Welcome to Greencross Vets Robina
Your local Greencross Vet at Robina has been offering compassionate pet health care and professional advice in the community for over fifteen years. We have some long-term and familiar faces including Vet Directors Dr Rob Van Drimmelen and Dr Danielle Ferguson who have been working in the clinic for over ten and seven years respectively.
Both Dr Rob and Dr Danni are part-owners of the clinic and are very invested in providing the highest standards of veterinary care and service. We take serious ownership of our patients and the services we provide. We have the resources and benefits of a clinic group with the care and service of a family owned practice. We are passionate about providing the highest level of care and treatment for your pets.
All staff at Robina undertake continuing education and training throughout the year to keep up to date with the latest developments in equipment, techniques and handling of our furry and feathered patients. At Robina we welcome all creatures great and small, treating birds, rodents, various wildlife, giant breeds of dogs and everything in between!
We are all pet owners and want the best for our patients. We will not cut corners or compromise our high standards. If it’s not good enough for our fur-children, it’s not good enough for our patients.
Robina has many comprehensive veterinary services, enabling us to diagnose and treat your pets quickly. We have endoscope and ultrasound facilities, a new digital x-ray machine, top-of-the-range dental machinery, an ultrasonic scaler and in-house laboratory equipment.
We also have a dedicated surgical theatre where we implement the most suitable drugs and anaesthetics. Cat and dog owners can rest at ease with Robina’s separate cat and dog wards where there are continual pheromone therapy for a more comfortable and relaxed stay for your pet.
Our Vet Team
All our vets are highly skilled, very successful diagnosticians & surgeons. They each have a special area of expertise that they excel in & they offer support to clinics across the Gold Coast in their particular areas of specialised training.
Our Nurse Team
All our nurses are trained to an exceptionally high standard. The level & type of services we offer at Robina require staff to have high competency in all areas of pet care, above & beyond the regular nurse. We are a training hospital for various colleges and all staff are involved in advancing their qualifications beyond the industry benchmark. We always have a nurse working on reception so that all your enquiries are cared for at the highest standard.
Our Charity Work
Robina is the treatment clinic for the Gold Coast’s orphaned, mistreated, lost and injured. We work with the adoption centre, getting orphans ready for re-homing, making sure they are healthy, vaccinated and desexed. We work with the ambulance treating any sick or injured strays and wildlife. We also work with the inspectors treating any animals that are neglected or involved in court cases or cruelty situations.
We see all rescued trauma and sick animals from Beenleigh to Coolangatta! They get fixed by our team who donate their time, skills and Robina’s resources.
Greencross Vets Robina 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.
Dr Louise Hobbs
Dr Louise Hobbs
Dr Louise has joined us at Greencross Vets Robina while Dr Danni enjoys her well-deserved maternity leave.
Dr Louise first joined us in 2010 as a veterinary student undertaking clinical placement. After she graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011, Dr Louise worked in a busy small-animal practice in the western suburbs of Melbourne for three years before moving to the United Kingdom. She has had the opportunity to work with an array of patients and clients and has plenty of experience in performing soft tissue surgeries and treating challenging medical cases.
Whilst living in the UK, Dr Louise and her partner also took advantage of this time to travel Europe; a few of their favourite countries include Italy, Germany and Iceland.
Outside of work Dr Louise enjoys going to theatre with friends, trying new restaurants and tending to her worm farm and garden.
Dr Rachael Spillane
Dr Rachael Spillane
Dr Rachael has been part of the team since 2017 and is one of the permanent vets here at Greencross Vets Robina.
Dr Rachael is Gold Coast born and raised and graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours. Growing up, she has always had a strong affinity to animals and science and knew her career in veterinary medicine was her calling.
Dr Rachael holds special interests in soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography and is always looking to advance her knowledge and skills to be the best vet she can be. She has practiced in Fiji, aiding charities with their desexing procedures and has also participated in a ‘Vets in the Wild’ program in South Africa where she worked with wonderful wildlife such as the Cape Buffalo, Kudu, and Sable Antelopes.
Dr Rachael’s main aim is to provide all her patients with the highest standard of veterinary care whilst giving them the loving attention they rightfully deserve. She also has a soft spot for rescued pets, having adopted both of her furry companions, “Slinky” the Miniature Dachshund and “Tucker” the American Staffy X.
When not at work, Dr Rachael is planning her next adventure; whether it is building her dream home or booking her next travel experience. Her favourite destinations include Japan, Singapore, and South Africa, so far.
Dr Julia Ozolins
Dr Julia Ozolins
Dr Jules describes her passion for animal care and science as lifelong, with her interest in animals starting at a young age.
She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001 and has worked in Central Queensland, England, and Melbourne before settling on the Gold Coast with her family in 2016.
Her philosophy to her work is to treat each patient as she would her own; and with the same love and attention she would focus on a member of her family.
Dr Jules shares her life with three beautiful children, a supportive husband and an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called “Maple”. Unfortunately, no cats as her husband is allergic to them, much to her disappointment!
Practice Manager / Veterinary Nurse
Kellie started working at Greencross Robina at the start of 2018 and brings over 20 years of industry experience.
Originally from Melbourne, Kellie worked as a senior veterinary nurse in both emergency and intensive care units and was also a General Manager for other corporate clinics.
In addition to her extensive experience in the industry, Kellie was also a program manager and developer and has taught all areas of animal science at university and TAFE.
Outside of work, Kellie enjoys riding her horse Stella (pictured) and dedicates her time caring for a menagerie of farm animals she homes in Currumbin Valley. Kellie’s passion for teaching has recently extended to educational programs for primary school children learning all about farm animals.
Kellie’s farm is home to goats, sheep, horses, dogs, a cow, a donkey, a cat and a free range of chickens and ducks!
Originally from Warwick, Bree was brought up with an abundance of farm animals so it’s no surprise a career in veterinary nursing was her calling.
Bree qualified in 2015 and has over seven years of experience in the veterinary industry. She worked in a mixed practice, nursing large animals such as horses and cows before moving to the Gold Coast and settling in with the Robina team in 2018.
Bree enjoys every aspect of her job, however she has a soft spot for anything puppy! This is quite fitting as she is also our Puppy School Instructor!
When not at work, Bree enjoys socializing, travelling the world, riding her horse and eating out at chic Gold Coast restaurants to satisfy her inner foodie!
Chloe has been in the veterinary industry since 2006 and joined the Robina team in 2015 as our Veterinary Nursing Manager. She worked as one of our surgical and hospital nurses ensuring the day ran smoothly before taking maternity leave in 2018.
Since having her beautiful daughter Mila, Chloe has returned to work with us. She says the nurturing part of being a vet nurse has played a huge role in raising her daughter. In addition to this, Chloe’s newfound motherhood has brought out even MORE passion when it comes to caring for our wonderful patients at Robina!
Although Chloe’s heart holds a lot of love for all creatures great, small, and hairless (i.e. babies), she has a massive soft spot for anything staffy! This however might be a biased opinion as she has two beautifully natured American Staffies at home; a red nosed “Alby” and a blue nosed “Comino”.
Chloe enjoys every aspect of her job however has special interest in non-routine surgeries and abscess treatments. Outside of work, Chloe loves spending time with her family, renovating her home, going to the gym, and riding her horse Trixie.
Dr Danielle Edge (Ferguson)
Dr Danielle Edge (Ferguson)
Dr Danni has been a veterinarian for the past 11 years and is also one of the Veterinary Directors at Greencross Vets Robina.
With her love for animals starting at a young age, it is no surprise that her passion for helping animals shines through with every interaction she has with her clients and their pets. Dr Danni cares deeply for her patients and she is extremely invested in providing the highest standards of personalised veterinary care.
Dr Danni is a compassionate vet and prides herself on ‘treating every pet as if they were her own’. Her philosophy is recognized within the Gold Coast community, with votes placing her as the 5th best vet in the Bulletin’s Best Vet Competition in 2018!
Being an advocate for animal welfare, it is only fitting that Dr Danni has adopted many adorable animals into her family. This includes “Vegas” the Ragdoll, “Bindi” and “Millie” the Germand Shepherd X sisters, “Sunny” the Border Collie, and “Vinnie” the former clinic cat.
Dr Rob van Drimmelen
Dr Rob van Drimmelen
Dr Rob is one of our Veterinary Directors and is the longest standing vet here at Greencross Vets Robina. He brings over 30 years of experience from all around the world!
Dr Rob’s extensive knowledge in the veterinary industry is worth its weight in gold; he has completed his membership in internal medicine, mentors new vet graduates, provides sound veterinary advice to vets all over the Coast and has also been a guest lecturer at university! Furthermore, Dr Rob regularly attends conferences across Australia to keep up to date on all the latest industry advancements.
One of Dr Rob’s passions was to live and work near the beach; the usual surf in the mornings provide him with a wonderful work/life balance. At work, Dr Rob enjoys the diversity that each day brings and is rewarded by providing clients and patients with the most thorough and compassionate standard of veterinary care.
Dr Rob shares his life with his wife Sarah, two teenage children, a cheeky Irish Terrier “Alfie” and “Cous Cous” the rescue cat.
Iona began at Greencross Vets Robina in 2012 as a passionate and hardworking School Based Trainee who was awarded with the title of “Trainee of the Year”.
After finishing high-school in 2014, Iona returned to Greencross Robina to continue her education. She is now a fully qualified Cert IV Veterinary Nurse.
Growing up in Burma, Iona was always around stray and homeless animals. This is where her passion developed; to provide animals with the love, attention, warmth and safety they deserve.
Iona enjoys every aspect of her job, but is particularly interested in performing laboratory diagnostics and aiding in complex surgical procedures. She also enjoys medical nursing, providing the best standing of care for hospitalized patients and believes that nursing a patient back to health is the most rewarding part of her career.
Karina has been nursing at Robina since January 2008. She attained her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011. She is our clinics Feline Health Coordinator letting her passion for feline behavior and health shine.
Karina has three rescue cats, Shelly, Kenny, Spenny and a cheeky little Chihuahua named Taco. Karina can be found working on reception or as one of our Hospital/Surgical nurses.
Her creative skills are responsible for most of our clinic displays offering the latest promotions and services.
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