Dr Lolene graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in 1996. After working in Zimbabwe for a couple of years and then in the UK for six years, she now lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband, two children, 3 dogs; Tiny (photo), Shupa and Penga, Oscar the cat and 3 guinea pigs. She joined our team in 2004 after a period working at Sunshine Coast Pet ER. As well as being experienced in the veterinary care of dogs and cats, Dr Lolene is also experienced working with guinea pigs.
In 2011, Dr Lolene participated in a bike ride and raised $2,500 for Cancer research and support for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
Dr Angela graduated from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 2001 and now lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband, two children and Basil the cat. Basil isn’t the type of cat that likes to sit still for photographs in an unfamiliar park. Fortunately Ulysses the poodle was happy to stand-in!
Dr Angela joined our team in 2009. Dr Angela is experienced in the veterinary care of dogs and particularly enjoys caring for cats. Dr Angela has returned from maternity leave after the birth of her second child (a boy) in December.
Dr Leah came to us fresh from enjoying an English winter working in Cambridge and then a summer holiday backpacking in europe with her partner, Ben.
Leah is a graduate of the University of Queensland 2007 and has previously practised in Brisbane before her adventures overseas.
Leah and Ben own a small black dog named Ace. Ace is an energetic and lovable, bark at the possums, seagull crazy, scrub turkey chasing mutt, maybe you will see him race past you at the beach!
Sacha Cooke (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing) heads our Vet Nursing team. She joined our team in 2009, and now lives on the Sunshine Coast with her partner and red cattle dog Mattie.
Sacha came to us with 5 years experience in Vet Nursing, gained at a busy specialist practice in a Queensland rural city.
Sacha loves working with all animals, with a particular interest in exotics. She likes being kept on her toes, challenged at work day to day, and the never-ending learning and fun of the job.
Irina Vorontsova graduated from People Friendship University of Russia in 2009. She has been working in small animal health for about 8 years. Irina has always been surrounded by pets. Her latest companions include two dogs (Nora and Rijiy) and three cats (Zuza, Broshka and Musya). Irina now lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband.
Irina has a particular interest in pet behaviour and surgical nursing, and she also admires horses very much. Irina likes being challenged in a new environment here in Australia and loves her job.
Lucy joined our team in 2011 after working with us as a volunteer trainee for 6 months, and lives on the Sunshine Coast with her dog Pookie, Tyler the cat, ducks Binky and Stinky, Silky Bantams and her chooks. Pookie enjoyed having a photo taken, but not nearly as much as he enjoyed trying to catch those little fish at the edge of lake! Lucy joined us with a Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing and is studying to attain her Certificate IV. Lucy is always looking for ways to improve our processes. She particularly enjoys working with wildlife and aquatic animals. Lucy enjoys watching animals recover from illness healthier and happier than ever. She also loves surgical nursing, appreciates dedicated pet owners. and loves her job.
Dr Karin graduated from Sydney University in 1985, and bought the practice in 1998. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband, two children, two dogs (Jasmine and Ulysses, in the photo), 3 guinea pigs and a few aquarium fish. Dr Karin undertakes contract work for a Government Department in Canberra and is a Director (managing HR) for Sunshine Coast Pet ER. As well as managing the practice, Dr Karin performs a mentoring role, passing on her experience and skills to the next generation of vets and vet nurses at the practice (i.e. looking after the people who look after you and your pets).