Teegin joined the team in 2009 and has had to purchase 23 acres out of Townsville to house the many strays she has collected from her years of nursing. Luckily her husband Mick is a very tolerant man and also enjoys the company of animals. Currently ‘Snakeweed Flats’ houses 3 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 goats, chickens and various stray and foster animals at any given time.
Teegin is actively involved in the local dog sports club, Townsville Outdoor Agility Dog Sports, and regularly competes in agility and canine discipline with them.
She has an interest in animal behaviour and training and enjoys helping dogs work through behavioral problems for them to become better and more confident pets.
Teegin also has a keen interest in horsemanship and has started her own horse training under the guidance of a local trainer.
Belinda joined the team in January 2012 after flying up from Canberra with her 11 pet parrots to be with her boyfriend who she subsequently married. She is loving the change in climate, and sharing a house with Steve, their combined 13 parrots and a frill-necked lizard.
Belinda grew up mad about animals, with a passion for birds sparked at age 9 when she got her first budgie.
Working as a vet nurse is a life-long dream realised. Since gaining her Diploma in Animal Technology in 2009, Belinda has enjoyed the ups and downs of working in a vet clinic, particularly helping treat the feathered population.
Belinda has now started her business called Treat Play Love. She advises clients on behavioural issues with animals and helps with training their pets. She runs our puppy preschool and adolescent dog training clinics. She helps us with vet nursing and assists our eye specialist Tony Read on his surgery days.
Courtney initially completed her nursing qualification with us in 2008 and has traveled extensively in Australia with her defence force husband and gained valuable experience.
She is interested in emergency medicine, anaesthesia and patient well-being. She has certificate IV nursing with an extension in Emergency and Critical Care and plans to obtain a diploma in the future.
She enjoys continuing education and beach trips with her two labradors - Ruby the geriatric golden girl and Nero the chocolate bandit.
Courtney has found someone with sufficient energy to care for her twins so she can come back to us part-time after extended maternity leave.
Emily started veterinary nursing in 2006 after gaining a school based traineeship.
She worked in general practice for 5 years before moving to the JCU Referral and Emergency Centre where she worked for 5 years as an emergency nurse. She loves every aspect of nursing especially emergency and critical care.
Emily is married and has three horses Emerald, Garnet and Barrack, a cat, Eddie and a hairy Wolfhound, Dakota at home but countless other creatures out at my parents house that keep her busy.
Annette first joined us in 2015 as a locum nurse. She completed her animal care and and veterinary nursing training in South Australia in 1988.
She has lived with her family in Townsville for 18 years and has a particular interest in wildlife, having been a macropod carer for the last 5 years.
Annette has 2 dogs, 2 cats and various transient creatures at home at any given time.
Ella started veterinary nursing in 2016 whilst completing her Certificate II. She plans to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing when she finishes her schooling in 2019.
Ella joined our team in November 2017 and assists us with nursing duties after school and some Saturdays.
Her love of animals ranges from her horse Jak, to cattle, dogs, cats, mice and everything in between. She is also greatly involved with a local cattle station that trains horses, dogs, cattle and people, and has gained a huge amount of her knowledge from her continuing experience there.