Our Staff

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Dr Phillip Sharman
(Owner Of Practice)

Phil started work at Casino Veterinary Clinic soon after graduating in 1987. At that time it was a 3 vet practice with a 70% reliance on cattle work. Phil spent 2 years in England in 1991 - 1992 working mostly with horses and Dairy cattle in Worcestershire before returning to work with Ross Sillar. In 1997 Phil filled in as the District Vet for Casino's Rural Lands Protection Board before buying the practice in August of 1998.

Along with wife Linda, Phil designed and built the surgery that the practice uses now and it was officially opened in July 2000.

Phil has 2 girls, Evie and Annabelle. Annabelle is currently at University in Brisbane and Evie is living in Canberra continuing her studies. He enjoys following the Queensland Reds and lives in the vain hope that the Wallabies will one day hoist the Bledisloe cup and World cups again. Work wise he mostly enjoys anything to do with cattle and anything surgical. Phil had two Labrador siblings who one of which has unfortunately passed away late 2021.

Dr Edward King
Ed began working at Casino Veterinary Clinic in 2009 after graduating from Sydney University. Ed enjoys a good mix of veterinary work ranging from small animal medicine and surgery to cattle pregnancy testing and cattle hoof trimming. Ed is registered with the NCPD scheme (National Certified Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme) and a member of the Australian Cattle and Equine Veterinary Associations. Ed has recently completed a course in Modified Maquet Procedure surgery and is the only vet in our clinic that can attempt this particular surgery for large dogs with torn cruciate ligaments. Ed's particular interests include surgery and endocrinology.
Outside of work, Ed enjoys playing basketball regularly in Lismore and spending time with his mates. Ed's beloved blue cattle dog Whisper sadly passed away at the beginning of 2021 and will be terribly missed by everyone. Ed still owns his Red cattle dog named Elmo who is loved and spoilt!
Dr Laif Mearns

Laif began working at Casino Veterinary Clinic in August 2017. Laif was born and bred on the North Coast, he attended Woodlawn for high school before heading to the University of Queensland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours. Laif moved from a mixed practice in Nowra to join our team, his interest include Cattle and Equine reproduction and Equine dental services. Laif is a fully qualified ACV (Australian Cattle Veterinarians).

Laif and his wife Samantha are currently in the process of building their first home together. They have a German Shorthaired Pointer named Jinka whom you might see following close behind Laif in at the clinic some days.  

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Dr Lucy Earle
Lucy is our newest member to the team and began working with us in January 2019. Lucy grew up in Queensland and went to St Aidan's Anglican Girls School and later studied at James Cook University in Townsville graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in November 2018.  
In her down time Lucy enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing football on weekends with the local club. Lucy also loves spending time at the beach when she can. Lucy lives with her very happy dog named Hugo who is pictured here to the left. 
 
Sarah-Jane Yeo- Head nurse

Sarah-Jane Yeo began work at Casino Veterinary Clinic in 2007 and has a certificate 4 in veterinary nursing. Sarah has completed courses in cattle husbandry, animal behaviour and microchipping to name a few.  Sarah is our longest standing employee with 12 years of service with us. Sarah now handles most of our drug ordering and stock controls and keeps our computer system up-to-date. Sarah also runs our school kids work experience programs. Sarah's main interest is emergency surgery.

Sarah has a menagerie of animals including horses, cattle and dogs. She owns property with her partner Daniel and run a small herd of droughtmaster cattle together. Sarah is pictured with just one of her many dogs Doug the Jack Russel. 

 

Nicole Shirm

Nicole Shirm began work at Casino Veterinary Clinic in July 2013 and has a certificate 4 in veterinary nursing and her certificate in microchipping. Nicole is particularly skilled as a surgical nurse and helps run most surgeries throughout the day.  

Nicole has been running our puppy preschool classes for over a two years now and thoroughly enjoys watching her students grow and progress in their learning. Nicole's main focus in her classes is owner education and puppy socialization with the main basic commands thrown in as well. Nicole has a keen interest in neonates, small animal surgery and emergency. Nicole has lived in Casino all her life and owns a German Shorthaired Pointer named Maya pictured to the left.