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Senior Veterinarian BVSc (Hons)

Dr Andrew Hemming graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 with honours and immediately embarked on an internship training position with the Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Pet Emergency Room which has stood him in good stead for life as a vet.

He moved to Tasmania to explore the island and worked with all forms of life, including dogs, cats, horses, cows, sheep,  goats and alpacas, and even ended up doing a bit of work on King Island, where he enjoyed the luxuries of cheese, beef, and fresh air. He also developed a love of caramel slice while living in Tasmania.

Eventually, the mainland called again, and his vet work took him by 4wd through VIC, the ACT, NSW, NT and finally back to QLD where he was even called upon by the DPI and Qld Government to assist in controlling the infamous horse flu outbreak. He eventually settled back in Ipswich which he has called home for the last 12 years. He loves the excitement and challenge of being a vet and wouldn’t have it any other way.

In his spare time, he loves to play with “Normus” his Border Collie. His passion is to get out in the garden and get dirty; growing what he can for the kitchen table. He also can't get enough camping and 4wdriving and even writes articles for "4wd Action" magazine as a freelancer. He can be found kayaking on the upper reaches of the Brisbane River, our out on his bike. His biggest achievement was conquering the ACE250 - a mammoth 250km ride through the Victorian Alpine region.


The love of his life “Mila” his gorgeous daughter can always crack a smile on Daddy no matter how long his day at work was; that is if he isn’t being amused by “Charlie”, her big sister!

Veterinarian BVSc (Hons)

Dr Joanna Oreb graduated from the University of Queensland with honours. She is a recent addition to our veterinary team, but you may recognise her as she has been one of our Saturday nurses for the past two years!

Joanna grew up moving around Australia but has now settled in the Ipswich region! She lives with her partner Chris and their three fur-children, a kelpie “Rory”, border-collie “Alby” and their cat “Nitro”.

Joanna has known she would be a vet for as long as she can remember. Prior to studying at university, she regularly volunteered with the RSPCA and Riding for the Disabled organisations. She cannot wait to continue volunteering and serving the community as a veterinarian!

She loves being able to make a positive impact and help all our pets to be happy and healthy. While she is excited about all aspects of veterinary medicine, her passion lies in soft tissue surgery. In her free time, Joanna loves hiking, travelling, watching AFL games, and winning escape rooms! She cannot wait to meet all our wonderful clients and patients.

Veterinarian BVSc (Hons)

Dr Samantha Riemer graduated from the University of Queensland with honours and is a shining beacon of energy in the consultation room. Sam moved all the way from Canada to study Veterinary Science and fell in love with the beautiful Queensland beaches and endless sunny days. She hasn’t looked back since! She has a profound love for the great outdoors, and enjoys scrambling up mountains and hiking through the surrounding national parks.From a very young age, Sam fell in love with all creatures big and small and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. With a passion for all things veterinary science, Sam finds fulfilment in facilitating our furry friend’s surgical procedures as well as practicing medicine in the consult room and beyond. Her unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals drives her to continuously expand her knowledge and expertise, ensuring that every patient receives the best care possible. Whether she’s exploring the wilderness, running the rail trails, or lifting weights at the gym, her commitment to animal welfare remains steadfast.

Veterinarian BSc (hons) BVMS MANZCVS (SA Surgery)

​Dr Valerie graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. She moved to Australia after graduating, finding work in mixed practice in rural Mildura. After transitioning to focus on small animals, she pursued her special interest, and passion, in small animal surgery. Valerie is originally from the Netherlands, but after travelling around Australia working as a locum vet, she has settled in the beautiful sunshine of Brisbane.

When she is not working she is usually found outdoors in the mountains rock climbing or hiking, having most recently come back from two months in Patagonia. 

Multi-Colored Cat
Locum Veterinarian BVSc

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Practice Manager

Born and raised in South Africa, Tanya joined the veterinary field to complete her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Initially working as a therapeutic horse-riding instructor for disabled children, she transitioned to her real calling - veterinary nursing. Initially a client, followed by work placement, Tanya has worked her way through her nursing career with Ripley Vets, leading her up to her practice management role where she has settled into her calling.


Tanya is passionate about providing a support network for the growth of Ripley Veterinary Hospital, not only for our staff, but for our clients and the greater community too! As practice manager, Tanya is responsible for managing a great team, and ensuring everything behind the scenes runs smoothly.

When she is not busy at work Tanya is being supermom to her beautiful daughter Emilia. She also has her fur babies Bella (a rescued Chihuahua x mini foxy) and Lio (a domestic shorthair feline) and Duke the Jack Russell.


In her spare time, she enjoys family outings, 4wdriving and camping trips to get out and explore our beautiful country.

Veterinary Nursing Operations Manager

Olivia, our Veterinary Nursing Operations Manager, is an exceptional team leader, guiding our veterinary nursing staff with expertise and care. Liv's journey in the veterinary industry began in 2015 when she started as a volunteer veterinary nurse. Her dedication and commitment quickly earned her a permanent paid role within twelve weeks.

Liv's passion for animal care led her to pursue her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing immediately after high school. While working in a small animal clinic in Salisbury, she completed her certification in 2017. She further enriched her experience by working with horses and small animals in a mixed practice in Beaudesert before joining our team at Ripley Veterinary Hospital.

At Ripley, Liv is dedicated to upholding our commitment to providing a gold standard of care to our patients. As the Veterinary Nursing Operations Manager, she ensures the smooth operation of our hospital while providing valuable training and support to our nursing team. While she once loved orthopedics as a nurse, Liv now finds fulfillment in sharing her knowledge and expertise with her colleagues.

Outside of work, Liv cherishes her time spent with her flat-coated retriever, Padfoot. 

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