Helen graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001 and has been a veterinarian at Western Suburbs Vet Clinic since 2003. Her main interest is in canine medicine, but she also recognises that cats can be quite special too!
Helen and her family share their home with Maurice, an excitable young Labrador, and Snap, a rescued three-legged cat.
In 2011 Helen entered into a partnership with Alistair Graham-Evans as co-owners of the practice.
Alistair qualified from Cambridge University in 1984. He moved with his family to Australia in 2003, and has been working at the clinic since 2005.
In March 2011 he became co-owner of the clinic with Helen Tanzer, and has a special interest in surgical conditions of pet animals.
At home, he attempts to tame a few acres of rainforest, 2 scruffy elderly dogs, 2 cats, a variety of chickens and Rupert the rooster.
Jo studied Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, graduating in 2009.
She came to Australia in 2010 for a working holiday, fell in love with the laid-back North Queensland lifestyle, and never left!
Since graduation Jo has concentrated solely on small animal practice and has a particular interest in tricky medical cases.
In her spare time, Jo enjoys keeping active, counting water-sports, pilates and travel amongst her hobbies.
Jo and her husband have a very spoilt only dog-child Webber, a Kelpie X, who enjoys accompanying them on boating and camping trips.
Jo has returned to work part-time after maternity leave.
Heather graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006. She worked in mixed practice for 8 years then in 2015 started working in small animal clinics and joined us in August 2016.
Heather and her family have several fish, 2 budgies and a Boxer cross, Hammer, who likes to find new and inventive ways to chew and destroy everyday household objects.
At work Heather enjoys small animal medicine and learning more about all animals great and small.
Jill graduated from James Cook University in 2010. After this she spent a couple of years in mixed practice in Charters Towers, as well as a stint in England practicing for 12 months. Jill enjoys medical and emergency cases in practice. She also moonlights at the local RSPCA Shelter and JCU Emergency centre when possible. She is currently undertaking further study through Massey University in Veterinary Medicine.
Outside of work, you'll often find her walking her dogs or enjoying the great outdoors of North Queensland.
Jill has returned to us from the UK where she spent time sampling British pubs and European food.
Kate graduated from James Cook University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland Gatton campus. After graduation, she worked in mixed practice for 4 years in Charters Towers and in 2016 undertook further study to gain her Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture. She returned to Townsville in 2017 after visiting South Australia for a locum position.
Kate lives on acreage with her partner, Border Collies, Flynn and Molly, Dora the cat, a handful of chickens and beehives. She enjoys river and beach walks with her dogs, Crossfit, gardening, cooking, candle making and camping
Dick Murray graduated in ’73 at U.Q. and has been involved principally in companion animal (pet) practice since then.
Dick’s contributions to the profession have been recognized by the Australian Veterinary Association in the form of an MSO (Meritorious Service Award), Fellowship of the Association and the Gilruth Prize of the Australian Veterinary Association.
His Masters degree from JCU was for research into Urban Animal Management and his admission to membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists was for studies in Animal Behaviour.
His Order of Australia Medal was awarded for 2 decades of voluntary work in the field of Animal Management in the roles of Convener for the Urban Animal management group and, subsequently, President of the Australian Institute of Animal Management.
Dick and his wife Robyn started the vet clinic in 1982 and we are indebted to them for giving us such a fantastic first 39 years ! We shall endeavour to continue their good work in the future, having cared for generations of animals for families in Townsville.