MEET OUR TEAM!
Dr Bill Roughan – Director & Senior Veterinarian
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.
Amanda Roughan – Director & Business Partner
Amanda is responsible for overall business management at SEC Vets, where she has been working alongside her husband Bill since they began in 2006. Amanda has a background in business consulting and management in agriculture, and is passionate about building leadership capacity and influencing positive workplace culture. She enjoys working with the SEC Vets management team to implement new ideas and keep the business running in a positive direction.
When Amanda is not working at SEC Vets, she is running their beef property and doing some project-based private consulting work in the Agri sector. She is also the chief taxi driver for Bill and Amanda’s 3 daughters; Amelia, Holly and Chloe.
Dr Megan Packham - Director & Senior 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 officially became a Director and business partner at SEC Vets in July 2020.
Megan enjoys all aspects of mixed veterinary practice especially bovine obstetrics, small animal surgery and equine reproduction. When not at work, she loves spending time with her family – husband Nick and daughter Emily.
Dr Alice Roughan
Born and raised on a beef cattle property near Surat in South Western QLD, Alice wanted to join the vet profession at the ripe age of 4 when assisting her Dad with a cattle spey. She eventually fulfilled that dream in 1996 when she graduated from UQ in Brisbane and embarked on a path of mixed practice work in South East QLD before heading to Scotland and England to treat an array of furry friends – anything from ferrets to Highland cows! Returning to Australia to marry into the Roughan Family (Bill’s brother Ben), she then spent the next 14 years in Longreach in Central Western QLD, doing locum work for the local Vet, as well as raising a family of 3 and running a busy bakery and café with her husband. Now back in the Brisbane Valley (a 5th generation Toogoolawah Gardner as well!) and back into beef cattle production which was the long term plan, she is excited to be working as part of the vet team at SECVets on a part-time basis and to help out when other vets are away.
Dr Samme Grounds
Samme grew up in Brisbane before attending UQ Gatton to study Applied Science in 2007-8.
She spent several years working for an equine vet near Toowoomba, and eventually went on to study Vet Science at CSU, Wagga. Samme has a keen interest in both small and large animals - we have no doubt that she will slot perfectly into our practices.
At home she has 2 horses and 6 very special chickens.
Dr Paige Burey
Paige originally hails from a cattle property north of Goondiwindi where her passion and love for animals first began. She loves the variety and challenges of working in mixed practice and is interested in all aspects of both large and small animal work. She has particular interest in cattle production, equine reproduction and small animal internal medicine.
After spending a long stint in Townsville to attend James Cook University, Paige is excited to be living back in Southeast QLD and looks forward to meeting the local community both in and outside of work. In her spare time, Paige enjoys getting outdoors, helping out on the family farm and spending time with her yellow Labrador, Simba.
Dr Courtney Henry
Courtney grew up in a rural town in South Africa, where the wild parks instilled a deep passion for all animals - big and small! She then travelled to the Middle East with her family where she lived for a few years, before moving again to Australia to settle here.
After completing a Bachelor of Science at UQ majoring in zoology, Courtney found this still wasn’t enough contact with animals, and so began her vet journey at JCU. Having now come to the end of her vet studies, Courtney is excited to start her career here in Toogoolawah. She has a keen interest in equine and bovine medicine and reproduction, and the variety that comes with all things small animal related.
When not caring for your animals, you can find Courtney out exploring the great outdoors, camping, travelling or skiing when she can get close enough to the snow. But in all honesty, you’ll find her with her best pal, Louie the golden retriever, is!
Dr Sarah Rose
Sarah was born in far North Queensland however she spent most of her childhood growing up in Murwillumbah on the far north coast of NSW. During her time studying at UQ Gatton, Sarah’s weekends were consumed with working on various beef properties, showing cattle and riding horses.
Sarah is keen on all things bovine and equine, and also enjoys spending time in the clinic with our smaller furry friends. She enjoys the variety and challenge of mixed practice and is excited to be joining the team here at South East Country Vets.
When she's not at work, you'll find Sarah either riding her horse Honey, catching up for a drink with friends, or exploring the great outdoors!
Dr Amanda Grosskopf
Amanda grew up in Western Australia and graduated from Murdoch University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science (Vet Biology) and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. She then moved to QLD and worked in mixed practice vet clinics across Mt Isa, Murgon and Emerald. After a short stint in Canada, Amanda returned to Emerald working in a small animal practice until 3 years ago when she and her family relocated to the local area of Pechey! She had been working in Highfields since then. Amanda enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, in particular small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
When not working she enjoys spending time with her young family, horses, dogs and chickens!
Dr Emma Robson
Emma was born and raised in Brisbane and studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2008. She has spent the past 12 years working in mixed, small and emergency practice in the local Somerset Region with a couple of small career breaks to have her children. She has called Esk home since moving to the area in 2009, where she lives with her husband Matthew and their two young children Alex and Ava as well as dog, Milton and a small brood of chickens. She has a particular interest in small animal medicine, emergency medicine, dermatology and pain management.
Claire - Practice Manager
Claire is a qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse who joined the South East Country Vets team in 2014. She is our Practice Manager who is based at our Toogoolawah clinic, but drives around to Crows Nest & Blackbutt once a month to catch up with the team and work on strategies to continually improve our services. She is also our marketing guru!
Whenever possible, Claire and her partner pack up the family (including the 3 dogs!) and make a 10 hour journey west to the family’s cattle station for their “working holiday”, where they assist in all aspects of cattle processing and station life.
Nicole has been a vet-nurse for over 20 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.
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.
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 has had over 20 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 is a local girl who grew up in Crows Nest and has always had a goal to work in the Veterinary Industry. She joined our team in 2018 and is very passionate about caring for all animals. Sheespecially 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 joined the South East Country Vets team in 2018! 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!
Chantal is from Beerwah and graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Animal Ecology in 2018. She then spent some time working in different parts of Australia, from WA, the NT to North QLD in wildlife sanctuaries before deciding to focus on her passion for animal care and rehabilitation.
She is very excited to gain her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing with us and is keen to expand her knowledge in the rural sector.
A lover of outdoor adventure, Chantal tries to spend as much of her spare time as she can travelling and camping with family, friends and pets.
Sara was born and raised in Cunnamulla. She grew up mustering and working on her family'scattle and sheep stations. Her love of horses started with her grandmother teaching her to ride before she could even walk, although she encouraged her love of all animals large and small.
Sara later traveled Australia working within the sheep industry before starting a career as a track work rider on the Gold Coast and the Northern Rivers NSW. She started vet nursing in 2011 in the South Burnett region and was honored to take part in the first stem cell surgery within that region. She’s returned to nursing with SECVets after a near 3 year break. Toogoolawah became home for her in 2020.
Outside of work she loves spending time with her family and friends, fishing, gardening, competing with American Cutting Horse Group and building her horse rug business!
“We are passionate about providing the best preventative health advice for your animal to ensure their long term health and well-being. We are committed to providing a compassionate, friendly service delivered by a highly qualified team.”
Brisbane Valley Vets was established in 2006 when local boy, Dr Bill Roughan, moved back to his home town of Toogoolawah to bring up his own family. Since then, we have built a purpose built veterinary hospital in Toogoolawah, with stables and expanded our premises and services, and in June 2010 opened up Blackbutt Veterinary Clinic. More recently we also acquired Crows Nest Veterinary Clinic in Crows Nest which we opened in September 2014. In 2017 we branded our three clinics "South East Country Vets."
Our veterinary clinics are equipped with top class diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and all staff are highly trained, warm and welcoming animal lovers. We listen, empathise and treat your animals as if they're our own, so you know your pet or animal is in the right environment to receive the best possible care.
If you're the owner of horses or cattle, we can provide a full range of veterinary services on your property. We’re proud to be a local business in this region and look forward to welcoming you and your pets into one of our clinics!
31 Cairnscroft Street, Toogoolawah QLD 4313
80 Hart Street, Blackbutt QLD 4314
16 William Street, Crows Nest QLD 4355
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