Veterinary Nurses

Bel Sward Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist

Hey there, I’m Bel! I joined The Dog Clinic team in 2017, and prior to that I worked at AHVEC as an Emergency Veterinary Nurse/Receptionist for five years. Altogether I have been in the veterinary industry for fourteen years and counting now!
My main roles at The Dog Clinic are overseeing stock/medication orders, client communication and 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 have a soft spot for the snorting breeds. Next time you’re in the clinic, come and say hi as I love to chat!


Nicole Bolt 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 I decided to make the sea change to Tassie! After packing up two pussy cats and my horse, Donny, I moved down to Hobart in 2017. I love it here and the family has now 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.


Emma Hodge Veterinary Nurse

Nurse Em is the newest recruit at The Dog Clinic! She was previously a Veterinary Nurse at Channel Highway Animal Hospital, working alongside nurse Karyn for the last 3 years. After hearing how lovely the team was at The Dog Clinic and how well their patients were looked after – Emma jumped at the opportunity to become part of the clinic.

Emma has always been an animal lover and has been working and volunteering in the industry since she was 14 years old. She knew she wanted to be in veterinary medicine when she did work experience at a mixed practice and was able to see an eye ablation (surgical eyeball removal)! HOW COOL IS THAT???

In her spare time, Emma enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to music gigs and collecting indoor plants.

She looks forward to meeting you and your fur babies!

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 lots of behind-the-scenes roles including coordinating the clinic’s annual Worming & Bravecto Program, overseeing our social media Facebook & Instagram pages, 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 YA 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

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.

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!

Missy Cleaver

Veterinary Nurse

Hey, I’m Missy, and I started my nursing career at Southern Tasmanian Veterinary Hospital in 2015. I quickly gained my Certificate II in Animal Studies and haven’t looked back since. I left STVH in April of 2019 and spent the last year working alongside Leanne at Peace of Mind Boarding Kennels. This was amazing and I loved working with only healthy puppies, however, I wanted to maintain my nursing experience, so when I was told of a job at The Dog Clinic, I quickly jumped at the opportunity! I am excited to work with a new team and meet all of the Cute Puppers who come to the clinic.

I myself have 2 rescue pups from The Dogs Home. Avie who is a 5 year old Mastiff x Boxer and Laurel who is a 4 year old Staffy x. I also have a 25yr old Standardbred Mare (horse) named Zoe

I have a soft spot for my indoor plants, and I’m a mother to a gorgeous 3 year old. So in our spare time, you can find us at Bunnings, walking our dogs or out on the farm with the horse!

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