Welcome to the Googong Veterinary Centre, a fresh new veterinary practice on Caragh Avenue, located in the Googong North Village Centre. From brand new purpose built facilities, Googong Veterinary Centre is part of Googonian life, providing veterinary services to the communities of Googong, Burra, Royalla and surrounding areas.
Founded on the philosophy of happy people and pets, the dynamism behind this new and exciting venture is Dr. Mark Carter, a veterinarian who brings with him over 20 years of experience.
Mark knows all about community having grown up on a farm near the small township of Barraba, northern NSW. He also comes to Googong having spent 20 years in the NSW Western Plains city of Dubbo. A role served passionately for the city and surrounding regions. Mark has a history of embracing community roles in sporting clubs, professional committees, advocacy groups and even international collaborations.
Assisting Mark will be senior veterinary nurse Karen Warner. A qualified veterinary nurse for over 20 years, Karen’s experience is extensive. During her long career she has worked with passion to aid the people of Canberra and their pets. She is very eager to be taking on this role for Googong and thrilled to be playing this vital part.
Supported by both Jerrabomberra and Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospitals, Googong Veterinary Centre is an essential element to the Googonian way of life, we are very excited and looking forward to sharing it with you and your pets.
Veterinarian – BVSc Dip Vet Prac Management
A country boy from northern NSW, Mark grew up on his parents’ wool and beef farm in the small town of Barraba, before graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from The University of Sydney in 1997.
After moving to Dubbo, Mark worked in mixed practice with all kinds of animals, including pets, horses and livestock. In addition to running a busy small animal practice, Mark developed a keen interest in the sheep industry, particularly with breeding and reproduction. He was involved in exporting sheep embryos all over the world but also developed an enviable reputation delivering canine reproductive services as well.
A passionate advocate for the veterinary profession, Mark has served many roles, including student training and serving the branches and special interest groups of the Australian Veterinary Association. He served time as the President of the Australian Sheep Veterinarians and was involved with international collaborations, such as Foot and Mouth disease training in Nepal.
In 2019, Mark and his family decided for a change of direction and made the big move to the ACT region. Here they have been embracing all aspects of the nation’s capital. They love the people, their pets and the climate, and have been embracing the great outdoors, sporting opportunities, chilly mornings and community.