Dr David Burgess

BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Specialist)

David graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland with first class honours in 2000.

He worked in equine and small animal practice in Brisbane before returning to the University of Queensland as an intern in 2002. He continued to work at the University as an Associate Lecturer and Registrar in Small Animal Surgery before moving to Queensland Veterinary Specialists in 2009 to undertake a residency in Small Animal Surgery.

He is a fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered specialist in small animal surgery. Although he enjoys all aspects of surgery, he has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery – laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy.


Dr Jason Beck

BVSc M VetClStud FANZCVSc (Specialist)

Jason graduated from Queensland University in 1988 and spent three years in mixed and small animal practice before undertaking a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Sydney. Jason has a Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies degree awarded for investigations into the pathophysiology of canine gdv. He has worked as a faculty surgeon at the University of Sydney and Washington State University in the USA. He is a fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered specialist in small animal surgery.

With over fifteen years of experience in managing difficult and complex cases, his interests lie in all aspects of soft tissue, orthopaedic and neurosurgery.


Dr Lucas Beierer

BVSc GradDipEd MVetSurg DACVS-SA (Specialist)

Lucas graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland and immediately undertook a rotating internship here at QVS. Surgical internships then followed in Adelaide and Perth, part of which involved a tertiary qualification in adult education.

He undertook a residency in small animal surgery at Murdoch University whilst also completing a masters of veterinary surgery looking at the biomechanics of locking plates.

Lucas was accepted by examination as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Surgery chapter) in 2011. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal in 2015 and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 2016. He has spent several years working in the Northwest of England prior to making the decision to return home to Brisbane. He has a broad array of surgical training and clinical experiences, enabling him to offer the very best to QVS clients. He is certified to perform Total Hip Replacements and has extensive experience in minimally invasive traumatology.

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Dr Tim Pearson

MANZCVS, GradDipEd, MVetClinStud, MVetSurg, DipECVS


Tim graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001 with honours and worked in mixed and small animal practice for several years in both Australia and the UK before returning home in 2008 to pursue his dream of becoming a specialist small animal surgeon. He attained Membership of the Australian & New Zealand College in Small Animal Surgery by examination in 2009 and then moved to Perth where he completed a 12-month surgical teaching and research program at Murdoch University followed by a 3-year specialist residency training program in Small Animal Surgery as well as Clinical and Research Masters degrees in fracture biomechanics. After leaving Murdoch in 2015, he worked for 3 years in a busy private referral practice in Perth and in 2017, he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons by examination and is a registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery. Tim embraces all aspects of surgery but in particular, he enjoys complex fracture repair, joint replacement and neurosurgery.

Tim and his wife Lauren returned home to Brisbane in 2019 after 9 years in Perth. In his spare time, Tim is a sporting tragic and spends his spare time refereeing rugby and supporting his beloved Broncos, Reds and the Wallabies. He and his wife have a little boy named Tom and a tabby cat named Poppy.

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Dr Karen Hazell

BVSc FANZCVS (Specialist)

Karen graduated with honours from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 1998.

She then travelled to the UK where she worked as a mixed animal vet for several years before returning to Australia and undertaking a residency in Small Animal Medicine.

Karen completed her residency in 2009 and now works at Queensland Veterinary Specialists as a small animal internal medicine specialist. Her major interests are neurology, endocrinology and diagnostic imaging.


Dr Inar Swift

BVSc FANZCVS (Specialist)

Inar graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 2002 where she was awarded the University Medal.

She worked in small animal practice on the sunshine coast before starting at Queensland Veterinary Specialists in July 2003 as a rotating intern in emergency medicine, surgery and critical care.

Inar completed a three year residency in small animal medicine in 2007.

Inar achieved Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2011 and is a registered specialist in small animal medicine.

Inar enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine but has a particular interest in ultrasonography, immunology, oncology and neurology.

Dr Sibylle Buob


Sibylle studied veterinary medicine in Switzerland at the University of Berne. After graduating, she worked for Novartis, but decided to return to clinical work. She completed an internship at a specialist clinic in Switzerland and worked for one year in private practice.

From 2007 to 2010 she was trained in Internal Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachussettes. In 2010 she became American board certified in internal medicine. Sibylle then worked at Anderson Sturgess a referral hospital in the United Kingdom before joining the team at QVS.

Sibylle has clinical interests in hepatic diseases, blood disorders as well as nephrology and critical care.


Dr Hannah Pipe-Martin

BVSc (Hons) DipACVIM

Hannah graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 with honours. She was granted several awards including those for clinical excellence and surgery. In 2012 Hannah completed a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialist where her interest in internal medicine developed. In 2013 she commenced a residency in small animal internal medicine at Louisiana State University completing the residency and passing her board examination in 2016.

Hannah has had multiple published articles in the subjects of endocrinology and infectious disease. She has also published several textbook chapters and presented at the American forum of veterinary internal medicine on her research on short acting insulin analogues.

Hannah joined QVS in 2016 as part of the internal medicine team. She enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has a special interest in endocrinology, infectious disease and critical care medicine.


Dr Vicki Stenner



Vicki graduated from the University of Queensland in 1994 with first class honours. After working in small animal practice in Melbourne and the UK, in 2001 Vicki completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the
University of Melbourne, a Masters of Veterinary Studies, and gained membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Small Animal Medicine). Since then Vicki has worked in referral practices across Melbourne, Brisbane and here at Queensland Veterinary Specialists. Her veterinary interests include sonology, small animal emergency and critical care medicine, endocrinology, medical oncology, and pancreatic and hepato-biliary disease. 



Dr Philip Thomas

BVSc PhD FANZCVS DACT (Specialist)

Phil graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science in 1984 with first class honours and worked in rural practice for three years. He completed a residency in Theriogenology at the University of Florida in 1990 and in 1995 he completed a PhD at Cornell University in Equine reproduction studying the interactions between spermatozoa and the oviduct epithelium.

As a PhD minor he studied Entrepreneurship at the Johnson Graduate school of Business. He holds specialist (or equivalent) status in Australia, New Zealand and the United States after fulfilling the requirements and examinations for Diplomate of the American college of Theriogenology in 1989 and Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Canine Reproduction) in 1992. He has taught reproduction to veterinary students in Australia and has published more than 50 scientific articles, book chapters, reviews and case reports. His greatest feat in reproduction was to make a small contribution to the birth of his children Hilary and Edward. He is currently a Specialist in Reproduction at Queensland Veterinary Specialists.


Dr Tania Davey


Tania graduated from Murdoch University in 1991 with honours and then completed a 2year internship in Radiology followed by a 2year Small Animal Medicine Internship at Murdoch University. These periods of post graduate training fostered an interest in soft tissue imaging as it related to internal medicine cases, especially sonography. She Joined the then ‘West Chermside Veterinary Practice’ in 1996 as a veterinarian for 2nd opinion Small Animal Medicine Cases and Imaging.  She became a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientist in 1997 in the area of Canine Medicine and helped to establish the Pet Emergency Room at Stafford Heights. Now her time is spent mentoring the emergency staff whilst wrangling her three griffons, 3 chooks and two children. She has a love for swimming, and has recently discovered the joy (and peace!) of open water ocean swimming.

Dr. Xavier Schneider

BIT BLM(hons) BVSc(hons)

Xavier graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland and began his veterinary career working in mixed practice in Northern Australia focusing on Equine and Bovine Reproduction. On returning to Brisbane, he completed a rotating internship in Equine surgery, medicine and reproduction at The University of Queensland Equine Specialist Hospital. Xavier is currently undertaking a residency program in Theriogenology (Animal Reproduction) with the American College of Theriogenologists at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and The University of Queensland’s School of Veterinary Science. Xavier has a clinical interest in canine, equine and bovine reproduction.


Dr Mike Shipstone


Mike graduated from University of Queensland in 1984 and has worked in a number of different private practice and industry positions. In 1995 he started a residency at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic in Melbourne, with additional periods of study at the University of California, Davis and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He is principle and director of a specialist dermatology referral practice and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.

Mike is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Dermatology) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He has published in Australia and overseas and has presented in Australia, South East Asia and North America


Dr John H C Hutt

BVSc(Hons) CertVD MANZCVS DipACVD (Specialist)

John graduated from the University of Queensland in 1988. He worked in general practice in Brisbane for 18 months before traveling to the UK in 1990, where he worked in a small animal practice for the next 11 years. During this time he developed an interest in veterinary dermatology. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 1997, and worked as clinical assistant in dermatology at the Animal Health Trust from 1998 to 2000. John is a past President of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group.

In 2001 John set up North Kent Referrals, a multi-disciplinary referral practice in the south of England, and he owned and ran the practice until its sale in 2012. In 2006 John was admitted to membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) by examination in small animal medicine. Following his return to Brisbane in 2013, John joined the team at Dermatology for Animals. Outside of work John’s major interest lies in English Literature and in 2006 he completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Open University.


Dr Evie Knight

BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine), FANZCVS, DipACVD, Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Evie graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010. After graduation she undertook a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Pet Emergency in Brisbane. Following completion of the internship, she commenced a dermatology internship at Dermatology for Animals. 

Evie was then offered a residency position in veterinary dermatology, training under both the Australian and American residency programs, with time spent in externships in both Australia and the USA.  

Evie is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) by examination in small animal medicine, and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) by examination in veterinary dermatology. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (DipACVD) and is a registered specialist. She lectures frequently at local and national conferences on a range of topics. 

Evie currently lives with her very fluffy and spoilt Chinchilla, Panda, a much-loved Maltese, Chester, and the newest addition to the family, Gio, a Golden Retriever. 

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Dr Catherine Chan


Catherine graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland with first-class honours in 2009, and completed a small animal rotating internship in Brisbane the year after graduation. She then worked in small animal emergency and general practice in Brisbane until 2012 when she moved to Sydney to commence her veterinary oncology residency training at the Animal Referral Hospital.

Catherine has received extensive training from four board-certified oncologists, and has also undertaken training overseas at Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center, and Missouri University Veterinary Health Center Oncology Service. Catherine completed her three-year oncology residency training program in 2015, and in 2016, she joined the team at Queensland Veterinary Specialists.

Catherine treats all types of cancer in pets. Her top priority is patient care and supporting families of pets that have cancer. She also has a strong interest in findings ways to improve remission and survival for pets with cancer while striving to maintain an excellent quality of life for each pet she treats.