It goes without saying, we could not achieve the amazing things we do without our caring and compassionate team.
At MyVet Byron Bay, we aim to provide a comprehensive, professional and compassionate veterinary service. We recognise the significance of your pets and the place they hold in your family. Our Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses are highly skilled and we treat all types of small animals. Dr Russell and Dr Susie are our highly qualified Vets, and they both have extensive knowledge and experiences in small animal medicine, surgeries, dental care, animal behaviour, acupuncture and more. Our animal health care team are passionate in providing the best care for your pet and will offer education and advice to ensure your pet has the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible. We welcome you to bring your pet to meet our team at anytime.
Susie graduated from the University of Glasgow, in her native country of Scotland, in 2003. Since then she has volunteered in Thailand, worked in Melbourne, Sydney, Scotland, and the Byron and Ballina shires.
Susie has a keen interest in surgery and specialises in Animal Behaviour. She is an accredited AQIS Veterinarian and, as such, is qualified to carry out the examinations, treatments and paperwork required for transporting pets overseas. Her wide range of experience stems from not only treating but also owning many different types of animals over the years.
Susie has two small children, a cat and a husband (in order of importance, of course! HA!) She also likes to bust a move on the dance floor, whether it be Bollywood dancing or the local 80’s disco. If you’re around Byron Bay, you might be lucky enough to be entertained by her.
Susie has been working part-time at MyVet Byron Bay since 2013.
Layla graduated from the University of Queensland in early 2004 and recently moved to the Byron Bay area after more than a decade working on the mid north coast.
Layla focuses on small animal practice with a special interest in emergency & critical care care, completing a post graduate course in 2010.
Layla’s other passion is animal welfare projects in developing countries, and in her role as senior vet for charity GoPawesome has been involved in desexing street animals in South East Asia & South America. Combining this with her love of travel, she has also volunteered at elephant sanctuaries in Thailand and with sloths in Central America.
Kinza has recently moved to Byron Bay from Sydney and is working with us part-time. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 and started her career working in mixed practice in rural Wales, UK. Kinza was a WIRES carer and worked alongside wildlife groups plus two private zoos early in her career. She has worked on outreach programs in Morocco and India and after returning to Australia, worked in farm, equine and small animal practices on the NSW coast, until returning to Sydney to work in a busy city pet practice.
Kinza loves feline medicine, caring for older pets and emergency and critical care medicine. Outside of work she tries to spend as much time at the beach or travelling (or combining the two!) and practicing yoga. Kinza is adamant that coffee is the most important meal of the day!
Bec is orginally from New Zealand, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for 8 years and has completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, as well as a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing/ Practice Management.
Bec has a dog called Alfie and a cat called Bootsy, plus her two troublesome chickens who spend most of their time pulling apart the gardens! Bec recently returned from maternity leave after the birth of her little girl, Nina.
Bec is the Practice Manager at MyVet Byron Bay and has been with us since 2012.
Layna was born in Byron Bay. She travelled a lot growing up and spent 3 years living in the United States and a similar amount of time living in Fiji. Upon returning to Australia with her family, Layna lived in Melbourne before returning to live in the Byron Shire 20 years ago. She’s happy to have made it back to the bay to settle with her family!
Layna has a little boy who is 3 years old and a furry son too, her cat, Mr Paws. She enjoys horse riding, circus arts, aikido (martial arts) and camping. She doesn’t get as much time as she’d like to fit all of these activities in these days though!
Layna is our longest standing staff member. She’s been a Veterinary Nurse at the clinic for almost 10 years and recently covered the Practice Manager role while Bec was on maternity leave.
Ben is originally from England and having grown up with a love of wildlife photography, surfing and everything outdoors, he moved to Byron Bay in 2016. Ben studied Zoology at Liverpool John Moore’s University, taking keen interest in animal care and welfare and animal behaviour in particular.
In 2018 Ben started work at MyVet Byron Bay where he completed his Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing training.
Ben has a beagle x collie called Gonzo that he was lucky enough to meet as a stray in this very clinic! You’ll find them both at one of our numerous dog beaches for a few hours each day, so if you see them don’t be shy to say hello or give them a wave!
Amy originates from Ireland. She has lived in the Northern Rivers since 2008 and has two cats, Olivia and Indy. Amy started nursing at MyVet Byron Bay when all the nursing staff at the time got pregnant and disappeared on maternity leave! Amy loves reptiles and emergency/critical care.
Jess grew up in Lennox Head with lots of animals (horse, rabbits, dog, cat, chickens, etc). She and her family volunteered with northern rivers wildlife carers. Whilst studying Vet Nursing, Jess did work-placement at Currumbin wildlife hospital, as well as at MyVet Byron Bay. She has also done volunteer work in Coffs Harbour with marine animals. Jess is a passionate animal lover and dedicated to helping as many as she can, whether they be domestic pets or wildlife.