QUALIFICATIONS: Jessica is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and Puppy Pre-school co-ordinator and instructor.
VET NURSING SPECIAL INTEREST: Her greatest passion is working with animals in all areas including: emergency care, neonatal care, caesarean, weight management programs, specific diet plans, preventative dental care, wildlife cases, puppy pre-school education classes, dog obedience issues, intensive patient care and many other animal health issues.
Parasites Seminar, Business Management Certificate, Frontline Management Seminar, Puppy Preschool Workshop & Certificate, Dental Workshop 2007, Patient Examination Certificate, Nutrition & Weight Management Conference, Nursing Animals Conference, Managing Feline Hyperthyroidism Conference, Managing Patients with Vomiting and Pancreatitis Conference, Introduction to Psychology Certificate, Bachelor of Psychology- University of Southern Queensland- current.
PETS: Jessica has two adopted cats (Persian x & Ragdoll x), three dogs (Shih tzu/Maltese/Lhasa Apso), eight bantam chickens, four birds (2 budgies, 1 sun conure, & 1 cockatiel) and two hermit crabs.
INTERESTS: When Jessica is not working she loves spending time with her family being a mother to two sons. Her interests include: watching films, dog training/human and animal psychology, caravanning and riding motorbike and quad bikes.
Jessica has been part of the Wide Bay Vet Surgery team since January 2005 and has been in the Veterinary industry since 2004. Jessica has had experience with a large range of different species of animals including reptiles, fish, rodents, birds/poultry and livestock. Jessica absolutely loves her job and endeavours to fulfill every client and patients needs.
PROFESSION: Vet Nurse (In Training)
VET NURSING SPECIAL INTEREST: Surgical nursing, anesthetics, emergencies, dental care, customers service (reception), puppy pre-school, educational classes
INTERESTS: Fishing, camping, travelling, socialising and spending time with family and friends
IDEAL HOLIDAY: Jess’s ideal holiday would be to tour around Europe and America.
FAVOURITE ANIMAL: Dog
PETS: Jess has a black and white border Collie called Leo.
Jess came to Hervey Bay from Bundaberg, already well into her vet nursing course and loving every minute of it.
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified Veterinary Nurse studied through Brisbane Institute of TAFE 1999.
VET NURSING SPECIAL INTERESTS: Small Animal Surgical Nursing, anaesthetics, pathology, dentistry, emergencies and caring for hospitalised patients.
EXPERIENCE: Experienced gained in all aspects of Small Animal Nursing for 15 years in Veterinary Practices in Queensland.
Advanced Anaesthesia and Critical Patient Care 1999
Dental Workshop 2000
Critical Care and Emergency First Aid Techniques Workshop 2001
Clinical Pathology 2002
SPORTS/INTERESTS: Camping, playing backyard cricket, basketball, and soccer, with her son Nicholas and participating in dog agility with her Fox Terrier, Bella.
PETS: Karen has 2 dogs, Bella a Standard Fox Terrier, Bailey a Cavoodle, and Phase a Siamese Fighting Fish.
Karen joined the Wide Bay Vet Surgery in March 2013. Returning to Veterinary Nursing after having 10 years break to raise her son and still has the same amount of passion as when she first started.
QUALIFICATIONS: Royal College Veterinary Surgeons Graduate (London, UK)- Veterinary Nursing- 1991
University of Queensland Graduate- Applied Science, 2008.
VET NURSING SPECIAL INTEREST: Small Animal Surgical Nursing and Neonatal Anaesthesia.
EXPERIENCE: Experienced gained in all aspects of Small Animal Nursing over two decades in veterinary practices in UK and Australia.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Highly accredited official and coach in the world of gymnastics.
SPORTS/INTERESTS: Hockey, Gymnastics, travelling the world with her husband Richard and participating in the sport ‘Flyball” with her Border Terrier, Basil.
PETS: Natalie has 2 Border Terriers, Basil and Barney, and 16 year old cat, Sox.
Natalie has been a valuable asset to the Wide Bay Vet Surgery since 2005. She has been vet nursing for over 20 years and still has the same amount of passion as when she first started.
Deb joined the Wide Bay Vet Surgery in November 2012 eager to fulfill a life-long passion for animals. Having achieved many goals in the legal and financial professions, Deb is now pursuing a veterinary career. Raised on horseback in outback Qld, Deb is confident and familiar in handling all creatures great and small.
VET NURSING SPECIAL INTERESTS: Surgical Nursing, anaesthetics, pathology, emergencies, caring for hospitalised patients and dog obedience.
SPORTS/INTEREST: Enjoying time with family and friends, horse riding, camping, cooking & then eating it of course, fishing, cricket, footy, swimming… how bout we just say the great outdoors and all sports (except golf!).
PETS: Deb has 1 dog, Stubbie (Lab x Staff), 3 horses, Danuel (Arabian), Bundy (Lipizzan x) and Kahlua (a beautiful bitza) and 1 bearded dragon, Tazzie…and a partridge in a pear tree.
UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE: On Anzac Day 2008 (?), Stubbie was involved in a serious car accident and required urgent veterinary assistance. Thanks to the wonderful team at Wide Bay Vet Surgery, Stubbie was treated immediately by the on call vet, Peter Gillespie, and ultimately had her front leg amputated. The level of care, compassion and expertise provided was second to none and without Peter’s immediate professional care, Stubbie would not be with us today.
5 years on, Stubbie is well into her senior years and enjoying the finer things in life like watching Friday night footy with the family, sleeping indoors, parading around in her pink checked pajamas, joining the family on road trips and using her powers of persuasion to receive just one more treat.
PROFESSION: Trainee Vet Nurse/Receptionist
INTERESTS: Fishing, camping, travelling, socialising, photography
IDEAL HOLIDAY: Dream holiday would be to travel overseas and get up close and personal with the chimpanzees.
FAVOURITE ANIMAL: All creatures great and small (except spiders)
PETS: It’s a bit of a zoo. One cat, One Dog, 8 Fish, a bird and a rat.
I have been around animals from when I was born. I have a real passion for animals and their welfare.