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Hervey Bay Veterinary Surgery Staff

Dr. Ron McKay (BVSc) / Jenny McKay

Dr. Ron McKay (BVSc) / Jenny McKay

Veterinarian & Clinical Director / Business Manager

Ron graduated University of Queensland in 1976 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He has been running Hervey Bay Veterinary Surgery for over 25 years. Jenny has been with us since 2009. You can usually find Jenny chatting to clients in the waiting room or helping Ron with large animal work. They have an Italian Greyhound called Elvis and in their spare time, Ron and Jenny enjoy bike riding, hiking, skiing and travelling.

Ron and Jenny McKay have now officially retired. They are still coming in to the clinic occasionally to say hello and check on everyone but will not be available for consults.

Elvis McKay

Elvis McKay

Clinic Mascot / Meeter and Greeter

Elvis is a 7.5 year old Italian Greyhound who is in charge of meeting and greeting clients and patients. He has been working hard at the clinic since 3 months old and is a great comfort to everyone he meets. His hobbies include sunbaking and stealing chicken from our hospital patients.

Elvis has retired with Ron and Jenny but still makes a cameo appearance when Ron and Jenny are around

Alicia Muller (BAppSc (Vet Tech))

Alicia Muller (BAppSc (Vet Tech))

Veterinary Technician

Allie graduated University of Queensland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology). She has been with us since 2013. Allie has two Jack Russell’s called Nellie and Basil, a cat called Elf and four horses. In her spare time, Allie enjoys riding and competing her horses, and spending time with family and friends (2 & 4 legged!)

Dr. Megan Devlin (BVSc)

Dr. Megan Devlin (BVSc)

Lead Veterinarian

Megan graduated University of Queensland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She joined our team in 2020. Megan has a special interest in physio and rehabilitation, and soft tissue surgery.  She has a cattle dog called Sue, a Boston terrier called Jolene and a Cornish Rex cat called Smeagle, as well as sheep and chickens. In her spare time, Megan enjoys reading fantasy novels, fishing and hitting the beach.

Leah Eichner

Leah Eichner

Practice Manager/Veterinary Nurse

Leah studied animal studies at the Australian Industries Resource Centre and has over 15 years experience. She worked for four years in emergency and critical care, and for seven years in dermatology before joining our team in 2021. Leah also worked with Australian Fur Seal colonies with the Melbourne Zoo, studying a medical condition that was only impacting particular seal colonies. She enjoys writing fiction and cooking.

Demi Radosevic

Demi Radosevic

Veterinary Nurse

Demi started with us in 2021 and is studying Certificate II in Animal Studies. She has previously completed a Certificate III in Agriculture and a Diploma in Agribusiness Management. Demi has a menagerie of animals, including two miniature dachshunds, a cat, two quarter-horse mares, a papillon and two working border collies. In her spare time, Demi enjoys horseriding, mustering and farmwork.

Dr. Louise Barbesgaard

Dr. Louise Barbesgaard

Veterinarian

Doctor Lou is originally from Denmark, and graduated from vet school in Copenhagen in 2009. Since then she has worked as a horse vet all over the world including Europe, UK, the US and most recently almost a decade in the Middle East working with top level racehorses and sport horses. She has recently completed a post-grad certificate in advanced veterinary practice (CertAVP - Equine Practice) through the University of Liverpool in the UK. Lou has decided to settle in Hervey Bay with her Australian husband and you will be seeing her out on the road doing farm calls as well as in the clinic looking after your dogs and cats.

Megan Turner

Megan Turner

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Meg grew up on the Sunshine Coast. She has been a qualified vet nurse for over 14 years. Her inspiration came from her own beautiful fur-babies and her love for small and large animals. She is passionate about all things veterinary and nothing makes her happier than seeing a patient that has come to us in a critical condition go home happy and well with their loved ones. Meg joined our team in 2020. She has a golden retriever, called Oliver, as well as two cats, Seb and Felix. In her spare time, Meg enjoys riding horses and spending time with her family.

Rebecca Cole

Rebecca Cole

Veterinary Nurse

Bec moved to Hervey Bay in June 2023 from Orange, NSW, to join us here at the clinic (but mostly to escape the cold). She came to us with a background in Wildlife Biology and Marine Biology, as well as over 2 years experience in small animal nursing. She has two cats, Rocky and Sweetie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son, going to the beach and reading.

Codie Jankauskas

Codie Jankauskas

Head Veterinary Nurse

Codie started with us in January 2024 with 7 years of nursing experience. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has a special interest in surgery and medical cases. Codie has two cats, Tinkerbell and Sooty, and a pet sitting business on the side. During her free time, you can find her down at the beach, enjoying a beverage and a good book.

Dr. Nicole Rutledge

Dr. Nicole Rutledge

Veterinarian

Dr. Nicole graduated Murdoch University in 2020. Originally from the USA, Nicole has been in the veterinary profession for nearly 12 years, working as a vet nurse, before becoming a vet. She has a special interest in feline and emergency medicine. She has 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 cows, a goose and 17 chickens. When she is not at work, she spends time with her family on her hobby farm.

Marina Passos

Marina Passos

Veterinary Nurse

Marina is a veterinarian from Brazil and aspires to become a fully qualified vet in Australia. She has been working at Hervey Bay Vet as a vet nurse since March 2023. She worked for 2 years in a wildlife centre, she loves birds and reptiles. On her days off she likes to spend time with her family, go to beach and study.

Samantha Harper

Samantha Harper

Veterinary Nurse

Sam started with us in 2022, she is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She came to us with a background in zoo keeping, mainly working with native mammals and birds. She has an interest in diagnostics and wildlife care. She has a range of pets at home including a dog, cat, bird and a couple of reptiles.

Rachel Hall

Rachel Hall

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Rachel, a Hervey Bay local, is currently studying her Cert III in animal studies and is excited to move on to her Certificate IV in vet nursing. She has a passion for large animals, horses in particular. Her fur family includes a dog, a cat and a small herd of horses, which she enjoys training in her spare time. When she’s not at work or with her animals you can find her reading a book or on a spontaneous trip with her friends.

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