Dr. Scott Chapman BVSc, MANZCVS
Scott graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and is the proud owner of The Gap Veterinary Surgery. He has 3 decades of experience in small animal medicine and surgery and in 2004 he was admitted as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery. Scott's surgical interests include the management of canine anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) disease, patella (knee cap) luxation, early intervention in canine hip dysplasia, and the use of skin flaps and grafts for the management of large open wounds.
Recreational interests include catch-and-release stocked impoundment fishing from his kayak, and deadlifting at the local gym. Scott has a young Kelpie, “Scout” that prefers to leap over the couch than walk around it, and the matriarch of the Chapman household, his 20 year-old lap cat “Jasmine”, keeps “Scout” (and everyone else) in check.
Scott’s favourite clinical sayings:
“Nice work – you’ve left no stone unturned and no turn unstoned”
“Dogs walk on their hips, not their X-Rays”
“The mistakes you’ll make in practice won’t be from not knowing, they’ll be from not looking!”
“Common things occur commonly – when you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras”
Scott’s long suffering wife and administrative assistant Lara is a still life artist, painting oil on canvas, and they have two children. His daughter Madeleine is an Occupational Therapist at Toowoomba Base Hospital and his son Lachlan is studying medicine at Griffith University.
Dr. Robert Wilkinson BVSc
Rob graduated from the University of Queensland's Bachelor of Science program in 2006 with majors in Zoology and Entomology. Pursuing this interest in animals, he graduated from the Veterinary Science program in 2011 and started his career as a veterinarian in Bundaberg, QLD.
Over his 3 years there, he developed a passion for surgery and anaesthesia, which were put to good use when he returned to Brisbane to work as an overnight emergency veterinarian. From here he returned to daylight small animal practice, where he has been ever since. In 2019 he started a Master's degree through the University of Edinburgh in the area of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. In 2021 Rob applied to join the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Outside of being a vet, Rob likes scuba diving, camping, DIY and spending time with his kids.
Dr. Luken Rijnbout BVSc
Luken is a Brisbane boy who left home for adventure and whimsy in Far North Queensland over a decade ago, graduating with a Veterinary Science degree from James Cook University in 2012. Enamoured with the charms of the FNQ, he stayed on and worked in many towns both as a full time clinician and as a locum (which he insists makes him a wandering gunslinger vet for hire).
After recently realising he had been away for so long that he now referred to it as 'Brisvegas', he has hurried back to reacquaint himself with his hometown, with two cats, one dog, and a muscovy duck in tow. Luken enjoys soft tissue surgery and has a penchant for good long yarns during routine pet vaccinations. He was recently voted 'best hair in the clinic', though there seems to be confusion amongst the other staff as to when this poll took place.
Our Veterinary Nurses
Christine Smith RVN
Christine is our Head Veterinary Nurse extraordinaire. A born and raised Brisbanite with a passion for all things animal, she began her career at The Gap Veterinary Surgery in 2008. Christine received her Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse qualification in 2010 and completed numerous short courses over the following years. Following her time in Specialist Veterinary Practice, Christine returned to The Gap Veterinary Surgery in 2020 bringing with her a wealth of new hospital treatment and analgesia options to further benefit our patients.
A founding member of the AVNAT registry scheme since 2019 (Aust Vet Nurse & Vet Tech Accreditation), Christine demonstrates her commitment to continuing education and ongoing professional development. Christine has a passion for animal behaviour, analgesia and patient advocacy, being a voice for our furry patients whether it be for pain relief, comfort, or simply reducing stress & anxiety.
A self professed 'Crazy Cat Lady', Christine currently has 3 cats (Widget, April & Sebastien), two guinea pigs (April & Topsy), a husband and daughter, though it should be noted that the last two are the most trouble! Christine adores building a rapport with our regular clients and patients and watching them grow and flourish over the years.
With a childhood of smuggling home stray animals and "borrowed" pets, Jen knew she would one day work with animals. There were a few deviations on the way, but in 2018 she completed her Cert III in Animal Behaviour and went on to graduate with a Cert IV in Vet Nursing in 2020. During her work placement in an Exotic Vet Clinic she enjoyed working with all things feathered, furred and scaled. Jen has gained a keen interest in animal enrichment, behaviour and training; working for 12 months as a volunteer at the RSPCA in 2018 helping rehabilitate and care for impounded animals.
Since joining The Gap Vet Surgery in 2021 Jen has enjoyed all aspects of Nursing; she loves the hands-on-role and has already learnt a lot from her peers. Jen is excited to continue learning and developing her skills and knowledge as a Vet Nurse and has recently become an AVNAT member.
At home Jen has two guinea pigs and a rescue staffy, and in her spare time she enjoys good food, the outdoors, and bushwalking.
Leah graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Zoology and Ecology. She worked in the environmental monitoring industry before moving to Brisbane where she followed her dreams of working with animals and became a Zookeeper, working with and training native Australian wildlife for 7 years.
After deciding it was time for a career change, she began working at The Gap Vet Surgery in October 2020 and is working towards her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has an interest in assisting injured native wildlife that get brought into the clinic, animal behaviour and training and enjoys preparing and running in-house tests and building excellent client relationships.
In her down time she enjoys making candles, playing video games, baking and spending time with her dog, Willow and two cats, Darcy and Sohla.
Charmaine is a Certificate IV qualified Veterinary Nurse who recently returned to veterinary nursing after 17 years of working in other fields including finance and early childhood education. Charmaine has enjoyed working in both small and large animal practices along with an intensive 18 months in an emergency and specialist hospital.
Charmaine has spent a large portion of her life living and working overseas and upon her return to Australia she volunteered at animal shelters for 18 months before diving back into the veterinary world which she confesses is her first love.
Charmaine is delighted to be back in the Queensland sunshine and enjoys spending her time with her 4 young children and household of pets including 2 cats, 1 dog and 4 chickens.