02 6884 1190 dubbovet@apiam.com.au

Our Team

Our friendly team of Vets, Vet Nurses, Receptionists, Technicians and Administration staff are experienced and dedicated to providing excellence in veterinary care for our clients and their animals. 

Dr Miguel Mervin Pajate

Dr Miguel Mervin Pajate

Veterinarian 

Mervin was born in Cabamatuan City Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Whilst growing up in the Philippines Mervin was inspired to study veterinary science to become a “dog doctor” after witnessing the ravages of infectious disease such as parvovirus, distemper and rabies.

He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from De Lasalle-Araneta University and then spent 7 years in the poultry and swine industries. In 1999, he was awarded a scholarship from AUSAid to study in Australia. He did postgraduate work at James Cook University, North Queensland and earned a Masters in Tropical Veterinary Science.

After another 6 years in the Philippines working in the agricultural sector and offering some small animal services at times as well, he returned to Australia and began the long road to gaining accreditation for his degree in Australia. After 5 years of studying hard at night whilst working and then managing a piggery during the day, he passed the Australian Exam for foreign Veterinarians.

In 2014, Mervin joined the team at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital with a strong interest in small animal medicine and surgery. He is relishing the opportunity to finally become a “dog doctor” and he and his family love living in the city of Dubbo.

Dr Lydia Herbert

Dr Lydia Herbert

Veterinarian

Lydia was raised on a beef and sheep property near Forbes, NSW, fostering her love for all things livestock from an early age. She graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in 2015 with Honours. Her Honours thesis investigated the effect of late gestational nutrition on ewe behaviour and lamb survival.

Lydia has worked in mixed practice across rural NSW for the last three years with a special interest in small animal medicine and ruminant reproduction, the latter of which brings her to Dubbo to further her passion in this area. 

In her spare time, Lydia breeds and shows Australian Stock Horses and Poll Dorsets with her studs based on the family property in Eugowra. She is also extremely passionate about the NSW Country Shows movement and encouraging other young people to get involved in their local show.

She can often be found at a show most weekends, with the highlight each year being Sydney Royal Easter Show, where she supervises the judging competitions. 

Ashley McKittrick

Ashley McKittrick

Veterinary Nurse 

Ashley completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies through TAFE NSW in July 2014 whilst attending work experience at the local RSPCA Shelter. She then completed the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in December 2015 enjoying work experience at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital during her studies.

In July 2015 Ashley was offered a full-time position at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital and has been a valued team member since then. Ashley loves all areas of vet nursing and is always up for a challenge and to try her hand at something new.

Keen to further her knowledge and skills, Ashley has completed distance-learning courses in Anaesthesia in Small Animal Practice, Emergency Medicine in Small Animal Practice, Venoms & Toxins in Small Animal Practice and Reproduction in Small Animal Practice.

Outside of work Ashley plays both indoor & outdoor netball and enjoys fitness classes.

Tamara Virtue

Tamara Virtue

Veterinary Nurse 

Tamara recently moved to Dubbo and joined the Dubbo Veterinary Hospital team. Prior to moving to Dubbo Tamara was employed as a Veterinary Nurse at a mixed practice in Forbes, a position she held for 15 years.

Her Veterinary Nurse career started in 2002 with weekly high school work experience. This early opportunity opened her eyes to becoming a Veterinary Nurse. Tamara loved the challenges that were thrown her way and in 2011 she completed her Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing.

Tamara has a passion for neonates, emergency & clinical nursing as well as dog behaviour. Keen to further her knowledge she dedicates time to reading veterinary and veterinary nursing article whoever possible.

Outside of work Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, and also enjoys participating in dog sports especially agility with her stumpy tail cattle dogs. She looks forward to getting to know the people of Dubbo and their animal companions.

Meg Mills

Meg Mills

Veterinary Nurse 

Meg grew up on a farm and was always around animals which developed her love for them today. During high school Meg was part of the School’s Cattle Show Team for many years.

In 2016 Meg commenced her pathway to becoming a veterinary nurse, receiving the Statement of Attainment for Introduction to Animal Care Nursing  in 2017. She then undertook the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, graduating in December 2018. During the Certificate IV Course Meg completed work placement at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital. Upon graduation Meg was offered a position at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital as a vet nurse.  

Meg is keen to further her knowledge seeking both new educational and career opportunities including the introduction of grooming services at Dubbo Veterinary Hospital.

In her spare time Meg enjoys horse riding for both pleasure and endurance. She also likes to spend time with her cattle dogs and cavaliers, as well as drawing and painting which she sometimes enters at the Dubbo Agricultural Show.

Dubbo Veterinary Hospital
  • Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
  • Saturday 8.30 am – 12 noon
  • Telephone: 02 6884 1190
  • Email: dubbovet@apiam.com.au
  • AH Emergency: 02 6884 1190

Location

355 Macquarie Street NSW 2830

 

 

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