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.


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.


L1Lauren McConnell BVSc Hons

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.


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.


Cathy Atkinson BVSc

Cathy has been a vet for 30 years. During her career, she has treated cats and dogs in small animal practices in Queensland and the UK. Cathy has worked in rural mixed practice in North Queensland, and also done some work with cattle embryos on clients’ farms. For Cathy, the most rewarding part of being a vet is seeing the happiness that a pet brings to their family and being able to contribute positively to that special relationship. She has a Jack Russell Terrier called “Poppy” and a ginger moggy, called “Samuel”. She also has two very special grown up human children. In her spare time, she sings in a choir, and trys to keep fit and active so she can continue with her newest, favourite sport – kite surfing. Cathy works Monday to Thursday at our Fernlands Veterinary Practice.


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.



Leesa Grant

Leesa is our wonderful senior nurse and friendly face often found at our Arana Hills Veterinary Clinic. 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.


A1Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer is one of our dedicated vet nurses. She commenced her employment with us while undertaking work experience and completing a Certificate III in Animal Studies. She has since completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Jenny is passionate about providing nursing care for our patients in hospital and surgical nursing. She also loves sharing stories and photos of our patients on our Facebook page. At home Jenny has an American Staffy fur baby named Ziva.



Kelly Bliss

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 ‘Jinx’ to keep the dogs in line.



Ash Bruhn

Ash (A.K.A. Nurse Ash 😄 – if you follow our social media) is a friendly face found at our Fernlands Veterinary Practice. Ash is a qualified Vet Nurse, groomer and runs our social media sites. (Facebook and Instagram). At home, Ash has a cat called Marcus.


Dannielle Corney

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.


Leah Murray

Leah is the newest addition to our team at the Arana Hills Clinic. She is a trainee veterinary nurse and has just commenced studying her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. Leah is pictured here with Cinders, a 4-year old Bull Arab whom she adopted last year. Outside of work Leah enjoys trips to the beach, fishing and camping. She also fosters dogs through a local rescue organisation.


Tara Moore

Tara grew up in Tannum Sands/ Gladstone before moving to Toowoomba where she completed her Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the university of Queensland and her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Tara has previously spent her time volunteering with turtles, livestock and dog rescues. She has now moved to Brisbane where she lives with her kelpie cross and black and white cat housemates, Nacho and Sebastian (as pictured)