Our Staff

 


Dr. Angela Sutherland - Veterinarian

Dr Angi is a Canadian turned Australian who originally graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 2005. After her studies, she worked in a mixed animal practice, followed by 3 years in Florida USA at a specialty small animal referral practice. Following her desire to travel, Dr Angi then spent 1 year in Australia working throughout the country at various practices. She originally joined our team temporarily for the month of May 2010 and then spent 10 weeks instructing final year veterinary students at the James Cook University in Townsville. Dr Angi then rejoined our team as a full time permanent Veterinarian in September 2010, and purchased the practice with her husband in October 2011. Dr Angi's areas of expertise include orthopaedics, dermatology and reproduction. Be sure to look out for Dr Angi's golden retriever, Cooper, and chocolate labrador, Sydney, at the back of the clinic, either keeping an eye on the happenings or more likely - having a snooze.

 


Dr. Rachel Mallyon - Veterinarian

Dr Rachel is a local girl who grew up in Springsure and went on to study Veterinary Science at James Cook University in Townsville. She graduated in December 2012 and has been employed at the Maraboon Vet since January 2013. Dr Rachel is a go-getter and every patient she handles is treated with respect, kindness and high quality medicine. Dr Rachel's favourite part of the job is conducting surgery and she is always looking for ways to expand her veterinary expertise. Dr Rach is also a fantastic role model and mentor for our veterinary nurse team, often supervising and guiding them through their qualifications. At home, Dr Rach has two beautiful sons, an incredible geeko-hunting Jack Russell named Hank, two chickens and a couple of horses.


Dr. Sasha Watene - Veterinarian

Sasha joined the MVS team in October 2016. Growing up on a small hobby farm on the Atherton Tablelands, Sasha's love for animals led her to graduating from a Bachelor of Vet Science at JCU, Townsville. After uni, Sasha and her husband moved straight to Emerald. After a few years practicing at a local clinic and two beautiful daughter’s later, Sasha came back to work part-time at MVS. With great skills in surgery and a passion for medicine and orthopaedics, Sasha is a fantastic vet who treats all her patients with kindness and compassion. At home Sasha and her family love spending time with their small clutch of chickens and a gorgeous munchkin kitten named Smokey.


Dr. Benita Vallance - Veterinarian

Dr. Benita joined the Maraboon Family in 2020. After coming back from maternity leave and moving from Moranbah, Dr Benita found us and joined the practice, and we couldn't be luckier! With a degree from UQ and years of experience in the small animal veterinary world, Benita's extensive knowledge is a real asset to our team. She enjoys the medicine side of veterinary work and has a BIG passion for wildlife, which has been fantastic for our local team of wildlife carers. At home with her husband and two kids, Benita also has two kelpies, George and Nellie and a pretty cool cat named Brick. 



Alliza Marino - Practice Manager

Alliza became part of the MVS family in 2014 after being recruited by Dr Angi. Originally joining the practice as a vet nurse and receptionist, Alliza starting putting her Business degree into effect and was promoted to Practice Manager a few months later. She has since completed further study in frontline and practice management and enjoys working in the challenging and fast-paced vet clinic environment. She has fallen in love with all the wonderful pets that visit the clinic and you'll often find her in the reception area stealing cuddles. At home, Alliza has a husky named Leia and a cute cat named Rudi who get most of her attention!


Deb Herwin - Receptionist

Keeping recruitment within the Herwin family, Deb came on board with us as receptionist at the Maraboon Pet Resort in November 2019 and she joined the Maraboon Vet Surgery team in February 2021. Deb is very experienced in the customer service industry and brings efficiency and organisation to our front desk team. Deb is always there to answer your questions and make you feel welcome when your step into the surgery. You can always rely on Deb to get your pets booked in for whatever you need and she’ll always get your questions answered. Plus all pets love her! 

   
   

Stefanie Thompson - Veterinary Nurse

Stef started working at the Maraboon Vet Surgery in September 2016. With a lifelong dream to become a veterinary nurse and a strong passion for animals, we just couldn't look past Stef's determination to become part of the MVS family. Although she is more of a quiet, dog person there is no animal that Stef can't treat with love, affection and professionalism. You know your animal is in safe hands when Stef is around. Stef's favourite jobs surround surgery and hospital treatment. In her spare time, Stef is studying her certificate 4 in vet nursing and likes to spend time with her adorable Rotty x, Zeus.


Jess Perkins - Veterinary Nurse

Jess joined the Maraboon Vet in 2010 as a work experience student. She was then employed as a school based trainee where she completed her certificate in vet nursing. Jess mostly enjoys the medicine and treatment aspects of the job and particularly loves treating kittens and cats, as she has a soft spot for them and is very experienced in this area. Jess is also our cat-friendly clinic advocate, so if you have any concerns or questions about bringing your cat to our clinic, she is the one you want to speak to! After working as a vet nurse for 7 years, Jess decided to make the jump to humans and is now studying nursing. At home, Jess has 2 cats and a golden retriever, she loves spending her weekends outdoors with family and friends. 


Miriam Kipka - Veterinary Nurse & Groomer

Miram started working at MVS in 2018. Originally from Germany, Miriam came to Australia in 2012 to follow her dream of working with animals out in the country. With a hard working attitude and a good instinct for reading animals, we couldn’t help but hire her! Miriam spends half her shifts at the pet resort where she assists with the grooming and half at the vet clinic as one of our vet nurses. She has a particular fondness for working with different animal personalities and loves every big dog that comes into the clinic. Outside of work Miriam works out on stations with her partner, mustering and looking after cattle. Miriam also has a real big soft spot for her dogs, Blacky and Tiger who are very lucky to have her as their fur-parent!


Vanessa Jacobi - Veterinary Nurse

Vanessa is one of our wonderful qualified nurses with 11 years of experience in the industry, bringing a wealth of knowledge when she joined our team in 2019.  With a keen interest in patient consultations and helping owners with advice on nutrition, behaviour, worming and vaccination protocols and illness prevention. She also works at the Maraboon Pet Resort in the boarding kennels and reception, helping to meet all our clients expectations at the Maraboon Vet Surgery and Maraboon Pet Resort. She has recently come back to work after finishing her maternity leave, When Vanessa isn’t at work she enjoys playing netball, walking the dogs, gardening and spending time with her partner, two children and her two fur babies Chief and Kovu.


Lexie Titmarsh - Veterinary Nurse

Lexie has recently joined the MVS team in March 2021. She has her certificate IV in Veterinary nursing and has previously worked with both large and small animals. Originally a local girl from Emerald she has returned home after working several years in other veterinary practices and she brings over 6 years of valuable experience with her. At home Lexie has three dogs, four cats, a few horses and a bearded dragon. A true allrounder she loves every aspect of nursing but particularly has an interest in non- routine surgery.


Alyssa Adams - Veterinary Nurse

Alyssa started her Traineeship in September 2019 after completing her grade 10 work experience with Maraboon Vet in 2018. She is currently in grade 12 at the Emerald State High School and will be graduating at the end of 2020 and we are looking forward to having her work with us full time. Alyssa is always making our day and is always happy to help. As much as she loves all the puppies and kittens that we get to see, she will always have a soft spot for the bigger dogs. Alyssa also works at the Maraboon Pet Resort as one of our amazing Kennel Attendants looking after all your pets when away on holidays. When not working, Alyssa spends most of her time with Beau, her American staffy going on adventures or cuddled up with her cat Cookie. 


Jess Bretherton - Veterinary Nurse

Jess has grown up with the lifelong dream of becoming a veterinary nurse, and has recently made that a reality. After joining our team in 2021, Jess has become a caring member of our team with a strong passion for animal welfare. She has recently begun completing her certificate 3 in Veterinary nursing and is enjoying learning all aspects of her new role. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Otis and Mitzie, and her friends and family.


Savannah Dockerty - Veterinary Nurse

Savannah joined our team after a fantastic week of grade 10 work experience in July 2018. She has thoroughly enjoyed her training and is eager to continue learning. Savannah is a great team player and always goes the distance to help clients ad their pets. She strives to ensure that all pets are happy and healthy and have the best experience possible while they are at the clinic. When Savannah isn't at work she enjoys catching up with family and friends, swimming and chilling at home with her little family dog Rocky.


Mollie Evans - Veterinary Nurse

Mollie completed her grade 10 work experience with us during the craziness of 2020, after showing us great initiative and eagerness to learn she joined our team on a more permanent basis as our newest school based trainee. She has taken a particular interest in caring for hospital patients and learning all the medication protocols. Mollie is a hard worker at work and at home, growing up on her family farm and helping when needed. She is also a very talented Netball player making many regional teams and the 2020 Queensland Squad. When Mollie is not working, at school or playing netball, she enjoys horse riding and spending some quality time with her family and friends.

Cassie Kratzmann - Veterinary Nurse

Cassie is a bubbly member of our veterinary nurse team, who joined our Maraboon family early in 2021. She grew up on rural cattle properties around the Central Queensland region and is ecstatic to be able to fulfil her career goals by working part time in the veterinary industry and part time in the Cattle and rural industry. Cassie is currently studying her Certificate II in veterinary Nursing and is enjoying all aspects of the role. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with all her animals; her little King Charles cavalier, working dogs and horses. She also enjoys competing in cattle dog trials with her border collies, camp drafting and spending time with her family.

Jordana  Ferry - Veterinary Nurse

Jordana has always loved animals and dreamed about one day working in the animal industry. She completed her grade 10 work experience with our team in2018 and showed an enormous love for all our four legged clients and the veterinary industry. Jordana is currently completing her Certificate II in veterinary nursing and is extremely excited to have it completed and is thoroughly enjoying all aspects of her role. Jordana has a pugalier named Margaux that she absolutely adores. When she is not at work, Jordana loves spending time with Marguax and her family and friends.

Georgia Herwin - Veterinary Nurse

Georgia joined our team in 2017 with the commencement of her school-based traineeship. She is one of our superstar nurses who works between all three of our locations; Maraboon Vet Emerald, Maraboon Vet Blackwater and the Maraboon Pet Resort. Georgia loves caring for all animals but has a soft spot for wildlife and Huskies. She particularly enjoys the rare cases that we see in the clinic. When Georgia isn't working, she enjoys travelling, water skiing and hanging out with her family and friends and her Border Collie Kenai.