The Vets

Dr. Chris Allfree , BVSc. (Hons) Cert SAS

Dr. Chris AllfreeOnce upon a time there was a curly golden haired boy named Chris. Growing up in the Blue Mountains and suffering his mothers delight in dressing him in his sisters’ hand me down clothes, Chris managed to grow into a young man intent on becoming a Veterinarian. Used to climbing, walking and camping, Tasmania seemed an ideal place to start his career, (after graduating from Sydney University).

Smithton, with its cold wet winters and fields of cows saw him driving through the country side delivering calves so much of the time that he rarely made it out into the hills, but when he did, he was hooked on the natural wonders here. It was a bit of a shock, this work thing, for our golden haired boy. So he decided that after two years of work the obligatory trip to England was to be undertaken. Leaving with a back pack on his back he somehow managed to collect a cat (Vinnie), a wife and two young boys (in that order though only just). While he was there, (seven years) the cold winters drew him away from his cows and towards dealing with the closer furred family members, he studied and completed a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

In 2001 Andrew convinced him that this was the ideal place to raise a family and be a vet and put his surgical skills to good use. With the help of numerous kind and caring people (his nurses, other vets but mostly those people who entrusted their pets care to him) he has delighted in his career. Doing his best to help people by caring for their pets (who in turn give them so much love) has given him a great deal of personal fulfilment. Chris is the Director of our Bellerive Practice. Chris surgical skills have expanded the range of services able to be offered to pets within Tasmania. Procedures that formerly would require a trip to Melbourne or Sydney for specialist attention are now possible at Tasmanian Animal Hospitals. He takes referrals from all around the state for a multitude of different orthopaedic, spinal and soft tissue surgery. And of Vinnie the cat, he still rules the house with an iron fist (and the odd fur ball).

Dr. Rob Callaway BVMS, BSc, MRCVS

Dr. Rob Callaway

Graduated from Murdoch University 1993. Rob worked in the UK as a Locum for 2 years from 1996-1998 and took the opportunity to travel through Africa and Europe during that time.

Started work at Clarence Vet Clinic (now TAH) in 1999, became a partner in 2003. Rob is the Director of our Sorell Practice.

Rob now has 2 kids (Erin and Ben) 2 Dogs (Zerk – obsessive compulsive licking Border Collie and Neva – genetically naughty Border Collie/Kelpie cross) 2 Cats (Rogan – cool cat with a hint of grumpy and Rosie – missing 1 back leg and seemingly most of her forebrain) but only 1 wife (she has enough beauty and talent for 2 women)
Rob is passionate about canine and feline Veterinary medicine “the most interesting rollercoaster ride of a job in the world, where you get to help both animals and people” Outside of work he loves his wife, experiencing a second childhood with his children, fishing, gardening bushwalking and wildlife photography. He thinks Music is proof that magic exists in the world.

Dr Jim Connah BVSc MACVSc

Dr. Jim Connah

Dr Jims profile coming soon…..






Dr. Andrew Dudgeon B.Sc. B.V.M.S., GCM (VP)

Dr. Andrew DudgeonFrom the midlands of Tasmania his formative years were spent on the family farm east of Oatlands. Andrew graduated from Murdoch University in WA in 1982 and after working in various practices around the State opened what is now Tasmanian Animal Hospitals in April 1984. Andrew is the proud father of 5 beautiful children who are either approaching or have reached adulthood. He has been involved at various levels in the community with children through their sporting and school interests throughout their childhood.

One of the great joys of being in the one business for so many years is the relationships we develop with families over long periods of time. We have grandparents, children and now grandchildren all entrusting the care of their pets to us and Andrew has been able to enjoy the progress and journeys of many of these families.
Andrew completed a Graduate Certificate of Management in 2003 at Sturt University.
At a professional level Andrew is a past committee member and President of the Tasmanian Division of the Australian Veterinary Association, a past committee member of the Australian Veterinary Practice Management Association and was a founding Director of the Australian Veterinary Business Association. He is currently the Chairman and a driving force behind Tasmania’s first After Hours Emergency Hospital (AHVEC).
His passion remains the Veterinary Profession and the amazing role it plays in the lives of people and their pets. At the heart of this passion is the need to have a sustainable profession. One that continues to attract and retain the best and most passionate people, is able to meet the challenges of advances in Veterinary medicine and the increasing importance of our furry friends in our lives so that they may live longer and happier lives.
Andrew continues to love being a Veterinarian and has always been a pet owner himself.

Dr. Gareth Stephensen BVSc (Hons)

University of Tasmania – Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons)Dr. Gareth Stephensen
University of Sydney – Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons)
Gareth grew up on the North West coast of Tasmania on a small farm on the outskirts of Smithton. He always had an interest in Veterinary Science and spent many of his childhood years tagging along at his father’s veterinary clinic in Smithton.
After finishing school and an Agricultural Science degree, Gareth spent a number of years living and travelling overseas. His travel took him through Britain, Europe, Northern Africa, Canada and South America before returning home to follow his dream and study to become a Veterinary surgeon.
Gareth has been working at Tasmanian Animal Hospitals since 2007. He enjoys the everyday challenges that Veterinary Science has to offer and is happy to be working in an environment that strives to offer the best possible care and treatment to all its patients.
Gareth and his partner Georgie have recently welcomed a new baby girl into the world to add to their family of two lazy cats, a tireless terrier and a tank full of tropical fish. Needless to say he now has his hands full at home as well as at work!

Dr Grace Woodward BVSc (Hons 1)Grace profile

Grace grew up in Hobart, attended the Friends’ School and spent most of her early years raising orphaned wildlife, training horses and volunteering at whale strandings.

She spent five years working as a Veterinary Nurse before completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of SydneyGrace graduated with First Class Honours after completing a research project on the use of pain relief in lambs. She spent of part of her internship at Tasmanian Animal Hospitals and loved it so much that she came back to work full time.

Her beloved puppy, Lenny, is a Golden Retriever x who insists on stealing her socks every morning.

Grace loves all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, but has a special interest in dentistry, animal behaviour and wildlife.