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. 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. Kalina Hill

BSc B.V.M.S

Special Interests: Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Exotics/Wildlife Medicine

Where do you originate?
I was born in the Dairy Capital of the United States, also known as Wisconsin, but I moved away from the ice and snow to sunny Perth in Feb 2013. I grew up on a small airport that was owned by my grandparents and quickly learnt how to build and fly ultralight air planes with my dad, but I was always running off to play with the neighbours draught horses, cows, cats, and dogs (basically any animal I could find). I went on to study Biology and Animal Science for 4 years in Northern Wisconsin near the Canadian border, before moving to Perth to study Veterinary Medicine.

Tell me about your family…..

My mom, dad, and two older brothers are all still living in Wisconsin, but they do like the fact that they have Australia as a holiday destination.

In Australia, my family consists of my partner Kohdy and multiple rescue animals. Our two Dogs: Jovi a yellow lab, Pippa a Dingo/Basenji cross and our two Cats: Scooti a tailless Ginger, and Leonidas a typical tabby.

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

The unwavering support. It really is like being adopted into a huge family, and no matter what everyone is here to help each other be the best they can be and when one of the family members is having a bad day, you know everyone is understanding and supportive. This is the most genuine and caring team I’ve ever had the pleasure to work alongside. The standard of care, the attention to detail, and the heart that goes out to every single client and patient that comes through the door is absolutely incredible.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My favourite, but simultaneously the hardest aspect of this job is the variety.. You can go from treating a cat, to a chicken, to a snake in the matter of a few hours and no other profession can you be a consultant, a dentist, a surgeon, an anaesthetist, and a pharmacist all in one day.  It is the most rewarding profession to be a part of.

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.

Most people don’t know that when I was growing up I was in a choir where we sang, danced and competed against other high schools across the state, and that I have played a multitude of instruments (Piano, Flute, Trumpet, and Saxophone being the best played out of all the ones I’ve tried), but for the life of me I have not been able to learn Guitar! (Someone help!).  My biggest passions include cooking and nature photography, so a lot of my spare time is spent exploring new places, hiking, camping and learning new cultures, and there is no better way to learn a culture than through food.

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.