Meet Our Veterinarians

Michael Ferguson BVSc (Hons) - Veterinarian and Owner

Michael FergusonMichael graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999. Since then he has worked in a mixed practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, with some voluntary work in Thailand.

He enjoys dealing with clients and providing friendly and professional services. Michael became the owner of Wauchope Vets in 2010 after starting work here in 2007. He has three growing children and is the proud owner of Lulo, the Groodle. Michael can often be found riding his mountain bike around the forests of Wauchope and surrounding areas. Here he is pictured with Tinto our loved Labrador.

Elise Cooper, VBV / DVM - Veterinarian

Dr. Elise graduated from University of Sydney at the end of 2019 and couldn't wait to move back to the area to be closer to family.

Elise enjoys taking the time to get to know her clients and their pets and building strong relationships, so that they receive medicine and care tailored to their needs. She enjoys going above and beyond for her patients large and small. 

On weekends she can be found taking her whippet to the beach, hitting a new bush track or enjoying a few coffees at the local cafes.

Sue Harvey  B.V.Sc(Hons), Dip. Vet. Clinical Studies - Veterinarian

Sue Harvey graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and has worked in mixed practice on the mid-north coast ever since, including a 3 year stint at Wauchope Vets in the early 1990s. She is a true all-rounder with interests ranging from soft-tissue surgery, parasitology and obstetrics.

Sue has two adult children, four cats and an elderly retired working dog called Jasper. When she is not working, she can usually be found helping her husband run their commercial beef cattle enterprise or riding her horse.

Meet Our Nurses and Support Staff

Julie Maurer - Veterinary Nurse

Julie MaurerJulie, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, started working with Wauchope Vets in 2006. Julie enjoys nursing sick animals back to health. She likes to see them go home happy with their owners. She is a highly skilled surgical nurse and has mastered the laboratory equipment. She likes camping and spending time with her dog Flo.

Emily Pezet - Veterinary Nurse

Emily completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017. She started work with Wauchope Vets in 2016, after two years of work placement, while she studied. She enjoys her job and is interested in dental work and the diversity of farm calls. Emily and her partner Daniel have a dog Pippy, Grimes, two cats Maggie and Fred, as well as chooks and fish. She is kept busy with a large family and supplying the Clinic with fantastic cheesecakes!

Ali Laws - Veterinary Nurse

Ali started with Wauchope Vets in 2017 after moving back to Port Macquarie from Queensland. Ali was awarded her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing from the University of Queensland. Ali has a keen interest in anesthesia as well as exotic animals. When she's not spending time caring for our lovely clients and patients, Ali and her husband Nathan, enjoy taking their Golden Retriever, 'Sonny', to the beach and getting cuddles from their gorgeous rescue cat, 'Stevie'.

Sarah Fardell - Veterinary Nurse

Sarah joined us April 2019. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2018, whilst doing work placement at Wauchope Vets.  Sarah has had plenty of experience in caring for animals, as she has previously worked for 3 years in a local kennel. Outside of work you can find Sarah teaching karate or cuddling with her cat, Billy.

Jess Lindsay - Veterinary Nurse

Jess has always loved animals and grew up on a farm in the Wauchope area with a variety of animals. She will finish her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2021 and will be able to tick off her dream of enjoying a job working with animals.

Kim Clohesy - Veterinary Nurse

From a young age Kim wanted to work with animals. She has owned cats, dogs, birds and ferrets. She and her daughters live with two beautiful cats, Maggie and Mabellene. Kim enjoys working in the Clinic and meeting all kinds of furry friends. She will finish her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2021.

Janelle Anderson - Office Manager

Janelle AndersonAfter 40 years in Pharmacy, the last 10 years in management, Janelle decided on a career change and became the Office Manager now with a focus on animal health and preventative care! Janelle is very much a local, born and bred in Port Macquarie. She has had a number of pets over the years and enjoys her time now with her two spoodles, Baxter and Bazil, oh and her 2 children Sophie and Chace.

Leisa Ferguson - Business Administration

Leisa FergusonHaving worked in project management in Local Government and Natural Resources, turning her hand to the Veterinary world was always going to be a change! Leisa has been with Wauchope Vets since 2010 and manages the paperwork that comes with small business. She enjoys seeing the staff develop due to the variety of work that a regional Vet Clinic gets to see. She also loves the chance to cuddle the puppies! 


LuloLulo is a playful, energetic and affectionate Groodle. She joined Wauchope Vets in 2019 after graduating Tate’s Puppy School. She is often found curled up under the desk in Reception or in the back office. She loves a walk, a pat or a ball to retrieve and loves going to the beach.


TintoRecently we had to say goodbye to our ever calm and friendly Tinto the black Labrador.  Tinto was with us since 2007.  He was loved by the Fergusons, clinic staff and many clients.  RIP our beloved Tinto - we will miss you always.

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