Carol was born in Kenya and lived in Zimbabwe, before studying for her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree at London University in the United Kingdom. She qualified in 1981 and went on to establish her own small animal veterinary practice in Harare. She continued to develop the practice, work for the SPCA and lecture on behalf of the University of Zimbabwe whilst raising her three children, Rebecca Nicholas and Thomas.
In 2002 she moved with her husband, John Barnwell, to Australia where she established another small animal practice at the Range Shopping Centre in Toowoomba. In 2008 she sold this practice in order to help her husband, John Barnwell, establish Equine Veterinary Services at its current location in Hodgsonvale.
Carol is now the practice manager responsible for the smooth running of all operations, staff recruitment and training, accounts and work place health and safety.
Carol’s interests include bush walking, reading, writing and painting.