Welcome to Greencross Vets Silkstone-Booval
Greencross Vets Silkstone-Booval is a full-service facility dedicated to providing the highest quality medical, surgical and dental care for our patients. From routine vaccinations and wellness exams to comprehensive internal medicine and surgical care, we are prepared to meet any health care needs which arise for your pet.
Consulting hours are available in the morning and evening to allow for the examination and treatment of outpatients as well as for the admission and discharge of hospitalised patients. The hours between these consulting sessions are devoted to the treatment of hospitalised cases, surgical operations, radiography, ultrasound and other diagnostic procedures. If a problem does arise during these hours, please do not hesitate to telephone. Veterinary attention is always available during these hours to see urgent cases.
How do we ensure happy clients?
Dedicated staff team: Our veterinarians and nurses all work in the vet industry because we are passionate about caring for animals. All are highly trained and very happy to answer any questions which may arise about the health and wellbeing of your pet. For more information about our caring team, visit our staff page.
Preventative medicine: We provide a full range of services from new pet checks to annual vaccinations, geriatric animal assessment to nutrition advice. In addition we stock a full range of flea, tick, intestinal worm and heart worm prevention. Our staff is always happy to provide advice on the best products for your pets.
Full range of surgery: As well as routine surgical procedures, our vets are experienced in performing a wide range of complex surgeries including orthopaedic, soft-tissue and dental surgery. These services allow us to treat your pet in-house, therefore reducing its time in pain and sending it on a speedier road to recovery.
House calls: During the week, vets are available for house calls to clients living locally and can transport pets to and from the clinic for a small fee. This is a helpful service to access if you’re unable to bring your pet into the clinic for any reason. Just call us to arrange a time.
In-house laboratory and comprehensive diagnostic equipment: We provide a comprehensive range of in-house blood tests which allow us to immediately obtain results for many conditions. This also means that we are able to perform many screening tests for earlier detection of disease. We also have the latest digital x-ray equipment and a brand-new ultrasound machine. This means that for many cases we can diagnose cases in-house at the early stage in response to your pet’s health needs.
Greencross Vets Silkstone-Booval offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet care needs utilising the latest diagnostic equipment.
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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.
Victoria graduated from a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) at UQ Gatton in 2023. She grew up in Hong Kong, a concrete jungle. Since childhood, her dream job has always been a veterinarian. Victoria came to Australia in 2019 to pursue a Veterinary Science degree after graduated from high school in the UK. Her passion and love is all aspects of veterinary work and an interest in both surgery and medicine.
Often in Victoria’s free time you will find her enjoying badminton, baking, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her two guinea pigs, Mochi and Peanut.
Dr. Renee Huggard
Dr. Renee Huggard
Renee graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science. She has completed a rotating and a few surgical internships at various large specialist hospitals in NSW and QLD and attained her ANZCVS surgical memberships in 2021. Renee’s has publications in VCOT Jan 2022 and soon to be in Veterinary Surgery, of which has been presented at VOS in February in Colorado, USA 22′ and accepted for presentation at the ACVS surgery Summit Lousiville, KY 23′. Renee loves all aspects of surgery, particularly neurosurgery.
Outside of work Renee loves hiking, horse riding, being at the beach, and bodybuilding
Nakita grew up surrounded by animals and decided, a little later than she anticipated, that working with them was her passion too.
She started her time with Greencross Vets as an intern in 2020 and joined the team officially as a nurse a year later in 2021.
Nakita is now studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing to further her career. Nakita couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
After a long day at work, Nakita loves going home to her rescue dog Gallager and turtle Squirtle.
Amber comes from a well experienced background of all thing’s pets. In 2021 Amber decided to join our Greencross veterinary nurse internship program whilst working fulltime in pet retail at our Colo Pet barn store next door. Not long after Amber was offered a fulltime position. Amber brings a wealth of knowledge of nutrition and prevention to the team from her retail experience as well as outstanding customer service. Amber owns two pets of her own Wally and Willow.
In her free time, you will find her at the beach and going on walks to spend time with her animals.
Amber has now found a new love for creating a rapport and relationships with our clients and is now our main receptionist.
Dr Anthony Snell
Dr Anthony Snell
Dr Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (1st Class Honours) from the University of Queensland (St Lucia) in 1986. He worked in mixed practice for 5 years in St. George (Queensland) then travelled and worked overseas for 18 months before taking a position at the Silkstone Veterinary Hospital (now Greencross Vets Silkstone).
Tony is a member of the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association (ASAVA) and the Australian Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), and his goal is to provide compassionate veterinary care for all his patients following the Greencross core values and standards.
Tony is married to Cherie, and they have 2 children – Benjamin and Laura. The Snell family has a variety of pets including Jack (cat), Scruffy (dog), Chickens, Guinea Fowl, Quail, Murray Grey and Boran Cattle.
Dr Helen Bailes
Dr Helen Bailes
Dr Helen has been with Greencross Vets since 2017. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary work and has a special interest in further developing her skills in feline medicine and pathology. Helen has an adopted cat Mac, and a special place in her heart for Burmese cats in particular, having cared for them over the years. Outside of the clinic, Helen loves going for bushwalks, playing piano, and spending time with her friends and large extended family.
Dr Vanessa Chua
Dr Vanessa Chua
Vanessa graduated from the University of Queensland in 2023 and started working at a small animal practice in the Gold Coast. Some of her interests in small animal medicine include dermatology, dentistry, ophthalmology and surgery.
In Vanessa’s free time, you will find her being active and in nature. She is a regular at her local climbing gym and spends a lot of time outdoors climbing rocks. If she’s not doing any of those you can find her hanging out with her cat, Tiger, stretching out at yoga or tending to her myriad of plants and fish life.
Dr Kelsie O’ Leary
Dr Kelsie O’ Leary
Kelsie graduated from a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at UQ St Lucia in 2016, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) at UQ Gatton in 2021.
Kelsie grew up in Bundaberg and always knew she wanted to work with animals. After high school she moved to Brisbane to study zoology and was lucky enough to conduct a research project on sea turtles at Mon Repos. After graduating, she decided to peruse Veterinary Medicine and has never looked back.
Kelsie was voted ‘crazy cat lady’ by her cohort at vet school — a title she wears with pride. Other than felines, she has an interest in wildlife and zoo medicine, as well as behaviour medicine.
In her free time, Kelsie likes to play netball, hang out with friends, and relax at home with her cat, Lilo.
Jody has always had a passion for pets large and small and has always dreamt of pursuing a career caring for pets. Jody became part of the Greencross Vets Silkstone team as a intern in 2016 and after finishing her internship within 5 months, became a permanent member of our team.
Jody was selected to undertake a Scholarship in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with Greencross due to displayed excellence as an Intern, following this she went on to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2020 and was offered the position to be interim Practice Manager for 6 months in 2021. She thoroughly enjoyed the leadership skills learnt with the running of a Veterinary Clinic and has gained a lot by having this opportunity. Following this opportunity, Jody pursued her career as Nurse Manager with a special interest in surgery and anaesthesia, as well as looking after your pets during their hospital stays to make sure they are provided with the best possible care.
“I love the medical side and I have gained so much knowledge and experience in the many years of being a part of the team at Greencross Vets Silkstone-Booval”.
Jody has recently now taken on the position in the clinic as Practice Manager and loves working for Greencross as they are a great company that provides outstanding patient and client care and delivers love and empathy to all pet parents.
Outside of work, Jody thoroughly enjoys spending time with her children and being a busy mum to three dogs, and two horses. Her personal interests include fitness, and horse riding.
Ever since Lisa was a little girl she loved animals of all types. Growing up she was always pet parent. Currently, she cares for a dog named Bailey, a cat named Evie, a snake named Jupiter and a chicken. Lisa is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge of animals whether it is furthering her study, volunteering at zoos and sanctuaries or watching documentaries.
She brings with her international experience having interned overseas at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida USA. While there she looked after bobcats, servals, caracals and cougars, along with lions, tigers, leopards and Jaguars.
Being a vet nurse is highly rewarding for Lisa.
Before I could even walk I’ve always had a huge passion and interest in animals and knew I wanted to have a career in the animal industry.
I started my journey as a Greencross intern in 2019. I was then offered employment and completed my Certificate 2 in Veterinary Nursing. I’ve worked for Greencross Vets ever since and have loved every second of it. From the handfuls of bouncy puppies to the gentle, kind old seniors.
I’ve recently completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to gain more knowledge and experience and develop more skills for the job I love so much.
I have two beautiful German Shepherd mixes (Kaiser and Duke), an Appaloosa gelding named Elvis, and my small hobby chicken farm.
Chelsea was still at school when she started working with Greencross as a volunteer for work experience. She loved working here with the staff and the animals so once she graduated high school in 2016, she completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies. Following that, she also completed her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing.
Chelsea has been in the Greencross Vets family for over five years as a locum nurse before joining Silkstone-Booval as Nurse Manager. She has always been very passionate about animals from a very young age and enjoys working with every animal big or small. Chelsea enjoys working in the theatre and will always put your patient first.
As our clinic’s Nurse Manager, Chelsea enjoys supporting the team and mentoring new staff.
At home, Chelsea has a cat named Delilah, a giant dog Olympus and two horses named Abbie and Austin, she recently bought acreage so there are many more animals to come.
Briley is a veterinary nurse at Greencross Silkstone who first started out as a school based trainee in 2015. She has worked with us for most of this time between 2015 and now. Briley owns 2 pets of her own a dog, Nahla and a horse, Catalina who she adores greatly, having pets her whole life is what encourages her every day passion of being a veterinary nurse.
Briley has a keen interest in behaviour and early stage behavioural developments, providing and guiding the pawfect parents to start there adventure with their new editions.
She strives to treat all our patients like they are her own and you will often find her going the extra mile for a patient. This may be anything from after the procedure brushing her patients to make them look extra pretty before going home, cuddling them as they wake up or giving them that extra bit of love while they are in a different environment to what they know every other day.
You will find Briley smiling on the other end of the phone when you ring so if you need advice or to see us give us a call and be sure to share some photos below of your pawfect pooches and kitties!
Dr Neshika Rajakaruna
Dr Neshika Rajakaruna
I have always been passionate about pets since I was very young. Growing up I had quite a few cats, dogs and fish. I loved looking after them and spending time with all them. This led me to pursue a career in the Veterinary industry.
I am originally from Sri Lanka and moved to Australia in Grade 4. I attended Kenmore State high School and then went on to James Cook University, in Townsville, to pursue a Veterinary Science Degree. During the degree I developed a keen interest in birds and pocket pets. I graduated in 2017 and came back to Kenmore to start my professional career. I currently have a lovely little Tortoiseshell cat named Sasha and a variety of fish.
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