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Dr Bill Roughan BVSc. – Practice Principal

Bill was born and raised in Toogoolawah and has been a practicing veterinary surgeon since 2000. His speciality is equine dentistry, horse and cattle reproduction and small animal surgery. Bill started his veterinary career in far north QLD at a mixed practice in Charters Towers where he learnt to fly and spent 2 years working with some of the largest most successful beef producers in northern Australia. The Nth Qld live export game took him overseas to China then onto the UK. In England, Bill worked in numerous small animal and equine clinics for a number of years – and was even lucky enough to treat some of the Queen’s horses and Elton John’s ponies.

On returning home Bill began working in an equine dental practice in Grafton where he gained his dentistry skills and brought them back to the Brisbane Valley in 2006 when he opened Brisbane Valley Vets based in Toogoolawah. Blackbutt Veterinary Clinic officially opened in June 2010, and Crows Nest Veterinary Clinic in September 2014.  Since then, we have combined the three clinics together under one name "South East Country Vets." Bill is an Australian Cattle Vets accredited Bull Tester and National Pregnancy Testing accredited examiner.

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Lisa Laycock BVSc. (Hons) B.App.Sc. (RT)  – Veterinarian

Lisa joined the South East Country Vetsteam in 2015 as a UQ Veterinary Science graduate. She also holds an agricultural degree and worked as an animal nutritionist before fulfilling her lifelong ambition to become a veterinarian. Lisa has worked with cattle all her life and has a special interest in bovine medicine and reproduction, as well as a keen interest in small animal medicine and surgery. She works between all three of our clinics and enjoys seeing all our wonderful clients & their beloved pets.

She currently lives in the Eskdale area where, together with her family, she runs a successful Droughtmaster stud along with owning and caring for a menagerie of other animals. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys fishing, showing her cattle and spending time with her family.

Megan Vetter BVSc. (Hons) – Veterinarian

Megan was born and raised on a cattle and sheep property west of Charleville in South-West Queensland and from a young age always desired to become a Vet. After graduating from UQ she worked in Central NSW at a mixed practice based in Coolah & Coonabarabran. There she spent 3.5 enjoyable years working with beef cattle, dogs and cats before making the decision to move north to St George - where she was able to gain further experience before making the move to Brisbane Valley Vets in late January 2016. 

Megan enjoys all aspects of mixed veterinary practice especially bovine obstetrics, small animal surgery and equine reproduction. Most weekends she finds herself driving around visiting friends and family, and when she gets a spare chance will go home to her parent's property. She also enjoys the odd Campdraft or two!

Bridie Costello BVSc. – Veterinarian

Bridie graduated from James Cook University, Townsville in late 2016. She hails from (self proclaimed) "God's Country" AKA Charters Towers in North Queensland where she was raised on the family owned and operated cattle station.
Bridie enjoys all aspects of mixed practice, particularly the variety and that no two days are ever the same! She has a keen interest in all things equine, as well as bovine surgery and production, and small animal surgery. In her free time, Bridie enjoys heading home to help her family on the station, watching the footy (COWBOYS!) and chasing the elusive barramundi!

Laura Bairstow Bsc. BVBio BVSc. – Veterinarian

Laura is originally from the tiny town of Dumbleyung, in SE Western Australia, but has spent the last 8 years in NSW first at Armidale before graduating from Charles Sturt University Wagga in July 2017. She has a background in livestock, growing up on the family sheep property as well as spending a year off in a stock camp in the Kimberley and summers in export feedlots. Laura has a keen interest in bovine and equine medicine and reproduction, but also enjoys small animal work. She loves everything about small rural towns and enjoys the people and places that she gets to see as a mixed practice vet. In her spare time Laura is usually with her menagerie of dogs and horses that have patiently been dragged across several states.

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Megan – Cert II Veterinary Nurse

Megan started her veterinary nursing experience in 2004, and has completed her Cert II vet nursing qualification since starting with us in 2009. She grew up on a cattle property in the Brisbane Valley and has been around animals her whole life. She has had extensive experience in Northern Australia where she was working in the cattle export industry.

Megan is highly skilled in general animal care, with a special interest in cattle production industries. When Megan is not working at the clinic she is kept busy managing her family’s beef cattle property where she also runs her own Simmental and Simbrah Stud, and helping with local community events.

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Nicole – Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Nicole has been a vet-nurse for over 10 years. She is highly qualified with a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing and is constantly upgrading her knowledge in all aspects of nursing. She has excellent surgical skills, a vast knowledge of basic animal health and is happy to answer all your questions.

Outside of the clinic, Nicole also juggles family life along with her own successful business ‘No more muddy paws’ dog grooming and kennels/cattery in Kilcoy. Her proficient vet-nursing skills together with her happy disposition and love for animals make her a valuable asset to the clinic.

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Toni – Veterinary Nurse

After a long break from vet nursing in a Vet practice in Mackay, Toni joined the team at South East Country Vets in 2009. Toni has a passion for the Australian Cattle Dogs that she used to breed and trial. Being a herding trials judge she gets to travel around the country judging and promoting the ANKC herding program. Before moving to Toogoolawah, Toni was one of the instructors at Redlands Dog Obedience and Agility Club. Having trailed dogs in obedience, agility and herding Toni loves the interaction with dogs and handlers. Her skills in this area stand her well qualified to run our regular Puppy Preschools and offer advice to pet owners on a range of behaviour and training issues.

When not working her dogs, Toni enjoys travelling around the countryside and camp drafting her horses.

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Claire – Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Claire joined the South East Country Vets team in late 2014, mainly working between two of our clinics; Toogoolawah & Crows Nest.  She is a qualified Veterinary Nurse who enjoys assisting and monitoring surgeries and small animal dentals, and is looking forward to enhancing her large animal nursing skills in the future. 

Whenever possible, Claire and her partner pack up their two dogs and make the 10 hour journey out west to the family’s cattle station, for what they call their “working holiday”, where they assist in all aspects of cattle processing and station life.

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Courtney – Cert II Veterinary Nurse

Courtney is a local girl who has lived in the Brisbane Valley her whole life. She started nursing in 2008 as a trainee at Esk Veterinary Services, she than went on and completed 3 years of nursing in a Toowoomba clinic before happily returning to the district and joining our team in early 2015. After finishing her traineeship, Courtney started her Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland where she is majored in Veterinary Technology, she now studies her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Courtney’s main areas of interest include surgery, small & large animal general health and reproduction.

When not working in the clinic, Courtney enjoys horse riding and helping manage the beef cattle enterprise that she has with her partner.

Traci – Cert III Veterinary Nurse

Traci has 16 years of experience in the veterinary industry having completed Certificate III in 2000. Traci joined our team in 2015 and works between all three clinics. Her main areas of interest include animal behaviour and monitoring small & large animal surgeries.

Traci is looking forward to studying with the National dog training federation to complete her Certificate III in Behaviour & Assistance dogs in the near future.  When not working, Traci enjoys fishing and spending time with her family and pets.

Sam–  Veterinary Nurse

Sam is a local girl who grew up in Crows Nest and hasalways had a goal to work in the Veterinary Industry. She is very passionate about caring for all animals and especially loves working with large animals, particularly horses! When she completes her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing, she would love to further her study with a vet tech or an equine science course. She loves spending her spare time working with her horses, taking them out to events and going mustering. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs.

Kathleen– Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Kathleen is the newest addition to the South East Country Vets team! She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing while working at Kilcoy Vets for 6 years. After a short 3 year break from the industry, she set foot into our neck of the woods and started working with our team in July 2018. She has lived locally around Toogoolawah for the past 12 years and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and working on their property that has beef cattle, too many horses and plenty of dogs! She also shares interest in camp-drafting and cutting when time lets her!

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