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Meet Our Team

Dr. Ross Polst BVSc (hons.)

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr Ross Polst is the owner and Principal Veterinarian for Hinterland Veterinary Surgery. He purchased the clinic from Dr Graeme John Lyon in August 2015. Ross joined Hinterland Veterinary Surgery in November 2006 after relocating from Adelaide. Ross graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2001 with Honours and enjoys working with all types of animals. He has a particular interest in small animal surgery and orthopaedics. Ross enjoys helping give back by fostering animals with his current foster being George the mix breed. He also has Tuppence and Toby the Domestic Shorthairs and Donatello the long neck turtle. One of the highlights of his veterinary career was performing the anaesthetic of an adult male lion at the Melbourne Zoo.

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Dr. Cathy Dixon BVSc

Veterinarian

Dr Cathy came to work at Hinterland Veterinary Surgery in 2003 after working in the United Kingdom for three years. Cathy has a passion for dogs and cats. Cathy lives on Mount Tamborine with her husband Chris, whom is also a Veterinarian, with their two children. They are the proud owners of Tulip the Toy Poodle and Tippy-Tinkle-Trousers the Miniature Schnauzer. They also have three cats; Koko and Cosmo, both chocolate Burmeses and Russell a red Burmese.

Dr. Nicole Curran BVSc (hons.)

Veterinarian

Dr Nicole Curran is the latest addition to Hinterland Vet Surgery. Nicole has had 15 years experience in small animal practice, working in Ipswich, Brisbane and the beautiful Goldy, after graduating with honours from the University of Queensland. 
She loves people, the variety of being a general practitioner and has a particular interest in the fields of Internal medicine (especially feline!) soft tissue surgery, oncology and dentistry. When Nicole isn't cuddling a pooch (or two) she enjoys chilling at the beach in her hometown of Tugun, cooking up a storm in the kitchen with friends and family, and working with the awesome youth group at her local Church

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Danielle

Practice Manager, Vet Nurse

Danielle jointed the Hinterland Vet Surgery team in 2013. She has been nursing since 2006 and completed her certificate 2009. Danielle takes pride in running the clinic and training new nurses. She has a passion for emergency nursing and also enjoys running, gardening and drawing in her spare time. She is the owner of a very cheeky (but cute) German Shorthaired Pointer named Georgie.

Emma

Vet Nurse

Emma joined the Hinterland Veterinary Surgery in July 2019. She has recently completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is keen to use her skills. She is interested in all aspects of nursing, large and small animal. She is the owner of a rat named Coco and an Indian Ringneck named Balu.

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Calinda

Vet Nurse

Calinda joined the Hinterland Veterinary Team in February 2017 after having 2 years off to have her third child. She has been in the industry since 2003. During this time, she completed a degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation Management in 2008 and between babies and part-time work went on to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. Calinda's family also includes Sarsaparilla the Terrier cross and a very handsome Burmese named Leroy Brown

Jade

Vet Nurse

Jade joined the Hinterland Vet Surgery team in July 2019. She is currently completing her Certificate III in Animal Studies and will continue to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is the owner of a Jug (Pug x Jack Russel) named Bentley and a Persian cat named Rajah.

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Louisa

Vet Nurse

Nurse Louisa is originally from New Zealand and moved here with her family. She has many years experience in the nursing industry and enjoys providing a high quality of nursing care to her patients. Lousia is a welcomed member of our team, joining in July 2019. She is the owner of an American Staffy named Lexi and a cat named Smitten.

Talia

Vet Nurse

Talia joined the Hinterland team in 2018. She has moved from Cairns with her family, where she gained several years of experience in general nursing. She is currently completing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. She has a passion for reptiles and even has a snake of her own!

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Jess

Veterinary Nurse

Jess joined the Hinterland Vet Surgery team in September of 2019. She has been in the industry for 10 years and thoroughly enjoys emergency and critical care nursing. She has three cats named Esme, Felix and Lily. She hopes one day to ad a dog to her collection.