The Team

Dr Lachlan Kesteven

Dr Lachlan Kesteven

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BVSc

Like so many others,  Dr Lachlan Kesteven grew up with a fascination with all animals great and small. While Lachlan was always ... read more

Dr Craig Farmiloe

Dr Craig Farmiloe

Position: Veterinarian

- BVSc

Craig grew up on a farm where he developed a deep love for animals. His childhood experiences were the foundation for his international read more

Marilie Bester

Marilie Bester

Position: Senior Nurse

- Dip Vet Nursing

Marilie always wanted to be a vet and in grade 11, her dad helped her get work with the closes vets. From then, she progressed to ... read more

Lee Imperatrice

Lee Imperatrice

Position: Nurse Coordinator

- Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing

Lee has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember. She pursued her passion at 17 years old by landing a job in a ... read more

Dr Rod Meehan

Dr Rod Meehan

Position: Hospital Director Cararra

- BVSc MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

In 1991 Rod Meehan graduated from the University then worked in the United Kingdom for 2 years. He then partnered in a multi-practice ... read more

Tamara McCallum

Tamara McCallum

Position: Nurse

- Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Tamara has always had a variety of animals through her life and always had an inkling she was going to work with animals. She just ... read more

Lisa Thurston

Lisa Thurston

Position: Practice Manager Carrara

- Cert IV Vet Nursing, Dip Vet Nursing (Emergency & Critical Care)

Lisa completed her Certificate IV in vet nursing in 2000 and worked in general practice for a year. She then joined emergency medicine ... read more

Patrice Burford

Patrice Burford

Position: Nurse Manager Underwood

- Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Diploma in Emergency & Critical Care

Patrice grew up on a large animal farm and would help the vet when they came out to the farm. She obtained her qualifications in New ... read more

Leah Curran

Leah Curran

Position: Receptionist

- Cert II Animal Studies   Cert II Retail Pharmacy

Leah was a Pharmacy Assistant previously but her true passion has always been with animals as she grew up on a small farm. After ... read more

Dr Elise Lenske

Dr Elise Lenske

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BVSc (Hons Class 1)   MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

Dr Elise Lenske had the desire to become a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She was lucky enough to grow up on the ... read more

Samantha Frew

Samantha Frew

Position: Nurse

- BBMs, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Certificate III in Animal Studies

Having always had a passion for animals, and after volunteering with the WILVOS Sunshine Coast, Samantha wanted to broaden her ... read more

Rikki-lee Dess

Rikki-lee Dess

Position: Nurse

- Bachelor of Veterinary Technology & Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Rikki-lee grew up on a farm in Dubbo and that’s where her love of animals started. After working in all different industries, ... read more

Kate Wesche

Kate Wesche

Position: Nurse

- Cert 4 Veterinary Nurse

Kate is a Veterinary Nurse who gained her qualification whilst working in a large mixed practice in her hometown of Mackay. She has ... read more

Neil Wilson

Neil Wilson

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BVMS MRCVS

Dr Neil Wilson graduated from Glasgow University in 1993 and worked in farming practices in the UK before embarking on 10 years of ... read more

Catrina Buchanan

Catrina Buchanan

Position: Nurse

- Cert IV Vet Nursing

Catrina has worked for 2 years as Veterinary Nurse in a regular vet clinic but decided to try emergency and has been loving it ever ... read more

Grace Borg

Grace Borg

Position: Reception Manager

- Dip HR Management     Cert III Frontline Management

Grace commenced with Animal Emergency Service mid-2016 in the role of Reception Manager at the Underwood practice. This follows an ... read more

Dr Kayla Jones

Dr Kayla Jones

Position: Veterinary Manager Underwood

- BVSc

Growing up with animals and the loving bond a human has with a living creature (big or small), is where the inspirations and ... read more

Kelly Hodge

Kelly Hodge

Position: Nurse

Kelly commenced with Animal Emergency Service in 2011 after a career working in customer service and working with the gorgeous koalas ... read more

Dr Alvaro Jordan Castillo

Dr Alvaro Jordan Castillo

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BVSc (Hons)

Dr Alvaro Jordan Castillo commenced studies in medicine for humans but after two years he realised that if you aren’t covered in dog ... read more

Dr Rob Webster

Dr Rob Webster

Position: Director & Veterinary Specialist

- BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

In 2014 Dr. Rob Webster became a specialist in veterinary emergency medicine and critical care. Rob has been working full-time as an ... read more

Dr. Calvin Lai

Dr. Calvin Lai

Position: Veterinarian

- BSc BVs

Dr. Calvin Lai was born in Hong Kong. He had two cats when he was young, Mui Mui(younger sister) and Tai Wong(Big Yellow Cat). ... read more

Sharon Hee Xiao Xin

Sharon Hee Xiao Xin

Position: PetICU Nurse

- Dipl. Vet Tech, BSc

Sharon graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Technology, from Temasek Polytechnic Singapore in 2010 and has been working in a small ... read more

Dr Lisa Brumby

Dr Lisa Brumby

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BVSc(Hons) CMAVA

Dr Brumby became a veterinarian due to a love of animals and desire to help them. She graduated from the University of Queensland in ... read more

Jodi MacKinnon

Jodi MacKinnon

Position: Business Manager

- Dip Practice Management (Veterinary)

Jodi has played a pivotal role in the growth of Animal Emergency Service. As the Business Manager of both Animal Emergency Service and ... read more

Vicki Porter

Vicki Porter

Position: Accounts Manager

- Cert IV Business

Vicki has been an Office Manager in a range of different industries for over 30 years. She began with AES in 2010 and loves her job ... read more

Olivia Knapman

Olivia Knapman

Position: Senior Administration / Project Coordinator

- B App Sc (Hons)

Olivia graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor in Applied Science majoring in Environmental Studies & Zoology. Since then she has worked ... read more

Mikaila Carlsburg

Mikaila Carlsburg

Position: Nurse

- BAppSc (Veterinary Technology) & Cert IV VN

Mikaila has wanted to work in the animal industry since she was in primary school, about age 7 or 8. She’s always been passionate read more

​Tiffany Marshall

​Tiffany Marshall

Position: Senior Nurse

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Tiffany Marshall started her vet nurse career in 1996 working for a 24hr large and small animal practice, She graduated in the year ... read more

Dr Dana Seymour

Dr Dana Seymour

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BS BVSc (Hons)

Dr Seymour became a vet because she thought it would be interesting and provide more excitement and challenges than her first degree in read more

Hayley Strain

Hayley Strain

Position: Senior AES & Pet ICU Veterinary Technician & Nurse

- BAppSc (VT) / Cert II & IV VN

Hayley began her career with animals at the young age of 12 in a kennel hand and hydrobathing job at her local general practice back in read more

Dr Alexandra Hynes

Dr Alexandra Hynes

Position: Hospital Director Underwood

- BVSc (Hons) MVS MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

Dr Alex Hynes is Director and Senior Emergency Veterinarian at AES Underwood . Her passion for helping animals and her talent in the ... read more

Clare Peterson

Clare Peterson

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BVSc MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Working with animals was always part of Clare’s plan. Originally from Canada, she graduated from UBC in 2007 with a Bachelor of ... read more

Ali Stewart

Ali Stewart

Position: Practice Manager

- BEd, Diploma in management, Cert IV in assessment & workplace trainer, Cert IV in training and assessment, Cert II Environment sustainable workplaces

Ali has multiple years of management experience and provides leadership that fosters a positive environment of support and ... read more

Dr Sara West

Dr Sara West

Position: Veterinarian

- BVSc

Dr Sara has always had a love for animals and science, so a career in veterinary science was the perfect way to combine these two loves read more

Alanah McGrath

Alanah McGrath

Position: Nurse

- Cert IV Vet Nursing

Alanah has grown up with a huge love for all animals and the will to want to help them and be surrounded by them. She has always wanted read more

Catherine Walker

Catherine Walker

Position: Human Resources Manager

- BBus

Catherine commenced with Animal Emergency Service after a career in industrial relations, human resources and business management. ... read more

Dr Geoffrey Dodds

Dr Geoffrey Dodds

Position: Veterinarian

- BVSc (Hons)   BSc (Hons)

Geoffrey had a fascination with animals and the natural world ever since he can remember. In 2006, he completed a Bachelor of Science, ... read more

Amanda Atkinson

Amanda Atkinson

Position: Nurse

- Cert IV Veterinary 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 read more

Dr Lauren Russell

Dr Lauren Russell

Position: Veterinarian

- BVetBio/BVSc (Hons)

Lauren wanted to become a vet because she has always had a strong interest in medicine and surgery, and of course, she loves animals. ... read more

Laura Ramsay

Laura Ramsay

Position: PetICU Nurse

- Cert IV Vet Nursing

Laura has been vet nursing for the past 10 years. Starting out in a very busy Sydney clinic before she traveled the world for 4 years. ... read more

Leigh Davey

Leigh Davey

Position: Nurse

- Cert IV Vet Nursing

Leigh Davey grew up on a farm and always had animals in her life, just loved being around them. With 15 years, Leigh started working at read more

​Rhiannon Manganaro

​Rhiannon Manganaro

Position: Senior Nurse & PICU

- ​Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Diploma of Emergency and Critical Veterinary Nursing

Rhiannon started her nursing career at Animal Emergency Service in 2009 in Kennel Attendant role. She always knew she would work with ... read more

Dr Danielle Huston

Dr Danielle Huston

Position: Veterinary Manager Tanawha

- BVSc(Hons)

Despite a life-long love for our furry friends, Veterinary Science wasn’t Dr. Huston’s first dream. As a young child, she dreamt of ... read more

Tracey Gierke

Tracey Gierke

Position: Nurse

- Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Tracey’s Veterinary Nursing career goes back many years to when she was still at High school, working on Saturday’s with an ... read more

Chantal Mitchell

Chantal Mitchell

Position: Nurse

- Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Chantal started as a kennel hand at aged 15 years, before she got a school-based traineeship and then completed Certificate II in ... read more

Kathryn Mepham

Kathryn Mepham

Position: Nurse

- BVSc-4th Year

Kathryn is a fourth-year vet science student studying at the University of Queensland. She’s from Canada, born and raised on ... read more

Brook Wilkin

Brook Wilkin

Position: Vet Nurse

- Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care

Brook recently joined the Animal Emergency Services team after living in WA for 3yrs. After growing up on a rural property where she ... read more

Amanda Campbell

Amanda Campbell

Position: Senior Nurse & Hospital Standards Officer

- Cert IV Vet Nursing    Dip Vet Nursing (Emergency & Critical Care)   AVN

Amanda has many years of experience in veterinary nursing. She commenced in the industry out of a want to improve animal’s lives while ... read more

Dr Matt Rosen

Dr Matt Rosen

Position: Hospital Director Tanawha

- BVSc(Hons)

Dr. Rosen graduated from Veterinary Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2005, after completing two other degrees at the same ... read more

Dr Dan McDougall

Dr Dan McDougall

Position: Veterinarian

- BVSc MACVSc

Dr McDougall has been working as a veterinarian since graduation from the University of Queensland in 1998. His career commenced with a read more

Dr Gerardo Poli

Dr Gerardo Poli

Position: Hospital Director Jindalee

- BVSc (Hons Class 1) MVS (Small Animal Practice) MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

Gerardo completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 2008. He graduated with first class honors and ... read more

Brooke Schampers

Brooke Schampers

Position: Veterinarian

Dr Brooke Schampers grew up in Brisbane, and for as long as she can remember she has always had the dream of becoming a veterinarian ... read more

Dr Simon Lemin

Dr Simon Lemin

Position: Director

- BVSc MANZCVS (Surgery)

Dr Simon Lemin graduated from University of Queensland in 1990 and after 7 years in general practice, switched to the challenges and ... read more

Denise Nicholaidis

Denise Nicholaidis

Position: Nurse

- Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Denise always wanted to work as a veterinary nurse. She has had animals her whole life as a result of her great love for them. Working ... read more

Dr Vanessa Grose

Dr Vanessa Grose

Position: Veterinarian

Dr Vanessa Grose was schooled in Brisbane with school holidays spent on a sheep and cattle property near Dirranbandi. Animals have ... read more

Narelle Adams

Narelle Adams

Position: Customer Care

- Cert IV Dog Behaviour, Diploma of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Cert II Animal Care

Narelle loves reuniting strays with their owners and looking after clients while the vets and nurses look after their pets. Narelle ... read more

​Jane Roberts

​Jane Roberts

Position: ​​PICU Nursing Manager

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​Jane has worked for the Animal Emergency Service since May 2000, she qualified as a veterinary nurse in the UK and relocated to ... read more

Emily Quinn

Emily Quinn

Position: Nurse

- B Science (Ecology & Conservation Biology)     B App Science (Veterinary Technology)

Emily always wanted to work with animals. Her strong interest in wildlife conservation lead her to undergo a science degree in Ecology ... read more

Philippa Williams

Philippa Williams

Position: Senior Veterinarian

- BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care) MVS BAppSc (Hons)

Becoming a vet was always an ambition of mine from a very young age. I was born in Australia but my family moved to Hong Kong when I ... read more

Solange Newton

Solange Newton

Position: Relationships Coordinator

- BComn

Solange considers herself the lay person among incredible people. She didn’t aspire to work with pets or animals from a young age and ... read more