(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.

Dr Adam Williams
BVSc (Hons)

Adam, originally from Victoria, graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005. After graduation, he worked for 2 years in Warrnambool, Victoria in a large dairy and mixed animal practice, developing a solid foundation in small animal clinical practice and cattle medicine. He then came north to Rockhampton in 2008 to join the Capricorn Vet Surgery team with a broad understanding of both large and small animal medicine and surgery. Adam has a particular interest in cattle veterinary medicine, however, is capable of applying his trade to animals of just about any species.
Adam is supported by a very tolerant and loving wife and his three children. They share their home with Rowdy (Miniature Schnauzer), Ned (Standard Schnauzer), ducks, chickens, fish and a canary. You may be lucky enough to spot Rowdy and Ned in classrooms around Rockhampton where Adam speaks with children about the basics of caring for their pets under the Australian Veterinary Association’s ‘Pets and People Education Program’. In his time away from the clinic, Adam enjoys time spent either with his family or exploring and fishing from his kayak.

Dr Bridget Newman

Bridget graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006,  spending her formative veterinary years working in the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, before she became a valued member of the Capvets  team in 2013. Bridget has a special interest in all small animals but is no stranger to our large animals, having grown up working in the cattle industry and possessing an extensive range of knowledge when it comes to horses. Bridget is highly regarded as our small animal guru by many of our long-term clients and she has a passion for surgery and reproductive endocrinology. Bridget spends her spare time passing down her veterinary knowledge to her 2 beautiful and eager to learn daughters who are no strangers to the equestrian scene. You may also find Bridget scoring first place at Fashions on the Field, in between looking after the team of cats, dogs, horses, cattle and pigs back at her home shared with her supportive husband.


Dr Emily Ainsworth

Emily graduated from The University of Sydney in 2017 and shortly after began working with our team at Capricorn Vet Surgery in January 2018, bringing to the clinic a wealth of fresh knowledge. Emily is a motivated, passionate and caring addition to the team and enjoys the diversity of mixed practice. In particular, treating small animals on a daily basis whilst receiving the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in production animals and horses. Emily hopes to work in a mixed practice for a few more years before specialising in one field of veterinary medicine. In her spare time away from the clinic, Emily enjoys hobbies such as running, hiking, cooking and travelling. Emily recently adopted a beautiful 2-year-old female rescue dog by the name of Charlie.

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.

Riley Bateson
Vet Nurse

Riley graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Veterinary Technology. She also holds a certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Shortly after graduation, Riley became an essential member of the Capvets team in 2016. With a particular interest in medicine and surgical nursing, Riley provides the best care and highest standard of service to all animal species through every stage of life. Riley owns a hyperenergetic 5-year old male Kelpie by the name of ‘Tazer’ – this does not help the fact that he is epileptic and needs to slow life down sometimes. Riley also opened her heart and rescued a 4-year old Lorikeet by the name of ‘Ozzie’ who was a patient at the clinic. Ozzie is very naughty but immensely loved. During her spare time you will find Riley busy playing netball and women’s rugby league, when she’s not throwing a ball back and forward for her Crazy Tazer.

Cassidy Diplock-Barron
Vet Nurse

Cassidy is our youngest Vet Nurse, however extremely capable and confident in all small and large animal practices. Cassidy started working with the Capvets team in early 2016 whilst leading up to year 12 graduation in 2017. Cassidy has since completed a Certificate II in Vet Nursing and is currently working on her Certificate IV. Cassidy has a particular interest in horses, spending most of her free time riding, competing and helping her parents on their property. Always a couple steps away from Cassidy you will find Peaches, a very loyal 7-year-old Chihuahua Cross that Cassidy rescued as a stray left at the clinic.

Our Admin Support

Monique Bailey

Monique joined the Capvets team as the friendly face of Reception in February 2018, moving from Gladstone to build a home in Tanby with her partner. Monique comes to the team with 6 years of Business Administration experience. Monique has a very keen interest in all aspects of the veterinary industry and is currently completing a Certificate II in Animal Studies to expand her knowledge and provide the best advice to customers. During her spare time Monique is never alone thanks to her beautiful 2-year-old Golden Retriever Monty who is always by her side. The family of 3 spend their time making their new house a home and have recently added a new Golden addition to the family by the name of Murphy.

Cass Folks
Admin Manager

Cass joined the Capvets team in July 2018 as our Admin Manager having previously worked at Ray White Real Estate, Rockhampton. Cass brings with her over 10 years of experience in Business Administration, having also completed a Certificate III in Business Admin. In her spare time Cass enjoys camping and fishing with her two beautiful girls alongside their family dog Ralphie. Cass hopes to expand her knowledge of veterinary practice and aims to one day own a family house pig.

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