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. Kelly Leung BVSc (hons.)


Dr Kelly Leung joined the Hinterland Vet Surgery team in 2020. She graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2018 and had been working as an emergency vet on the Gold Coast since. She loves cats and is very interested in feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, and emergency and critical care. She is passionate about painting and loves watching bad movies in her spare time. She is living with a fluffy ginger rescued cat named Ringo, while her other two grumpy cats are residing in Hong Kong where she was raised.


Practice Manager, Vet Nurse

Danielle joined 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 team members. 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 as well as six beautiful hens!



Vet Nurse (currently on maternity leave)

Tahlia joined the Hinterland Veterinary Team in May 2021. She is a very experienced nurse, working in several, large and busy clinics over the years. Tahlia takes pride in providing high quality nursing and is a welcomed member of our team. Her and her husband are soon becoming parents (human ones) for the first time!


Trainee Vet Nurse

Madison joined the Hinterland Vet Surgery team in October 2021, after volunteering for placement to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is the owner of a rescue boxer by the name of Cricket!



Trainee Vet Nurse

Stacey joined the Hinterland Vet Surgery team in March 2021. She is currently studying her certificate IV in veterinary nursing and is thoroughly enjoying learning new skills in surgery. Stacey is extremely knowledgeable in animal triage and customer service. She is the owner of a cockatiel named Randy.


Trainee Vet Nurse

Taylor started work placement in June 2020 at our clinic to complete her certificate III in animal studies. She has since been employed as a casual nurse while she completes multiple degrees in both Wildlife Science and Veterinary Technology. She also interest in Marine Biology and wants to one day work with turtles. She is the owner of a cheeky lovebird named Apollo.