As of January 1st 2016, after 25 years, the Tallangatta and Kiewa Clinics changed ownership. Joe and Meika Skuse bought the Tallangatta and Kiewa Veterinary business and are continuing to service the North-East valleys and townships.
Joe and Meika moved to Tallangatta in early 2015 in pursuit of a job opportunity, which has progressed, into business ownership. The husband and wife team moved here from North-West NSW districts, after several years of work around the areas of Narrabri, Wee Waa and Coonamble, and a brief stint around Finley and Jerilderie in the southern Riverina. Their work background in mixed practices in those districts brings to the area experience in cattle, horses and companion animals. Joe particularly enjoys the on-property work with livestock and horses, and so you will more commonly see him out on the road. Mixed practice is Meika’s preference- a bit of everything!
Meika grew up on her family farm, north of Goulburn, NSW, which is still been run by her parents. Hereford cattle, Merinos and prime lambs are the main interests of their farm, and she still loves to get home to do the pregnancy testing or shearing. Joe is from Queensland originally, and though he wasn’t raised on a farm; his passion for animals and rural living stemmed from working on his Uncle and Aunt’s farm at Glen Innes from a young age. It was after several years of horse and cattle work there that his Uncle encouraged him to apply for a veterinary science degree. Joe and Meika then met when they started university together as part of the inaugural class at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
Some of the familiar faces you all know are still there, and some new additions as well. Libby, Julie, Vivienne, Stacey, Kerrie and Joyce are the friendly nursing staff you will find at the clinics, assisting with your enquiries and keeping the clinics functioning. Torquil is staying on full-time as well as, Lauren and Jack who have both joined the veterinary staff. Jane and Andrew’s support has been second to none over the transition period, as has the welcome from the community during the changeover.
Some of you will have met either Meika or Joe, (or both) but there will be plenty in the area still needing to put a face to the names. Drop by the clinic and say hi, or enquire about what options there are to assist you and your animals. The team, mentioned above, is willing and able to do most things, and if you have something out of the ordinary… well just ask. They are happy to help and we look forward to servicing the community for many years to come.