Dr Tess O’Keefe
Group Clinical Director
Tess grew up in inner-city Melbourne. She has always been an avid lover of animals and dreamed of being a vet. Her determination saw her realise her dream when she graduated, with Honours, from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
During her veterinary career, Tess has developed a keen interest in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. In 2016 she successfully gained membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Specialists, for the Emergency and Critical Care chapter.
During her spare time Tess enjoys spending time with her Partner and their furry family; including 2 rescue cats, a French Bulldog and their 2 Australian Shepherds. She is an avid lover of canine sports; including conformation showing, obedience and agility.
Dr Jenni Mercer
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
Jenni Mercer grew up in Central Queensland, and was fortunate to spend her weekends on her grandparents farm. This cultivated a love of animals and a childhood dream to become a veterinarian.
Her hardwork paid off and she graduated from University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first class honours. She spent a year in general practice, before completing an Internal Medicine Internship with QVS.
Jenni has a rescued, one-eyed Staffy named Smudge, whom she adores.
Dr Charlie Talbot
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
Charlie has held a passion for animals for as long as he can remember. Having grown up in Brisbane (just down the road from Stafford Heights!) and on his family’s cattle property in the South Burnett, he has been exposed to large and small animals from an early age. He was able to pursue his dream of becoming a vet when accepted into Veterinary Science at James Cook University in Townsville. It wasn’t until his final two years in Veterinary School that he started to develop a special interest anatomic and clinical pathology.
In 2019, Charlie will be moving to Alabama in the United States of America to begin his residency in anatomical pathology and Doctor of Philosophy graduate program.
In his spare time, you’ll see Charlie either sailing out on Moreton Bay, or supporting the local rugby union or North Queensland rugby league teams. He also has two partners in crime when he goes back home, ‘Annie’, his 8-year-old golden cocker spaniel and ‘Lucy’, his 1-year-old russian blue.
Dr Amanda Spillane
Amanda ("Mandy") grew up in Brisbane and has always wanted to be a veterinarian since the young age of five. After finishing high school, Mandy completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) at the University of Queensland.
Veterinary interests include Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care and Internal Medicine. Mandy also has an interest in avian & exotic animals, having worked at an avian & exotic animal practice prior to Pet Emergency.
She is the proud mum of one cat named Zoe. Hobbies outside of the veterinary world include running, rockclimbing, beach trips and napping.
Dr Briannan Kane
Briannan Kane grew up in Townsville where she studied Veterinary Science at James Cook University. After graduating, she moved to Brisbane to work at QVS/Pet Emergency.
Bri is passionate about small animal internal medicine and strives to further her career within a residency pathway. Outside of work, Bri enjoys keeping fit and active as well as catching up with her friends.
Dr Caroline Kerr
Dr Caroline Kerr is a veterinarian (PhD) with an interest in shelter medicine, animal welfare and behaviour. Caroline originally studied Agricultural Science majoring in Animal Husbandry and went on to complete a PhD in animal (skin) cancer research (both at The University of Sydney) and a post-doctoral fellowship in pig stress research with Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Through continuing as a Research Scientist with CSIRO, she developed a wide and varied research background in human and animal (livestock) research, studying of stress molecular markers, to host microbial interactions that underpin gastrointestinal disease in humans.
Caroline then made the career choice to focus on animal welfare by completing a degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland (Qld) in 2017. During her veterinary training, she volunteered as a foster carer for Labrador Rescue and worked as an animal trainer at RSPCA Qld. Through these roles, with the latter involving applying the science of learning theory and behaviour to help animals, Caroline developed a strong interest veterinary behaviour. In the final year of her Veterinary degree, Caroline also became involved in cat shelter research with RSPCA Qld, studying changes associated with improved outcomes for cats admitted to RSPCA Qld shelters. She is currently undergoing further clinical training in a one year rotating internship with Pet Emergency and Queensland Veterinary Specialists, whilst continuing to study the behavioural interventions associated with decreased rates of euthanasia of cats in RSPCA Qld shelters
Dr Ludo Valenza
Ludovica grew up in Italy, and then in Victoria. Her whole life she has been surrounded by animals (chickens, dogs, cats, horses and wildlife). Her passion for animals stemmed from her parents whom work with wildlife and she herself became a wildlife carer and rescuer.
She completed a science degree and then an honours before completing her veterinary science degree at the Uni of Qld. She loves the outdoors and will one day be working with wildlife and conservation as well as with avian and exotic animal species.
Dr Mark Vardanega
Mark was born and raised on Brisbane’s Southside and he has loved animals his entire life. Unlike many of his colleagues, he didn’t get his first pet until he was 14 years old, but his passion for animals inspired him to become a veterinarian.
This dream became a reality when he graduated with a Bachelors of Veterinary Science (Hons) from the University of Queensland. Mark loves all aspects of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care but has a passion for surgery and hopes to become a specialist small animal surgeon.
Outside of work Mark likes to travel, cook, spend time with ‘Wiggles’ his Maltese Shih Tzu, and enjoys staying active, playing rugby union, basketball, and cricket.
Dr Raquel Boura
Raquel grew up and went to school in Brisbane, before moving to Gatton to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. Her desire to become a veterinarian originated from her passion for science and animals.
Her areas of interest as a clinician are emergency and critical care, small animal medicine, and mixed practice. Raquel has a beautiful Maremma Sheepdog X called Mel, that she adopted whilst in vet school.
In Raquel's spare time, she enjoys playing sport, travelling, going to the beach, and catching up with friends.
Dr Samantha Hodgson
Samantha Hodgson grew up in Redcliffe with a keen interest in science and a love of animals. She studied medical research at QUT and the Mater Medical Research institute and has worked with the University of Queensland in a number of research roles before pursuing a career in Veterinary Science.
Sam graduated from the UQ with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) and her keen interests lie in small animal medicine, ECC and opthalmology. At home Sam enjoys the company of a Ragdoll kitten named Milo and hopes to soon adopt a new puppy in need.
When not at work or reading up on recent veterinary publications she also enjoys camping, bush walking and practicing ukulele.
Dr Stuart Eddy
Stuart is a graduate from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Born and raised in Adelaide, with many years spent in mid-north and rural SA, Stuart developed an appreciation of animals from an early age.
His studies to achieve his dream of becoming a veterinarian instilled a fondness for evidenced based veterinary medicine and veterinary diagnostic imaging. Along-side his passion for clinical veterinary practice, Stuart also enjoys research and teaching.
Outside of veterinary practice, Stuart enjoys playing squash, practicing music and spending time with his green-cheek conure, ‘Archie’.
Dr Tiarni Johnston
Tiarni grew up locally in eastern Brisbane with a gorgeous Australian Shepherd. She has been passionate about animals and medicine since a young age, making her transition into Veterinary Medicine an easy decision. Tiarni graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), and has a keen interest in small animal internal medicine.
She can often be found socialising with friends, with her nose in a book or scaling a bouldering wall at the gym. Last year she rescued a grumpy faced cat named Lily and has been a proud mum ever since.
Dr William Irving
William grew up in Adelaide originally before moving to Townsville to study Veterinary Science at James Cook University. After graduating in 2017, he moved to Brisbane to work at QVS/Pet Emergency.
Will has an interest in ophthalmology and small animal surgery. Outside of work he enjoys running and catching up with friends.
Elle grew up on a small coastal property surrounded by cats, dogs, horses, ducks and goats. Her favourite memories are playing tennis while her animals watched and helped collect the balls.
Upon graduating high school Elle received a tennis scholarship to Brigham Young University in America and graduated with a bachelors degree in Science. Returning to Australia she then gained her Veterinary Science degree along with a teaching degree. Elle’s Veterinary interests are emergency and internal medicine.
Her hobbies include outside activities such as tennis, hiking, running or swimming. Currently she has three kids with her partner. Two black cats, Poppy and Leo, and an Australian shepherd Hercules!