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Continuing dedicated animal health service to Tallangatta, Kiewa and the valleys of the North-East

After 25 years, the Tallangatta and Kiewa Veterinary Clinics have changed ownership. As of January 1st this year, Joe and Meika Skuse have bought the 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.

It has been a busy 2 months to start the year off and Meika and Joe have certainly appreciated the support from the staff during the transition. The familiar faces you all know are still there, and continue as the trustworthy presence at both clinics. Libby, Renee, Jess, Julie and Joyce are still the friendly faces you will find at both clinics assisting with your enquiries and keeping the clinics functioning. Torquil is also staying on full-time and is a much-valued member of the veterinary staff. Andrew has become an employee (!) too, and is doing a couple of days a week, so you are bound to run into him still. Jane and Andrew’s support has been second to none over this busy time, 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.