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Daisy Hill 4127

Our Grooming Staff

Tonia Nash
Senior Pet Stylist
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Tonia grew up in the Logan city region and has 13 years’ experience as a groomer.

Tonia practises gentle handling techniques and has a trusting relationship with her furry customers. From the age of 4, Tonia grew up around all sorts of animals including dogs, cats and guinea pigs and considers herself to be a ‘dog whisperer’, always maintaining a soft and respectful approach, which helps anxious animals to relax. She makes sure that grooming is a positive experience for everyone.

Her expertise includes breed clips, such as West Highlight White Terriers and Schnauzers, Poodles, as well as traditional clips, which are particularly popular in spring and summer.

Tonia also has a creative side – she is an artist in her spare time and uses her artistic flare and attention to detail to cater for individual owner requests – simply show her a picture of the type of clip you will like, and she will endeavour to reproduce it! This unique talent of combining her artistic skills with her love for animals has ensured that Tonia is in her dream job as a dog groomer.

Tonia is much loved by our staff and clients and puts 100% into her grooming work.

She has a Ragdoll cat at home called “Henry” and in her spare time paints water coloured portraits, including pets! When not in the doggy salon, you’ll find Tonia reading, hiking, camping or at the beach.

Candace Dawson
Veterinary Nurse & Grooming Assistant

Candace joined the Daisy Hill Vet team in 2019 having completed both her Certificate III in Animal Science as well as her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

As a university student completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at QUT, Candace has discovered her passion for pathology, including managing the in-house laboratory at Daisy Hill Vet. Diagnostic investigation including being able to obtain point-of-care blood test results on site has been of particular interest for Candace and she hopes to expand her knowledge in this field.

Apart from pathology, Candace’s other nursing interests include anaesthetic monitoring and the musculoskeletal system, particularly in helping the more senior patients live more comfortably and learning about management of canine osteoarthritis to enhance a pet’s quality of life.

Coming from a background in arts administration in a graphic design company, Candace has been able to utilise her artistic flare as an assistant groomer alongside Tonia, which is a real highlight in her role, as she loves getting to know her furry customers one-on-one.

Growing up around horses on a property in Gatton, Candace has always been an animal lover and currently owns a geriatric moggy called ‘Faith’ with hyperthyroidism as well as an extremely friendly American Bulldog called ‘Nogueria’. Amazingly, they both get along fine!

Being a true animal welfare advocate, Candace always strives for further knowledge so that she can ensure the best outcome for her patients and loves the challenging nature of her role as a veterinary nurse, as well as the variety of cases she sees.

Most of all, Candace values the many genuine friendships that have developed through being part of this dynamic team.

Candace enjoys a healthy lifestyle and the outdoors, particularly the Daisy Hill conservation park, as well as participating in fun runs, yoga and of course the Million Paws Walk every year.

Shelby Hammond
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Shelby is one of our friendly hydrobathers at the clinic on a Saturday mornings, where dogs are thoroughly washed to keep them clean and comfortable. Aside from this, Shelby also works at Daisy Hill Vet in a volunteer role during the week, gaining vital work experience for her future career, as she embarks on a 4 year journey to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at the University of Queensland.

Shelby’s energy and enthusiasm for everything animal-related shines through in the pride she has for her work, both in her volunteer and hydrobathing positions at Daisy Hill Veterinary Clinic. She manages to calm even the most anxious dogs in the hydrobath to ensure they are safe and have a positive experience in her presence, because her ultimate aim in life is to care for animals.

Animals are Shelby’s passion in life, with a particular interest in the area of radiology, where she is fascinated by the ability to pursue a diagnosis in a non-invasive way through careful observation of anatomical variation through ultrasound and the subtle changes to the musculoskeletal system using x-rays.

Prior to her position with the Daisy Hill Vet team, Shelby has volunteered with the RSPCA since she was 16 years old, with a focus on canine enrichment and behaviour. She is honoured to now be a part of the team here, and really puts her heart and soul into everything she does.

Shelby will always have a soft spot for her favourite dog breed, Bull Terriers, but absolutely loves all animals, whether they are furry, feathery or scaley – she openly admits that she has no non-animal-related hobbies!

Shelby currently has four fairly high-maintenance guinea pigs, who she nursed to health after they were rescued with severe Vitamin C deficiency, as well as a 10 year old Staffordshire Terrier called Mudcake.