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Dr Claire Flaherty – Emergency Veterinarian – BSc, BVMS (Hons1), MANZCVS (VECC)

Claire originally hails from Adelaide. She wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of 14 when she read the first James Herriot book “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet”. After many years of Public Service work, and more years of study, Claire graduated from Murdoch University in Perth in 2000. Claire bought her own practice and spent the next 8 years being “Auntie Claire” to her clients (and patients!) after working in a small animal practice In Adelaide for a few years.

During this time Claire began co-ordinating the veterinary care with the Royal Society for the Blind Guide Dog Service and formed eventually formed a relationship with them. This included the prenatal care of breeding female dogs, as well as delivering puppies and rearing the pups for the first 8 weeks. During this time, The Blind Society During gifted the foundations breeding bitch “Opal” to Claire. Sadly, Opal only had 2 (very happy) years in retirement, as she developed an inoperable bone tumour inside her nose. It makes Claire very happy to know that Opal was able to improve the quality of life for so many blind people in Adelaide.

In 2011 Claire left her practice in Adelaide to work in Emergency and Critical Care. For the next few years, Claire was a locum vet in both Melbourne and Canberra, gaining experience in emergency medicine.

Claire currently lives in Canberra with her 3 cats and catches the train to Sydney to work at EVES! She loves working with the fantastic team at EVES, practicing such a high standard of care, the interesting & challenging cases, and the opportunity to both work with specialists and continue her studies.