Veterinary Nurses

Hayley Klop Head Veterinary Nurse

Hayley started her career at Tasmanian Animal Hospitals in 2009, where she joined the team as a Nursing Assistant and the proud mum of a precious Golden Retriever puppy named Indie. After gaining valuable experience in small animal practice she became a Veterinary Nurse in 2010. With her keen interest in emergency medicine it was a natural progression to join the fledgling After Hours Veterinary Emergency Centre (AHVEC) in late 2011. It was also around this time that Hayley’s heart and couch were stolen by Calli the Great Dane – ‘the big dog with the little brain’!

During her three years at AHVEC, Hayley was able to care for pets with complex surgical and medical needs. Although the buzz of the emergency room can be addictive, Hayley began to miss nursing her ‘regular’ patients and being able to create lasting relationships with pet parents. So, in 2014 she joined Dr. Raj Wicks’ exciting venture to open The Dog Clinic – Veterinary Care Just For Dogs.

Hayley enjoys making her patients as calm and comfortable as possible while they are at the clinic and is delighted to work exclusively with canine companions. Outside of work Hayley is a mum to a non-furry child. She also enjoys making improvements to her little hobby farm, eating good Thai food and spending way too much money on collars and coats for her fur kids!


Bel Sward Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist

Hello Everyone! I’m Bel, I joined The Dog Clinic team in 2017, and prior to that I worked at AHVEC as an Emergency Nurse Receptionist and Veterinary Nurse for five years. Altogether I have been in the veterinary industry for twelve years now! I have completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies and I would like to do more study, but for the moment I have two small girls that keep me very busy when I’m at home!

Since starting at The Dog Clinic I am already learning how to run Puppy School and am loving it, I hope to see your new puppies in a class! I also take care of all the Pet Insurance needs for the clinic.

While I love all breeds of dog, I do admit that my favourite breed is the Pug.

I can not wait to meet everyone and your beautiful dogs.


Nicole Watts Veterinary Nurse

Hello, my name is Nicole and I have been nursing for 7 years! I started off in Queensland as a kennel hand after school and was then offered a trainee-ship once I graduated. I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with AIRC in Queensland and worked up there for a few years, until my (now) husband and I decided to make the sea change to Tassie! We packed up our two pussy cats and my horse, Donny, and moved down to Hobart in 2017. We love it  here and our family has expanded to include an extra cat and Janine’s horse!

I have a passion for surgical nursing and looking after complex medical patients. I don’t currently have a dog of my own, but I enjoy caring for all the patients that come in to The Dog Clinic and I have a soft spot for Sight hounds.

Jennifer Nixon Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Jennifer and I have been with The Dog Clinic since early 2019 as a Veterinary Nurse. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for just under two years and I am currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with AIRC. My passion is to work with all animals, so at the moment I am enjoying working with all breeds of dogs. I have been responsible for implementing our Senior Program for our elder patients, which enables me to work closely with our clients and their beautiful dogs. I have a varied role at The Dog Clinic from reception to surgical nursing which allows me to build a rapport with both clients and patients. My job is different each and every day which I find refreshing and exciting.

I have three dogs of my own: a 12 year old Spoodle called Brian, an 8 year old Border Collie called Zac and a 16 month old Kelpie called Charlie, they definitely keep me on my toes! Also not forgetting there is our 13 year old cat called Chops.

I live with my family out at Glen Huon where we have an 82 acre farm and run a Blueberry and Cherry orchard, so there is very little spare time but when I do have time I enjoy spending it with my family away from the farm.

Karyn Jackson Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Karyn and I have been in the veterinary industry for 13 years. I started my career in 2006 at Channel Highway Animal Hospital. During that time I was lucky enough to work alongside specialist surgeon Dr Gail Anderson, fulfilling my love for more complex surgical procedures.

I have a beloved 7 year old Dalmatian called Ruby who is my only fur child… this stage.

I am also a proud mum to 2 beautiful daughters.

In my younger days I was a keen equestrian and was lucky enough to be invited to live in Melbourne to fulfill my love of showjumping. I competed both in Victoria and NSW for 2 wonderful years until I became homesick…and broke (you can never be rich with horses!!).

I joined the wonderful team at The Dog Clinic in July 2019. I am excited to be starting this new adventure and look forward to meeting all your beautiful companions.

Amy Range Veterinary Receptionist

Amy joined The Dog Clinic team as a receptionist in late 2017, kick-starting her veterinary career and reigniting her passion for working with animals. With an aspiration of one day joining the nursing team, Amy has been enjoying learning all about The Dog Clinic. She has taken on the roles of coordinating the clinic’s annual Worming Program, assisting with Puppy School training, and getting to know our clients and their fantastic furry friends. You can usually catch her playing with our great range of dog toys in the Sandy Bay consulting rooms, or petting puppies and feeding patients all the treats at the Taroona Hospital!

In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading fantasy novels, crocheting and gardening, hanging out with her own pack of animals and exploring Tasmania’s wonderful wilderness. If you see her floating around, feel free to come say hi! She may even scratch behind your ears!

Janine Cornish Puppy School & Social Media Coordinator Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor and closeup

Janine joined The Dog Clinic team in January 2018 after 15 years at the North Hobart Veterinary Hospital. Living with 2 dogs, Casey the Border Collie x Tasmanian Devil, and Anessa the Saluki, Janine understands how important the bond is between us humans and our furry companions and loves helping people learn more about how amazing their canine family members really are.

Janine is our Puppy School Coordinator and enjoys spending time helping clients set their puppies up to succeed at life.

With some boring qualifications such as Business Management & Human Resources in her background, Janine uses her years of experience in a veterinary environment to work behind the scenes running The Dog Clinic social media presence and tries her best to come up with exciting ideas to involve both clients and their pets.

In her spare time she runs Necessary Grooming, a grooming salon that was set up for anxious dogs to have somewhere understanding to be groomed, and is ruled totally by the multitude of animals in her life!

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