(07) 4927 3688

23 Gladstone Road, Rockhampton | capvet@capvet.com.au

Business Hours

Mon-Fri: 8am - 6pm
Saturday: 8am - 12pm
Sunday: Closed

Our Team

Passionate about healthcare for all animals.

Our Vets

Dr Sallyanne Olsen
BVSc (Hons) BSV

Growing up on a sheep and cattle property in north west Queensland, Sallyanne was always surrounded by animals and after completing a Science degree and working as a scientist in Brisbane for 3 years, she took a year off to explore Europe before graduating as a Veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 1998. She returned to the west as a new graduate in Charleville for 2 years before spreading her wings to large equine practices in Scone in the Hunter Valley and Newmarket in England. In 2004, she returned home to Queensland and together with her husband Richard, purchased Peter Lawton’s practice and together they established Capricorn Vet Surgery. Sallyanne has a keen interest in small animal medicine and a passion for equine reproduction and equine neonatally. She divides her time between Capricorn Vet Surgery, helping run a commercial and stud cattle property, her beautiful family and a multitude of animals.

Dr Richard Olsen

Richard grew up on his parent’s Brahman Cattle stud near Wandoan, QLD and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1994 as a Veterinarian. Before coming to settle in Rockhampton, Richard worked in various small animal, mixed practice and specialist equine and cattle practices extending from Tasmania to Darwin. After having had the opportunities to work with numerous other Veterinarians, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience, Richard was drawn back to Queensland, family ties and the great state. With a wealth of experience Richard has a practical approach to Veterinary medicine, with an interest in the cattle industry and an innate ability to handle horses, as well as an interest in orthopaedic surgery. Richard divides his time between Capricorn Vet Surgery, his beautiful family and running a commercial, stud cattle and cropping operation.

Our Vet Nurses

Carla Harris
Vet Nurse

Carla is our longest running member of the Capvets team with over 27 years of hands on experience when it comes to the Veterinary Industry, working as a Vet Nurse since 91’ – Capricorn Vet Surgery would not be the same without her. Carla has extensive experience in both small and large animals thanks to her years as a country girl gaining hands on experience with her own cattle, horses & working dogs. If you have any questions on just about any farm animal or small animal behaviour, Carla is your guru. Carla spends her time outside of work with her two smart and charming boys, her loving husband and her trusty working dog Blade.

Shannon Chippendale
Vet Nurse

Shannon has been with the Capvets team since 2015 and is not far away from completing her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Shannon has a strong passion for wildlife and you’ll often find her nursing sick, injured or orphaned wildlife back to health in her spare time – what little spare time she has with her family of 4. The family consists of ‘Millie’ the Maltese, ‘Peppa’ the Shitzu and a super crazy American Staffy called ‘Maisy’. Then along came Harley a 3-day old Kitten that Shannon bottle fed every day until he was 8 weeks of age. Maisy and Harley were both strays that Shannon took home to care for with the intention to re-home. However, she couldn’t let go of Maisy’s loveable nature and Harley too, grew on Shannon’s big heart. Outside of work you will find Shannon behind an easel painting and drawing or at the beach with her ever-growing fur family.

Our Admin Support

Harry Olsen
Clinic Cat

In 2014 Harry was rescued as a tiny kitten and became a special member of the Capvets Family. Harry is a special kind of cat, a cat that will mathematically work out the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience to you and your pet. You will find him strutting into the waiting room risking his life every day just for a pat or to torment the patients in cages. Forever begging for treats and greeting clients at the reception desk, Harry will give you a visit to remember.