Our Vets

Dr Anna Abdala

Dr Anna Abdala graduated in Brazil in 2009 and ever since has been working in Small Animal clinics in Brazil and Australia. She has a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture and participated in many conferences in holistic therapies.

Dr Anna quickly fell in love for Australia when she first arrived in Sydney in 2012. In that same year she moved to the beautiful Fraser Coast where she worked for 4 years. She is now the head veterinarian of Animal Options Vet Clinic.

In University, Dr Anna learnt all the skills necessary to start her new career as a vet. However, she also realised that conventional medicine was not unable to fully understand the reasons your pet would get ill. She noticed that conventional medicine linear and mechanic approach to the body was not enough to understand why pets get sick and how to manage their condition. From that moment on, Dr Anna started her journey into studying complementary. Now, she feels comfortable to offer Integrative Medicine, elaborating treatment plans that combine conventional therapies and alternatives, such as acupuncture and laser.

Dr Anna believes all animals deserve an opportunity to improve their quality of life, whether they are a small young puppy or an old age cat. Animals are very resilient and use a distinct language to communicate, they don’t speak or understand to our words, but they can certainly send us messages! All we need to know is to open our eyes and read their body, listen to their voice and feel their touch.

Dr Shahnae Dawson-Hayes

Dr. Shahnae has been working with Animal Options since the start of 2019. She studied a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, graduating with Honours. She has a keen interest in surgery, and also enjoys working with clients to ensure their pets live their lives as healthy as possible. She always strives to provide the best care for all the pets she sees, ensuring their best interests and comfort are always the main focus.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with friends, tending to her numerous indoor plants, a good glass of wine and Netflix (or an online surgery lecture!), and hanging out with her two dogs – a Border Collie x, Cora, and Zac, a New Zealand Huntaway, and her cat, Kaiya.

Dr Hannah Kyeong

Hannah grew up in New Zealand and completed her veterinary studies at the University of Queensland, in 2015. After graduating, she moved to the Gold Coast with her husband and their menagerie of animals which now include two pigeons.
She joined the Animal Options and Wet noses family in January 2020.

Hannah enjoys all aspects of veterinary care and providing the best service to her clients and their pets. In her spare time, she loves travelling, eating everything and outdoor sports.

Our Nurses and Support Staff

Jody Langmaid

Jody joined the Animal Options/Wet Noses team in January 2020. She started out as a midwife and after 15 years in midwifery had a career change to become a Practice Manager in a busy Sports Medical Clinic in Geelong, Victoria. Jody made the move from Geelong to the Gold Coast in 2018 to be closer to family and spent 2 years managing a group of Physiotherapy Clinics on the Gold Coast. She decided to make a switch from people to animals and has come to Animal Options/Wet Noses as Practice Manager to help with the day to day running of 2 busy clinics.

When not working, Jody spends her time running around after her teenage children and husband. She can often been spotted at local AFL clubs in her volunteer role as team manager for her children’s respective AFL teams and at dog parks and beaches accompanied by her family and her very large and friendly 2 year old German Shepherd ‘Mako’.

Sarah Wakefield

Sarah started in the veterinary industry in 2008 as a trainee nurse after graduating high school. While working she completed her studies and became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in May 2012.

At the end of 2012 Sarah got married and moved out west to Dalby with her husband Travis. During their time out west Sarah worked in a small country clinic in Bell, where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of small and large animals. In 2016 they moved back to Brisbane and welcomed their daughter, Hannah into the world.

Sarah joined the team at Animal Options in February 2017, working 3 days a week.

Since then welcomed twin girls Zoe and Quinn to the family in April 2019.

When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her chocolate border collie, Oscar and loves being a mum.

Maddie Brady

Maddie has been apart of the Animal Options team for four years now working as a veterinary nurse. Maddie lives in Brisbane with her 5 year old Kelpie x named Oscar and her 12 year old Burmese cat named Keeva.

Ana Polli

Polli graduated in 2010 as a veterinarian in Brazil, and worked as a vet there until moving to Australia in 2016. She began working as a vet nurse and quickly realised she preferred the one-on-one patient care that comes with nursing. She has a keen interest in veterinary nutrition and formulates our home made diet plans. Polli is also currently studying a rehabilitation course for animals, to help them recover after orthopaedic surgeries and improve the quality of life for our golden oldies.
When she is not working she enjoys anything in the outdoors with her husband, and spending time with her rescue chihuahua, Pepper – who will soon be joined by a little baby brother!

Chiara Faroni

Chiara is one of the latest additions to the nursing team here at Animal Options. 

Chiara has two years experience working in the Veterinary Industry. She graduated as a Veterinary Nurse in June 2020 and was lucky enough to join the amazing team at Animal Options and Wet Noses soon after graduation.

She cares for animals and respects them deeply – you can trust her to treat your pets like they’re her own fur babies.  

When she’s not at work she likes to go for long walks at the beach with her crazy Kelpie ‘Kookoo’ and partner Pete.

She also has a soft spot for birds and wildlife in general, which is why she also volunteers at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the weekends.

Chiara is extremely passionate about her job and will continue to research and study in order to become the best Vet Nurse she can be and provide your animals with the best of care.

Karen Grohn

Hi Everyone – I’m Karen, one of your Vet Receptionists. I enjoy meeting our clients and their precious pets, and receiving the many cuddles, kisses and licks!

I have been married to Michael for 28 years, and we have two adult children, and one cat which completes our Family. My background to the vet industry doesn’t consist of much – but my passion for Cat Rescue, and involvement for the past six years in fostering has led me down the path to where I am now. I am glad this door has been opened, for I very much enjoy working with the Animal Options and Wet Noses Teams at Ormeau, who are hard-working, dedicated and professional. Being a photographer by trade, we enjoy camping, traveling and making memories. Life is short – so love hard, be kind and care for those around you – including the animals in our lives, because they don’t have a voice. I look forward to welcoming you, the next time I see you at the Clinic 🙂

Grace

Grace is our receptionist and she loves to meet people and their pets. She’s a Great Dane X Bull Mastiff and was born deaf, this means Grace can’t hear anything you say, but that won’t stop her from loving everyone. Her favourite trick is to jump on the counter to say hello, so make sure you give her a big smile! When Grace is not working, she loves to go to the beach and the dog park, where she can meet new friends.

 

Join the Animal Options team!

At Animal Options Vet Clinic, we are always looking for people who share our passion and motivation for improving the lives of pets and their families. We recognise that genuine, animal focused, quality care requires the efforts of a whole team. We would love to meet others keen to work with or alongside us.

If you are interested in being part of our team, please check out our current job vacancies board below.

What is Holistic Medicine?

We believe every pet deserves a comfortable and positive experience in a vet clinic environment and we know you are a dedicated pet owner and that your pet’s health is very important to you.

We believe that the most valuable tool for the health and wellbeing of your pet is to have a close connection with their health care professionals, such as vets and vet nurses, so you feel open to talk about your concerns and together we can agree on what is best for you and your pet.

Every pet is a unique creature with special needs, but they all deserve kindness and compassion.

Positive experience for your pet

It is also important for us that your pet has an enjoyable experience when visiting our clinic. Many pets are terrified or anxious when coming to a different environment and react when approached too quickly or too firmly. Pets need time to accommodate to new surroundings and smells and gentle approach to feel comfortable. Therefore, we allow extra time for your pet examination and use gentle handling and voice commands, pheromone sprays and diffusers, positive rewarding techniques and sedatives whenever necessary.

Holistic & Conventional Therapies

We are proud to offer conventional therapies like any pet hospital, along with integrative and advanced modalities to give your pet more options to the traditional approach. From conventional medicines to natural remedies, we also offer acupuncture, titre testing, laser therapy, advanced orthopaedic procedures and alternatives to long term pain medication.

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