Dr. Richard Lucas

BSc BVMS MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)

Special Interests: Internal medicine and Orthopaedic surgery

Where do you originate?

I was actually born in Bunbury so many years ago that the hospital is no longer there! However, from the age of 3, I grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth. One set of grandparents lived in Bunbury and the others lived in Dunsborough, so most school holidays saw my brothers, sisters and I heading south to spend time in the SW.

Tell me about your family…..

Moving to Busselton in 2001 was like coming home for me, but now I had my lovely wife Caroline and 3 daughters with me, Eilidh, Bronnen and Caitlin. In 2004 we bought Busselton Vet Hospital and had our 4 th daughter, Shannon.

What do you like about being part of the Busso Vet family?

The best part of being part of the Busselton Vets family is the care and support we have for each other. If one of us is having a tough time the rest of the crew is around like a shot to give support and help. The other best part is that we are all passionate about helping our fantastic clients and wonderful patients enjoy their lives together.

My most enjoyable times in my job is seeing the result of hard work really pay off. For instance, I once treated a little dog who had been hit by a milk tanker. She had broken both her femurs and both sides of the pelvis; to be honest she was a basket case! We were able to fix both the femurs surgically and then she was really a basket case, carried around in a basket for several months by her caring owner. She healed so well that she ended up back at training and agility classes and visiting people in hospital! And she is still going 15 years later! Still get such a thrill when I see her around town!

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.
And that is about it from me, except to say that I love making curries and gingerbread; but not both at the same time!

Dr. Aimee Burrows

BSc B.V.M.S

Special Interests: 

Where do you originate?
I grew up in suburban Perth and spent my whole life there until my move to Busselton 3 years ago. After high school I studied psychology for a few years before deciding to become a veterinarian.
Growing up I had an array of pets, and have always been involved with wildlife rescue and helping my grandfather with his racehorses. My love of the human-animal bond together with my passion for science made becoming a veterinarian my true calling

Tell me about your family…..
My current household consists of my two dogs, Ghost the Pilbara special and Summer the golden retriever, and my cat Shiloh. My immediate human family includes my parents and two brothers, all of whom still live in Perth.

What do you like about being part of the Busso Vet family?
There aren’t many workplaces in any industry where you are supported so much be the people you work with, both professionally and personally. Moving away from family and friends several years ago was very daunting however I couldn’t have asked for a better group of humans to welcome me into their lives, and they are definitely my family down here.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love that when I walk through the door in the morning I never 100% know what is going to happen that day. There is no such thing as a mundane day as a vet, there are some difficult cases, there are heart-warming stories, there are even joyous events but also very sad outcomes too. No two days are the same and I am constantly learning and growing both in my career and as a person.

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.
Most of my hobbies centre around being active, I walk my dogs at least 5kms every day, I enjoy going to the gym and have actually recently started weight training (which definitely helps when I need to help lift those heavier patients onto the surgery table!). I also have recently finished building my first house as an owner/builder, which has been very time consuming but equally rewarding. I guess I can add painting and carpentry to my list of skills.

Dr. Nigel Gifford

BSc B.V.M.S

Special Interests: Dentistry

Where do you originate?
Grew up in Boyup Brook on a sheep property surrounded by dogs, cats, birds, calves and lambs

Tell me about your family…..
I’m happily married to my wife Janita who originated from Switzerland. We have 3 adventurous boys and I love being their dad

What do you like about being part of the Busso Vet family?
For me, who I work alongside and how we treat each other is as important as the work I do. I love working in a hospital where people are sincere, caring and go above and beyond for their colleagues and patients

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I do love teeth. Helping animals enjoy a healthy and pain free mouth is definitely a passion. But generally, I pinch myself that I get to do it for a job what I’d keep doing if I won lotto and didn’t need to work.

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.
Outside of work, when not spending time with my family I love to journey with men learning and encouraging each other to become better husbands and fathers.

 

Dr. Ally Davis

BSc B.V.M.S

Special Interests: 

Where do you Originate From?
Prior to moving to the lovely South West region I lived in Perth. I grew up and lived in the same house with my family until I was employed by Busselton Vet Hospital.

Tell me about your family… 
The word family to me can easily be followed by the words big, tight-knit, and food. I come from a family of eight and I am the youngest of my five other siblings. I grew up getting to know two cultures very well, Australian and Sri-Lankan. My mother has a Sri Lankan-European heritage and has truly grabbed hold of the Sri Lankan culture where the words family and food are pretty much synonymous. This meant that I grew up going to lots of ‘relly bashes,’ ate a lot of Sri Lankan food, and was constantly told that I should “eat some more” as “you’ve hardly eaten anything.” Never mind that the one telling me to eat more was my tiny nana who only ever ate “slivers” of cake. To this day it means I have a great appreciation for spending time with my family and have also inherited a love of good food.

What do you like about being part of the Busso Vet Family? 
It is just that, a family! There are different personalities and you aren’t always going to immediately gel with everybody, that’s life. However the fact that everyone is there with the same idea of working together to bring our strengths to each situation, and the same foundational belief that we work as a family, means that we have grace for each other and genuinely care for and help each other out. This family culture makes coming to work each day a breeze!

What do you enjoy most about your job? 
The relational aspect coupled with helping clients and pets. I love that I get to spend every day having fun with my coworkers and clients whilst still making a difference, through education and resolution of problems, in both my clients’ and patients lives.

Tell me something about you?  
I grew up constantly changing my mind about which extracurricular activity I wanted to do – which meant that in the space of 2 years I did ballet, acrobatics, gymnastics, and cricket, with the addition of trying tap and callisthenics. I would have kept going but I think my parents began to find me a bit of a nuisance; much to my dismay at the time, but totally understandable now.