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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no line between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

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Modern Veterinary Hospital

Modern Veterinary Hospital

State of the art surgical, x-ray & hospital facilities.

We aim to create a pleasant relaxed welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

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Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

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Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.

 

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About Vitality Vetcare

Dr Megan Kearney

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Dr Megan Kearney opened Vitality Vetcare in November 2010. This was the manifestation of a long-held dream to open an integrative veterinary hospital where animals would receive compassionate holistic veterinary care in a beautiful and welcoming environment. Giving back to the animal kingdom was the reason Megan became a vet and continues to fuel her passion for compassionate holistic veterinary care.

Click here to read Dr Megan Kearney's full Biography

Dr Megan Kearney received her BVSc from the University of Queensland in 1988. She worked in mixed practices in Alice Springs and Cootamundra until moving to the UK in 1992. She worked in mixed, equine, small animal and holistic practices in England and Wales until she started a holistic veterinary referral practice and an herbal practice for people in Yorkshire in 1999.

Megan developed an interest in integrative medicine through her own personal development and the demands of friends and clients. She became fascinated by plant medicines and was inspired to travel to the UK to acquire professional knowledge of these subjects. She studied herbal medicine at the College of Phtyotherapy, East Sussex and gained her Diploma of Herbal Medicine in 1998. She was the first veterinarian to become a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1999. The NIMH is the oldest professional body of herbalists in the world. Megan is now a Member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia.

Megan studied homeopathy at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and the Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group, Oxford. She was awarded Veterinary Membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1997. She started studying acupuncture in 1995 whilst working with a pioneer of veterinary acupuncture in the UK, Trixie Williams and completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society/Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists course in 2001. Megan is currently studying behavioural medicine.

Megan has discovered a passion for teaching.  She has lectured on herbal medicine and homeopathy to veterinarians, practitioners, farmers and students in the UK and Australia. She was actively involved in the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons and the Australian Holistic Veterinarians. She is currently past-president and AVA policy council representative of Integrative Veterinarians Australia.

Megan volunteers for WIRES Northern Rivers, Bangalow Land and Rivercare and Integrative Veterinarians Australia. Her household includes 2 rescued cats called Basto and Luna, an ex-racehorse called Polly who adopted Megan and a recently rehomed Dobermann called Bella. Bella is a beautiful dog who needs time to relax, learn and mature.


Dr Lobke Buhrmann

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Dr Buhrmann grew up in the Netherlands. She graduated as a veterinarian in 2009 and moved straight to country New South Wales to work in mixed animal practice.

After a few years she moved to Brisbane where she worked at a busy RSPCA vet hospital. This gave her deep passion for animal welfare and rescue. 

 

 

Click here to read Dr Lobke's full Biography

After a few years she and her partner decided that life in the city wasn’t their cup of tea and moved to beautiful Northern Rivers in 2014. They live on a small cattle farm and have a much loved rescue dog called Monty.

Dr Lobke is very excited to be working at a holistic clinic and is doing extra studies to further incorporate integrative medicine in her daily practice.

Lobke will join the team three days a week so look out for her friendly face on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


Ally Grace

Senior Veterinary Nurse

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Hi everyone and thank you for the lovely welcome to Bangalow!

My partner Geoff and I have just moved to the wonderful climate of the Northern Rivers having spent 23 years in Cairns.

For the last 10 years I have been managing a busy veterinary practice and developing a passionate bond with a number of rescue organisations including North Queensland Animal Rescue and Australian Working Dog Rescue.

Click here to read Ally's full Biography

 My move to Vitality Vetcare brings with it the exciting opportunity to work with Megan in the area of integrated medicines and acupuncture. Oh, and I am very much looking forward to a few rabbit cuddles as they were definitely not allowed in Queensland!

 


Kim Hollis

Veterinary Nurse 117A0354

Kim has come to Vitality Vetcare from Healesville, Victoria.

She began her vet nursing career in 1998 at one of Melbourne's first purpose built veterinary hospitals, here she completed her certificate IV in Veterinary nursing and taught puppy classes.

Growing up in country Victoria, Kim spent many winters in the snowfields. This love of snow sports lead her to spend 18 months in Canada before heading to the UK.

While in the UK she fine tuned her nursing skills by working in emergency centres in South London and at the RSPCA in Birmingham. 

Click here to read Kim's full Biography

Once returing to Australia, she continued her nursing career at one of Melbourne's surgical specialist centres.

Missing the emergency department, she headed to the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, where she nursed in the ICU, caring for critically ill patients and teaching vet students. Here she unexpectedly found herself as foster mother to many orpahed kittens. One of these tiny babies she still has today.

Caring for the environment and having a passion for conservation, Kim took a special interest in all Australian wildlife presented to each clinic. After seeing how many of our beautiful native animals needed help, she began working for the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary.  Spending nearly 5 years working with a huge variety of Australian native animals her highlights have been working in the filed with the endangered Leadbeater's Possums and hand-raising many sick or injured orphans, including a 1 week premature Grey Headed Flying Fox, two Tasmanian Devils and a charismatic Red Kangaroo named Ochre.  

She is thrilled to join the team here at Vitality Vetcare and looks forward to being part of a practice which offers both conventional and alternative therapies.  


Esther Jones

117A0456-EditVeterinary Nurse

Esther has been loved part of the team at Vitality Vetcare since we opened in 2010. She works part-time at Vitality Vetcare and also tutors at Southern Cross University. She has a love of cats and travel.

More on Esther coming soon!

 

 


Sasha Schellander-Lathouras

Veterinary Nurse 117A0380

My name is Sasha Schellander-Lathouras. 

I have my certificate IV in veterinary nursing and have been working at Vitality Vetcare since September 2013.

I have always had a love of animals and becoming a qualified veterinary nurse is one of my greatest achievements. 

 

Click here to read Sasha's full biograpgy

I have a passion for surgery and large animal nursing. Since working at Vitality Vetcare I have learnt a great deal including how to treat and look after injured wildlife. 

In my spare time you'll find me out riding my horse Phoebe or down at the beach with my two dogs Licorice and Marley.

 


 Morgan Saint

117A0505-EditVeterinary Nurse

After holidaying on the Far North Coast for many years, Morgan & her family (which includes her partner, young son & geriatric cat) decided to make their tree-change last year & have settled in nearby Federal.

Morgan is a very experienced Vet Nurse having worked for over 14 years at a busy practice in Sydney's Inner West. She loves many aspects of her job, including meeting new clients and getting to know their humans. With a passion for the great outdoors, camping and bird-watching, Morgan is delighted to see and help treat the beautiful native birds of our region with the team at Vitality Vetcare.

Keep an eye out for Morgan's friendly face on Thursdays and Fridays.

 


 

Dr Anaban Ghosh

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Veterinary Surgical Consultant

Dr AnabanGhosh is a visiting Veterinary Surgical Consultant  at Vitality Vetcare

Anaban has advanced training and in-depth experience in the treatment of Orthopaedic and complex Soft-Tissue surgical cases.

 

 

Click here to read Dr Anaban Ghosh's full biography

Dr AnabanGhosh graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and started work in animal welfare clinics in Melbourne, where he discovered his passion for surgery.

Shifting to private practice in 1999, Anaban worked simultaneously at three separate practices while undertaking further study and training in surgery.

In 2001, Anaban became a Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in Surgery after presenting case reports and passing examinations.

Anaban became a repeat Member of ANZCVS in Emergency & Critical Care in 2002, after passing training requirements and examinations in that area of veterinary practice.

Anaban is a Surgical Consultant for a number of veterinary practices in Victoria. He has a great affinity for, and respect towards, the Northern Rivers region of NSW in general and Vitality Vetcare in particular. He is glad to be able to offer his advanced surgical skills and knowledge to the patients of Vitality Vetcare.

 

 

 

Opening Hours

8:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri and
8:30am-12:00pm Sat.

Consultations by appointment.

After hours emergencies please call: 6687 0675 or 0448 870 675 Mon-Thur

Weekends & Public Holidays, North Coast Emergency Vets 0424 054 056

 

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