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 Philippa Williams

Dr 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Dr Courtney Reddrop

Dr Courtney Reddrop

Position:Veterinary Manager Carrara

-BScBiol(Hons) Bsc BVMS

Dr Courtney Reddrop has always been interested in science. He completed a Bachelor of Biological Science with an honours year of ... 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

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

​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

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

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

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

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

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

Mikaila Carlsburg

Mikaila Carlsburg

Position:Veterinary 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

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

Ellie Leister

Ellie Leister

Position:PetICU Director

Dr Ellie Leister is one of the Veterinary Directors of the Pet Intensive Care Unit at Underwood, Queensland. Growing up in rural NSW, ... 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

Jodi MacKinnon

Jodi MacKinnon

Position:Director

-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

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

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

​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 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

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

​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

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

Dr Alexandra Hynes @dralexhynes

Dr Alexandra Hynes @dralexhynes

Position:Director

-BVSc (Hons) GP Cert (SAS) MVS MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

Dr Alexandra Hynes is a director and senior clinician at Animal Emergency Service. Her passion for helping animals and talent in the ... read more

Patrice Burford

Patrice Burford

Position:Nurse Manager Underwood

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

Patrice qualified in New Zealand in 1995 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing where she worked for 10 years as a small and Large Animal 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Gerardo Poli

Dr Gerardo Poli

Position:Hospital Director Jindalee and Underwood

-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

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

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

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

Dr Brooke Schampers

Dr 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

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

Dr 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 Science 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

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

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