Our Staff

Dr Emma Hall – The Wild Vet

BSc (Hons I) BVSc (Merit)
Head Veterinarian

Dr Emma Hall, also known as ‘The Wild Vet’ is our primary veterinarian and has over 15 years’ experience keeping birds and reptiles. In addition to being experienced treating dogs, cats and exotic pets, she has undergone extensive further education in exotic pet medicine and surgery, and has special interests in surgery and cardiology.

Dr Emma graduated with first-class honours from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Marine Biology in 2011, before studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and graduating with merit in 2016.

Since then, she has worked at several small animal and exotics clinics around Australia and has been offering a mobile veterinary service since 2018. Emma also has a keen interest in wildlife and spends her spare time tending to injured wildlife and mentoring wildlife carers, leading to her nickname ‘The Wild Vet’.

She is a strong animal rescue advocate. In addition to most of her pets being rescues, she has organised new homes for many unwanted pets or transported to no-kill shelters.


Courtney Buffett Kalman

Practice Manager

Courtney Buffett-Kalman is our practice manager with over 8 years experience in the veterinary industry. She has always had a passion for animals and their welfare. Having 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 guinea pigs and a lizard herself, she knows how to care for all kinds of animals.

She is originally from La Jolla, California but moved here in her teens and fell in love with Australia. Surgery is one of Courtney’s passions and over the years has gained much experience in monitoring anaesthesia on a range of many different kinds of animals from dogs and cats to reptiles and birds. 

Courtney often has a smile on her face and as a practice manager creates a happy environment for staff as well as for all The Wild Vet clients and animals. She loves all the patients that walk through the door so don’t be alarmed if she goes in for a kiss (with your animal) as soon as she sees them!


Our commitment

To You

The moment you enter our clinic, your pet will be treated as a member of our extended family.

We endeavour to get to know you and your pets to the best of our ability, and their wellbeing is our number one priority. You can expect us to remember your pet’s birthday, when their vaccination and parasite prevention is due, how you like your coffee (or tea), and the names of your other family members. We understand that you lead a busy life, so we want you to know that we have your pet’s health needs covered.

We offer a personalised experience which is not offered by many veterinary clinics, not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Owners are involved in every aspect of your pet’s diagnostic workup and treatment plan, and we will equip you with detailed handouts so that you have a thorough understanding of all aspects of your pet’s illness. Upon hospital discharge, all test results are discussed in detail; and each pet is sent home with a discharge letter explaining all treatments your pet received.

We also offer wellness plans for clients wanting to ensure that their pet receives the highest standard of care (at a significantly discounted price!). For more information about our tailored Wellness Plans, click here.



To Your Pet

You may notice that our consultation process is different to most veterinary clinics. We have restructured our hospital to mimic that of human hospitals,  streamlining the consultation process and allowing your pet to be seen with minimal waiting time.

Our experienced nurses are trained to detect any serious illnesses, and to gain a thorough history of your pet. This will screen for emergencies, and ensure that the time spent with your chosen veterinarian is spent focusing  on the examination and diagnostics.

We believe in creating a fear-free space for your pet, and we understand that veterinary visits are often a stressful time for your pet. In order to minimise stress, we have taken several measures to ensure your pet feels as comfortable as possible during their visit. These measures include separate dog/cat/exotics waiting areas and consultation rooms, an assortment of tasty treats to distract your pet during uncomfortable procedures, pheromone diffusers in each room, comfy bedding in hospital cages, and most importantly – lots of cuddles!

Our veterinary hospital is anticipated to open in early 2020, at which time we will be able to offer a wide range of hospital services. Click here for more information about the services we offer, or here to be notified when we open.


To The Environment


Paperless Practice

At The Wild Vet we are committed to minimising our environmental impact. Our clinic is almost entirely paperless, therefore all consent forms and receipts are completed digitally. If you would prefer a hard copy of any of your pet’s paperwork, we are happy to oblige – just ask one of our friendly staff!


Soft Plastic Recycling Collection Point

Unfortunately pet food packaging can generate a significant amount of soft plastic waste, which cannot be recycled in household bins. Which is why we offer a recycling service for pet-food related soft plastics. Simply bring your empty food bags and as a token of our appreciation, we will give you a 5% discount off your next pet food purchase*

*Discount applicable to same-day purchases


Minimising Plastic Use

At The Wild Vet, we aim to minimise plastic use whenever possible. Medications are dispensed in environmentally-friendly packaging wherever possible, and our pet shop is stocked with products containing biodegradable packaging wherever possible