New Valley vet on the region’s roads

A NEW mobile vet has landed in the Derwent Valley, with the means to service the pets and stock of the region, as well as the greater south of the state.

Dr Liam Ockerby, the newest member of the Vet in the Valley team, recently moved to New Norfolk from the north of the state to be with his partner, Georgia.

The couple are set to have a significant presence in the wellbeing of livestock in the region, with Georgia’s role as a stock agent for Nutrien dovetailing nicely alongside Liam’s.

Liam originally hails from the North West Coast, and after his graduation from the James Cook University in Queensland, he cut his teeth as a mixed-practiced veterinarian at Scottsdale.

He has trained in equine dentistry, small animal behaviour and small animal ultrasonography, while also having experience in the fields of dairy and beef cattle breeding, assisting with pregnancy testing, bull resting, calving callouts and herd health consults, something that will certainly be comforting for farmers in the Derwent Valley.

Liam also has a special interest in canine behaviour and puppy schools, something he is looking to eventually bring with him to the Valley.

“I’m based out of New Norfolk, so a lot of my clients will be in this area, but we’ve had days that take us up to Ouse, Hamilton and Bothwell, as well as over to Oatlands and towards Sorell, so we’re covering a lot of ground,” Liam said.

“It’s certainly a beautiful part of the world, some of the landscapes remind me of places in the North, but it’s such a big, diverse place and there’s so much going on.”

“But I’m excited to get to know the area, and work with new people and new animals.”