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Where your pets feel at home

Where your pets feel at home

Our Team

We have a handpicked team of dedicated professionals
chosen for their Empathy, Communication skills
and Approachability, as well as their exceptional clinical skills.


Dr Rob Heath BVSc (Hons) MRCVS GPCert SAM.

Rob was born and raised in Africa, where he graduated top of his year and had the opportunity to operate on animals as diverse as lion, elephant and leopard cubs. He worked in the UK for 12 years where he gained wide-ranging experience in a variety of small animal practices. He has a special interest in feline and canine internal medicine, in which he has gained further postgraduate qualifications, as well as ophthalmology.

Having a young family of his own, Rob deeply understands the important role our pets play in enriching our daily lives and continually strives to create an approachable, empathetic and friendly environment where our clients and their pets can relax and truly feel at home.

Rob and his family arrived in Australia in January 2007 and are now proud to be Australian citizens. They have a much loved Cavoodle called “Roxy” and two cats,  “Mocha” and “Chino.”

Dr Jenny Eades BVSc (Hons).

Jenny was raised in McDowall and attended McDowall Primary School and Clayfield Girls College. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999 with honours. She worked in Mackay before returning to McDowall to set up and run the practice in 2002. She has provided exceptional care to our clients throughout the intervening years and is well loved and respected by all.

Jenny has a special interest in preventative healthcare and is a skilled surgeon, as well as being one of the nicest people you will ever meet! At home she is owned by her gentle greyhound “Nina” and “Aeneus” her elderly diabetic kitty

Dr Tara O’Connell BVSC (Hons).

Tara was born and bred in Aspley and went to Clayfield Girls College and UQ where she graduated with a Bachelor Of Veterinary Science with first class honours in 2005. After a short stint working in small animal practice in the UK,  Tara joined us here at McDowall, where she has built up a strong following due to her clinical ability and her outgoing, friendly and empathetic personality. Tara is kind, approachable and highly skilled, complimenting our strong focus on exceptional veterinary care and client service.

Tara has a special interest in dog and cat internal medicine and ultrasonography, and is currently undergoing further postgraduate training in this field. Tara is the proud parent of a bundle of fluff Moodle called “Bandit”.

Dr Joshua Dearness BVSC (Hons).

Mcdowall CatOriginally from a hobby farm in Mackay. Josh grew up locally in Everton Park and graduated from The University of Queensland St Lucia 2009 with honours. Josh was awarded the most valuable surgery student and was top of his graduating class for small animal medicine. After spending 5 years in a busy referral hospital in Adelaide Josh is very happy to be permanently back home in Brisbane. Josh is very capable in surgery and medicine and has undertaken further studies in these disciplines. He enjoys spending his free time on the water fishing, camping and relaxing with friends and family. Currently Josh is owned by a spoilt cat named Tookey. Josh is an exceptionally kind hearted and empathetic vet, and we are thrilled to have him join our team.

Dr Victoria Law BVSc (Hons) MRCVS.

Victoria was born and brought up in the hustle and bustle of expatriate Hong Kong before moving to Australia with her family. She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2008 with honours. After working in various clinics in Brisbane for four years gaining experience, she spread her wings and went travelling, working for several years in London where she developed a passion for pocket pets, small animal internal medicine and travel! The lure of the Queensland sun eventually enticed her and her husband back to Brisbane, where they are now happily settled.

Victoria is a warm, kind, compassionate person who will always go the extra mile to help solve her patient’s medical problems and put them at ease. Her vast experience and knowledge and gentle nature are a really great addition to our team.

Outside of work she can be found actively exploring Brisbane, determined to eat or drink in every bar, restaurant or café – especially those off the beaten track!

Dr Hayato Nishimura  BVSc.

Originally from Sydney, Hayato attended a selective agricultural high school in Glenfield, before graduating from James Cook University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree.

After working in far north Queensland for 3 years gaining exposure to a huge variety of cases, he moved down to the cooler climates of the south east where he worked at a busy mixed practice in Marburg.

During his time as a veterinarian, Hayato has developed a strong interest in small animal surgery and emergency/critical care which has led him to join us here at McDowall vets.

His warm and friendly personality, combined with his obvious love for what he does has made him a firm favourite with our clients and patients alike!

Other than veterinary science, Hayato has a passion for cooking, photography and spending lazy Sundays with his two pets, Stinky and Fatty.

Emma Brewster VN.

Emma qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1993 with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. She and her family immigrated to Australia in 1998 and she has been working at McDowall Veterinary Practice since its inception in 2002.

Emma is a highly skilled veterinary nurse with a warm, outgoing personality which has ensured that she has become close friends with many of our clients over the past eleven years. She can recognise most of our patients by sight as they walk the neighbourhood streets and what she doesn’t know about McDowall and its pet population isn’t worth knowing! Emma has three lovely fur babies of her own, Billy, Maggie and Jeffrey.

 Ashlee Dunlop BAppSci – Wildlife. Cert IV VN.

Ash grew up in Canberra and moved to Brisbane when she was 12. She has always been animal crazy and graduated from UQ in 2013 with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in wildlife science. Ash is our resident wildlife expert and is often nursing injured birds and wildlife back to health and release. Deciding that nursing was her true passion, Ash passed her certificate IV in vet nursing in 2014. She is an integral member of our team involved with nursing and reception as well as helping with our puppy school and overseeing our new Cat Hotel. At home, Ash is kept busy with Luna, her RSPCA rescue kitty, and her two Golden Retrievers – Chelsea and George.


Carissa Bant Cert IV VN.

Carissa grew up in rural NSW and moved to the Albany Creek area in 2005. She completed her studies as a qualified chef in 2009 but her love of animals continued to draw her back and in 2013 she decided to refocus her career. Carissa bred tropical fish, became a professional dog walker in the Aspley and McDowall suburbs and undertook local pet sitting roles. In 2014 she started in a part time, volunteer role with us before commencing her Veterinary nursing studies. She rapidly showed her love of animals, gentle nature and commitment to always put her patients and team members first. Carissa became a permanent member of our team during 2015 and has graduated with a Certificate IV in Nursing Studies. She has a particular interest in the care and welfare of exotic and captive animals and loves to spend quality time with her own dogs “Mr” and “Bella”.

 Leigh-Anne Stephan Cert IV VN.

Leigh-Anne has had a long association with McDowall Vets. We first met her as a client in 2004 and have cared for several generations of her pets. After many years in retail, Leigh –Anne decided to follow her passion and retrained as a veterinary nurse (no mean feat at the age of 50!) achieving her Certificate in 2012. Her love, empathy and bond with pets and their owners is evident immediately on meeting her and we are thrilled to have her join our team. She is happiest when helping others, so if you need anything – just ask!

She is the proud mum of three little munchkins, Birdee, Olive and Winniefred!

Louise Page Cert IV VN.

Louise grew up in South Australia where her parents’ fondness for animals meant she grew up with a variety of pets over the years. These included mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs, goats, a pony and a donkey, the last being why she left suburbia for the country! She always loved animals and from an early age knew she would be working in the industry. Louise started her Certificate 2 in animal care while completing high school, and then went on to complete her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. During this time she found her first true love and best friend, a Border collie x Kelpie x Heeler called Cypress. She worked happily for 3 years in an animal hospital in Adelaide, before being tempted up to sunny Queensland with Cypress and Goblin King (her cat). Louise is big hearted, gentle and kind and prides herself in always making sure that the patients under her care receive nothing but the best. It is wonderful to have her as part of the team here at McDowall Veterinary Practice.

Alexandra Jones – Certificate IV VN.

Alex grew up in Tully, Far North Queensland raising wildlife with her parents. After working with her high school’s cattle stud, and continuing to help with local wildlife, she realised her calling and joined her local vet clinic as a junior nurse in 2007. From there she hasn’t looked back and has worked her way up to senior nurse, completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, before moving to Brisbane in 2016 to further her skills. We are thrilled to have Alex join our team. She brings with her a wealth of skills and experience as well as her wonderful caring, calm and generous nature. Alex loves sharing her skills and knowledge and  is currently completing a Diploma in Leadership & Management. In the move to Brisbane, she brought along her two fur-babies – her cat, ‘Slinky’ and her Dogue de Bordeaux, ‘Pumba’.

Louise Stewart Cert IV VN.

Louise was born and raised here on the North side of Brisbane attending Bracken Ridge Primary and Wavell State High School where she graduated with an OP4. A keen dancer, she performed professionally before studying personal fitness and becoming a personal trainer.

Realising that her empathy and caring nature needed a better outlet, a decade ago she started veterinary nursing and soon realised that she had found her true calling.

Louise is one of our most experienced surgical nurses, whose kind, caring and gentle nature is apparent as soon as you meet her. Her exceptional nursing skills and standards as well as her efficiency and eye for detail mean that she will always be across all of you and your pet’s needs.

When not at work, Louise is a bit of an energiser bunny, either riding and competing on her thoroughbred “Pavlova” or travelling to exotic locations to experience new animal related experiences such as swimming with dolphins, walking with Lions or cage diving with great whites! ( I think I want her life!)

Sam Curley – Receptionist

Sam was raised in Bridgeman Downs and attended Aspley State Primary School and Mount Alvernia College. She grew up with a constant menagerie of pets in her home and her family have been bringing their many pets to McDowall Vets since 2003.

During her high school years she studied Companion Animal Studies at TAFE, but upon graduating found it difficult to break into the industry.

She spent a few years working in Child Care before moving into the Automotive Industry where she built up her administrative and customer service skills, but never gave up on her dream of working in the animal industry.

She was ecstatic to land a role with us as a receptionist in February 2018.

She has a beautiful cat, Lilly, who is her pride and joy.

Away from work Sam enjoys reading, photography and hanging at home with her husband and Lilly.