The Team

Our veterinarians and nurses are committed to caring.  As pet owners ourselves, we understand and respect the special bond you share with your pet, as well as the love, loyalty and pleasure they bring to your life.   



Helen Byrnes BVSc BSc BMedSt MCHM MACVS

Helen is the energetic and enthusiastic owner of the Vetkind group of practices. Before purchasing the Arana Hills practice, Helen worked in other private practices throughout Australia and for the University of Queensland. Helen also has a long-time commitment to volunteering in India and other countries with Vets Beyond Borders. Helen was awarded the David Bayvel Memorial Award for Excellence in Animal Welfare in 2016 in recognition of her work in improving animal welfare in India and other countries. Helen is pictured above with her adorable but mischievious English  Springer Spaniel named Woodrow who you may meet at our Arana Hills Clinic.


L1Lauren McConnell BVSc Hons
Veterinary Director

Brisbane born and raised, Lauren graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 2004.  She enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, her particular interests being cardiology, diabetes, ultrasound and rehabilitation of injured and aged dogs. Lauren is accredited to assist with exporting pets overseas including health checks, vaccinations, bloods tests, and parasite treatments. Outside of work Lauren enjoys basketball, crossfit, running and hiking.  She has a one legged peachface named Sparrow and an endlessly energetic Border Collie named Arthur.


AnitaAnita Berger BVSc Hons

Anita has been working with the Vetkind group of practices for many years and is nowadays principally found at Everton Hills Veterinary Surgery and Fernlands Veterinary Practice.  Anita grew up in Switzerland but studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She now calls Brisbane home with her family and three cats. The cats Pandy, Fluffy and Gypsy are all rescue adoptions from her work. In her time away from work Anita regularly goes bushwalking, camping and enjoys the outdoors.


Michelle Barton BVSc

Michelle has over 20 years experience as a veterinarian. Michelle grew up in Brisbane and has worked around Brisbane and the UK. ¬†She has a special interest in pocket pets, such as guinea pigs ¬†and rats¬†and backyard chooks, with membership in the Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association. ¬†She is club vet for the Northern Exposure Gig Racing Club, Queensland’s premier sled dog club, and a volunteer vet for the Iditarod Sled Race in Alaska.


Katrina Price BVSc Hons

Katrina graduated from the University of Queensland and has worked in small animal clinics around Brisbane before joining the Vetkind team in 2016. She works with us part-time and enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine. Katrina was born and raised in Zimbabwe, then moved to the UK to finish her schooling. She now calls Brisbane home with her adopted ginger cat, Scamp. Outside of work, Katrina enjoys floristry, camping, hiking and anything that involves spending times outdoors.


Ema Bowman BVSC(dist) MANZCVS 

Experienced New Zealand and USA trained veterinarian, with a broad knowledge base that has been cultivated over 13 years since she graduated from Massey University in 2008. Dr Ema is not only a talented Small Animal General Practitioner, but possesses a broad range of additional skills including; Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine and Breed specific considerations (especially BOAS). She is one of the very few surgeons proficient in Bracycephalic Airway Improvement Surgery (BOAS) that essentially enables brachycephalic dogs eg. pugs, french bulldogs, boston terriers and bulldogs to breathe! Ema encourages any owner of a brachycephalic dog to look into this procedure. Dr Ema will be consulting at our Arana Hills Vet Clinic.
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Kathryn Knights BVSc

Katie is the most recent addition to the VetKind group. She was raised in Townsville where she studied Veterinary Science at James Cook University. Before joining Arana Hills Veterinary Clinic she completed a surgery and medicine internship at a veterinary specialist clinic. At home, Katie has the company of her epileptic Golden Retriever x Labrador named Dexter, and her ginger cat, Franklin.



Practice Manager

Ash is a friendly face found at our Arana Hills Vet Clinic. Ash first started at Vetkind back in 2010. After working for many years at our Fernlands Vet Practice she moved across to Arana Hills Vets Clinic to run the front of house. Ash has recently been promoted as our Practice Manager for all 3 clinics. Ash has a special interest in providing a high level of customer service and care for our patients and clients. At home, Ash has a cat called Marcus, Aurora the cattle dog x and a pet snake called Sabre.


Nursing Manager

Catherine Angus, our new Senior Head Nurse at Arana Hills. Catherine has a special interest in surgery, low stress handling, feline medicine, and of course kitten and puppy cuddles. Her pet companions at home are her cat Cassi and retired show jumper horse Magic.


Senior Nurse

Leesa is our wonderful senior nurse and friendly face often found at our Fernlands Vet Practice. At home, Leesa has a dog and guinea pigs. Leesa is also a regular volunteer nurse with AMRRIC, an organisation providing veterinary services to remote indigenous communities, and also volunteers with a dog animal welfare project on the Pacific Island of Kiribati.



Senior Nurse

Kelly works at our Arana Hills Veterinary Clinic as our qualified Surgical Veterinary Nurse. She has been with us since May 2017. With a keen interest in all aspects of nursing and animal care. She has Labrador called ‘Harley’ and a Goldador (Labrador x Golden Retriever) names Dixie, as well as a Ragdoll cat called ‘Zoey’ to keep the dogs in line.


Senior Nurse

Dannielle joined our team at the end of 2018 as one of our dedicated kennel hands after completing her Certificate III in Animal Studies. She is now a qualified Vet Nurse and works full time at our Everton Hills Vet Surgery. With her passion for animal care and rescue work, she is a very valued member of the team. She is pictured here along side her gorgeous fur-babies; Buddy the American Staffy cross and Neela the American Staffy.


Trainee Vet Nurse

Natasha joined our team earlier this year at Arana Hills Clinic. Natasha is currently working towards being a qualified Vet Nurse with the hopes to be completed August next year. In-between working and studying, she spends her spare time fostering animals that are in need. Also at home is her two favorite pets, Olive the Labrador and Douglas the cat.

Vet Nurse

Studied Vet nursing with NSW Tafe in 2013. Used to work with Vetkind back in 2015-2017 and has recently returned to the team. Sarah loves all aspects of nursing but especially emergencies, anesthetics, low stress handling and being the animals advocate. Sarah has always had large breed dogs at home and now has a working line German Shepherd and a Doberman who are ruled by a tortoiseshell cat . Currently studying canine training and involved in dog sports with her German Shepherd Sarah is loving bringing those skills into the Vet clinic to help owners and dogs who may be a little more nervous

Vet Nurse

Bio to come



Reception/Customer Service

Tamara has joined the team as a our super star receptionist for out Arana Hills Vet Clinic. She is excited to meet all the faces and their pets that come through every day. When Tamara is not at work she is at home giving her dog, named Stiles, lots of cuddles.



Kennel Hand

Alexandra joined our team at the start of this year, as one of our devoted kennel hand/Hydro bath girls. She is completing her certificate III in animal studies. At home, Alex has 2 fur babies: Inka who is an Irish Wolfhound X Border Collie and her beautiful black and white domestic short haired cat.