Michael Archinal

Veterinarian, Senior Small Animal Partner - BVSc, IVAS (Cert), PTC (Hons).

Michael is a Senior Small Animal Partner in the practice. He graduated from Sydney University in 1987 and after five years in country practice, started the Bateman's Bay Veterinary Hospital. After five years of very successful practice, was recruited as the Director of Canberra Vet Hospital that he managed for 17 years and joined the Manuka team in 2012. Michael is an internationally qualified acupuncturist having been awarded an IVAS Diploma and has undertaken post-graduate training in dermatology and animal behaviour. He is a sought after lecturer internationally, having lectured in Japan and the US on the human-animal bond. He has also had a best selling book published “Animal Wisdom” on the subject. He was 2016 ACT Finalist for Australian of the Year due to his volunteer work with remote aboriginal communities. He is married to Jodie, and has three sons, a Labrador named Taylor and cat called Coco. How he combines family life, football refereeing, a single digit golf handicap, commitments in his local church, a television, radio and print career and veterinary practice remains one of the great secrets. 

You can catch Michael every second Saturday on ABC radio, or in a regular column in a 'Dog's Life' magazine.

Clare Hibberson

Veterinarian - BVSc (Hons), BSc

Clare grew up just outside Canberra. And always knew she wanted to work with animals.  After graduating with an honours degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2010 she returned to Canberra where she married her husband and adopted their cat, Poppet, from the RSPCA.

With two children, Clare returned from maternity leave this year to join the team at Manuka.  She has a special interest in all areas of small animal medicine, particularly dermatology.

In her spare time Clare enjoys catching up with friends, gardening, camping, hiking and going to the movies – and finding ways to involve her family in all of these activities!

Stephen Bailey

Veterinarian - BVSc.

Dr Stephen was awarded his veterinary degree from Sydney University.  He has worked extensively in the Canberra area since graduating in 2013. Stephen has a special interest in animal behaviour and completed 12 months post-graduate study in this area and a keen interest in all aspects of surgery.

Outside of work Stephen spends most of his time with his partner and their ever expanding fur family. He is the proud carer of two cats (Colin and Arthur) and a dog called Topsy. In his down time he regularly indulges his desire to travel and when at home he spends a lot of his quiet time cooking.


Jane Parker

Veterinarian - BVMS DVM

 Dr. Jane is a graduate from Murdoch University in Perth although she grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in the mid-north of South Australia. She has almost 3 decades of experience working in the veterinary field including large animal practice & owning her own clinic in South Australia.  Since moving to Canberra 14 years ago she has focused on small animal medicine and surgery and enjoys all aspects of practice. From 2011 until 2015 Jane lived and worked in the Washington D.C. area of the U.S.A. where she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  She returns there to work for a few weeks every year.  The clinic looks after many animals belonging to Australian diplomats on U.S. postings.  Don’t be surprised to see her there. Building strong relationships with owners as well as their pets is very important to Jane as ultimately any form of interaction within the clinic is a 3-way team effort. When not at work, Jane likes to spend her spare time with her 3 adult daughters, “playing” with her two adopted British Shorthair cats Odin and Freya, running, cooking, reading and travelling.

Victoria Brown

Veterinarian - BVSc (Hons)

Victoria graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours. Following graduation, she worked in a busy mixed practice in northern NSW, where she developed her interests in internal medicine & oncology.

From mid-2016, Victoria completed a yearlong rotating internship program at the famous Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney. She thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the veterinary specialists and learnt a great deal during her time at SASH.

Following her internship Victoria then returned to general practice working in a small animal practice in northern Sydney. A new job opportunity for her partner Sean, led to a move to Canberra to join our team.

Outside of work Victoria enjoys horse riding, photography and spending time with friends and family. She is the proud owner of two ‘long dogs’ – Archie the Dachshund and Conrad the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.