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. Fiona has a passion for rowing and most early mornings will see her either down on Throsby Creek training for the next regatta, or working out with friends at her local bootcamp.  Fiona has a passion for snow ski-ing and adventure travel, recently climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with her daughter, and has any number of biking and hiking plans to fit into the next couple of decades!  She can be found at the clinic on most days.

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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!


Victoria Jordan – Veterinarian


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 in 2007  where she is now Head Veterinary Nurse. 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.


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 has been with New Lambton Veterinary Clinic for 5 years.  She graduated in  Veterinary nursing at Kurri Kurri TAFE two years ago and with hard work and determination has become one of our senior veterinary nurses.  She has two British Blue cats, Tinx and Lewis, and is alo our reptile handling nurse, having had a number of snake pets while she was growing up.  “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”.


Genelle Sharrock – Animal Behaviourist

A passion for animals and education has led Genelle into many and varied fields including being a Ranger, an Educator, Counsellor and at Taronga Zoo where she worked with the Free Flight Bird Show and Marine Mammal trainers, seeing the amazing outcomes of using positive methods in animal training.   As a qualified Animal Behaviourist Genelle enjoys working with people to build a trusting relationship with their pet and seeing the benefits that follow in training and behaviour.  Every animal is an individual and using a force-free, positive approach Genelle takes time to get to know you and your pet, working alongside you to understand your pet and providing you with skills to help them be their best.

When not working with other people’s pets Genelle loves spending time with her independently minded terrier Douglas, who regularly tests her skills!


Rene Dormehl – Receptionist

Rene arrived from South Africa to Tamworth nearly a decade ago, and worked there and in two local clinics before joining us as our first proper Receptionist in early 2017. Rene lives on a property locally with her son, daughter, three dogs, two cats and a guinea pig, as well as her beautiful horses. She has a passion for all animals, and a particular interest in birds. Rene can be found on weekends riding the horses, attending local rodeos with her barrel racing, camp drafting daughter, or chilling at home on the farm with her DIY projects





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Tayla Moore –  Veterinary Nurse

Tayla started at New Lambton Veterinary Clinic early 2017 and has recently graduated in Veterinary Nursing. Tayla has a kitten named Harriet and a budgie named Raven. She has a passion for all animals and say’s “From since I can remember I have always wanted to work with animals. I absolutely love what I do and I cannot wait to keep on learning and achieving”