Meet our Coomera Vet team

Coomera Vet Team

The Vet Lounge have great team of veterinarians and veterinary nurses who provide vet care to the Coomera community.  For over 10 years The Vet Lounge have been looking after pets in the Coomera area keeping them healthy with their annual check-up and being there for them at times of unexpected illnesses or trauma. Our vet team have a variety of special interests, are dedicated and genuinely care about your pet’s health.

Marianne Conolly

Operations Manager/Owner

Who is Mary when she’s not running the practices?

Outside of work Mary enjoys long walks with her Cavoodle named Jelly, yoga and anything gymnastics! When she’s not with her dog or doing handstands, she enjoys time with her husband Paul and daughter Tayah. Mary also has three cats and is a proud ‘crazy cat lady’.

Education

Mary started her career as a Veterinary Nurse 27 years ago but quickly progressed to Management. She holds a Cert IV in Frontline Management, has written and published two books on Puppy & Kitten Health and Behaviour (selling over 100,000 copies in Australia) and is also the founder of Veterinary Branding – a veterinary Marketing and Graphic Design business. Mary is also proud to have won two very prestigious awards –  Telstra Business Award (Best Emerging Business in QLD) and Westpac Business Award (Best New Business).

Special Interests

Mary is passionate about providing exceptional care to not only patients, but clients too. As a huge animal lover, she understands how stressful it can be to have unwell pets and constantly strives to improve the way we communicate veterinary care to clients. She is equally focused on client care as she is with patient care! Mary is very passionate about the Veterinary Industry and often participates in discussions on how we can improve the industry.

Dr Andres Townsend

Veterinarian

Who is Andres when he’s not being a vet?

Andres is a husband to a gorgeous wife and is a father of two boys. He also has a beautiful big Great Dane as well as two cats. In his spare time, Andres loves to spend time by the ocean, cooking and listening to good music.

Education

Andres graduated from four years of Veterinary Science in Peru. He then moved to Australia in 2009 and graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 2011. In 2021 he went on to obtain a Membership in Small Animal Surgery. For those who don’t know what a Membership is, it’s an indication to the profession and the general public of an advanced practitioner, representing a middle-tier of knowledge, competence and experience in a specific area of veterinary practice. For Andres it’s surgery!

Special Interests

Andres loves to put all his advanced surgical knowledge and skills to use in theatre. You could say the surgical theatre is his ‘happy place’!

Dr Robert Auricht

Veterinarian

Who is Rob when he’s not being a vet?

Outside of work Rob loves to spend his time with family and friends. He also likes to wind down by enjoying a good movie or book or by getting outdoors and doing some gardening. 

Education

Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1983. He is a member of various associations including the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology, World Association of Laser Therapists and The Association of Internal Fixation to name a few.

Rob is also an accredited Stem Cell Practitioner and an Accredited PennHIP Member.

Special Interests

Currently Rob’s special interests include laser therapy (laser biomodulation) and laser surgery as well as soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeries. 

Dr Tamara Beasley

Veterinarian

 Who is Tamara when she’s not being a vet?

Outside of work Tamara enjoys travelling. Her favourite experience was working with elephants in Changmai in Thailand. Tamara also loves heading out on the boat on weekends fishing and is obsessed with Dachshunds.

Education

Tamara graduated with honours from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

Special Interests

Dr Tamara is a GP vet which means she is interested in all things general practice. She also has a special interest in canine reproduction.

Dr Winnie Mok

Veterinarian

 Who is Winnie when she’s not being a vet?

Outside of work, Winnie loves to spend time with her family and friends. She is quite the foodie, and enjoys trying new restaurants, cooking different cuisines and experimenting with new dessert and cake recipes. She also loves creating jewellery and other crafty projects. Since Covid, she’s become a plant enthusiast, and has started collecting exotic plants.

Education

Winnie graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Zoology. She then moved up to Queensland and studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours in 2001.

Special Interests

Winnie’s areas of interest include veterinary dentistry and working with clients to implement achievable dental hygiene plans for their pets, acupuncture and soft tissue surgery.

Dr Fiona Mok

Veterinarian

Who is Fiona when she’s not being a vet?

Fiona is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Outside of work, Fiona and her husband are busy parents to her 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son. She is also a proud pet parent to a 10 year old Budgerigar named Hamish. If she isn’t chasing after the two human energizer bunnies, she actively serves at her church. She relaxes by watching Asian and Sci Fi dramas, going horseriding (when she can) and converting her garden into something more friendly for the native wildlife.

Education

Fiona grew up and attended all her schooling years in Brisbane. She graduated from the University of Qld with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) in 2007. Since her graduation, she has worked in various practices in Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich as a small animal general practitioner with a brief stint in mixed animal practice early in her career.

Special Interests

Fiona loves the variety and challenge that GP practice brings. Her particular interest lies in medicine – whether small animal or simple avian and exotic pet medicine. She is also interested in dermatology and dentistry. Keeping with the motto – “prevention is better than cure”, she prefers to catch problems early on to make sure all pets will have the best quality of life possible well into their golden years.  

Dr Caitlin Ghent

Veterinarian

Who is Caitlin when she’s not being a vet?

In her spare time Caitlin loves getting out on the water to stand up paddle board. She is also currently learning to play the ukulele!

Education

Caitlin graduated from James Cook University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

Special Interests

Caitlin is passionate about all aspects veterinary care however she is particularly interested in emergency and internal medicine.

Dr Madeline Ricca

Veterinarian

Who is Madeline when she’s not being a vet?
Outside of work Madeline enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially when it involves good food and coffee. She also loves relaxing with her dog and birds while binging a good Netflix series.

Education
Madeline graduated from The University of Queensland in 2019 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).

Special Interests
Madeline loves all things related to being a small animal GP vet, from puppy and kitten vaccinations through to keeping pets comfortable in their golden years. She also has a special interest in birds and enjoys working with their owners to give them enriched, healthy lives. 

Brooke Murray

Hospital Manager & Surgical Nurse

Who is Brooke when she’s not being a vet nurse?

Brooke grew up in Cairns but made the move to the beautiful Gold Coast in January 2017. In her spare time she loves listening to music (she knows the lyrics to practically every song), spending time with her family and friends, her two Shih Tzu x Poodles, BJ and Maisy and her cat Tickles.

Education

Brooke started Vet Nursing in 2013. She completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 through the Animal Industries Resource Centre.

Special Interests

Brooke loves all aspects of nursing but her favourite part of the job is looking after the animals in hospital, ensuring they are happy and comfortable during their stay.

Candice Goring

Reception/Boarding Manager & Vet Nurse

Who is Candice when she’s not being a vet nurse?

Outside of work Candice and her husband are busy being parents to 2 gorgeous boys, Isaac (4) and Levi (6 months) and 2 fur babies, Bailey the Border Collie and Chase the ginger DSH ninja.

Education

Candice has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as well as a Certificate II in Frontline Management. She has over 15 years’ experience in small animal clinics, 10 of which were spent in Head Nurse and Practice Management positions.

Special Interests

Candice enjoys building strong relationships with clients and focusing on providing gold standard pet care service. She has a special interest in pet nutrition and is passionate about educating clients on effective dental home care plans to prevent dental disease. Candice also has a keen interest in business health, pet advocacy and she has a big soft spot for Border Collies (especially chocolates, reds and merles)!

Sarah Bedford

Vet Nurse

Who is Sarah when she’s not being a vet nurse?

Sarah owns a collection of animals and has a special interest in birds and reptiles. In her spare time, Sarah likes spending quality time with her family and also enjoys playing netball.

Education

Sarah has a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing and 19 years’ experience in the veterinary industry. She is a well recognised long term employee, she’s been with The Vet Lounge since we first opened!

Special Interests

Sarah has a special interest in birds and reptiles and enjoys surgical nursing. She is also a multi award winning bandage designer for all patients undergoing orthopaedic procedures at The Vet Lounge.

Melanie Pilt

Vet Nurse

Who is Melanie when she’s not being a vet nurse?

Melanie loves to spend her spare time gardening and is a lover of indoor plants. Melanie also enjoys immersing herself in good book, listening to rap music and having Sing Star battles. Melanie has two beautiful daughters as well as two dogs, Elliot and Bindi, who also keep her busy outside of work.

Education

Melanie has a Cert III in Vet Nursing and has been working as a Vet Nurse since 1992. She has a wealth of knowledge and loads of nursing experience under her belt! 

Special Interests 

Melanie adores cats and dogs and thoroughly enjoys surgical nursing. 

Katie Phillips

Vet Nurse

Who is Katie when she’s not being a vet nurse?
When Katie isn’t being a vet nurse she is busy being a wife and mum. She’s also a pet parent to 2 dogs, 2 cats and 3 parrots who all keep her on her toes! Katie enjoys teaching her parrots new skills, a good laugh and catch up with friends and family, a good gym session, listening to music, relaxing bush walks and crafty DIY creations around home.

Education

Katie’s vet nursing journey began in 2012 when she started volunteering at a local shelter. There she found her passion for working with animals and knew that this was exactly what she wanted to do as a career. She was then hired as an Animal Attendant whilst she studied her Cert IV in Nursing, and once Certified in 2014, she took on additional duties as a foster carer and worked in after hours in addition to full time nursing to build on her skills and become the best nurse she could be.

Katie likes to keep up to date with best practices to ensure that she is always learning and able to provide our patients with exceptional care.

Special Interests
Katie has a newfound love of birds now having 3 of her own and enjoys challenging herself by learning more about the handling and care of this intelligent species. She also loves surgical and hospital nursing and has as a particular interest in diagnostic imaging and animal behaviour.

Vanessa Naumann

Vet Nurse


Who is Vanessa when she’s not being a vet nurse?

Outside of work Vanessa can be found with a cheese platter in hand and her cat, Zeus, by her side. Vanessa enjoys getting out and enjoying what our beautiful city has to offer and can be often found at the beach or spending time with her family.

Education
Vanessa is currently undertaking her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing after completing her Cert III in Animal Studies in 2020.

Special Interests
Fresh to the industry Vanessa has an interest to develop in the surgical side of the job. With a customer service background Vanessa enjoys taking care of our clients on reception and she is enjoying the challenge to progress her knowledge in the hospital ward.

Julia Rajahalme

Trainee Vet Nurse

Who is Julia when she is not being a trainee vet nurse?

Julia is a Finnish girl who decided to go on a backpacking trip to Australia for a year and is still on the same trip after nearly ten years! She is now happy to call Australia home. 

Julie loves spending time with animals, she has her own energetic Staffy named Blue, a Toyger cat named Tigger, and a horse named Bruno. Julia enjoys going on long trail rides, being in nature makes her day! She also loves spending time with her partner Daniel and working on projects around their new home. 

Education

Julia graduated from University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Still discovering which career path she wanted to go down, Julia also studied to become a Chef and ended up working in hospitality. Her passion for animals later lead her to study to become a professional Riding Tour Guide and has now lead her here to The Vet Lounge to undertake her traineeship in Veterinary Nursing.

Special Interests

Everything in the industry is so new and exciting for Julia but she is generally interested in all domestic animals and learning how to make sure she is providing them with the best possible care. She also loves ensuring our boarding guests have an enjoyable, stress-free stay. 

 

 

Ivy Prior

Trainee Vet Nurse

Who is Ivy when she is not being a trainee vet nurse?

Ivy is a huge animal lover who lives on a farm with an array of rescue animals including two cows, a llama, horses and birds! She also has a Jack Russell named Jeffrey, a Yorkshire Terrier named Arthur, a Welsh Mountain Pony named Albert, and a Galah named Lucky.

When Ivy isn’t at work she is out keeping busy with her animals taking plenty of photos outdoors.

Education 

Ivy has volunteered at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary monitoring wildlife and helping visitors understand our Australian nature and wildlife behaviours and habitats.

Ivy has also completed an online education course on Animal Grooming as well as completed her Certificate III in Animal Studies. She is currently undertaking a traineeship in Veterinary Nursing.

Special interests

Ivy loves all animals and enjoys educating others on quality animal care. She has a passion for surgical nursing and loves giving hospital patients comfort and care during their stay.