Meet The Team

Debbie Thorne B.V.Sc (Hons)

Deb graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. Since then, she has worked in mixed practice in both Queensland and New South Wales, with a five year hiatus to run her family dairy farm. In her ‘spare time’, Deb spends time with her dogs Dot, Wilson and Hariat on her beef cattle properties in Maleny and Jandowae.

Kirsten Dance B.V.Sc (Hons)

Kirsten has been a member of the Maleny Vets team since 2012 after obtaining her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Queensland in 2008. Kirsten moved from Brisbane upon the completion of her degree and has been loving mixed practice since. Kirsten has a special interest in small animal internal medicine – she LOVES chasing up strange and unusual cases. Her home-life is monitored by her delightful black cat, Purl.

Lauren McGrath B.V.Sc (Hons)

Lauren graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 and has been working at Maleny Vet Services since 2013. Lauren enjoys all areas of mixed practice but has a particular interest in surgery and equine medicine. Lauren has three horses – Dusty, Smitten and Prince, her playful dog Percy and a delightful tribe of chickens, geese and ducks. Whilst she has a small herd of cows, there is no doubt that Margo is her favourite – having raised her from an orphaned calf.

Hailee Byles BVSc

Hailee joins us all the way from Whyalla, via Townsville’s James Cook University where she completed her Bachelor in Veterinary Science. Hailee has been in mixed practice since graduation and we were delighted to have her join our team at the start of 2019. She is an enthusiastic and capable practitioner who LOVES a challenge (either medical or surgical) be it cat or camel! She is supported in her role as a veterinary surgeon by her wise Labrador Duke, and her ‘delinquent’ Staffy, Jimmy.

Mai-Xin Koh BVSC

After having Mai-Xin come to work with us for a few short stints a couple of years ago, we knew she was a perfect fit for both our team and the community. She obtained her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from James Cook University and has been in mixed practice ever since. We were lucky enough to have Mai-Xin come and join us at the start of 2020. She brings with her Beans, her adorable Retriever cross, who just might be the poster child for all good dogs!

Chloe Summers

Chloe has been with Maleny Vet Services since 2012. She started as a junior kennel hand and is now a very experienced Certificate IV veterinary nurse, capable across all species! She has a menagerie of animals at home including Garry the goat, Ida the MAD Jack Russell and CR the Bull Arab. Her cat, Ajax, is a terror; he likes to jump out and scare the Energex man when he reads the electricity meter (we all need an Ajax!).

Debra Haupt

Deb has been with Maleny Vet Services since 2002 and has a Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing. She REALLY enjoys assisting in canine caesarean sections, nursing medical patients in hospital and training junior staff and work experience students – where her love for her job is infectious! Deb is otherwise kept busy with her horses Ned, Maverick and Abbey, her cats Tiddles, Ranga and Missy and her scallywag dog Nuckey.

Gemma Keir

Gemma and her family had been long-standing clients of Maleny Vet Services, which saw Gemma do some work experience with the clinic when she was in Grade 10. She has since graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree. Gemma’s home in Conondale is animal heaven – with lots of chickens, her dogs Tully, Bluey and Kuma and her cat Millie. Gemma has a special interest in nutrition and animal behaviour.

Jess Whan

Jess joined us from Glen Innes in 2018, starting work as a junior kennel hand and is now nearing the completion of her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is the proud “mum” of a darling Jack Russell named Roy. Whilst gaining experience through her nursing course, Jess has discovered her interest in assisting with large animal calls and is never happier than when assisting with a calving.

Kate Meager

Kate Meager

Kate joined Maleny Vet Services in 2007 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. She was born in Maleny and lives on a farm on Conondale. She has a Bull Terrier named Chuck, two Kelpies Arrow and Archer and some naughty horses – Bill, Ray and Bundy. She particularly enjoys getting outside with the large animal patients, especially beef cows and horses.

Kim O’Rourke

Kim started with Maleny Vets in 2011. She had a four-year hiatus to work as a veterinary nurse in equine clinics in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast. We joyfully welcomed Kim back in 2017. Kim’s family consists of fur, fluff and feathers – her terrier Pixie, her cat Alexis and her white cockatiel Olaf.

Melanie Buschor

Melanie has been a part of the Maleny Vet Services over twenty years. Mel has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, with a particular talent for anaesthetics. She lives on a small property outside of Maleny with her husband, Walter, her darling Cavoodle Lulu and a crazy bunch of chickens and Guinea Fowl. Mel has a passion for heritage breed chickens and is happy to give advice on your chicken problems.