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.


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.



Catherine Angus

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.


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.



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 is a friendly face found at our Arana Hills Vet Clinic. Ash is one of our senor vet nurses who works on reception. At home, Ash has a cat called Marcus, Aurora the cattle dog x and a pet snake called Sabre,


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.


Cassandra Davidson

Cassie is the newest addition to our team at the Arana Hills Clinic. Cassie is a fully qualified vet nurse and currently works Saturday’s at our Arana Hills Vet Clinic.

Stephanie Seenan

Bio to come