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.
Georgie has always had a strong passion for animals and began her veterinary career when she was 14 years old. After graduating high school, Georgie started working in a number of other industries including real estate, customer service and administration but a career in the veterinary industry kept calling her back.
After returning to the industry and completing her Cert III in 2018, Georgie has not looked back. Her tireless efforts and devotion to her work saw her promoted to a Practice Management role in 2020 and joined our Robina team in 2021. Georgie considers us her ‘second family’ and loves the positive, fun and friendly environment provided by her team.
Outside of work, Georgie’s interests include gardening, photography and arts & crafts. You will also find her spending time with her fiance, rescued pets and swimming in the ocean all year round!
Ever since Allie was little, she knew she wanted to work with animals and has never wanted to do anything else. So she followed her dreams and graduated in 2015 with a Veterinary Technician Diploma with Honours in Ontario, Canada. There, Allie worked as a vet tech in a busy small animal practice but knew something else she loved was missing in her life… travel!
After moving to Australia and joining the Robina team in February 2020, Allie has not looked back! She works with animals every day and gets to revel in the Australian sun, sand, and lifestyle – what more could you ask for?
Allie enjoys laboratory diagnostics such as taking blood, monitoring anesthetics, and the occasional puppy cuddle (when she’s not too busy saving lives). Although if you have a Golden Retriever, Allie will definitely make time for a snuggle!
Outside of work, Allie spends her time keeping active, going to the beach, and facetiming her dogs “Bella” the Shih Tzu X and “Diesel” the Bernese Mountain Dog back home.
Karina has been one of our valued nurses at Greencross Robina since 2008. She attained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011 and updated her qualification in 2021. Karina is passionate about feline health and behaviour and is our go to cat whisperer. She also has a double diploma in Graphic Design and thus her creative skills are put to use for most of our marketing and clinic displays offering the latest promotions and services!
Outside of work, Karina enjoys spending time with her 13yr old cat “Shelly”, “Pickle” the Cockatiel and beautiful niece and nephews!
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 recently returned to work. 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 new found 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 Staffys 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, going to the gym, and riding her horse Trixie.
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 two adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels called “Maple” & “Tilly”. Unfortunately no cats as her husband is allergic to them, much to her disappointment!
Dr. Louise Hobbs
Dr. Louise Hobbs
Dr Louise first joined the Robina team in 2010 as a vet student undertaking clinical placement. After graduating from the University of Queensland a year later, Dr Louise worked in a busy small animal practice in the western suburbs of Melbourne before moving to the UK. 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 couple of their favourite countries include Italy, Germany and Iceland.
Outside of work, Dr Louise enjoys going to the theatre with friends, trying new restaurants, and tending to her worm farm and garden.
Dr. Rachael Spillane
Dr. Rachael Spillane
Dr Rachael is Gold Coast born and raised, graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours and has been a part of our team since 2017. She has recently returned from maternity leave and is looking forward to seeing our Robina patients again!
Growing up, Dr Rachael has always had a strong affinity to animals and science and thus knew her career in veterinary medicine was her calling. She has special interest in soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography and is always looking to advance her knowledge and skills to be the best vet she can be. Dr Rachael has practiced in Fiji, aiding charities with their desexing procedures and has also participated in the ‘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 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 her furry companions “Slinky” the Miniature Dachshund and “Tucker” the American Staffy X. Dr Rachael shares her life with husband Sean, son Theodore and hopes to book their next travel experience soon (thanks COVID!). Her favourite destinations include Japan, Singapore and South Africa so far.
Dr Robert van Drimmelen
Dr Robert 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 small animal 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 and runs in the afternoon 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 with the most thorough standard of care.
Dr Rob shares his life with wife Sarah, two teenage children, and a cheeky Irish Terrier named “Alfie”.
Sarah is a devoted & passionate animal advocate who started her Greencross Vets journey in early 2019.
Sarah has an extensive background in aged care nursing but found her life’s passion in animal health care after a lifetime of loving animals. She has since graduated from her Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing in 2017.
She has a keen interest in pathology and stress-free handling as she is passionate about making your pet’s visit to our clinic as pleasant as possible.
Sarah lives with her partner and two mischievous cats Selina and Ivy. In her free time she enjoys a good film or book and getting crafty with art projects.
Growing up in Burma (Myanmar), Iona was always around stray and homeless animals. This is where her passion developed; to provide animals with the love, attention, and safety they deserve. Iona began her career at Greencross Vets Robina in 2012 as a passionate and hardworking School Based Trainee who was awarded with the title “Trainee of the Year”.
After finishing high-school, Iona was offered a full-time position to continue her education. She is now a fully qualified Cert IV Veterinary Nurse. Iona also regularly attends nurse seminars, lectures and online webinars to further her knowledge within the veterinary industry.
Iona enjoys all aspects of her job but is particularly interested in performing laboratory diagnostics and aiding in complex surgical procedures. She also enjoys medical nursing, providing the highest level of care for hospitalised patients and truly believes that nursing a patient back to health is the most rewarding part of her career!
Natalie joined Greencross in 2016 and considers herself very lucky to be working in such a rewarding industry with an amazing team. She grew up on acreage in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast with many different types of pets over the years. Now Natalie lives with her two dogs, a German Shepard named Buddy and a Welsh Terrier named Yogi and also her children’s Python named Hamish. It goes without saying, Natalie has always had a passion for animals, and feels fortunate to be able to take care of them for a job each day!
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