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5 Allamanda Drive
Daisy Hill 4127

Our Nursing Staff

Tammy Stubbings
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Tammy Stubbings

With over 20 years’ experience as a veterinary nurse, Tammy’s knowledge and expertise as well as her ability to successfully mentor her veterinary nursing team make her the ideal head nurse for our practice.

Tammy grew up on a dairy farm in country Queensland and has always had a love for animal care. Her initial experience in a customer care position and her veterinary nursing qualifications have enabled her to excel in managing her nursing team in an effective manner to maximise animal welfare. She has a mentoring role for the younger veterinary nurses and is a particularly organised person, which is essential in ensuring all patients hospitalised receive optimal care.

We are very lucky to have such an incredible nurse leading our team as she is constantly teaching the gold standards of care of animals in the veterinary setting. This has led to a follow-on effect of talent in our wonderful team of nurses who support the vets in their role.

Tammy’s areas of interest include orthopaedic surgical nursing, alongside head vet Dr Julian Nalliah, rehabilitation and recovery nursing as well as canine behaviour. Tammy currently runs our Daisy Hill Puppy School, which teaches owners how to get their pups socialised and settled in within a safe environment.

Tammy has a calming presence, even when faced with animal emergencies, as well as being an active problem solver within the practice. She is always happy to go out of her way to help our clients and their pets even with the trickiest of queries.

Outside of the vet practice, Tammy enjoys Pilates, dog-walking, jet-skiing and bushwalking. Tammy shares her life with her husband, two children and her beloved dogs “Ollie”, a miniature Schnauzer and “Tucker”, a miniature long-haired Dachshund.

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Jess Woods
Veterinary Nurse
Jess Wood

Jess has experience in the care of a wide variety of species ranging from pelicans to turtles having spent 6 years working as a birds and exotics veterinary nurse. She brings a wealth of practical experience in medical nursing of wildlife, whether feathered, furred or scaled.

Jess’s practical experience is exceptional, having acquired amazing animal handling skills, with over 10 years hands-on veterinary nursing as well as studying for her TAFE Certificates III and IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Aside from her practical experience, Jess has an interest in animal behaviour of multiple species, with extra knowledge in the field of environmental enrichment and maximising the human-animal bond with pet ownership. Jess works alongside our vets in the area of behaviour, offering owner education in the areas such as separation anxiety and noise phobia in dogs and feather picking in birds. She has experience working with dogs with these serious behavioural problems and can certainly empathise with owners, striving to help them whenever she can.

Her years of nursing experience make her a brilliant surgical nurse and her attention to detail enable her to monitor patients undergoing anaesthesia with the highest level of care. Jess is a reassuring presence for pet owners and really loves being part of such a well-trained team at Daisy Hill Vet.

Jess has a menagerie at home, including ‘Harriet’, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, guinea pigs, birds including budgies, finches and canaries as keeping and breeding freshwater tropical fish. A true animal lover, Jess is in her dream job as a veterinary nurse, promoting responsible pet ownership whenever she can.

Jess is a weekend market goer, purchasing fresh produce direct from farmers and lives very much the outdoor lifestyle. Her residence backs onto a wildlife corridor where she regularly enjoys the Daisy Hill Forest walking tracks.

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Lisa Draney
Veterinary Nurse
Lisa Draey

Inspired by a strong interest in wildlife photography, Lisa began her studies in animal health in 2010, enrolling in a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Wildlife Science. After graduation, Lisa decided to concentrate her focus in the small animal veterinary field and completed her Veterinary Technology degree in 2015.

Lisa’s passion for helping animals in need landed her a position as a pet emergency nurse in Brisbane, where she obtained valuable skills in stabilising patients in critical situations such as road accidents, dog attack victims and gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), also known as a twisted stomach. Lisa found the emergency work extremely rewarding, nursing hundreds of pets back to health and learnt to cope with highly emotional circumstances.

After lots of overnight shifts as an emergency nurse, Lisa is now a respected member of our nursing team. Her science background and critical care training, enables her to remain calm yet efficient when emergency cases present at Daisy Hill Vet. We are grateful to have an emergency and critical care nurse on site who can triage pets immediately as they arrive.

Lisa grew up in Toowoomba with many pets, owning guinea pigs, rats, mice, cats and dogs as she grew up – her love for animals definitely developed as a child. She currently owns a trio of adopted fur babies – ‘Trixie’, a Staffordshire terrier cross and two gorgeous domestic short-haired cats named ‘Dahlia’ and ‘George’.

She is known amongst her colleagues and our clients for being a kind-hearted person, especially when pet owners need additional support.

Outside of veterinary nursing, Lisa’s interests include bushwalking, rainforest conservation and reading fantasy novels. She also has a very eclectic music collection and considers herself a bit of a gamer in her spare time.

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Lauren Draper
Veterinary Nurse
Lauren Draper

Lauren was originally employed as a locum veterinary nurse but after realising her incredible talent in the field of intensive care nursing, was offered a permanent position with the Daisy Hill Vet team.

Lauren’s beautiful childhood dog, a Border Collie called ‘Angel’, was her soul-mate growing up and her motivation for pursuing her veterinary nursing career.

After completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing studies, Lauren worked in private practice and then was offered a prestigious position in emergency medicine with the Queensland Veterinary Specialists (QVS) in an ICU role. Managing critical patients is second nature to Lauren and in particular, her caseload included managing animals undergoing emergency splenectomy, blood transfusions and complex medical cases.

As a team player, the experience that Lauren has had in specialty intensive care nursing has enabled these skills to be continued in her nursing role at Daisy Hill Vet, where the vets place tremendous trust in her ability to love and care for sick pets on a daily basis.

Lauren is studying pathology and phlebotomy part-time, which adds to her medical nursing knowledge, as well as her ability to accurately locate tiny veins even on the smallest kittens and puppies.

Lauren’s areas of interest include imaging (both radiography and ultrasound) as well as the pathophysiology of disease. Problem solving is in her nature and this skill is vital when taking care of in-patients as a veterinary nurse. Her goal is to achieve the best outcome for the animals she looks after and being part of the team at Daisy Hill Vet has been a rewarding experience.

Being a keen traveller, Lauren has spent 12 months exploring the globe, including Canada, Cuba, Panama and Columbia. She enjoys learning about different cultures and attending live music concerts in her spare time.

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Candace Dawson
Veterinary Nurse & Grooming Assistant
Candace

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.

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