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 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.
Dr Adam Hakim BVSc
Whilst Adam grew up in Sydney, he’s no stranger to Far North Queensland after completing his Veterinary Degree at Townsville’s James Cook University. Before working at Cairns Veterinary Clinic, Adam spent time working in mixed/farm animal practice in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Adam has a keen interest in small animal surgery especially orthopedics. Outside of work Adam enjoys playing rugby, fishing and exploring with his rescue Staffy x Kelpie ‘Miley’.
Dr Yari Mansia BVSc
Whilst not born in Cairns, Yari grew up here and completed his veterinary degree at Townsville’s James Cook University in 2014. Since graduating, Yari has been working in Cairns area as a small animal vet and has a special interest in surgery, in particular orthopedics. In his spare time Yari enjoys going to the gym, playing soccer and keeping his two dogs, Albert the whippet and Delilah the red heeler X occupied.
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.
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.
Amy Williams – Veterinary Nurse
After growing up on a cattle farm on the Tablelands, Amy followed her passion for animal care and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science with an Extended Major in Veterinary Technology in 2016. She moved back to Tropical North Queensland and joined our team at the start of 2017. In her spare time, Amy likes to travel home and spend time with her cattle, horses and dogs at the family farm. Keep an eye out for her at the local shows, where she displays her prize winning Droughtmaster Cattle.
Clare Zagata – Veterinary Nurse
Clare qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in the U.K working in equine, small animal & large animal practices. She came on a working holiday to the Antipodes in 1996, locuming up the East Coast of Australia at small animal clinics and an Avian Clinic. Finally she arrived in beautiful Cairns where she managed a clinic, got sponsorship & her Australian citizenship. Clare met her husband in Cairns and has 3 daughters, as well as 2 dogs Luna & Roy plus 3 horses, Nikki, Jiraay & Victor. She enjoys spending time outside of work with her family, training for endurance rides, camping, swimming and reading.
Jemima Wehrman – Veterinary Nurse
Jemima grew up in Charters Towers surrounded by various pets which sparked her interest in the veterinary industry. Jemima has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for 2 years at clinics in Charters Towers and on the Tablelands and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is passionate about caring for animals and treats each patient as if they are her own. In her spare time Jemima enjoys spending time with her cattle dog Flick and discovering our beautiful Cairns and surrounds.