Dr Ashlee Henneker
Ashlee has been a veterinarian for approximately 10 years and recently moved up to Brisbane from Melbourne in order to enjoy the Queensland outdoors and sunny lifestyle. Ashlee has worked in a variety ...
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Dr Ashlee Henneker BVSc (Hons) MANCVS (Small Animal Medicine)
Ashlee graduated as a Veterinarian in 2006 and recently moved up to Brisbane from Melbourne in order to enjoy the Queensland outdoors and sunny lifestyle. Ashlee was successful in obtaining her membership with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in the area of Small Animal Medicine in 2019.
Ashlee has worked in a variety of different Veterinary surgeries including a mixed animal practice in South West QLD as well as multiple small animal clinics in the United Kingdom and Australia such as Alice Springs. In more recent times, Ashlee has worked in a busy veterinary hospital that specialised in small animal reproduction within the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Ashlee has always had a passion to be a veterinarian, and loves that each day she can make a difference for her furry patients. In her spare time, she loves to adventure outdoors and playing and watching AFL football and loves to take her Rhodesian Ridgeback Royce, and her little Whippet, Fonzie ( as shown in the picture) for long walks. Ashlee also has a love for cats and in addition to living with her husband and 2 dogs Royce and Fonzie, she also has Tuxedo the Black and white DSH and Bluey the Ginger DSH. Ashlee has a special interest in both feline and canine medicine and small animal ultrasonography, and is looking forward to meeting your furry friend.
Dr Caitlin Blomeley - Veterinary Surgeon
Dr Caitlin graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2007 and has been working in small animal practice in Brisbane since. She has special interests in small animal surgery and ultrasound.In 2012 Caitlin volunteered with Vets Beyond Borders in India, working with the Sikkim Anti-rabies and Animal health program – treating sick animals and helping in Rabies vaccination and desexing programs. In her spare time Caitlin enjoys playing touch football, spending time with family and her two dogs; Paddington (a Golden Retriever) and Pearl (a Doberman). She is also passionate about helping the community and is a member of a Rotary club which organises fundraisers and gives time to various charities and causes.
Chris Tschumy - Veterinary Surgeon
Chris graduated in 2017 ,he has been with our Vetlove family since 2018 and is loving every minute of it. He moved from Toowoomba where he did his Vet Science degree down in Gatton.
I became a vet due to two reasons in particular. I loved animals and wanted to help them and I found medicine and surgery interesting – so I put those two together and that equalled a veterinarian. I also enjoy the variety of breeds and species and handling them on a daily basis from Great Danes down to little kittens, the ones with feathers and even little pocket pets such as rats and guinea pigs
There is a big long list I enjoy and absolutely love about being a vet. Too long to mention here. Some of the reasons on the top of that list include; meeting all the fur children and their parents and families that love them so much, love the feeling of bringing a pet back to full and great health and returning them to their adoring family, also the day to day challenge as each animal is different, each cat, dog, bird or pocket pet has their own needs to be looked after and ailment that affects them individually. Finally I love working in a supportive team where we share laughs and tears alike, join together in both the ups and downs, it sounds corny and fake but VetLove really is a family.
At home I have a rascal by the name of Cobber, a major mitchell cockatoo, who loves his kisses and head massages and will do anything for a treat. Looks forward to his baths in summer and most of all loves destroying toys. He is still very young at only 12 years old!
I also have Shadow a black cat, who loves chin scratches, napping in the sun and enjoys a movie with her two parents.
Being still fairly new to VetLove I haven’t had a great opportunity for exploration of special interests. I would say the special interests I have are avian medicine and wildlife medicine.
Most memorable moment was working with wildlife that included helping remove the toe of an elderly wombat, which had a bone infection. She had a great recovery!
I am looking forward to seeing all my patients grow up and grow with their families and setting up the avian medicine aspect to VetLove Ashgrove.
Nicole Hutchinson - Practice Manager
Nicole’s passion for animals and their welfare has been a huge part of her life since deciding to change her career to become a vet nurse 17yrs ago, she has experience in practice management for 8yrs of which she part owned a veterinary surgery. She has had experience in running puppy preschools, routine and orthopaedic surgery, emergencies and large animal (mainly cattle) farm visits. During her vet nursing career Nicole has become interested in animal behaviour which she became curious with whilst running puppy preschool classes. When Nicole isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her twin boys relaxing and showing her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever “Truffle” and studying the occasional ongoing continuing education courses.
Kelli Schluter - Veterinary Nurse
Kelli has always had a true passion to work with animals from a young age. Once her career caring for animals started this then developed into an interest in animal behavior, both canine and feline.
With special attention to providing a low stress environment for pets in the clinic environment and teaching puppy preschool. Kelli has been a veterinary nurse since 2013 and has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
At home she has two lovely cats Charlie and Max with hopes to add a Border Collie to the family.
Sam Bandisch - Receptionist
Sam has been surrounded by animals from the day she was born, from several guard dogs in Papua New Guinea, to owning two Staffy x Cattle Dogs in Germany (needless to say an incredibly rare mix over there), to now having a mixed cat and dog house hold. Her interest in working in the veterinary industry grew stronger over the years. She eventually started volunteering at the RSPCA and enjoyed it so much. Combining her love of animals and science she then started working as a receptionist/nurse and has been at the same clinic for the past 6.5 years. Over the years she has adopted three animals from here. DEXTER, who came in with his brother as a tiny baby during the floods in January 2011. Her other cat MARLEY came in as an adult stray with whom she fell deeply in love with. CUJO, her little terrier x, came in as a stray covered with 15 paralysis ticks and miraculously survived his treatment here at the clinic. In her free time Sam also has her own Personal Training business.
Megan Ferguson - Receptionist
Megan is one of our vet nurses who has been with us for nearly two years. Megan discovered her passion for animals at a young age, culminating in over a twenty year long career in Equestrian industry. Megan has qualifications in coaching, sport, is an avid marital artist and is currently completing a diploma of business. At home is energetic Sophie (pictured); a Bunnings rescue dog, and Elfin an authentic if somewhat rotund Fjord Horse.
Shona McLean - Veterinary Nurse
Shona is a self-confessed crazy cat lady (and proud of it!). She graduated a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and Archaeology in 2013 and now spends her time studying science with a view to studying Veterinary Medicine in the future. Shona is the human to one mischievous cat named Olive. Olive runs household routine and must have the best napping spots available to her at all times. Shona is passionate about animal welfare and is committed to providing the best care possible for patients and their humans.
Sondra Walsh - Veterinary Nurse
I have always had a passion for the care of animals, which is why I chose a fulfilling career in Vet Nursing. I am originally from Mackay and grew up with Staffordshire Bull Terriers. I am currently studying and working towards a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and have also completed a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. I love bathing dogs even if they can be mischief at times and I also have a passion for the wellbeing of all animals. I don't have any pets of my own but in the future would love to own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Brooke Camden - Veterinary Nurse
Hi, my name is Brooke. I’ve been interested in working in the animal industry for as long as I can remember and I’m passionate about providing the best care for all animals. I was born in Melbourne but grew up and went to school on the Sunshine Coast. I finished my Veterinary Nursing course in 2018 but I’m eager to continue study in the future. In my time away from the clinic, I enjoy playing field hockey, spending time with my friends and family and baking – mainly over-the-top birthday cakes for them! At home I have two smoochy cats, Minke and Charlie, and an excitable Pugalier named China.
Lisa Kroon - Groomer
Our groomer Lisa is a All Breed Groomer with 15 years experience working with dogs. Lisa was apprenticed under internationally well known Competition Master Groomer Val Goode. Lisa is proficient in all 208 dog breeds listed in the Australian Kennel Council and the 224 breeds listed in Dogs NZ and of course all of the “Oodles” and “Doodles” and popular cross breeds. She has worked as an Animal Welfare Investigator and in K9 behaviour modification with the SPCA and is passionate about rehabilitating animals with positive reinforcement.
Lisa became involved with Dogs NZ (formally the NZ Kennel Club) in the wonderful world of poodles while accompanying Val Goode to show her award winning poodles. This ignited a fire to complete in Dog Grooming Competitions and master the art of grooming at a professional elite level. Lisa will be competing later in the year with 2 of her toy poodles in the “Asian Fusion” category, and has even enlisted one of VetLove’s wonderful doggie clients, adorable Labradoodle “Rufus” to compete with.
She is on the lookout for more dogs to use for grooming competitions; if your have a Bichon Frisée, Standard Poodle, Cocker Spaniel or Miniature Schnauzer in your family that you would be interested in growing into a longer competition coat please contact Lisa.
Lisa and her family returned home to Brisbane in 2017 following an accident that left her temporarily disabled and unable to walk without aid and to be closer to family.
Lisa took over The Groom Room at VetLove Ashgrove in July 2018 and is absolutely loving grooming all of the wonderful dogs and cats that visit the salon.
Lisa lives with her human family and toy poodles, Coco, Bailey and Holly.
"My cat was hit by a car in front of our house last week. I rushed to the nearest vet, and even though I was not a client they took us in straight away. Sadly, he did not make it, but the staff were so lovely and gave me time and space to say my goodbyes. This week we received a lovely card from them in the mail. I will certainly be visiting this vet again when we get our next pet".
"Fantastic service, at Vetlove every vet we have seen has been great with our cat and now our new puppy! The little puppy goodie bag is adorable, she is chewing on the new toy now".
"I took my cat in on Saturday morning he was very sick from a tick he had picked up i can not thank Rachelle and her staff enough the care for my beautiful cat was outstanding the communication was 100% spot on i was called twice a day to be told my cats progress and how he was doing as well as the love and cuddles he received he was just treated like their own thank you for saving Smokys life i will never forget all of you".
"The staff here are wonderful and they always seem to be able to fit us in when we have an emergency. Even Oscar and Rory don't seem to mind it (our cats)! Highly recommended."
"VetLove are wonderful, professional, loving care of my friends dog who sustained a nasty dog bite.The procedure fully explained, happy outcome after surgical procedure, after care explained in lay mans terms, cost very reasonable. Throughly recommend this wonderful vet practice. Also noticed how happy staff interact with each other, pet owners and our precious fur babies."
"My little girl Cinnamon very sadly, after putting up a good fight, didn't make it.Simon was her main vet while I also saw Lauren once.The day that I knew it was time to let my little girl go vet Lauren and Mallika were so respectful. Lauren was kind, empathetic, honest, gentle and allowed as much time as I needed to say goodbye. Thankyou".
"Very friendly and knowledgeable staff at Vetlove. We had to take our precious Burmese there and they could not have been more loving and caring as was quite a heartbreaking ordeal and lots of decisions to be made. very patient and thorough explaining everything to us several times and no judgment at all. Helped keep costs low whilst giving our baby the best treatment. Thank you so very much. see you in a week for a check up - 5 STARS most definitely!Coco and Latte our Burmese mummy and daughter"
"Dr Yuki is amazing. Stoked Vetlove is our local looking after our fur babies"
"Thank you all at Vetlove so much for helping Little Bikkie with her laceration. She loved each and every one of you, and I do too! You are all so amazing and helpful and friendly and our little pickle will see you soon. Thank you!"
"This clinic has such welcoming and personable staff.They are very thorough with all of their examinations and has an obvious love of animals no matter how big or small. I had a German Shepherd puppy with an abnormal gait and a Russian Blue cat with plaque on his teeth. Despite the variances in conditions, both of my animals were treated with an equal amount of love and kindness from all the staff. 6 months on, my not so little puppy has a near to perfect gait and my feline prince has nice pearly whites again. All fees are charged at reasonable rates with the convenience of a regional location".