Meet The Team

Dr Deborah Webb B.Vet.Med, M.A.C.V.Sc.

Deborah was brought up in picturesque (and rainy!) Cornwall in the UK. She lived on acreage and bred dogs and goats.  The family kept donkeys, calves, ducks and chickens.  A Veterinarian was all she ever wanted to become from a very early age and knew that animals and their welfare was her absolute passion (she used to give all her pocket money to the RSPCA and do loads of fundraising).

Deborah qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London and worked as a large and small animal veterinarian in England for a few years before emigrating to Australia and working in purely small animal practice.

Deborah established ‘Veterinary Happiness’ in 1998, with a vision to provide the most empathic, caring, kind and clinically excellent clinic for her patients and their owners.  In 1998 she completed her ‘Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists’ qualification in Small Animal Medicine, which is an advanced Post Graduate Qualification, indicating a high level of understanding and knowledge in ‘the diagnosis and treatment of illness’, in dogs and cats.  Deborah maintains a commitment to continually updating her clinical knowledge.

She has one special Burmese boy called ‘Merlot’.

Dr Deborah is available for consultation on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Dr Lara Brits BVSc (Hons)

Having grown up in the Bayside, Lara started veterinary practice locally in 2003 before heading over to the UK to satisfy the travel itch.  She worked as a veterinary locum for a year, managed a veterinary practice for 3 years, and managed to squeeze in adventures throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.  After heading back to Australia to get married, she managed a successful practice locally for several years, then settled into part time practice when her children arrived.

Lara is passionate about building strong ongoing relationships with clients and particularly enjoys surgery, senior and cardiac medicine cases.

Dr Lara would love to meet you and your pets and is available for consultation on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr Rebecca Knight BVSc (Hons)

Rebecca graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004  and spent four years  working as a small animal veterinarian in her home town of Adelaide in a large clinic with a strong feline focus.  She moved back to Brisbane to head back to university, undertaking an internship with the University of Queensland’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital.  Since then she has worked locally in small animal general practice and first became a member of the Veterinary Happiness team in 2010.

Over the years Rebecca has developed a passion for feline medicine and especially feline behaviour.

When not working, she is kept busy with her three beautiful cats, her flock of chickens and her three children.

Dr Rebecca is available for consultation on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Dr Claire Doyle BVSc (Hons), CVA (IVAS), CVFT, CCRP

Claire graduated as a Veterinarian from the University of Queensland with first class honours in 2004. Her first role was in mixed practice, working on all creatures, great and small, in England. Since then she has worked in primarily small animal practices (occasionally mixed), in the UK, Canada and Australia. Her main interests include internal medicine, emergency and managing chronic disease, especially those associated with ageing.

Claire completed her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in San Antonio, Texas with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Her Certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner was completed at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Claire also completed her Veterinary Food Therapy Certification through the Chi Institute at the University of Florida, where she is currently completing her Masters in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

After 14 years of practise, Claire believes that integrative medicine provides more options for treating difficult ailments, and is critical in enhancing quality of life. Claire is available for consultation on Fridays.

Niki, Head Nurse

Niki has been part of the Veterinary Happiness team since October 2009. She has been an avid cat lover since childhood, adopting her first feline friend at the age of 11. Since then she has welcomed many cats into her home, most a little down on their luck and needing extra special attention.

Her first job was nursing at a cat specialist clinic and remained with them for the next 9 years until deciding to go abroad to the UK and get some experience with other animals.

Her current furry family members are ‘Popeye’ a disabled cat that has a specially designed cart, ‘Josie’ a cheeky Jack Russel x Yorkie and a few other cats that Niki has opened her home too over the years.

Niki has a special interest in the care and wellbeing of felines and is the clinics “Cat Advocate”.

Chelsie, Veterinary Nurse

Chelsie joined our Veterinary Happiness family in 2016.  Chelsie is a qualified Veterinary Nurse who started her nursing career in 2012 after completing Equine Science at the University of Queensland.  After working with large animals for many years she decided to broaden her knowledge of animals and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Chelsie has a Golden Retriever named Scout who is full of personality and loves going to the beach.

Chelsie has a special interest in surgical nursing and always makes sure our patients are happy and comfortable while away from their homes.

Madison, Veterinary Nurse

In July 2019, Maddie joined the Veterinary Happiness team highly skilled after graduating from her Bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology in February 2018.

Maddie has always had a passion for animals spending her spare time volunteering with the RSPCA Animal Ambulance.

Maddie has also volunteered at Guide Dogs Queensland as a puppy raiser for a beautiful Labrador named Fletcher who graduated as an official Guide Dog at the start of July 2019.