Our Team

Meet our Team

The experienced teams at both Kyabram and Nathalia Veterinary Clinics are dedicated to best practice veterinary care. Animal welfare is of the utmost importance and refelcted in the day-to-day care our team provides. Cick on a team members image to read their biography (click again to close).

Dr Mick McAuliffe
Dr Mick McAuliffe

Veterinarian

B.V.M.Sc.

Dr Clare Williams Paterson
Dr Clare Williams Paterson

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr Rob Bonano
Dr Rob Bonano

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Michael McAuliffe 

Dr Michael McAuliffe graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1982. He worked down in south Gippsland at the Leongatha Veterinary Clinic in Dairy/mixed practice for 2 years before returning to his home town of Kyabram, in northern Victoria. After a short stint here for 16 months, Dr McAuliffe jumped on a plane and headed for the Mother country, England, where he spent the next 3 years working as a locum mainly in London, and using the UK as a base to backpack around the world. He eventually returned to Kyabram in 1989 and settled back into Dairy/Mixed practice where he has been working since.

Michael has completed some post graduate courses along the way. He holds an international certificate in acupuncture after completing the exams for IVAS and also has a Certificate in Gross Pathology. Michael is also a qualified CountDown Downunder (Mastitis) and an InCalf (Cattle Reproduction) advisor. He is an accredited NCPD pregnancy tester and a qualified examiner for the NCPD (National Pregnancy Testing Scheme – PREGCHECK™). He is a Transition Management adviser working in conjunction with Dairy Australia.

Michael loves keeping active, and enjoys playing golf, swimming, cycling, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, eating out at nice restaurants and socialising with friends.

Dr. Clare Williams Paterson 

Clare graduated from the University of Sydney with 1st class honours in Veterinary Science in 1995. She entered private practice in the Hunter Valley of N.S.W., spending the next 12 years predominantly working with horses on and around some of the premium thoroughbred and quarter horse nurseries in the country. During this time opportunities arose to work in Newmarket England, and visit leading equine practices in Kentucky USA and New Zealand, fosussing on both equine reproduction and medicine.

Clare gained membership by examination to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine in 2010. Committed to continuing education, Clare attends a wide variety of post-graduate workshops and conferences, striving to provide a quality, current and individually tailored service to each client. Highlights include a Denoix ultrasound workshop, The University of Sydney Postgraduate Foundation couse in Equine Medicine, an International Equine Reproduction Symposium in Colorado USA, and a recent Equine Raidology course through the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Clare continued in equine practice on moving to the Goulburn Valley and making Kyabram home with her husband Brian in 2007. She joined Kyabram Veterinary Clinic in July 2016, quickly expanding the equine services and facilities the clinic can now offer. An ever-growing client base involving many breeds and disciplines is enjoyed, as is the dynamic, teamwork-orientated workplace. Her special interests include equine reproduction, general and neonatal medicine, opthalmology and laminitis.

Outside work, Clare’s interests include her home veggie patch, country and western music, cooking up a storm with family and friends, good wine, dressing up for the races, and relaxing with the dogs and horses at home.

Dr. Rob Bonana

Robert (Rob) Bonanno graduated in 1991 from Sydney University with first class honours.
Rob worked for nearly 10 years in dairy mixed practice on the NSW south coast before moving to Shepparton in 2000 where he purchased a dairy farm and a share in Shepparton Veterinary clinic, which he sold in 2015 to move to Beijing, China to work for Fonterra as the veterinary director of the International Farming venture. He returned to Australia in August 2016 and worked at Coomboona Dairy, a 2500 milking cow high production dairy herd, as herd health manager. Rob has been president of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians twice and served as a board director of the Australian Veterinary Association for 5 years.
Rob joined Apiam in February 2019 to work as a dairy herd health consultant and clinic lead at Kyabram vet clinic
Rob has travelled extensively and lived in 3 different continents. He is married to Julie and has 3 children
Rob retains interests in a few stud cows, loves his British blue shorthair cats Gypsy and Stumbles and Miniature Schnauzer dog, Winston, except when he pulls the clothes of the line or digs up the garden!!

Dr Serena Moore
Dr Serena Moore

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr Julessa Smith
Dr Julessa Smith

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr Kate Creswell
Dr Kate Creswell

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Serena Moore

Serena Moore graduated from University of Queensland in 1997 and worked for 2 years in mixed practice in the Brisbane Valley before pursuing her dream of working in dairy cattle practice. She has always had a keen interest in cattle, and in February 2000 came to work at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic. Serena fell in love with the people of Kyabram and enjoyed the work so much that she decided to stay.

Dr Moore loves working with all animals, large and small. She has completed a postgraduate course in radiology. She also particularly enjoys surgery and has trained to perform TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) surgeries for dogs with ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr Moore is a qualified Countdown Downunder and InCalf adviser and has 15years experience in dairy cattle medicine and surgery. She is a NCPD accredited cattle pregnancy tester – PREGCHECK™.

Serena is married to local farmer Malcolm and has a dog (Charlie, the German wired haired Pointer) and cat (Zippy), a house cow and some sheep – quite a menagerie.

Dr. Juleesa Smith 

Originally from Deloraine, Tasmania, Juleesa grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a passion for cattle. She graduated from Charles Stuart University Wagga Wagga in 2018, with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She joined the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic team in 2018 to pursue her interest in rural mixed practice.
Outside of work, Juleesa enjoys hiking, traveling, kayaking and spending time with friends and family. Juleesa enjoys playing sport and is currently playing AFL.
Juleesa has a greyhound called ‘Trap’, and also has numerous pet cows that back in Tasmania on the family farm.

Dr. Kate Creswell

Kate Creswell completed her Melb Uni vet degree in 1988 and has worked in the Goulburn Valley for 28 years in mixed practice. She returns to Kyabram Vets after 18 years, working predominately from Nathalia. Kate married Stuart (Fred) Hodge and has 3 daughters, her eldest celebrating her 21st birthday recently. Kate has multiple pets, including 3 very old beef cows and 2 big Newfoundland dogs. She lives on an irrigated cropping farm just out of Numurkah and enjoys her local community commitments which include Rotary, Ag Society, book group and Hospital Board. She also enjoys a local cycling group called the Giraffes. Kate is very excited to be back and part of the Ky Team, injecting some enthusiasm into the Nathalia Branch practice.

Dr Dini Hapukotuwa
Dr Dini Hapukotuwa

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Tiana Morden
Tiana Morden

Veterinary Nurse

Kayla Sherriff
Kayla Sherriff

Receptionist

Hayley Mackison
Hayley Mackison

Receptionist

Glenda Elliot
Glenda Elliot

Clinic Coordinator

Administration

Dr Mick McAuliffe
Dr Mick McAuliffe

Veterinarian

B.V.M.Sc.

Dr. Michael McAuliffe 

Dr Michael McAuliffe graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1982. He worked down in south Gippsland at the Leongatha Veterinary Clinic in Dairy/mixed practice for 2 years before returning to his home town of Kyabram, in northern Victoria. After a short stint here for 16 months, Dr McAuliffe jumped on a plane and headed for the Mother country, England, where he spent the next 3 years working as a locum mainly in London, and using the UK as a base to backpack around the world. He eventually returned to Kyabram in 1989 and settled back into Dairy/Mixed practice where he has been working since.

Michael has completed some post graduate courses along the way. He holds an international certificate in acupuncture after completing the exams for IVAS and also has a Certificate in Gross Pathology. Michael is also a qualified CountDown Downunder (Mastitis) and an InCalf (Cattle Reproduction) advisor. He is an accredited NCPD pregnancy tester and a qualified examiner for the NCPD (National Pregnancy Testing Scheme – PREGCHECK™). He is a Transition Management adviser working in conjunction with Dairy Australia.

Michael loves keeping active, and enjoys playing golf, swimming, cycling, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, eating out at nice restaurants and socialising with friends.

Dr Clare Williams Paterson
Dr Clare Williams Paterson

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Clare Williams Paterson 

Clare graduated from the University of Sydney with 1st class honours in Veterinary Science in 1995. She entered private practice in the Hunter Valley of N.S.W., spending the next 12 years predominantly working with horses on and around some of the premium thoroughbred and quarter horse nurseries in the country. During this time opportunities arose to work in Newmarket England, and visit leading equine practices in Kentucky USA and New Zealand, fosussing on both equine reproduction and medicine.

Clare gained membership by examination to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine in 2010. Committed to continuing education, Clare attends a wide variety of post-graduate workshops and conferences, striving to provide a quality, current and individually tailored service to each client. Highlights include a Denoix ultrasound workshop, The University of Sydney Postgraduate Foundation couse in Equine Medicine, an International Equine Reproduction Symposium in Colorado USA, and a recent Equine Raidology course through the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Clare continued in equine practice on moving to the Goulburn Valley and making Kyabram home with her husband Brian in 2007. She joined Kyabram Veterinary Clinic in July 2016, quickly expanding the equine services and facilities the clinic can now offer. An ever-growing client base involving many breeds and disciplines is enjoyed, as is the dynamic, teamwork-orientated workplace. Her special interests include equine reproduction, general and neonatal medicine, opthalmology and laminitis.

Outside work, Clare’s interests include her home veggie patch, country and western music, cooking up a storm with family and friends, good wine, dressing up for the races, and relaxing with the dogs and horses at home.

Dr Rob Bonano
Dr Rob Bonano

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Rob Bonana

Robert (Rob) Bonanno graduated in 1991 from Sydney University with first class honours.
Rob worked for nearly 10 years in dairy mixed practice on the NSW south coast before moving to Shepparton in 2000 where he purchased a dairy farm and a share in Shepparton Veterinary clinic, which he sold in 2015 to move to Beijing, China to work for Fonterra as the veterinary director of the International Farming venture. He returned to Australia in August 2016 and worked at Coomboona Dairy, a 2500 milking cow high production dairy herd, as herd health manager. Rob has been president of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians twice and served as a board director of the Australian Veterinary Association for 5 years.
Rob joined Apiam in February 2019 to work as a dairy herd health consultant and clinic lead at Kyabram vet clinic
Rob has travelled extensively and lived in 3 different continents. He is married to Julie and has 3 children
Rob retains interests in a few stud cows, loves his British blue shorthair cats Gypsy and Stumbles and Miniature Schnauzer dog, Winston, except when he pulls the clothes of the line or digs up the garden!!

Dr Serena Moore
Dr Serena Moore

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Serena Moore

Serena Moore graduated from University of Queensland in 1997 and worked for 2 years in mixed practice in the Brisbane Valley before pursuing her dream of working in dairy cattle practice. She has always had a keen interest in cattle, and in February 2000 came to work at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic. Serena fell in love with the people of Kyabram and enjoyed the work so much that she decided to stay.

Dr Moore loves working with all animals, large and small. She has completed a postgraduate course in radiology. She also particularly enjoys surgery and has trained to perform TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) surgeries for dogs with ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr Moore is a qualified Countdown Downunder and InCalf adviser and has 15years experience in dairy cattle medicine and surgery. She is a NCPD accredited cattle pregnancy tester – PREGCHECK™.

Serena is married to local farmer Malcolm and has a dog (Charlie, the German wired haired Pointer) and cat (Zippy), a house cow and some sheep – quite a menagerie.

Dr Julessa Smith
Dr Julessa Smith

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Juleesa Smith 

Originally from Deloraine, Tasmania, Juleesa grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a passion for cattle. She graduated from Charles Stuart University Wagga Wagga in 2018, with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She joined the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic team in 2018 to pursue her interest in rural mixed practice.
Outside of work, Juleesa enjoys hiking, traveling, kayaking and spending time with friends and family. Juleesa enjoys playing sport and is currently playing AFL.
Juleesa has a greyhound called ‘Trap’, and also has numerous pet cows that back in Tasmania on the family farm.

Dr Kate Creswell
Dr Kate Creswell

Veterinarian

B.V.Sc.

Dr. Kate Creswell

Kate Creswell completed her Melb Uni vet degree in 1988 and has worked in the Goulburn Valley for 28 years in mixed practice. She returns to Kyabram Vets after 18 years, working predominately from Nathalia. Kate married Stuart (Fred) Hodge and has 3 daughters, her eldest celebrating her 21st birthday recently. Kate has multiple pets, including 3 very old beef cows and 2 big Newfoundland dogs. She lives on an irrigated cropping farm just out of Numurkah and enjoys her local community commitments which include Rotary, Ag Society, book group and Hospital Board. She also enjoys a local cycling group called the Giraffes. Kate is very excited to be back and part of the Ky Team, injecting some enthusiasm into the Nathalia Branch practice.