Macksville Team



Dr Kim Chaffey

I grew up between Tamworth and Gunnedah on a sheep, wheat and cattle property. This is where I developed my love of animals. I started work in Newcastle before heading over to the UK for a couple of years. I then returned back to Tamworth for a few years. In 1988 my wife and I came to the Nambucca Valley to work as a locum vet for 4 weeks and we never left. We now have 2 boys who have lived here their whole lives and are now off at university. I still have a strong interest in all farm animals but delight in the advances for all species. I really enjoy working in our existing team and enjoy the variety of cases and species we see. Outside of veterinary science I play soccer, swim, ride bikes and enjoy running.


Dr Roderick Lamont

I graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996 and worked in Dubbo and Narromine in a progressive mixed practice that also provided an equine referral service and surgery. From there I spent 2 years in south-east South Australia where I focussed largely on livestock and horses. (Great wine down there but too cold!). Next on the agenda were adventures in South America and some locum work in the UK. I moved here in 2001 with my wife Karin and shortly afterwards we started our family which at last count numbered 5. When I find any spare time I tend to spend it training for triathlons, surfing or camping. My particular interests in the equine field are horse breeding, foal medicine, equine dentistry and feet. While ultrasound (especially cardiology), dentistry and orthopaedics are the areas of small animal vet work I like to focus on.


Dr Kristie Neale

I grew up in country NSW and earned a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University and an Honours in Zoology from the University of Queensland. I travelled for 18 months overseas before beginning my long awaited journey through the wonderful world of Veterinary Science. When I graduated I worked in Maitland, the Hunter Valley and loved every minute of the job’s diversity. On many of my weekends off I also worked at the Newcastle Animal Emergency Centre. I left Maitland and worked for 6 months in the Southern Highlands before travelling north to the Mid North Coast. I’ve been here since January 2008 and I love the lifestyle, the climate, the animals and the challenge of everyday Veterinary Science. I have always had a strong interest in Avian, Reptile and Pocket Pet medicine. Every day I come to work I am in awe of the rich tapestry of the world of Veterinary Science. In my free time I enjoy cycling and hiking throughout the region.


Dr Karin Woldring

Having completed a year of Ag Science, I transferred to Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland and graduated in 1993. My first job was mixed practice based in Woodford in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and was a great way to start out. From there I headed off for the first of 3 stints in the UK (of which the island of Jersey was the standout location). Back in Australia I worked in Western NSW and South Australia before moving up here in 2001. As a family we have settled in and love the area and all it has to offer. I enjoy working with such a wide range of animals which I usually work on a Monday and Tuesday in the Macksville Clinic.

Dr Emma Packer

I grew up in central west NSW, and after graduating I returned to Western NSW to work in mixed practices in Dubbo and Coonamble. From there I spent the next 2 years locuming around Australia in almost every state, before settling into an Equine practice in south-east Queensland. My particular interests are equine reproduction and medicine, surgery and orthopaedics. In my spare time I enjoy surfing, running and travelling. I mostly work out of the Macksville clinic and really enjoy working with the enthusiastic and professional team



Dr Toby Phelps

I grew up on a farm in a place called Rowena in north western NSW and this is where my love for animals started.  Although my mum was a vet, I didn’t follow the same career path until later in life. After finishing my first degree I found myself managing a feedlot in Coonamble for 7 years. It was at this point in time I realised that in fact I did want to become a vet so back to university I went.

My family and I decided to move to the mid north coast as we love the area, the climate, and are now a little closer to family.  I really enjoy the satisfaction that comes with fixing  animals, and have a particular interest in both large animals and surgery.  You will find me working out of any of our three clinics.





Robyn began working in Macksville 1997 as a qualified vet nurse from Tamworth. In 2012 she completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and now completes on-line assessments with Open Colleges in Companion Animal Services and Veterinary Nursing. She also teaches with North Coast TAFE one day a week. Robyn enjoys teaching as it gives her the opportunity to encourage  students to understand what a privilege and rewarding career becoming a veterinary nurse really is.  Robyn enjoys coastal life and spends a lot of time at the beach with her two beautiful Border Collies,  Molly and Maddy, whom many of you have met over the years.




I joined the clinic at the start of 2015. After completing my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing and Certificate in Equine Nursing in late 2014, I was lucky enough to land my first vet nursing job at the Macksville Clinic. Becoming a vet nurse was one of the many goals that I aim to achieve during my life and it was great to find a job so close to home. I have recently bought a house in Kempsey with my fiancé, and I can’t wait to fill it with a huge variety of animals. I have started with Bruce the Oscar and Clarence the kitten. You will find me running Puppy Pre-School at our the Macksville Clinic.




I grew up on a small farm on the mid north coast with lots of different animals. I have great love and passion for horses and love to show jump in my spare time. I also enjoy spending time with my 3 kids, Noah, Billy and Isla and my partner John on our small hobby farm. We have 2 horses Joey and Sunny, Henry the dog, George the cat, and a bunch of chooks.




I am a small town country girl that grew up in Casino sharing the love of horses with my uncles. Thoroughbreds and horse racing were always a part of my growing up and family life. Following my passion for animals I began my studies in Lismore before completing them at Coffs Harbour.  My family and I (partner & 3 kids) now call Macksville “home”. We live in this beautiful area on a family operated Angus Beef farm.  I have a special interest in farm animals but equally enjoy providing care for all species. I enjoy meeting new people, furthering my knowledge with animals and the daily challenges nursing offers. I love that no two days are the same. My hobbies (when I get the time) include hanging by the water, holidaying, strolling the markets, cooking and wining and dining with friends and family.



I’ve grown up on the mid north coast and couldn’t think of a better place to work. I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017 and will finish my Bachelor of Veterinary Technology in 2020. When not at work or studying you’ll find me working on the farm with my cattle, sheep, goats and chickens, or spending too much time watching TV with Angel my fur-baby (dog). I have a special interest in exotic wildlife, and spent over one month volunteering in Africa with local vets and game farmers. During my stay I got to medically treat and rehabilitate a range of animals, like lions and rhinos!! Since joining the team at Midcoast vets, I’ve learnt lots of new skills thanks to the support of the staff in all our clinics. I am looking forward to meeting you at one of our clinics!


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