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Meet Our Team

Bay Vets

Dr. Ivor Javen BVSc. BSc. (Hons-1) GDVWHM
Dr. Che Phillips BVSc.Hons 1 MACVSc. CVWHM

Dr Ivor Javen

Did you know what you wanted to do at 3 years old?  Dr. Ivor did.  He wanted to be a vet. Since graduating from University of Queensland in 1997, Dr. Ivor has helped heal many pets throughout Australia and England. His dedicated passion to his calling is evident to all. A true scientist, he has never stopped learning and improving his skills and knowledge.  Always seeking to know if there is a better method, a better, gentler way to heal. Through this, Ivor discovered the powerful process of combining natural medicine, nutrition therapy with the latest in modern pharmaceutical and surgical techniques. What this means is Ivor can offer you so much more to help heal your pet.  A consultation with Ivor has been nothing short of “life-changing” for many pet owners.  You will find Ivor’s gentle kind manner and his never-ending passion for his work inspiring – what this means for you is your pet is in the best hands possible.


Dr Che Phillips 

Dr. Che graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science First Class Honours (BVSc. Hons 1). Having a passion for wildlife and conservation, Dr. Che started her veterinary career as a wildlife and zoo vet working for a variety of zoological institutions throughout Australia. During that time, Dr. Che obtained her memberships (MACVSc) in the Medicine of Australasian Wildlife through examination with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Following that Che worked in a mixed animal practice but found herself gravitating to small animal medicine and surgery.  Dr Che  has been based as a small animal veterinarian on the Gold Coast for over 12 years. Dr. Che loves being a vet and feels honoured to have met, helped and been an advocate for so many pets and people along the way. In more recent times Che found herself limited by the options that modern medicine and surgery have to offer so she decided to explore “outside the box”.  Dr Che completed a certificate in Veterinary Western herbal Medicine (CVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) in 2023.  Dr. Che has thoroughly enjoyed this journey and discovered how much more there is to offer patients.  You will find Dr. Che’s warm caring manner and dedication to her patients will provide you with great peace of mind.  Dr Che looks forward to meeting all of Bay Vets beautiful pet owners and their furry kids.


Bay Vets Nursing Team

Our dedicated experienced nursing team are an integral part of the practice.  They are kind, caring, gentle and compassionate people. They are highly skilled and qualified with over 10 years’ experience to provide the ultimate level of care for your pet. They are themselves devoted pet owners who know and understand how it feels to have your pet in hospital and how stressful that can feel.  You can have total peace of mind when your pet is in their care, knowing their experience and dedication to your pet is paramount.

Management / Reception

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Kathy Javen

Kathy manages the practice and is a total people person.  Kathy is qualified in information management and media studies and has worked in veterinary practices for over 13 years. She is currently studying Bach Flower Therapy through the Bach Centre in the UK.

Better still her love for pets is contagious and she has an enthusiasm and passion for the work she does.  Kathy is a born Queenslander who grew up on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and loves this part of the world. She lives with Ivor and their two dogs, Louie and Coco. Ivor and Kathy have a daughter who is studying nursing in Melbourne. Kath once owned a green kombi and has regretted selling it ever since.

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If you are worried about your pet or your pet has stopped eating, drinking please call us immediately and we will see you.

If after hours, please call

Carrara Animal Emergency on:
07 5559 1599