Meet our team of animal health professionals.
Why do we spend our lives doing what we do?
For pet owners - our aim is to increase your happiness through companionship with healthy, contented, well behaved pets.
For livestock producers - we believe that we can increase your profit and business satisfaction through specific animal health and production advice and lower input costs
Deb grew up on a sheep farm at Keith in South Australia and graduated as a vet from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 1982 after competing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide. In partnership with Greg Johnsson, Deb established the Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic later that year.
A particular interest in genetics and reproduction in sheep means that Deb performs all of the sheep scanning and reproduction investigations for the Clinic. She is accredited to perform Brucellosis free accreditation testing and Johnes Disease Market Assurance certification in sheep, cattle, goats and alpacas and has extensive knowledge of OJD and its epidemiology.
Deb was instrumental in introducing autologous footrot vaccine programs to Kangaroo Island in conjunction with University of Sydney researchers. She has extensive knowledge and experience with footrot in the field and has been involved in footrot diagnosis and eradication programs on farms as far away as King Island. She has been involved in similar programs on farms on Kangaroo Island.
Deb is also interested in animal training and behavior and consults on the remediation of behavior problems in domestic pets. She also carries out many of the small animal consultations for the Clinic.
A life long passion for horses also sees her involved in the provision of a lot of the equine services for the Clinic.
Greg also graduated as a vet from Murdoch University in 1982 with honors and set about establishing the Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic with Debra Lehmann.
In the 1980's, Greg and Deb also managed a large cattle property at the western end of the Island. They established the Islands first beef cattle feedlot, owned a Limousin stud, and in 1992, conceived and established the Island Pure sheep dairy, South Australia's first sheep dairy and the only one still in operation.
These farming pursuits gave both Greg and Deb a lot of hands on experience of sheep and cattle farming on Kangaroo Island. This experience was extended in to the formation of the Kangaroo Island Sheep Production Group in 1995, a consultancy group for sheep farmers that aims at lifting the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their farming enterprises. Greg manages the activities of this group that has grown to include a buying group for rural products.
Greg's particular passion is in the area of sheep production and farm productivity improvements. He also performs most of the more difficult surgeries for the Clinic including orthopaedic (bone plating and pinning) and soft tissue surgery.
Greg has been heavily involved with the Kangaroo Island Koala Control Program having sterilised over 10,000 koalas since 1997.
Elisa was born and raised on the island of Hawai’i and attended the University of Hawai’i at Hilo where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Cellular & Molecular Biology in 2004, and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture/Animal Science in 2007.
She then moved to Los Angeles to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. She volunteered at the Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic for 6 years before becoming an associate here and is now happy to be closer to her fiancé and their dog.
Elisa enjoys fishing and surfing and is passionate about small and large animal and wildlife medicine.
Lisa was born and raised on Kangaroo Island and joined our clinic in 2002. She has a background in breeding and training performance horses and racehorses, and has continued doing so with her husband and their 2 children, ages 1 & 3, on their 100 acre property.
Lisa left the island from 1997-2003 to spend time working with and riding racehorses at Lindsay Park and in Northern New South Wales.
More recently Lisa has completed her Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing and has commenced training for her Certificate IV.
She enjoys spending time with her family and their 4 dogs, 2 cats and 10 horses. She is passionate about everything equine related and loves helping clients and their pets through her work at the clinic.
Rachel moved to Kangaroo Island 9 years ago with her 3 children. Prior to this she travelled around Australia and discovered her passion for veterinary nursing while working at a clinic on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Since joining the clinic in 2010 she has accumulated a plethora of dogs, cats, chooks, goats and a horse!
She has completed her Certificate II in veterinary nursing and is currently studying to complete her Certificate IV. She now lives at Emu Bay and loves the summer and spending time at the beach