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Browns Plains Veterinary Surgery
Shop 5/ 3276 Mt Lindesay Highway
Browns Plains
QLD 4118

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Phone:
07 3800 0369

Park Ridge Animal Hospital
3626 Mt Lindesay Highway
Park Ridge
QLD 4125

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Phone:
07 3800 1378
Fax:
07 3800 7249
  • Kirsten Newcombe
    Certificate 1V Veterinary Nurse

    Kirsten has been working at PRAH since 2001 and has her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

    Kirsten enjoys the customer service side of our nursing roles, but also contributes greatly the surgical and medical nursing areas. She also runs our Wednesday Puppy Pre-School class and will be quick to recognise your puppy when you come through the door as they grow up!

    Together with her children and husband, Paul, Kirsten has 2 dogs, a cat and a 2 birds to complete their family. They enjoy an active lifestyle and enjoy camping, water skiing, motorbike riding and hiking. On top of being a phenomenal nurse, mum and wife, Kirsten has another passion and hobby - decorating cakes! All the staff are constantly amazed by her creations.  

    Kirsten
  • Deanne Campbell
    Enrolled Veterinary Nurse

    Deanne has been a Veterinary Nurse for over 20 years and a valued team member at PRAH for 10 of those years. Deanne has a special interest in animal behaviour and runs our Puppy Pre-School classes on a Monday night.

    Deanne is also our very talented dog and cat groomer and is constantly turning even the most shaggy pooches or knotted cats into masterpieces.  

    In addition to nursing and grooming, Deanne and her husband Ian have been showing and breeding Boxers and Miniature Schnauzers for the past 25 years. Their daughter Ella also loves going to the many dog shows and caring for their many beautiful dogs. She brings great knowledge and experience to PRAH and will always be able to assist you with an enquiry you have. 

    Deanne
  • Tracy Metcalfe
    Veterinary Nurse

    Tracy started nursing in 1998 and joined the PRAH team in 2004 after working in Ireland for a year. Although Tracy's main role is surgical and medical nursing, you will also find her on reception, working on weekends and caring for our hospitalised wildlife.

    Tracy breeds and hand raises many parrots including Sun Conures, Eclectus and Alexandrines and enjoys the country lifestyle with her husband Tony and son Isaac on their property near Boonah.  

    They have two horses - Zena the appaloosa and Locky the more spritely Arabian as well as Levi and Gracie the two cheeky Maltese that also  enjoy the extra acreage. Tracy also enjoys photography in her spare time.

    Tracey
  • Zoe McConville
    Certificate 1V Veterinary Nurse

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    Zoe commenced work at PRAH in December 2009 and has completed her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies.

    Away from work, Zoe enjoys going out, seeing live bands and socializing with friends.

    Zoe’s other interests include old cars, festivals and travel.

    Zoe
  • Georgette Suthers
    Certificate 1V Veterinary Nurse

    Georgette joined the PRAH team in 2016. She did work experience at another local practice and started her career from there. Georgette has completed her certificate 2 in animal studies and is nearly finished her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing.

    Georgette lives with her family (and even bigger furry family) at Chamber’s Flat. Georgette has 5 dogs; “Rumour” (pictured), the Dalmation; “Lilly” the Weimeraner; “Suki” the German Shepherd; “Julie” the greyhound and the speedy little whippet “Odie”. Georgette also has a very special cat, “Khaleesi” with only 3 legs; with a nasty fracture to her leg Georgette adopted her and nursed her back to health - it doesn’t stop her from playing with “Molly”, “Spoon” and “Mickey” Georgette’s other cats at home.

    Amazingly all get along well with their small brood of chickens and 2 guineapigs!

    Georgette absolutely loves being a vet nurse, seeing the puppies and kittens grow up as well as watching animals get better.

    For fun Georgette enjoys baking and relaxing watching TV.

    Georgette
  • Christina Balletta
    Bachelor Veterinary Technology and Certicate 1V Veterinary Nurse

    Christina joined the Park Ridge Animal Hospital team in November 2016 after volunteering on weekends during her last year of studies. She graduated in December 2016 from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and Certificate 1V in Veterinary Nursing.

    Christina has a keen interest for anaesthesia and critical care nursing, in which she is furthering her knowledge by working for a veterinary emergency clinic on her weekends.

    At home, she has two gorgeous cats; Nala and Lulu (Lulu is pictured right). Life wouldn't be complete for Christina without a bundle of fur (or three or four if she could have her way) to come home to each day.

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  • Krystal Penilo
    Veterinary Nurse

    With over 14 years industry experience as a veterinary nurse and team leader, Krystal brings some extra nursing and business knowledge to the Park Ridge Animal Hospital family. Krystal has worked her way up, starting as a junior nurse in a Beenleigh clinic, moving on to become Practice Manager for a group of Gold Coast clinics, a nurse trainer within a Nursing College, then on to be the Area Manager of a group of corporate clinics. Krystal also spent some time as a Practice  Management Consultant for various clinics across Tweed & South East Queensland but has now settled down at Park Ridge, close to home.

    Krystal loves to juggle her work of keeping clients happy with excellent service, keeping the team well cared for and upholding the high standards of patient care that is demanded at Park Ridge Animal Hospital.

    With a passion for a well run clinic, excellent pet care and with high expectations of her team, Krystal is always looking for ways to improve the clinic, its service and medicine.

    A lover of squishy faces and tortieshell cats, Krystal grew up with Mastiffs and now is owned by a Boxer, 2 cats and a collection of bantam chooks that refuse to lay whilst living luxury.

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  • Kate Dalley
    Certificate 1V Veterinary Nurse

    Kate joined the Park Ridge Animal Hospital team in March 2017 and brings with her over 10 years of industry experience, having spent a large part of those years in a large emergency and critical care veterinary hospital.

    After once dreaming of becoming a Park Ranger to save the native world, Kate completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Protected Area Management only to realize that her desire to stay close to home and work more closely with companion animals was where her true passions lay.

    Starting in a small inner city practice in 2004. it wasn't very long before Kate began working her weekends away in emergency, in addition to her general practice duties. After years of juggling both nursing jobs and wranging a toddler too, she made the decision in 2009 with the arrival of her second child, to leave general practice and commence the night life of emergency full time.

    After a short break from the industry, Kate is excited to have found a busy, eventful hospital to satisfy her exceitement for fast paced nursing as well as the opportunity to be a part of building long lasting relationships with the clients and patients here at PRAH.

    On the home front Kate is happily married to Steve and is a Mum to human children Charlie and Lucy and to furbaby Penelope Peanut, a stunningly gorgeous Chocolate Burmese cat, who only drinks from a running tap and has turned her back on the litter tray, using the toilet for all of her business!!. Kate only wishes that she also taught her to flush!!.

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  • Katrina (Kat) Promnitz
    Certificate 1V Veterinary Nurse

    Katrina joined the Park Ridge Animal Hospital team in April 2017.  She developed her skills in nursing south of the border in a rural mixed practice in her hometown in NSW.

    Katrina spent 6 years there gaining knowledge and skills as well as completing her Certificate 11 in Animal Studies and Certificate 1V Veterinary Nursing. Katrina then decided to make the move to sunny Qld to further her nursing career in PRAH's busy environment.

    Kat thoroughly enjoys all aspects of her job in veterinary care. She is particularly interested in surgery and critical care patients that need emergency treatment and the satisfaction and joy that comes form bringing a seriously ill patient back to good health.

    Kat doesn't have any fur-babies of her own (YET!) she gives all of that love to her patients instead.

     

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  • Karlee Hope
    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Karlee commenced working at P.R.A.H. in September 2012. She has a Certificate 1V in Agriculture and is currently studying for her Certificate 1V Veterinary Nursing.

    Her interests away from work include motorbike riding, the beach and waterskiing.

     

    Karlee
  • Cassie Ward
    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Cassie commenced working at PRAH in September 2012, she has completed a Certificate 2 & 3 Animal Studies, Certificate 2 Horticulture and Certificate 3 Conservation and Land Management. She has also volunteered at Ipswich Nature centre and Currumbin Wildlife hospital.

    Cassie is currently studying for her Certificate 4 Veterinary Nursing.

    Cassie grew up in the area on acreage with many different animals, including cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, cats and dogs. When she was 7 she started riding horses.

    Away from work Cassie is interested in music, markets, old cars and the beach.

    Cassie
  • Petrina Telford
    Trainee Veterinary Nurse

    Petrina joined the PRAH team in 2017 and currently works between both Park Ridge Animal Hospital and Browns Plains Veterinary Surgery.

    Petrina brings over 10 years of animal industry experience with positions including Dog Training, Management, Kennels and Breeding Coordination. Petrina has a Certificate 3 in Aniaml Studies, is a Qualified Guide Dog Trainer and is currently studying to complete a Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

    Outside of work, Petrina spends time with her husband and Miniature Dachshund, she also enjoys baking, travelling and mountain bike riding.

  • Shannon Green
    Junior Nurse
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