The Cairns Vet Team
Dr John Robertson BVSc
John was raised on a dairy farm at Millaa Milaa, and moved to Cairns in 1971. After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1978, he joined the Cairns Veterinary Clinic in 1979 and became a partner in 1981. After raising his three children in White Rock with his wife Merry, who’s also a vet, his spare time revolves around their working farm in Malanda, his numerous dogs, cats, birds, fish, cattle and horses.
Dr Richard Thomas BSc BVMS
Richard graduated from Murdoch University in 2006. After managing a large practice in the Pilbara region and working in an emergency clinic in Perth, he became a partner of Cairns Veterinary Clinic in July 2014. Richard is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in small animal medicine. In his spare time, Richard enjoys the great outdoors and loves the diving, hiking and waterfalls the Cairns region has to offer. He lives with his two cats – Kang and Mama Cat.
Dr Helen Reakes BVSc
Helen qualified from the Liverpool University (UK) in 2004. After working in small animal and emergency practice in the UK and obtaining a postgraduate certificate in small animal medicine she emigrated to Australia in 2013. After some travelling she joined Cairns Veterinary Clinic in early 2014 and became a partner in November 2015. Outside of work, Helen is continuing to renovate her home, enjoys CrossFit and has two rescue cats, Smokey and Marmie.
Dr Lizzie Jensen BVSc
Lizzie graduated from Liverpool University (UK) in 2003. Lizzie worked in mixed practice in the UK until starting up her own pregnancy ultrasound scanning business. In 2008, Lizzie made the move to Australia and initially worked in mixed practice in South East Queensland before moving up to sunny North Queensland in 2009 to take up a part time position at Cairns Vet Clinic. Lizzie is the proud owner of a variety of animals including a very well socialised guinea pig who is periodically spotted "out and about" in Cairns schools, where he diligently works in his capacity as educator.
Dr Murray Gosney BVSc
After graduating from Massey University in 1985, Murray worked at several mixed animal practices in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 1997. He worked as teacher for several years in the Cairns Region before returning to veterinary practice at Cairns Veterinary Clinic in 2008. Outside of work, Murray enjoys spending time with his family, camping, scuba diving and traveling.
Jane Quinn – Practice Manager
Jane qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1999 whilst working for a specialist referral practice in North West England. She came over to Australia as a backpacker in 2000, where she met her husband whilst mango picking in the Northern Territory. She returned to the UK for a brief time before emigrating in 2002. Jane joined the Cairns Veterinary Clinic nursing team in August 2002 and worked for several years before taking time out to have her children and start up a family construction business. She returned to Cairns Veterinary Clinic as Practice Manager in 2011. Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with family and friends and her pets Maggie the Labrador, her two cats Yoda and Bluey and guinea pig Horace Skywalker.
Luigina Anderson – Veterinary Receptionist
As a Gordonvale local, Luigina joined the Cairns Vet team in 1987 and ran our Gordonvale clinic for 24 years before transferring to our Pease street clinic. As our veterinary receptionist she enjoys providing exceptional customer service to our clients and pets. In her spare time, Luigina enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband John, her poodle Zoro and cat Squeak.
Kristy Jaunzems – Veterinary Receptionist
Kristy grew up in Malanda and joined the Cairns Veterinary Clinic in 1997. Obtaining her Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing in 2005 she was part of the veterinary nursing team until 2007 before deciding that providing outstanding customer service was her passion. Professionally, Kristy has a special interest in animal behaviour and runs the clinics puppy preschool classes. Outside of work, Kristy enjoys cake decorating, dog agility and motor racing.
Kristy Anne Davies – Head Veterinary Nurse
Kristy-Anne completed her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in 2002 and has been Head Veterinary Nurse at Cairns Veterinary Clinic since 2006, after relocating from Brisbane. Professionally Kristy-Anne is responsible for training and mentoring our training nurses and enjoys assisting them in fulfilling their full potential. Kristy-Anne's furred, feathered and finned family includes 2 dogs; Sky (Border Collie X) & Kingston (Rottweiler), 3 chickens (Princess Layer, Cluck Norris & Yolk O-Ono) and 3 fish tanks filled with Goldfish, African Cichlids and Cherry Shrimp.
Liz Rice – Veterinary Nurse
Liz started veterinary nursing over 20 years ago in a mixed animal practice in Manjimup, in the south west of WA. She joined the Cairns Veterinary Clinic in 2007 and lives in Kuranda with her husband and an extended family of dogs, cats, chickens, horses, more chickens, fish and aviary birds. Her main interests outside work include classic motorbikes and animals. She currently rides a 1982 Moto Guzzi that she rebuilt from the frame up.
Alex Hartwell – Veterinary Nurse
Growing up on a farm, Alex was always surrounded by animals and developed a passion for their care and welfare. After holding several positions in the animal care industry she started a Pet Grooming business in Geelong in 2004. After 9 years in business, a desire for warmer weather sparked a move to Cairns where she joined our team in 2015. In her spare time, Alex enjoys the sights the Cairns region has to offer and enjoys traveling, house renovations and spending time with her pet Chihuahua Dolce and cat Klaus.
Lisa Randle – Veterinary Nurse
Lisa grew up in Perth and moved to Cairns in 2002. She joined our nursing team in 2003 and worked with us for a few years before taking time out to have her children. Lisa rejoined the Cairns Veterinary Clinic team in 2013, and is responsible for looking after our Gordonvale Surgery. Outside of work, Lisa keeps busy riding BMX with her family and spending time with her two cat’s Kye and Millie and Wolfhound Cross Chardy.