Personal History

Background information about Acacia Animal Care

The business is run by Dr Charissa Smith (BVSc MPhil Dip Ac/ DipHerbMed) holistic veterinarian. No home is complete without a pet for love and loyalty, or a chicken for the joys of life. 


In addition to a veterinary degree from Sydney University (1969), she has Diplomas in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Kinesiology, Certificate in Veterinary Homeopathy, and Diplomas in Structural Balancing and Chinese herbal medicine. Charissa is also a Reiki master. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters of Philosophy (research) studying homeopathic disease prevention in laying hens in different management systems..

Veterinary Associations

She is a life member of the Australian Veterinary Association,, The Queensland Veterinary Branch, a member of Intergrated Veterinarians Australia., the International Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VMBA), and the Vet Acupuncture Association, and the International veterinary homeopathic association (IVAH). She is a life member of the RSPCA.


Rescue animal: Charissa has a Red Rabbits the agile kelpie rescued from certain death with a tick with the aid of GX Inala, and Wichette the wild tabby, terror of rats, maintained with spinal disease, and rescued from the surgery ditch at Forest Lake Vet. Charissa also has Connor the bull. He is 10 years old 2018 and still doing his job, and quiet as ever. Check these out for animals you can rescue : Animal Liberation website,, the UQ Gatton website, the RSPCA website , and the Pet reacue websites    If you cannot find one let Dr Charissa know and she will find it for you.


Monty aged 17, with Maddie
( Dr Charissa'a Grandaugher) in the bush

Choosing a dog for your chld is most important, this old labrador, Monty, raised 10 children. Monty was taken to Acacia country at 14 yo after the death of his long term owner, Dr Tonia Werschon. He left us at 18 yo, and is still greatly missed. He was safe with children, no matter the provocation and was gentle to the end. A dog with a great sense of humor, and vigilant attendant of the Mooloolaba bakery. There is a rescue website for elderly pets. If you have the resources to support an aging animal, check it out: for an old and gentle friend.