Amanda Atkinson


Cert IV Vet Nursing

Growing up on a farm in country Victoria with cats, dogs, sheep, goats, cows, rabbits, ducks, horses, and a pet pigeon, Amanda's career path was set in stone. She has always had a love for animals which led her to pursue a career helping them.

Amanda started her vet nursing career at the Kilmore Veterinary Practice (Victoria) right after finishing high school in 1999. After 7 years, she moved to Brisbane to be closer to family and spent the next 12 months at Greencross Woolloongabba before settling on the Sunshine Coast in 2007. Amanda worked with Chancellor Park Vet Surgery in 2007 and is still working with them as well as Animal Emergency Service.

Amanda loves every aspect of veterinary nursing. "I particularly love surgery, especially GDVs, ex-laps and caesareans. I also enjoy challenging hospital cases and working with emergency trauma patients." She is also part of the AVA Pet Pep Program that goes to schools and teaches students how to look after their pets at home as well as responsibilities with owning a pet. Amanda is also a VNCA Member.

In her spare time Amanda enjoys photography. She'd gladly spend many hours taking photos of animals. She also enjoys bike riding, kayaking, running and watching horror movies.

When asked about her pets, "Well where to start! It is a little bit of a zoo at my house! Mainly strays from work that I have accumulated over the years. There is Malibu my grey and white DLH. He's my old boy. He is 16yrs old and the first stray I ever brought home from work. Then there is Dotti my 10yr old torti and white DSH who is also a stray from work. Then there is Kitty, my 8yr old black & white DSH who I hand raised from 2 days of age. Yes also a stray from work! There is Bailey my golden retriever who due to anxiety in her old age come everywhere with me including work. She also helps me with Pet pep education program letting the kids brush her teeth, clip her nails, listen to her heart, and then doing some tricks for them. At 12 she still manages a 5kn run. Then there is Ducky the call duck who came into work as a stray with a fish hook stuck. After some surgery to remove the hook he has made himself right at home with my other stray duck from work called Daphne. You will find Ducky and Daphne sitting at the back door waiting for any opportunity to get inside!"