Anthony Payten BVSc (Hons) MANZCVSc
Anthony grew up in Cowra in the Central West and graduated from Sydney University in 1999. He has worked in the Lower Hunter predominantly since graduating.
Anthony’s interests are in Small Animal Surgery and Ultrasonography. In 2012, Anthony became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the area of Small Animal Surgery. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys rugby union, running and surf life saving.
Anthony and his wife Kelly have three young sons and daughter. They have a much loved cat called Miffy who was adopted as a rescue kitten in Orange, Lacy the Labrador and six spoilt chooks.
Kelly Payten BVSc (Hons)
Kelly grew up locally in Charlestown and studied at Sydney University, graduating in 2006.
She started her first job in Orange NSW, before deciding the cold and the midnight calvings were too severe, and moved back to the warmer weather of Newcastle.
She has since worked locally with small animals. Kelly mainly works at the Charlestown practice.
Kelly’s veterinary interests are ultrasonography, cardiorespiratory medicine as well as soft tissue surgery.
She lives with her husband Anthony, their three sons, daughter, Miffy the cat and Lacy the Labrador. Outside of work she enjoys reading, pilates, running and tennis.
Fiona Giblin BVSc
Fiona was born and raised in Sydney, and graduated from Sydney University with honours in 2005. She worked in England for 3 years before heading to the Hunter Valley. A recent move to Newcastle has seen her join the team at The Lake Vets.
Fiona’s interests are surgery and low stress handling, ensuring your pet’s visit is a positive one, rather than a fearful one!
She lives with her husband, 3 daughters and 2 border terriers. Outside of work Fiona’s interest are camping with friends and family, enjoying everything the beach has to offer, and Zumba.
Laura Chapman BVsc
Laura grew up on Sydney’s North Shore and overseas. She completed a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree in wildlife management from the University of Sydney before moving to Townsville to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from James Cook University. She graduated in 2013 and has since worked as a vet in Canberra, on the Central Coast and now the Newcastle area which she calls home with her two cats and two dogs. Laura has a special interest in medicine and looks forward to helping your fury friends. Laura enjoys everything outdoors in her spare time such as snorkeling, kayaking, bush walking and snowboarding.
Allie Cornell BVSc
Allie grew up in the small Snowy Mountains town of Tumbarumba. She then went onto study veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, graduating in mid 2017. Her first 2 and a half years as a veterinarian were spent in mixed practice in Griffith NSW. Allie joined the team at Lake Vets in February 2020.
Her passions include small animal surgery, geriatric medicine, and dentistry. Outside of work Allie enjoys bush walking and camping.
Allie and her partner Zac share two little dogs, Hooch and Obi, one bearded dragon, three geckos, and five pythons.