Katherine Veterinary Clinic - Our Vets
Dr Alex Burleigh
Position: Head Veterinarian
Qualifications: BVSc (1st class honours), BSc(Vet) (1st class honours & Carne medal) (NSW)
Experience: Alex has over 15 years experience as a veterinarian in both Australia and the UK. He has spent the majority of his time in the NT where he has shown great aptitude in medicine and surgery, and enjoys orthopaedic work. Alex has presented at conferences throughout Australia on remote community animal health and management.
Pets: With his wife, Alex has two dogs, three cats, nine chickens and two horses.
Hobbies & Interests: Scuba diving, camping, hiking, and indoor volleyball.
Special Interests Professional: Equine and small animal medicine & surgery, Aboriginal Community dog programs.
Other Information: Alex is currently the president of Australian Veterinarians for Animal Welfare and Ethics, he's also been president of the Northern Territory Division of the Australian Veterinary Association. In the late 1990's, Alex also spent a year researching fur seals at Jervis Bay, NSW.
Awards: HR Carne Prize and Medal for Excellence in the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary) Degree (1999 recipient)
Publications: Community Dog Program Handbook, Papers in the Australian Veterinary Journal regarding dog programs, Presented at various national conferences on Indigenous Community Animal Work and Animal Welfare.
Dr Lauren Walter
Position: Senior Veterinarian
Experience: Dr Lauren Walter is one of our well respected senior veterinarians in Katherine Veterinary Clinic. She joined the practice in 2012 after locuming in the NT and around Australia for the previous 10 years. Lauren has a strong passion for medicine and surgery of dogs, cats, horses, birds and pocket pets. She always gives a high level of care to all of her patients. Lauren is a highly valued member of our veterinary team and is well loved by clients.
Hobbies & Interests: Travelling, cycling and yoga.
Special Interests Professional: Small animal medicine & surgery, Aboriginal Community dog programs.
Dr Kristina Fisher
Position: Associate Veterinarian
Qualifications:BVMS from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, BS Psychology from Purdue University.
Experience: Dr Kristina Fisher joined NTVS recently after working in Darwin as a small animal vet for the past two years. Prior to that she was practicing in the UK working with both large and small animals as well as spending several years in afterhours emergency and critical care roles. She enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle that the NT offers and is a welcome addition to both our Katherine and Alice Springs clinics.
Hobbies & Interests: Motorsports, shooting, scuba diving and traveling.
Special Interests Professional: Emergency medicine, surgery, community programs and wildlife.
Past Notable Members of NTVS
Dr Sam McMahon
Founder of Northern Territory Veterinary Services
Dr Sam McMahon created Northern Territory Veterinary Services in Katherine and in 2019 was elected into federal parliament as the NT representative of CLP for the Senate.
Qualifications: BVSc (QLD), FAICD, APAV accreditation for 3rd party preparation of livestock.
Experience: over 20 years as veterinarian, including 19 years in Katherine, 18 months in practice in the UK and 3 months working on Foot and Mouth Outbreak in the UK.
Pets: Horses, dogs and cats.
Hobbies & Interests: Showing and competing with horses in shows throughout the NT, snow and waterskiing.
Special Interests Professional: Equine medicine & surgery, Equine reproduction, Small animal medicine & surgery, Live export cattle, Cattle production, Aquaculture, Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness and biosecurity.
Other Information: Past President of the NT division of the Australian Veterinary Association, Australian Cattle Veterinarians National President, past board member of the Australian Veterinary Association, past Vice President Katherine Show Society.
Awards: Meritorious Service Award (2014) of the Australian Veterinary Association, 2001 Winner of the Private Sector category of the Northern Territory Telstra Business Women’s Awards and winner of the Chief Ministers Award for Innovation, Recipient of 2003 AFFA Corporate Governance Scholarship for young people in rural industries initiative. 2003 Recipient of the Centenary Medal.
Publications & Presentations: Community Dog Program Handbook, Presented at various national and international veterinary conferences on Indigenous Community Animal Work