Our practice is owned and operated by Dr Peter Wishart and Dr Sam Morgan. With a combined experience of nearly 15 years in rural mixed-animal practice, Peter and Sam are passionate about providing high quality service to the animals and people of Longford, as well as across the Northern Midlands and surrounds of Launceston.
Peter and Sam are well supported by Dr Bess Morgan and Dr Carol Dowty - you can read more about our amazing veterinarians below. We are a truly mixed-animal practice offering full 24-hour emergency services for all creatures great and small!
Dr Peter Wishart
Peter spent his early years in the town of Tatura in northern Victoria, where his father was a partner in a large mixed-animal veterinary practice. When going out on calls with his father, farmers would often ask whether he was going to be a vet like his Dad. The answer was always ‘no’ (!) but by the time he got to the point of making decisions about what he wanted to do with his life, Peter ended up enrolling in Veterinary Science. Since making that decision, he hasn’t looked back! Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011, Peter took his first job at Scottsdale Veterinary Services in north-east Tasmania, where he was exposed to a large caseload of different animal species. This job enabled him to develop a wide variety of skills, from caesarians on dogs to ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis in cattle, as well as horse dentals and everything in between! Peter enjoys the challenges of mixed-animal practice, and is always working to improve his skills and knowledge. He is an accredited Countdown Mastitis Advisor, has done further training in equine dentistry, and is also an Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV) accredited Bull Tester. In his spare time, Peter greatly enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children. He is an avid gardener and relishes going bushwalking and taking time out reading.
Dr Sam Morgan
Sam grew up in northern Tasmania, and lived on King Island during his early high school years. After finishing school in Launceston, he spent time working and mustering cattle in the Northern Territory before returning to study a Bachelor of Science in Hobart. Following completion of this degree, Sam was keen to spend some time away from computers (!) and took a job at a beef and lamb feedlot in western NSW. It was there he became interested in veterinary science and bovine (cattle) medicine, and enrolled in a post-graduate veterinary degree at the University of Melbourne. In 2014, Sam was awarded the Australian Veterinary Association's Don Kerr Student Award for excellence in cattle medicine. Sam first worked as a veterinarian at Scottsdale Veterinary Services, receiving an excellent breadth of experience in all facets of rural veterinary practice, especially equine and bovine medicine. Prior to moving to Longford, Sam worked at Guyra District Veterinary Services in NSW where there are more beef studs per hectare than anywhere else in Australia, and gained excellent experience in beef stud practice.
Sam particularly likes being a mixed-animal practitioner, and providing an essential service to his rural community. He enjoys working his Australian Stock Horses, bushwalking, fishing and rock climbing, and spending time with his family.
Dr BESS Morgan
Bess grew up in country Tasmania and, after completing high school, she headed north for two years to work as a station hand in the Northern Territory. Bess then went on to study a Bachelor of Animal Science with Honours at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Her thesis looked at the influence on conception rates of grazing ewes on lucerne at their time of joining, furthering her interest in animal health - she then studied a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at James Cook University in Townsville. In 2018, Bess was awarded the Excellence in Veterinary Pharmacology Prize in recognition of her outstanding academic results. She moved south again after graduating and gained good mixed-practice experience, with a particular focus on equine medicine and surgery, while working at Station Street Veterinary Clinic in Koo Wee Rup, Victoria. We were very pleased to welcome Bess to our team at the end of 2019, along with her faithful dog and friend, Ollie. She is enjoying more horse riding and spending time with her family back in Tasmania (Bess is Sam's sister). She has also been triathlon training - you may see her (and Ollie) running or cycling around Longford!
Dr CAROL DOWTY
Carol originally hails from the United States of America, having grown up in California. However, while a Yankee by birth, she has made Australia her home for the last nine years. Carol moved to Australia to commence a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, having decided she wanted to be a vet after working as a Veterinary Nurse for nearly 10 years! During her studies, Carol also worked as a Veterinary Nurse in Sydney (and won the University of Sydney's 2012 International House Idol competition). After graduating, Carol headed north to work in a rural mixed-practice located in Dungog, New South Wales. Carol has found working as a true mixed-practice veterinarian a real joy - no day is ever the same; she can get her hands dirty; have a lot of fun; and really become a part of the rural community. On deciding she wanted to further expand her horizons, Carol was thrilled to find we were advertising a mixed-practice position in Tasmania - and we were equally thrilled when she joined our team in early 2020. When not working or playing fetch with her cat, Nashville, you might find Carol on the rugby pitch - or even enjoying a cheeky night of karaoke at the pub!
Meet Our Wonderful Nurses
Our nursing team has grown since Peter and Sam purchased the business at the end of June 2018. Alisha, Maddi and Monique stayed with the practice, working part-time, and Tara, Lucy and Kristin are great additions to our team! Tara, Lucy and Kristin provide more than 35 years' vet nursing experience, and ongoing training for Alisha, Maddi and Monique. Our caring, compassionate and practical nursing team is committed to providing the best of services to you and your pets or stock.
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