nursing career.
Originally from the Hawkesbury region near Sydney Georgia moved to Tamworth when she was eight years old. Her first position in the veterinary field was in 2014 when she began work in an Equine Veterinary Clinic during the breeding season. From there she worked for a large Thoroughbred stud in Scone NSW before moving back to Tamworth in 2017 to complete her Veterinary Nursing qualification.
Georgia started at the Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic as a student in early 2018 and soon gained employment at the clinic. She has now completed her Veterinary Nursing qualifications with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
What Georgia loves most about working in the clinic is that no day is the same and you never know what might come through the door. She really enjoys seeing the response to treatment in the patients and being able to send them home happy and healthy.
Georgia has also completed a postgraduate qualification in pet grooming and has started her own grooming business – Sublimek9 Services– which has been keeping her very busy on days she is not at the clinic. Her pets include a Miniature Dachshund and a rescue Maltese cross.
As for the future, Georgia plans to continue to further her Veterinary nursing knowledge, in particular anaesthetic monitoring, and to improve her skills as a pet groomer.
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Our Clinic Cats- May they Rest In Peace
Winston appeared on the clinic doorstep in September, 1999 as a young adult stray. He very quickly decided that he wanted to take up permanent residence at the clinic and became our clinic cat.
His amusing antics and endearing personality have made him a popular member of our clinic staff to the point where clients will ask “where is Winston today?” if he has not already appeared on the scene.
In 2017 he received a medallion as a finalist in the national Clinic Cat of the Year Awards.
It is with a very sad heart that we let everyone know of Winston's passing. It was on Tuesday 4th September 2018 that we put Winston to rest. He was 20 years old but had decided that it was his time so we had to choose to let him go. From assisting on the front desk to "greeting " the dogs as they came into the clinic with your powerful stare, You will always be a part of the Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic and will be greatly missed.
Mikael (Mickey) was a present to Robyn in 2000 from a client who was a breeder of Burmese kittens and whose kittens Robyn often admired.
He too became popular with the clients especially as he was always looking for a cuddle or an empty lap on which to sit. He still loves his cuddles.
He and Winston became good companions and would often be seen curled up together in front of the heater in the waiting room on a cold winter’s day.
Sadly we had to put Micky to rest April 17th , 2018
He will be missed.