Welcome to Greencross Vets Carrara
Greencross Vets Carrara is located in a purpose built vet practice with 250 square metres of floor space on the corner of Spencer Road and Pappas Way.
Dr Carla Allison (Veterinary Director) is supported by fantastic Veterinarians Dr Kathryn Owen and Dr Fiona Hapelt. In addition to this is their dedicated Veterinary team: Practice Manager, Cameron Farrugia and our passionate Veterinary Nurses Codie, Kalena, Jessica, Nicole, Christina, Jerica and Kayla.
Our practices focus is to develop and provide veterinary practice based on excellence in patient care, treatment plans and diagnostics supported by stand-out customer care.
In 2014 and 2018 we were awarded Greencross Vet Clinic of the Year. This was an exceptional achievement and we feel it is a reflection of our team’s commitment to our vision. Our clients are an important part of that success in that we have formed relationships built on trust, respect and communication with them over the years.
We strive to provide a 5 star service to you and your pets in a caring and friendly environment.
Our dedicated team is very passionate about what we do and your pets will always be in the best of care. Continuing education is crucial to the quality of care and advice we provide to your companions.
We offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet needs, ranging from preventative health care to weight loss programs through to surgery and diagnostic medicine.
We’ve also recently undergone an important upgrade and now have a brand new CT scanner in-clinic!
Unlike conventional x-rays, CT scanning provides detailed 3D images of many types of soft tissue as well as the lungs, bones, and blood vessels, improving veterinary diagnostics for each patient.
As one of the few veterinary clinics with a CT scanner on site, we’ll be able to quickly and more accurately diagnose our pet patients and in some cases, avoid a visit to the animal hospital.
Greencross Vets Carrara offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet care needs utilising the latest diagnostic equipment.
Heartworm can be hard to detect, but it needn’t be hard to prevent. Greencross Vets recommends year round heartworm prevention. Ask your vet about prevention today.
Don’t have your own clippers? Let us take care of dog grooming for you. Our clinic offers premium dog grooming for your pet.
The latest in-house laboratory equipment allows our vets to perform a range of diagnostic tests to achieve accurate, rapid diagnosis of your pets’ health status.
Being a pet parent is enjoyable and rewarding, but training a new puppy or dog can seem like a difficult task. It doesn’t have to be.
Dr. Eleanor Wotton
Dr. Eleanor Wotton
Elle graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) at the end of 2016. She then undertook a 12-month Small Animal Rotating Internship at VSS in Brisbane, before working at a few GP vet clinics in Brisbane. She moved to the Gold Coast in 2022 and transferred to Greencross Carrara. Elle has a special interest in small animal surgery and reproduction. When not at work Elle likes to go hiking, visiting local cafes and spending quality time with her three cavaliers – Luna, Quinn and Iris; two cats – Toby and Skyla; and her husband.
Dr. Bobo Yu
Dr. Bobo Yu
Dr. Wing Po (Bobo) grew up in Hong Kong and graduated with the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) from the University of Queensland in 2021. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with keen interests in surgery, dentistry and diagnostic imaging. Outside of work, Bobo loves painting in the company of an excessive houseplant collection. She is also fluent in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
Dr. Rob Swartz
Dr. Rob Swartz
Rob qualified in 2010 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa (Onderstepoort) and he worked in mixed animal practice ever since. For the last 8 years, he was fortunate enough to own his own practice together with his wife who is also a veterinarian. He treated all animals large and small including all of Africa’s largest wildlife species. Throughout his career he has developed an interest in small animal surgery, an area that he would love to further develop in Rob, his wife and two children have recently made the move to Australia and are really looking forward to new adventures down under. Rob and his family really enjoy the outdoors especially fishing, hiking, camping, surfing and spending time with friends. They are pet parents to Bolt the pointer and Tom the cat.
Dr Carla Allison
Dr Carla Allison
Senior Veterinary Director
Dr Carla’s childhood was spent in South Africa and she immigrated to Queensland in 2000 to complete her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. After graduating in 2004 with Honours, she spent four years at Port Macquarie thoroughly enjoying the challenging cases presented at her mixed animal clinic. She has worked for Greencross Vets on the Gold Coast for over 10 years. Carla has a reputation for providing the highest standards of veterinary care. Dr. Carla has strong interest in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine including Ultrasound, Radiography and Computed Tomography. When she’s not working, you’ll find Carla running around after her two kids and spending time with her pets; two gorgeous kitties ( Theodore and Storm) , a rescue dog called Astrid and a flock of chickens. Currently, she is looking for her next horse care project.
Come in and say Hi; she loves meeting each and everyone of your fur-babies
Jess is one of the newer faces around Greencross Vets Carrara. She had always wanted to work with animals growing up, however life presented a different opportunity and she originally trained as a pastry chef. Soon after, she decided she prefers animals over humans and followed her heart to become a Vet Nurse. Although she is new and still finding her feet, she is loving every minute of it… not to mention all the free hugs she gets from your pawfect pets. If you have noticed Florence (our clinic cat) has been missing in action from the clinic, don’t worry- she has settled right in at home with Jess and her partner but will still make an appearance here from time to time.
Dr Kathryn Owen
Dr Kathryn Owen
Dr. Kathryn graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) at the end of 2018 and soon after was offered a role as veterinarian at Greencross Vets. Dr. Kathryn is proud to work between both the Varsity Lakes and Burleigh Waters clinics with two amazing teams of vets, vet nurses and reception staff. She loves getting to know all the clients and their lovely pets and is passionate about helping them get better so they can return home to their families.
Dr. Kathryn has always had a professional interest in small animal medicine but also loves the challenge of emergency medicine. When not at work, she enjoys socialising with friends, heading to the beach to catch the morning sunrise and playing touch rugby league.
Christina’s love and unwavering passion for animals began at a young age growing up surrounded by various animals. Christina first joined the Greencross Vets team in 2021 through the Greencross Internship course. After finishing her Certificate II in Animal Studies, she was enthusiastic to continue her education and become a permanent member of the Greencross Carrara Vets team. Christina is driven to provide compassionate customer service and care. She loves combining her love of animals & passion for helping people within her role at Greencross. Christina has a strong professional interest in surgery and critical care. She is driven to provide fear free handling, as she seeks to make every pet feel safe and at ease while in the Greencross Vets clinic.
Nicole is a Gold Coast local, who grew up and completed her schooling on the Coast. Nicole joined the Greencross Carrara team at the start of 2020 whilst completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Nicole has a what is often nicknamed, a small farm, with three domestic long hair cats named Jinx, Misty and Tiddles, a Papillon named Neko, three goats named Pablo, Snowy and Kaito, a horse named Hallie and a Border Collie named Kaiser who she cherishes.
Nicole is passionate about everything nursing, and prides herself on providing the best possible care for your fur baby.
Jerica is originally from Canada, and graduated from Western University with a degree in criminology. After moving to Australia she found her interests lay elsewhere, and pursued a career working with animals as a veterinary nurse.
She has two mischeveous Italian greyhounds at home who she loves (and spoils) dearly. Back in Canada, Jerica has a border collie cross blue heeler, who is enjoying retirement with her parents. Jerica and her siblings were always animal lovers, and she grew up with a wide variety of smaller pets, including rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, a range of fish and amphibians
Codie has grown up living on the Gold Coast for her entire life and has always wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. She has been working with Greencross Vets for the last 5 years and has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Codie has two American Staffies named after a Greek God and Godess who love to chat and balance treats on their nose for extra praise!
Cameron loves animals of all shapes and sizes. He has wanted to be in the veterinary industry since a very young age. During high school he started a school-based traineeship with Greencross and has progressed through the ranks over the last 10 plus years. Cameron has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science – Veterinary Technology Major with Honors. The biggest priority of his, is to ensure all animals are getting gold standards of care. He has a cheeky Tonkinese called Jedi who loves to sit on his shoulders. Cameron, in his spare time loves to go jet skiing and spend time with his family.
Kayla started her nursing journey as a Greencross Vets intern at the Surfers Paradise clinic in 2017. Since then, she has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has moved to the Carrara develop her professional skills. She has an American Staffy named Prim, who loves snuggling on the couch and climbing onto things she shouldn’t. Her cat, Edward, looks very grumpy but is a loveable sweetheart deep down.
Kalena started her nursing journey in 2013 as school-based trainee and is now one of the clinics leading veterinary nurses. She has also studied human nursing, but much prefers animal patients! Kalena shows incredible compassion and empathy for our patients and always aims to make sure their visits are as comfortable as possible. Professionaly, Kalena has a special interest in behaviour, radiology and education. She has a beautiful working breed Narlo and a cat named Floyd.
5/90 Spencer Road, Nerang QLD 4211
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