At Dapto Veterinary Clinic we pride ourselves on ensuring we meet the needs of our clients and provide the best possible care to our patients. All of our staff members are very friendly, approachable and always willing to assist with any enquires you may have regarding your pet’s needs. The clinic has a commitment to continuing education for all staff and ongoing re-investment in equipment, technology and facilities. The relationships we have built with clients are both strong and valued. We’re now treating the loved pets of second and even third generation clients and we’re still working happily together!
Rod Yeatman - Veterinarian
Rod grew up in the Illawarra area, spending week days in Mangerton but weekends on his parent’s property at Gerringong. Spending weekends with horses, cattle and the family pets inspired him toward a career in veterinary science. Graduating from Sydney University in December 1979 he commenced working for David Ball and Bruce Cartmill in the Dapto practice, purchasing the practice in February 1980. At that time the practice was located in Dapto Court.
The practice grew rapidly with Rod opening Unanderra Veterinary Clinic in August 1983 and moving the Dapto clinic to its current position at 164 Princes Hwy in April 1985.
Rod has always been enthusiastic about the veterinary care of all domestic animals. With the support of his wife, Michelle and children, Elizabeth and Tristan, along with a dedicated and professional team of Nurses and Veterinarians the practice has continued to prosper up until the present day.
Over the last 35 years Rod and his family have enjoyed developing and maintaining relationships with many family pets. Rod has also been involved in the breeding, training and education of Australian Stock Horses and also stud beef cattle having been called upon to judge a number of breeds at Royal Show level. During this time Rod has been privileged to be a part of the lives of many Illawarra families.
Shalini Selvarajah - Veterinarian
Shalini, otherwise known as ‘Mighty Mouse’ joined the Dapto Veterinary Clinic team in early 2014 after working for a time in Sydney. Don’t let the size of this package fool you as this young veterinarian is already a highly skilled surgeon and competent medical practitioner. Shalini is already performing a number of complex orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries.
Having grown up in Dapto, Shalini enjoys a natural rapport with local families. You may have met her mum at the Dapto Medical Centre where she is one of the consulting professionals. You will find Shalini to be a very kind, caring and considerate young veterinarian. We are so pleased to have her working with us and know that you will enjoy meeting her.
At Dapto Vet Clinic we have an amazing team of Veterinary Nurses who are always more than happy to help. Whether it’s finding the best diet to suit your pets needs or giving that little bit extra TLC when your beloved pet is staying in hospital our girls will be there to lend a hand.
Michelle – Nurse
Michelle has worked here at the clinic for about 30 years on and off as she has also enjoyed the human side of nursing. Michelle loves seeing all of the patients and clients go home with smiles on their faces. When Michelle isn’t working she is spending time with her family, working around her farm or sinking holes in one on the golf course.
Lauren - Nurse
Lauren is a qualified Veterinary Nurse who completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. Lauren came to the clinic in August 2012 after spending many years working at Symbio Wildlife Park where she was involved in the daily care of many animals both Australian and exotic. She brings to the clinic an extreme enthusiasm and energy for animal care and customer service and an extensive knowledge of Australian wildlife.
Anthony - Nurse
Anthony joined the Dapto Vet Clinic team in May 2018 after nursing at clinics around the Illawarra for the last 3 years. Anthony completed his Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Yallah TAFE in 2015 and is currently continuing his studies with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at Sydney University as he one day hopes to become a Veterinarian himself.
Not only does Anthony provide outstanding care to our patients in the clinic but he has plenty of animas to care for at home as well including; Mya the Labrador, Keira the cat, Kiko the Quaker Parrot as well as two Bearded Dragons and a number of fish. Be sure to watch for Anthony in the clinic and around town looking sharp in his Dapto Vet Clinic uniform.
Our vets and vet nurses aren’t the only staff members around Dapto Vet Clinic, You might be lucky enough to spot Kenny hard at work too.
Kenny is our part time clinic overseer. He fills two vital roles in the clinics operations; the first is to meet and greet our clients of both the two and four legged kind, the other is security. Kenny is however much more suited to his meet and greet duties as he is not much of a tough guy. When Kenny isn’t saying hello to our clients he can be found in the office having a snooze on his bed in the sun. At home Kenny enjoys spending time on the farm and sticking his nose in where it generally doesn’t belong.
Barbie has been employed as Kenny’s second in charge. She is a Pugalier and so far has settled in well to life at the clinic but has some of her own ideas about how things should be done, much to Kenny’s disapproval. Barbie has a much more active role in the clinic; she is a highly motivated member of staff and can often be found following her nose rather than taking a more observant role like Kenny.