At Burnie Veterinary Centre, we aim to provide a comprehensive, professional and compassionate veterinary service including surgical and medical. We recognise the significance of your pets and the place they hold in your family. Our team of dedicated staff will take care of your pet as if it is their own. Dr Claire and Dr Roger are highly qualified Veterinarians and they both have special interests and experiences in small animal medicine, dentistry, surgeries, and more. Our Vets and Veterinary Nurses are highly skilled and we treat all types of small animals. We hope to see you and your pet and aim to provide the best care to help your sick pet get back to full health sooner. To find out more about us bring your pet to meet our friendly team at any time.

Meet Our Team
Dr Claire Sheppard
Lead Veterinary Surgeon
  • DVM

Originally from Hobart Claire travelled to completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Adelaide. Claire came back to Tasmania to work at the Burnie Veterinary Centre. Claire likes working with small animals and enjoys the challenges that each day brings. Claire hopes to developing lasting relationships with clients and their companions, but also building her diagnostic skills used to tackle everyday and more complex cases to make sure clients and their animals receive the best care.

Dr Roger Topping
  • BVSc

Roger qualified from Liverpool University and worked in Cornwall in England, New Zealand and Australia, then back to England before arriving in Tasmania in 1972 with wife Elaine and two children, Matthew and Dougal. They settled in Wynyard and Roger established Wynyard Veterinary Clinic and started Burnie Vet Centre in 1975. Following the sale of Wynyard Veterinary Clinic in 1980, Roger has worked solely at the Burnie Veterinary Clinic. Realising that Burnie deserved an up to date Veterinary facility, he built the present one in 1992. Roger has had the pleasure of providing owners with many years of compassionate and professional veterinary care.

Practice Manager
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Juanita was born in Burnie and hasn’t strayed from the area. She started working with Roger at the Burnie Veterinary Centre in 1989. Along with managing the practice Juanita is also a qualified Cert IV nurse and is passionate in caring for your animals.

Head Veterinary Nurse
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Tammy originated in England before coming to Tasmania in 2003. Whilst in England she started her passion of caring for animals as a kennel hand, then worked passionately with animals at the RSPCA before completing her Cert IV in Veterinary nursing. Tammy loves your furry pets and is dedicated in providing the very best veterinary care with every procedure.


Kelly is originally a Wynyard girl who moved to Burnie in 1997. She started her career at Burnie Veterinary Centre in 1995. Kelly is very enthusiastic, friendly and approachable. Kelly loves to tackle your complex issues and get you the best veterinary care. Kelly is happily married with two beautiful children.


Gill is Burnie-born and raised. A qualified hairdresser Gill changed her career path and started working at Burnie Veterinary Centre. Gill knows and is known by everyone, she is passionate about getting you the best veterinary service. Gill has two children, Elliott and Jazmine, and is a very proud Grandma to seven grandchildren.


Paris joined the team in 2014 and since then has prioritised herself as the CEO. Paris runs the clinic with a firm "Meow" and a quick swipe to those who annoy her. However, she is easily won over with a bit of kibble.