Dr Andrew Hemming

BVSc(hons) – Veterinarian

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, and “Sweet Pea” his very naughty Burmese. 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. 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!

Kiara

Clinic Co-ordinator / Veterinary Nurse

Kiara leapt from the pharmacy into Veterinary Nursing when an opportunity arose to begin working in the industry with the Flinders View Veterinary Surgery team back in 2015. She has always had a deep passion for animals and their welfare, even volunteering for many animal rescue charities over the years. During her time at FVVS, she studied Veterinary Nursing, becoming Certificate IV qualified in 2017!

When she isn’t busily keeping things here at RVH in check, Kiara can be found spending time with her own fur family which comprises of 3 dogs (Rambo, Bindi & Pepper), 3 cats (Tigger, Peaches & Zazu) and her 2 cheeky cockatiels (Gidget and Gizmo). She spends a lot of time training her dogs in obedience and agility and canine behaviour is her real passion! 

She enjoys the outdoors, often spending her weekends and days off taking her dogs for a run at the beach, kayaking, or finding new places to go camping and adventuring.

Kiara is always looking for a new challenge to further develop her exceptional skills as a vet nurse and getting to know all of our clients and their furry, feathery and scaly pets!

Sarah C

Veterinary Nurse

Sarah moved to Ipswich after working in Adelaide for a few years. Originally from California, Sarah relocated to Australia some years ago and studied her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing while in Adelaide. Sarah has always loved animals and was never without a dog or two growing up. She really got into nursing when raising a guide dog puppy and attending her vet visits! While she had always loved animals, this was her first experience getting to see some of the behind the scenes work and fell in love. From there she got a job in a groomers, then worked in a couple different small animal clinics in both California and Adelaide when she eventually moved to Australia before finding her way to RVH!

 

When not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy often going on short weekends away. She loves hiking, going to the beach and finding new places to explore. While she doesn't have any animals yet, she does look forward to adding some furry family members in the future. In the meantime she will happily give some foster babies a home while they look for their forever home!

Charmaine

Veterinary Nurse

Charmaine was born and grew up in Coffs Harbour where she frequently visits, and where her family remain. For as long as she can remember, she had always wanted to work in the animal industry, loving and being around a variety of animals growing up. In 2017, she completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, then in 2018, she began her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Mid 2018, an opportunity arose to become part of the Ripley Vet Hospital team and pursue her dreams. She has 3 fur babes; Lexi & Zeus who are both trouble making Siberian Huskies and Misaka, a rescued domestic short hair cat from Ipswich.


In her own time, she loves being at the beach whether it’s running around and swimming with her huskies, surfing or just relaxing. She also loves camping and exploring with who ever is eager to go on adventures with her!

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Sarah Hemming

Practice manager

Sarah’s introduction into the animal industry was as a qualified dog groomer in Sydney. From here she landed a position as a live-in vet nurse at a hospital for over 6 years, and whilst studying and completing her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing she was promoted to head nurse. The sunnier states then called and whilst in QLD, Sarah was given the opportunity to complete the DELTA Good Citizen Dog Training Certificate and through her work, studied animal behaviour for 2 years.

She has a strong passion for behaviour, which shows during her very popular, fun and educational puppy preschool classes. A move to Townsville allowed Sarah the opportunity to develop her advanced nursing skills in a busy emergency Hospital. This also qualified her as a Workplace Trainer and Assessor to help develop and train junior nurses in the Certificate IV Nursing traineeship program, which she loves doing.

Sarah has a passion for the industry, and has done further study achieving a Cert IV in business management. She has focused on small animal nutrition and has recently completed her Myofunctional Therapy Course. This allows her to achieve quicker and superior recoveries for animals post surgery, but what excites her most is making senior pets more comfortable in their golden years.

In her spare time (if she gets any), she enjoys chilling with her family, and she is besotted with her two daughters “Charlie” and “Mila”. She has a generous array of pets including cows, alpacas, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. If not at home, Sarah is walking the dogs or trying to catch some sun in the great outdoors!

Megan Sorensen

BVSc(hons) – Veterinarian

Growing up in Ipswich, Megan dreamt from the age of 6 that she wanted to become a Vet. Megan always had a passion for small animals which stemmed from her family’s menagerie of animals and continued to grow by fostering and assisting with local rescue groups. After pursuing her dream Megan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary science, honours in 2018, before joining our team in January 2019.

 

Outside of work Megan is ‘fur-mum’ to a beautiful, bouncy Weimaraner, Saxon. During her spare time, she enjoys going on adventures with Saxon, travelling and playing Inline Hockey.  She has a particular passion for surgery and is excited to meet all the lovely clients, pooches and felines of Ripley and surrounding areas.

Tanya

Veterinary Nurse

Born and raised in South Africa, new to the veterinary industry and currently completing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing Tanya transitioned from the equine world as a therapeutic horse riding instructor for children with a disability to vet nurse. After starting off as a client with Flinders View vets and completing her work placement with us, an outstanding opportunity to join the Ripley vet team came available bringing her passion and dreams to life. When she is not busy at work Tanya is being supermom to her beautiful daughter Emilia her furbabies Bella (a rescued Chihuahua x mini foxy) and Lio (a domestic shorthair feline) and their two Isla Brown chooks;  in her spare time she enjoys family outings and 4wdriving and camping trips out exploring our beautiful country.

Sarah H

Veterinary Nurse

Sarah undertook work placement at Ripley Veterinary Hospital in 2018 following her dream to work in the veterinary industry. While completing this work placement she became a significant contributor to the practice and showed us great aptitude in client service and patient care and was consequently offered a position within the practice. She has not let us down with her efficiency and reliability, her positive customer service always with a smile, and her compassionate patient care. Sarah is in the process of completing her nursing qualification and is also undertaking a degree in Veterinary Technology.

 

Outside of work, her interests include her own precious animals, two beautiful border collies (Ripley and Stark) and a collection of cheeky chickens. Family is very important to Sarah and she is fortunate to have a terrific family at home and at work. She considers herself very lucky to be working in such a great clinic where she is constantly learning new skills every day and working with such talented people.

Meika

Clinic Cat/co-CEO/After-hours Support/Security/Comic Relief

I'm new to the life of a clinic cat but am loving every minute of it!

I would definitely say I've got an adventurous spirit... although I can be a little clumsy at times. I keep the staff entertained with my antics always finding something new to climb or showing off my amazing tightrope walking. I'm always interested in helping patients finish their food or just happy to say Hi!

I don't mind a cuddle from time to time - wet food should always be the reward for my loyalty. I'm glad I've got an awesome new job running a clinic. Don't know what they would do without me!

Marjorie

Clinic Cat/co-CEO/After-hours Support/Staff Stress Relief/Cuddle Buddy

I started my clinic cat life by charming all the staff into loving me. I even managed to get Meika on my side and then I just had to stay!

 

I'm good at keeping patients warm and also warming equipment! You may see me hard at work on top of some of the machines around the place. I'll happily take cuddles from anyone who wishes to give them but don't forget that I'm your top priority from then on!

I let Meika think she runs the place but really I'm the true boss and everyone knows it. 

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