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 Harry, a large and disobedient German Shepherd crossbreed. Harry is very content with his only-child status but Helen’s daughter Emma would like a kitty please.
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, his wife and children share their homestead with two scruffy dogs, three cows, several chooks and a duck.
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.
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 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 2010 from James Cook University. During her university years she worked with us as a part time nurse. After uni she packed her bags in seek of mixed practice, which found her working in Charters Towers and its surrounds for two years. After this she worked in the Cook Islands as a volunteer vet, in a clinic where people pay for their veterinary services with paw paws and coconuts! Upon returning to North Queensland she returned to us, this time as a vet! At work her interests include ophthalmology and internal medicine. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors, time with family and friends, running and working on perfecting her cooking skills. She and her partner have two equally ruined Border Collie dogs, Jim and Molly, who keep them on their toes.
Jill is currently spending a year in the UK - allegedly treating dogs and cats in Kent. However she seems to be spending much of her time sampling British pubs and European food. We expect her to return to us next Easter.
Heidi graduated from Sydney University in 2001 and went on to complete an internship and a graduate diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies also at Sydney University in 2002. Since graduating she has worked in a number of small animal clinics throughout Australia. Most recently she moved to Townsville from Canberra and is still adjusting to the change in climate.
At home Heidi cares for two beautiful pets, a personable cat called Fergus and a feisty pomeranian called Basil. Fergus’s favourite past times include eating, sleeping and ignoring Basil. Basil’s favourite past times include barking at birds and ignoring Fergus.
Heidi started working for us this year and works part time.
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.