DR JO MACKANESS BVSC(HONS)

Veterinarian

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Dr. Jo is an experienced veterinarian who loves all parts of veterinary work, but has a special passion for all surgery – both soft tissue and orthopaedic.

Dr Jo grew up south of the border in a small NSW country town and graduated from the University of Qld in 1997.  Since then, she has acquired a wide range of experience working in regional Australia, New Zealand and, for six years in the UK.

As great an experience as her time abroad was, she loves being back in Australia’s warm sunny climate.  Outside of work, Dr Jo enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking and keeping fit.  She and her husband are also kept very busy at home with their son and daughter.

You can see Dr Jo on Mondays, Tuesday mornings, Thursdays and alternating Saturdays and Sundays

DR ERINA IMAI BVSC CVA (IVAS) MANZCVS (SMALL ANIMAL DENTISTRY)

Veterinarian

Dr Erina moved to Australia from Japan to study Vet Science at the University of Melbourne.  She graduated in 2010 and has been working steadily in Adelaide and Brisbane ever since.

She enjoys offering alternative therapies to her patients in conjunction with western medicine.  Dr Erina is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist which is an internationally recognised qualification.  Her other love is dentistry and she has now gained membership from the ANZCVS in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery.  As her skills grow, she will be able to provide more advanced dentistry to those in need.

Dr Erina and her husband enjoy badmington outside of work and compete in both intra- and interstate tournaments.  They share their home with their beautiful Miniature Schnauzer Sora, who came to them as a rescue when he was just a puppy.  Sora is a registered Delta Therapy dog and he goes with Dr Erina once a week to the Royal Brisbane Hospital to visit the wards.

You can see Dr Erina on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and every second Sunday morning.

CAROLINE HUGHES

Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Caroline is a very experienced nurses with a keen interest in nutrition and dentistry.  She started nursing in 2000 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2003.  Since then she has worked in several small animal clinics in the UK and emigrated to Australia in 2009.  We were lucky enough that she made her way to us at Carindale Vet in 2011.

With her interest in nutrition, Caroline is our resident “weight watchers” nurse and is there to help and support our clients to get their beloved pets back to a healthy weight.

When Caroline is not working, she has a hectic schedule looking after her three boys (4 if you include her partner).  Unfortunately, Caroline does not own any pets due to her partner’s allergies, so her job means the world to her.

MEL CLAYTON

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV)

Mel joined the Carindale Vet team in 2016.  After working with animals for many years she pursued her dreams and graduated from a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing from Open Colleges.  Her main areas of interest are surgery and dentistry.  As she loves anything feline related, Mel is also our ISFM Cat Ambassador.

When Mel is not busy working, she enjoys live music, a good Crafternoon and spending time with family and friends.  Her time is also currently taken up by lots of renovations.

Mel shares her home with her fiancée and her two elderly ginger kitties Freckle and Peggy.

CHLOE BATCHELOR

Veterinary Nurse

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Chloe is our newest team member, joining us in August 2019.  She has always had a love of animals and after working at a pet store for several years embarked on the long journey to become a vet nurse.  She completed her Certificate III in Animal Studies in 2016 and is very close to completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Chloe loves all aspect of Vet Nursing, but has a strong interest in all things surgical and wildlife related.

Outside of work, Chloe enjoys the great outdoors.  She spends as much time as she can with friends and takes regular camping trips.  But her favourite thing to do is head to the beach with her German Shepherd ‘Makita’.  In the evenings she will often be snuggled up with her Domestic Short Hair ‘Molly’.

CATHERINE FISHER

Senior Pet Stylist

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Catherine is our Senior Pet Stylist and is a self confessed crazy dog lady.  After professionally showing dogs for 7 years, she was attracted to world of pet grooming and has been a stylist at some of the top salons in New South Wales for the past 3 years.  Catherine joined us at the end of 2018 after making the migration north.

She is passionate about showing dogs and finds the extra time spent with her dogs a huge upside!  Her English Pointer Archer has recently been joined the hyperactive Twerk who is keeping Catherine on her toes.

Outside of everything canine related, Catherine has also competed in Equestrian and is a Roller Derby skater.

ELISE ROWAN

Pet Stylist

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Elise joined us in 2017 after moving down from Rockhampton and is one of our Pet Stylists.  She loves the creative side of grooming as well as spending time with the animals.

Outside of work she pursues her interest in creating art and has a keen passion in animation.  Elise shares her home with her beautiful kitty Kitsune.

VENITA LARGE

Veterinary Assistant and Hydrobathing

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Venita has been with us since starting while in high school and we are lucky to still have her doing our Saturday hydrobaths every second week.  She has also started working as veterinary nursing assistant two afternoons a week and is looking to pursue further study towards becoming a veterinary nurse.

Venita has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called “Mia” who certainly keeps her busy at home.  When not looking after Mia, Venita is a talented painter and photographer and loves to spend time in her mums’ garden or out fishing with her dad.