The VetLove Team

 

Meet our local VetLove team. Click on the clinic name to jump to that clinic and meet our friendly staff.


VetLove Ashgrove Team

 

Dr Ashlee Henneker

Veterinary Director

Ashlee has been a veterinarian for approximately 10 years and recently moved up to Brisbane from Melbourne in order to enjoy the Queensland outdoors and sunny lifestyle. Ashlee has worked in a variety of different Veterinary surgeries including a mixed animal practice in South West QLD as well as multiple small animal clinics in the United Kingdom and Australia such as Alice Springs. In more recent times, Ashlee has worked in a busy veterinary hospital that specialised in small animal reproduction within the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Ashlee has always wanted and had the passion to be a veterinarian, and loves that each day she can make a difference for her furry patients. In her spare time, she loves to adventure outdoors and playing and watching AFL football and loves to take her Rhodesian Ridgeback Royce, and her little Whippet, Fonzie ( as shown in the picture) for long walks. Ashlee also has a love for cats and in addition to living with her husband and 2 dogs Royce and Fonzie, she also has Tuxedo the Black and white DSH and Bluey the Ginger DSH. Ashlee has a special interest in both feline and canine medicine and small animal ultrasonography, and is looking forward to meeting your furry friend.

 

Dr Caitlin Blomeley

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Caitlin graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2007 and has been working in small animal practice in Brisbane since. She has special interests in small animal surgery and ultrasound.In 2012 Caitlin volunteered with Vets Beyond Borders in India, working with the Sikkim Anti-rabies and Animal health program – treating sick animals and helping in Rabies vaccination and desexing programs. In her spare time Caitlin enjoys playing touch football, spending time with family and her two Golden Retrievers; Maggie and Theo. She is also passionate about helping the community and is a member of a Rotary club which organises fundraisers and gives time to various charities and causes.

 

Dr Nellyn Tay

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Nellyn grew up in a household full of pets and was particularly fond of her dogs and hamsters. She went on to complete her Veterinary degree in the University of Queensland with Honours in 2013, and has a general interest in Canine and Feline medicine and surgery. Dr Nellyn currently has 2 cats- a Ragdoll called Ruby and a cheeky Tortoiseshell called Bon. When not at work, she enjoys heading up mountains for a hike.

 

Kelli Schluter

Practice Manager

Kelli has always had a passion for all animals since a young age. Kelli has been nursing since 2013 and has almost achieved her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. With an interest in animal behaviour Kelli loves to provide a low stress environment for patients along with making sure they are as comfortable as possible. She has two lovely cats at home Charlie and Max.

 

 

Sam Bandisch

Veterinary Nurse 

Sam has been surrounded by animals from the day she was born, from several guard dogs in Papua New Guinea, to owning two Staffy x Cattle Dogs in Germany (needless to say an incredibly rare mix over there), to now having a mixed cat and dog house hold. Her interest in working in the veterinary industry grew stronger over the years. She eventually started volunteering at the RSPCA and enjoyed it so much. Combining her love of animals and science she then started working as a receptionist/nurse and has been at the same clinic for the past 6.5 years. Over the years she has adopted three animals from here. DEXTER, who came in with his brother as a tiny baby during the floods in January 2011. Her other cat MARLEY came in as an adult stray with whom she fell deeply in love with. CUJO, her little terrier x, came in as a stray covered with 15 paralysis ticks and miraculously survived his treatment here at the clinic. In her free time Sam also has her own Personal Training business.

 

Megan Ferguson

Veterinary Nurse

Megan is one of our vet nurses who has been with us for nearly two years. Megan discovered her passion for animals at a young age, culminating in over a twenty year long career in Equestrian industry.  Megan has qualifications in coaching, sport, is an avid marital artist and is currently completing a diploma of business.  At home is energetic Sophie (pictured); a Bunnings rescue dog, and Elfin an authentic if somewhat rotund Fjord Horse.

 

Shona McLean

​Veterinary Nurse

Shona is a self-confessed crazy cat lady (and proud of it!). She graduated a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and Archaeology in 2013 and now spends her time studying science with a view to studying Veterinary Medicine in the future. Shona is the human to one mischievous cat named Olive. Olive runs household routine and must have the best napping spots available to her at all times. Shona is passionate about animal welfare and is committed to providing the best care possible for patients and their humans.

 

 

Nicole Thorndike

​Groomer

After many years in the Corporate arena (Stockmarket, Financial Markets and HR) Nicole had a change of heart and decided to work with animals after a retrenchment. She retrained with a well known Mobile Grooming company for 2 years then transitioned into a more professional environment of a Grooming Salon (3 years) where she remains part time. Nicole has been working for our company for 2.5 years as our resident on site Groomer and Animal Attendant. In her spare time Nicole enjoys all aspects of the Equestrian world which has been a major part of her life since she was 10 years old. Nicole also enjoys travel, family and adventure!!

 

Holly Ruffles

​Nursing Assistant and Kennel Hand

Holly (pictured with her dog Riley and guinea pig Monty) is currently studying for her Certificate III in Animal Studies at TAFE and aims ultimately to be a specialist vet or veterinary research scientist. Holly loves animals and has quite a menagerie - dogs, chickens, turkeys, guinea pigs, mice, parrots, budgies, other birds and fish all live in relative harmony at her home. Holly also loves wild animals and assists in their care whenever the opportunity arises. Apart from animals and their care, Holly’s hobbies include reading, embroidery and travel.

 

Sondra Walsh

Nursing Assistant and Kennel Hand

I have always had a passion for the care of animals, which is why I chose a fulfilling career in Vet Nursing. I am originally from Mackay and grew up with Staffordshire Bull Terriers. I am currently studying and working towards a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and have also completed a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. I love bathing dogs even if they can be mischief at times and I also have a passion for the wellbeing of all animals. I don't have any pets of my own but in the future would love to own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

 

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VetLove Bardon Team

 

Dr Alana Gritton

Veterinarian

Dr Alana discovered her love for animals at an early age. She first started working in a veterinary clinic at 14 years of age, as a weekend receptionist/assistant. Following university, she has been practicing veterinary medicine for nearly 20 years.During this time, she has been privileged to treat family pets in rural Queensland, the UK and Brisbane. Alana completed her Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons membership in small animal medicine in 2007. Small animal medicine is her passion. For the last 10 years she has lived in Bardon raising a young family of three children, accompanied by “Phoebe” the cat and three spritely guinea pigs “Iceman”, “Dash” and “Chocolate”. She has recently joined the Vetlove group at Bardon. She loves seeing the familiar faces of the Bardon and Rainworth community in her work place and ensuring their pets receive the very best veterinary care. “Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s sole remains unawakened.” Anatole France.

 

Dr Larissa Ladyko

Veterinarian

Larissa is a very experienced small animal veterinarian, a University of Queensland graduate and has practised in the western suburbs of Brisbane for 25 years.

Larissa is passionate about consistently undertaking continuing education to provide excellence of care for her patients. She enjoys treating a wide variety of animals including rats, birds and wildlife.

Larissa is passionate about general practice and loves to develop and sustain caring relationships with clients and their pets for life.

 

Olivia Campbell

Practice Manager

Olivia always knew she had a passion for animals from an early age. She moved to the Gold Coast from New Zealand, and began her career as a Veterinary Nurse for Dr Geoff Wilson after completing her Certificate IV in 2008. In 2012 Olivia took a year off to travel, and live in Canada. On her return she moved to the Sunshine Coast where she lived with family before relocating to Brisbane in 2014.Olivia recently completed a Diploma of Management in 2015. Olivia also has a huge passion for travel, health & nutrition. If she isn’t gallivanting off somewhere on her days off, she is spending time with family and friends.

 

Amanda Hall

Veterinary Nurse

Started working in the animal industry in 1999 at 17 years of age doing weekend hydrobathing and learning basic nursing skills. From then I worked in a variety of different clinics doing different aspects of nursing from General Practice, to Emergency and Critical Care to Specialist Surgical/ Medical and Intensive Care nursing. I have also worked in South Australia doing GP and Emergency and Critical Care nursing. I am a fully qualified nurse with now over 18 years of experience in many aspects of nursing. I have a passion for Emergency and Critical Care nursing as well as specialised nursing care. I would like to study a Diploma of Business Management to gain more experience in that side of the industry. Some of the animals I have owned range from reptiles to chickens and ducks, plus dogs, cats, and birds as well as native wildlife care.

 

 

Holly Ruffles

​Nursing Assistant and Kennel Hand

Holly (pictured with her dog Riley and guinea pig Monty) is currently studying for her Certificate III in Animal Studies at TAFE and aims ultimately to be a specialist vet or veterinary research scientist. Holly loves animals and has quite a menagerie - dogs, chickens, turkeys, guinea pigs, mice, parrots, budgies, other birds and fish all live in relative harmony at her home. Holly also loves wild animals and assists in their care whenever the opportunity arises. Apart from animals and their care, Holly’s hobbies include reading, embroidery and travel.

 

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VetLove Goonellabah Team

 

Dr James Clarke-Williams 

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr James trained at the Royal Veterinary College in London. He was introduced to the veterinary lifestyle at an early age, accompanying his father a veterinarian on farm calls in Dorset.

Prior to coming to Australia, he worked in Devon, Kenya, Cornwell and Yorkshire. It only took a holiday in Australia for Dr James to fall in love with the mellow climate.

He then spent a few years working as a veterinary locum, taking the oportunity to explore this beautifull country from Victoria up to the Northern Territory, before settling here on the New South Wales North Coast.

 

Dr Julie Barnwell

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Julie has been a small animal vet for 20 years. She lives at Patches Beach with her husband, Darren, their 4 boys aged 7-14 years, their pound dog 'Stripe' and mini sausage 'Bonsai'. The family have been part of the Ballina community for 17 years and are involved in local public schools, cricket and soccer clubs, church and youth groups.

Dr Julie loves animals but she also loves people so you will find her easy to chat with and very interested in how best to serve you, your pets and your family

 

Sarah Gerrard

Practice Manager

Sarah has recently taken on the role of Practice Manager and she is loving it!   Sarah is originally from Grafton and was raised on a farm.
Sarah has been nursing since 2010 and has achieved her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. Sarah’s passion is in the hospital caring for patients in recovery, being a part of their care and comfort is a great feeling. At home she cares for her two curious cats – Sweets’ & ‘Bones who are very mischievous.

 

Laura Pepperell

Veterinary Nurse

Laura has always been around animals from a very young age.  She knew that working with them would be very rewarding and would be a great career choice. Laura loves all animals great and small but does hold a soft spot for the health and wellbeing of dogs. Laura has been nursing for 2 years and has achieved her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing, she is passionate about surgery and loves talking nutrition with clients! Laura has a son Detroit at home that keeps her busy as well as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier X called Hugo.

 

Kalinda Clarke 

Veterinary Nurse

Kalinda found her passion early in life and started a career that brings her great joy!  Kalinda has been nursing with us for 2 years and has almost completed her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.  She doesn’t have any pets of her own which means she has extra love for all of her patients. Kalinda adores cats and dogs but still finds all species fascinating, she is super keen to learn and build her knowledge in the animal industry.

 

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VetLove Kuraby Team

 

Dr Stuart Cunningham

Veterinary Surgeon

Stuart Joined the VetLove team in 2016 and has not looked back. He enjoys all aspects of Veterinary practice with a keen focus on preventative health, soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Forming long lasting client relationships and strengthening the human-animal bond is most rewarding for Stuart. Outside of the clinic he enjoys group fitness classes, cycling, kayaking and hiking. A much-loved Beagle X Cattle dog named Penny keeps home life entertaining.

 

Nicole Hutchinson

Practice Manager

Nicole’s passion for animals and their welfare has been a huge part of her life since deciding to change her career to become a vet nurse 17yrs ago, she has experience in practice management for 8yrs of which she part owned a veterinary surgery.  She has had experience in running puppy preschools, routine and orthopaedic surgery, emergencies and large animal (mainly cattle) farm visits.  During her vet nursing career Nicole has become interested in animal behaviour which she became curious with whilst running puppy preschool classes. When Nicole isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her twin boys relaxing and showing her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever “Truffle” and studying the occasional ongoing continuing education courses.

 

Sandra Bradshaw

Veterinary Nurse

Sandra is relatively new to the Veterinary industry.  Having spent most of her working life in Financial roles, she made the monumental decision to change careers in 2015 and has not looked back!  She is enjoying the challenge of learning new things and truly fulfilling her passion in life. Sandra shares her home with her very patient husband, her two pre-teen children, a rescued Jack Russell Terrier called Lolly, a rather elderly cat called Kimba, two adopted guinea pigs and a central bearded dragon called Rango. While not studying and taking care of her young family and menagerie of animals, Sandra also enjoys sewing, re-purposing, re-organising and re-decorating.

 

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VetLove Ballina Team

 

Dr Toni Kealy 

Veterinary Director

Toni grew up on a property at Eltham, just out of Lismore, and studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. She graduated with first class honors and has been a practicing veterinarian for 20 years now. She loves being a vet because she is passionate about animals and their welfare. This passion has taken her to Thailand in 2013 and Cambodia in 2017 to provide voluntary vet services to dogs and cats, and she also supports other animal welfare and conservation organizations both in Australia and abroad. She lives in Ballina in a rather full house with her partner, their four kids and their collection of rescue pets – 3 dogs, a cat, a bunny and 3 rats.

 

Dr Julie Barnwell

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Julie has been a small animal vet for 20 years. She lives at Patches Beach with her husband, Darren, their 4 boys aged 7-14 years, their pound dog 'Stripe' and mini sausage 'Bonsai'. The family have been part of the Ballina community for 17 years and are involved in local public schools, cricket and soccer clubs, church and youth groups. Dr Julie loves animals but she also loves people so you will find her easy to chat with and very interested in how best to serve you, your pets and your family.

 

Jayne Wilson  

Practice Manager

Having grown up on a farm outside Lismore I have been around animals all my life. I started my nursing career at Lismore Veterinary Clinic over 20 years ago where I gained invaluable experience and fell in love with all aspects of the job. Apart from periods overseas travel and having children have never wanted to do anything else. I have lived in Ballina since 1996 and am married with 2 teenage boys, no pets at the moment but love taking Onyx the clinic cat home on weekends. I have worked for Shaws Vet Hospital since 2008 and feel very much connected with the clients the pets and community. Since joining the VetLove family I have happily taken on the role of practice manager and am enjoying the new challenge.

 

Brooke Convery

 

Nursing Assistant

Brooke has been around animals of all sizes her whole life. She lives with her parents and her 2 older brothers on a farm at Meerschaum Vale breeding beef cattle. She has 2 very frisky dogs, Shady the Bull Mastiff x Bull Arab and a beautiful boxer named Mack. Brooke started studying for her Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing in 2017, but has been with Ballina Vetlove for the past year doing her Certificate 3. She has a great future ahead of her, and is looking forward to expending her knowledge in all areas.

VetLove Jimboomba Team

 

Lynette Hollis

Practice Manager

Lynette, is the proud practice manager of VetLove Jimboomba. She has been nursing since 1996 and throughout her nursing career, she has worked in a range of specialist areas including ophthalmology, orthopaedics, internal medicine, surgery and exotics. Although her family of furry friends have dwindled due to the arrival of non – furry friends, I still have my cats, Perry and Sheldon, my dog, Bundy, and my horses, Mandrake and Jesse. My non – furry animals include my Son, Riley, and my twin girls, Keely and Aleksa, who keep me very busy!!

Dr Yuki Mak

Veterinary Director

Yuki (a vet by day, cat lady by night....) is originally from Hong Kong and speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. As her parents operate a veterinary clinic back in Hong Kong, she has technically grown up in this industry. Never questioned about what she wants to do, she moved to Australia in 2009 and completed her lifelong dream by entering vet school. Since graduation from University of Queensland, she has worked from Logan area to the Gold Coast. Recently, she was given the opportunity to become part of the amazing VetLove team. Her areas of interest include soft tissue surgery and feline behaviour. She has a huge furry family which includes six beautiful cats and two gorgeous dogs.

 

Nicole McKillop  

Veterinary Nurse

Nicole is a passionate veterinary nurse who has worked in the industry for over 15years. Her time is split between nursing at the clinic and teaching new up and coming nurses at Loganlea. Nicole and her partner live locally at Woodhill and have 2 naughty dogs Harley and Lucy Fur and a cranky tortie cat named Jemima. Outside of work Nicole can be found at rockabilly/car shows or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. She has a special interest in behaviour, especially separation anxiety cases and nutrition.

 

VetLove Nobby Beach Team

Dr Ali Harris 

 

Veterinary Director

Dr Ali has been in the veterinary industry since 2002 where she started as a veterinary nurse and then proceeded to become a veterinary surgeon graduating from the University of Queensland in 2011. Whilst with another company she moved through the ranks of a veterinary associate to the director of one of the largest clinics in the region. We are fortunate to now have her as the director of our newest clinic on the Gold Coast where she will be an integral part of our team and the local animal community. Her passion is small animal internal medicine and has completed a post graduate course through the University of Sydney in this field. Her goal in the future is to obtain her memberships in small animal internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. She also has a special interest in teaching and really enjoys mentoring other vets and nurses. 

 

Tayah McLauchlan 

Nursing Manager

Taylah's passion for animals started at a young age of growing up on her grandads farm in new Zealand. She would go out on the early run at 4am to feed and move cattle/sheep throughout the farm. Ever since then she has had a goal to make her life evolve around animals. She has started off her nursing career at one of the largest Gold Coast clinics which has accelerated her nursing skills and experience to a level that has entered her into the Nursing Manager role with VetLove Nobby Beach. She is super excited to take on the challenge to make the new Nobby Beach clinic a huge success. Taylah has 3 beautiful pets at home, Pebbles the Pug, Elvis the Labrador and Angel the Tortie

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