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Our Staff

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 has two Labrador siblings called Pip and Pop who love the water and terrorizing the local lizards. 

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 handles a lot of our large animal consults and is a asset to the clinic.

Laif and his wife Samantha have a beautiful little girl named Maeve who arrived on Sunday 9th October. 2022 have built their first home together and are enjoying their homegrown fruits and vegetables.  They have a German Shorthaired Pointer named Jinka whom you might see following close behind Laif in at the clinic some days.  

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's main interest is emergency surgery.

Sarah owns property with her partner Daniel and they run a small herd of Droughtmaster cattle together. Sarah has a Kelpie named Jill and is pictured with her dog Doug the Jack Russel. 


Nicole Shirm- Veterinary Nurse

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 three 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 works at North Coast Emergency Vets on weekends and has a keen interest in neonates, small animal surgery and emergency. Nicole lives with her partner Billy and owns a German Shorthaired Pointer named Maya pictured to the left. 

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Phoebe Peters- Animal attendant 

Phoebe is our youngest member of the team and began work with us in February 2022. Phoebe has completed her certificate in Animal Studies in 2021 and is currently studying Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. 

Phoebe has a keen interest in Emergency and Critical care and large animal medicine. 

Phoebe lives with her partner Hamish and their Catahoula cross named Xena who is pictured to the left. Phoebe is our nurse on Saturdays and is ready to greet you with her friendly smile!  

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Lisa Jones- Veterinary Nurse

Lisa originally worked with us in 2016 as a junior nurse while she was studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Lisa worked with us for a year and has since had a family and a wide range of jobs including Diary farming, Camel farming and aged care nursing and is now a fully fledged Veterinary Nurse and started back with us in June 2022. 

Lisa has a keen interest in Surgical nursing and since working back with us has completed some refresher courses in Surgery and Emergency. Lisa loves how different each day can be and how rewarding vet nursing is. We are so happy to have Lisa working back with us! Lisa is pictured here with her beautiful boy Freddy the Aussie Shepard mix.  

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