Veterinary Staff

Fiona Wallace – Veterinarian

Fiona grew up in New Lambton and graduated in Veterinary Science at Sydney University in 1983. After a year in dairy practice in Tasmania she returned to the Hunter Valley, initially to work in mixed practice and later a stint in research which led to the award of a PhD in Immunology in 1990. The highlight of her research in mucosal immunology was to collect a group of saleyard horses to test an oral vaccine for strangles. A love for general practice brought Fiona back to New Lambton where she started up “Fiona’s Vetmobile” and subsequently New Lambton Veterinary Clinic in early 2003. Under the aliases of “Bad Wolves” and “Dawn Treaders” Fiona and her crew row in a quad skull three mornings a week on Throsby Creek, still in training for that elusive regatta gold (or silver or even bronze!) Fiona lives with her three daughters and three cats. Fiona currently works at the clinic on Mondays Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays.

Susan Charman – Veterinarian

Sue is a Queensland graduate who came to Newcastle as a newly qualified veterinarian in the late 80’s. Here she soon met Damien her husband and after travelling to the UK for both to gain invaluable experience in their chosen careers they returned to New Lambton in the early 90’s and have been a part of the community since. Two now adult children have presented the opportunity to experience a varied menagerie from fish and rats to cats and dogs. Sue’s focus these days is continuing education and fostering cultural exchange through hosting international students and travelling the world on foot herself.


Simon Lubans – Veterinarian

Simon grew up in Newcastle and received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2002 after a stint as a language student and some time spent living in Scandinavia and then Japan – he is actually fluent in five languages!  He now lives in Cooks Hill and when not at work can be found with equal likelihood with his surfboard, yoga mat or mountain bike. You will love Simon’s gentle thoughtful approach. Simon brings to the practice a strong focus on surgery, both orthopaedics and soft tissue work, and a genuine love of his patients, and usually their owners too!


Olivia Standen – Head Veterinary Nurse

Olivia started her career in Veterinary Nursing as soon as she left school. She gained experience locally in two of the larger Newcastle clinics before settling on New Lambton Veterinary Clinic where she is Head Veterinary Nurse. Liv has been with New Lambton Veterinary Clinic for nearly ten years. Liv is the go-to person when equipment breaks and she is a bargainer and price warrior of great renown. Liv and Dean live in Cameron Park with their children, Noah and Mikayla, as well as Doc the Boxer and  Molly the Pug dog.


Rene Dormehl – Receptionist

Margaret Armstrong – Veterinary Nurse

Marg has been a long term friend of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic. With a life time love of horses, Marg started veterinary nursing soon after she left High School, and except for a brief stint with HAPS in blood collection, she has worked in the industry, either nursing or in pharmaceutical supplies, ever since. Marg lives in Lakelands with husband Trevor . When they are not entertaining friends, neighbours or extended family Marg and Trev are putting finishing touches on to their new home, or planning their next overseas holiday. Pets are Meika the Staffy x Labrador and Alvin the Staffy.


Carlie Simon –  Veterinary Nurse

Carlie is currently studying Veterinary nursing at Kurri Kurri TAFE and will be fully qualified in June. “My lifelong goal has been to work with animals and I really could not imagine doing anything else” says Carlie. “I work at the clinic most days so I look forward to seeing you all”.


Lauren Miller –  Veterinary Nurse

Tayla Moore –  Kennel Attendant