Meet The Vets | Meet The Nurses
Dr Jon Fearnley
Qualifications: B.V.Sc, M.V.S.
I was lucky to grow up on a mixed farm at Upper Brookfield, and can remember having the chore of milking the house cow from a young age, and always having pet dogs around. With vets as family friends and relatives, being a vet was an easy and early career choice. After university, I worked for three years in Albany, in the south west of West Australia, in a large country town mixed practice. Then came a year travelling and working in practices in England, before heading back to Queensland with my wife Judy. After some locum positions, we settled in Nanango in November 1982. We have proudly called Nanango home ever since, raising and educating our four children there. The practice has grown with time, from a small shop behind the Newsagent, to our new purpose-built premises. I enjoy all aspects of mixed practice, finding all species have their own attractions. I have gained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Ruminant Nutrition, and hold a Masters in Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Medicine and Surgery) from Murdoch University. I am an accredited Bull Tester with Australian Cattle Vets and an accredited National Pregnancy Testing examiner. My interests include small animal surgery, dairy and beef cattle production, equine dentistry and reproduction, and veterinary opthalmology. I include vetting horse endurance rides as a hobby, along with bushwalking, travelling, and occasional canoeing. My aim is to be a well-rounded mixed practitioner, and I know this will be a life of constant learning and improvement. Most of all, I like talking to and helping out my clients.
- Member of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons - Ruminant Nutrition
- Masters in small animal clinical practice (Murdoch University)
- Sydney University continuing Education Centre Opthalmology course
- Australian Cattle Veterinarians Accredited Bull Breeding soundness examiner
- Australian Cattle Veterinarians Accredited Pregnancy diagnosis and Veterinarian examiner
- Equine Veterinary Dental Level 1 course
- Canine Advanced breeding techniques including trans cervical artificial insemmination
- FEI qualified endurance Veterinarian
Dr Samantha Morrow - Veterinarian and Partner
Qualifications - B.V.Sc.(Hons), M.V.S.
I have wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember and have been lucky enough to always have animals in my life. I grew up on a small property in the Lockyer Valley with dogs, cows and chooks. After finishing high school I started a science degree in animal studies at Gatton, before starting my vet degree at St Lucia in 2004. To keep me company while studying I had 2 pet hermit crabs ‘Harvey’ and ‘Norman’ and they proved to be great companions while renting. I started at Nanango Vets in late December 2008 after graduating from the University of Queensland the same year. I have come to love Nanango, the people in it and especially the animals that I’m privileged to work with every day. Although mixed practice has many challenges it also brings great reward with many interesting cases and no two days are ever the same. I particularly enjoy small animal medicine and am relaxing now that I have finished my Master’s Degree at Murdoch University, to gain further knowledge in this area. My husband Simon and I live on our acreage near Nanango and my spare time is spent with my son's William (born Feb 2013) and Eddie (born July 2015). I love giving cuddles to my two dogs ‘Maggie’ and ‘Buster’, relaxing with my cat "Lizzie", toiling in the garden and whipping up the odd masterpiece on my sewing machine.
- Masters of Small Animal Practice (Murdoch University)
- 12 month long Small Animal Ultrasonography course
- Member of the AVA and Australian Small Animal Veterinarians Association special interest group
Dr Linda Schiemer - Veterinarian and Partner
Qualifications - B.V.Sc. (Hons)
I simply can not remember a time in my life when I did not want to be a Veterinarian! Born and raised in Dubbo, NSW I've been described as "Having inhaled red dirt and taken it to my soul". When visiting friends in The South Burnett a decade ago, I fell in love with the area and decided that this is where I wanted to make my home. After working in mixed practice in Rockhampton for 2 years I then moved on to Townsville for a further few years. In Townsville I indulged my passion - working alongside equine specialists in an Equine Hospital and taking part in the equine veterinary training of James Cook University Vet students. When the opportunity arose to become a part of the NVS team I jumped at the chance to become a part of this amazing mixed practice. As a Vet my main area of interest lies in the realm of all things equine: I am passionate about equine medicine, surgery and reproduction. In case you hadn't gathered, when I'm not at work you will find me training and competing my own horses in the Olympic sport of Eventing.
- Member of Equine Veterinarians Australia and Australian Reproductive Veterinarians special interest groups
- Equine Veterinarians Pre-Purchase examination workshop delegate
- Australian Studbook registered Veterinarian (Thoroughbred Identification and Branding)
- EVA Equine musculoskeletal ultrasonography workshop delegate
- Equine Ultrasound guided joint injections workshop delegate
Dr Hanna Perrett - Veterinarian
Qualifications - B.V.Sc.
Growing up on our Duaringa cattle property, I was fortunate enough to have my own horse, milking cow, poddy calves and chickens to keep me occupied when the working dogs were too worn out from running around obstacle courses or pulling the cart. Heading off to boarding school at 12, I found it hard being away from my second furry family and always kept a few fish for silent company. I had always wanted to be a vet but it wasn't until I finished boarding school and worked for a year for a cutting horse trainer and then a Brahman and Brangus stud that I decided to pursue my passion. During my five year degree at James Cook University, Townsville, I particularly enjoyed working with large animals. I would return home to our cattle property "Eastbrook" in the holidays to help dad with the preg-testing, speying, branding and I loved sharing my new found knowledge on ruminant nutrition and working out cost benefit for our dry/wet season lick with him. Upon graduating from Uni I desperately wanted a mixed animal position that allowed me to develop my skills with both production and companion animals, so I was overjoyed when Jon offered me the position at NVS. I moved to Nanango with my Chihuahua puppy "Chilli" in early February 2015, and wake up every morning excited to come to work and find out what the day has to offer. I especially enjoy working through complex cases, even if I am up half the night researching everything weird and wonderful. When I am not working I'm usually either constructing my veggie patch, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, playing with Chilli or working out with my fitness buddies at the gym.
- Member of Australian Cattle Veterinarians
- Australian Cattle Veterinarians Accredited Bull Breeding Soundness examiner
- Accredited Endurance Veterinarian
Larissa Harvey - Veterinary Nurse
Qualifications: Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing
I can remember always wanting to be a vet nurse since I was in Grade 6, as I've always loved animals, especially Bruiser, my boofy big black lovable dog who can trace his ancestors up more family trees than any purebred dog. While at high school I was lucky enough to do 4 weeks of work experience at NVS and I loved it. This lead to an offer of a school-based traineeship in my last year of schooling at Nanango State High School, and I was offered a full time job in 2013. I became a qualified Veterinary Nurse in Janurary 2014.
Living and growing up in Blackbutt, I have one dog Bruiser and 2 birds Jo and Charlie. When I'm not working, I really enjoy motocross. I started riding my first bike at the age of 5 years and have been competing since June 2013. I am looking forward to competing more throughout the years. Boofy doesn't come with me on motocross weekends as he'd just chase the bikes!
Gretel Cartmill - Veterinary Nurse
Qualifications: Studying for a Cetificat IV in Veterinary Nursing.
I have loved animals since I was a young girl so being a vet nurse was always a goal for me. I grew up in Kingaroy but spent every spare moment at my grandparents farm at Coolabunia. My weekends were spent riding the farm horse, feeding the chooks and milking the cows.
I now live in the spare house on my Grandparent's farm with my dog, cat and horses. Out of work, I spend my time riding my horses around the property with my dog not too far behind. I enjoy instructing the kids at the Kumbia Pony Club as well as having a go at a few events myself.
On leaving school I took a position as a pharmacy assistant at a pharmacy in Kingaroy before being offered my dream job at Nanango Vet Surgery. I accepted the job on the spot and started in December 2015. To gain more knowledge of the veterinary industry I have now completed my Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing and have commenced my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I absolutely love coming to work as it is always fun and never the same as the day before.
Joy Patch - Veterinary Nurse
Qualifications - Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing
I grew up on a pineapple farm at Imbil and have always loved and enjoyed working with animals and owning them as companions. Aside from pineapples I always had a faithful dog by my side, a cat, cattle and the odd backyard chicken. I attended Gympie High School and then went on to work in the quality control lab at Golden Circle until I married in 1976. After marriage I moved to Bell with my husband Greg to work on the Dairy farm and piggery. As the children came along they were involved in Pony Club and allowed us to become involved in the local community. I also bred Standard Fox terriers and prepared and showed the occasional dairy cow which kept me more than busy along with the general running of the farm and brining up the children. In 1996 we moved to Nanango where we continued dairying until we dispersed the dairy herd following the 2013 floods. During this time we also spent 5 years living and working in Victoria only returning to Nanango in 2014. We now run a nice little herd of beef cows and plough up a bit of dirt for a few crops.
Beside from working on the farm I enjoy being involved in the local community and was the Kingaroy Show Secretary between 2006-2009. I also enjoy learning new skills, meeting new people and working towards a challenge, which was why I was thrilled to accept the position at NVS. I have now completed my Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing. When I'm not at work or doing jobs round the farm I enjoy gardening, crocheting and cooking. In my "spare time'' I also promote The Chefs Toolbox Cookware.
Paige Gayton - Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Growing up in Brisbane, my family always owned animals, such as guinea pigs, cockatoos and cats. Then, moving to Yarraman when I was 10, I got the opportunity to learn how to ride horses, which had always been a dream of mine.
While learning the ropes of horse riding and having a brief experience with campdrafting, I discovered my desire to become a Veterinary nurse. In early 2017, I did 8 months of work experience once a week at NVS and was over the moon when I was offered a traineeship in Veterinary nursing for 2018.
I have been doing Distance Education since year 5, which gives me a lot more freedom to work at NVS and spend more time with my horse Savanah. In my free time away from school and work, I enjoy riding and training horses, cooking, singing and curling up with a good book.