22 Highfields Rd, Highfields QLD 4352

OPEN 7AM-6PM MON-FRI / 8AM-2:30PM SAT

OUR PEOPLE

At Highfields Vet Surgery, we believe culture drives everything, and our small team is committed to providing exceptional health care for your family pets. We tailor everything around this vision, and we love working together to make it a reality.

Andrew Brown, Business Owner Manager at Highfields Vet Surgery

Andrew Brown

Business Owner Manager

With a strong background in the agriculture sector, specifically animal production both in premium wool, beef and prime lambs, Andrew has a direct correlation with the veterinary business due to his animal husbandry skillsets and understanding of the need for best practice in health and well-being of animals.

Andrew graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997 with a Bachelor of Management, before extending his studies and career in business management, mining engineering and corporate governance. Having a multifaceted career across various primary industries, Andrew is dedicated to improving the quality of the veterinary service to ensure best practice delivery exceeds customer expectations.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending quality time with his family and on the land, getting back to his grass roots in agriculture. Andrew spends time ferrying his children around to horse shows, soccer fields and basketball courts, coaching from the sidelines whilst checking on the calving heifers next door.

Dr Ashleigh Moon, Veterinarian at Highfields Vet Surgery in Toowoomba

Dr Ashleigh Moon

Veterinary Surgeon | BVSc (Hons)

Ashleigh graduated from the University of Queensland in 2019 with her bachelor's in veterinary science and is thoroughly enjoying life in general practice with the support and guidance of an experienced team of vets. Ashleigh is quickly developing in both her medical and surgical skills and has a great passion for both.

Ashleigh is a warm, friendly, and outgoing vet who takes pride in her work, and especially caring for pets. She is passionate about dental health and is has a special interest in animal dentistry.

Outside of work, Ashleigh loves to cook and bake yummy delights, so, it is no surprise to see gourmet finger food at morning tea breaks.

Dr Peter Lyons, Veterinarian at Highfields Vet Surgery in Toowoomba

Dr Peter Lyons

Veterinary Surgeon | BVSc, M.A.C.V. Sc, JP (Qual)

Peter was raised on a Central Queensland cattle property and after boarding school in North Queensland and Rockhampton found himself in Brisbane at the school of Veterinary Science, St Lucia.

After graduating he worked under the Legendary Dr Reg Pascoe at the Oakey Veterinary Hospital for 6 years. where he gained his M.A.C.V. Sc in Surgery. With the offer of a partnership, Peter then moved on to Veterinary practices at the Gold Coast. The pull of the country life saw Peter return to Toowoomba to join Peter Lynch as a Partner in Lynch and Lyons, a mixed animal practice.

In 1989, Peter in partnership with Peter Noble, established Herriot House Veterinary Surgery (named after the famous Yorkshire Vet and author James Herriot) in Toowoomba. Herriot House was sold in 2017 leaving Peter to explore new challenges in Veterinary Science.

Peter has completed further studies in both Surgery and Animal Reproduction and looks forward to using these skills at the new revitalized Highfields Veterinary Surgery. Still after 46 years as a Veterinary Surgeon, Peter's work is his hobby but on his days off you will find him either gardening, bushwalking, or playing with his Welsh Mountain show ponies.

Dr Alanna Harth, Veterinarian at Highfields Vet Surgery in Toowoomba

Dr Alanna Harth

Veterinary Surgeon | BVSc Hons

Alanna is a Toowoomba local, who has just returned to her hometown after working for the past seven years in busy clinics in Ipswich and Brisbane. She has gained extensive knowledge and experience as a professional veterinarian and takes great pride in delivering best practice care and well being to her clients. Alanna has a unique ability to develop trustworthy relationships with her client base through her caring nature, good listening skills and attention to detail.

She has interests in the areas of palliative care, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and dermatology and continues to expand her knowledge and skills within these areas of veterinary science.

Outside of work, Alanna enjoys the fast pace action of mountain biking with her friends and often has a Go-pro film to share on Monday mornings of the adrenalin packed action of the bike rides. She also enjoys hiking in the national forests of South East Queensland and spending time with the family dog Myrtle.

Dr Gabor Kalotay, Vet Nurse & Customer Care at Highfields Vet Surgery in Toowoomba

Dr Garbor Kalotay

Veterinary Surgeon | B.SC, M.B., B.S., BVSc (Hons 1)

Gabor graduated from the UQ School of Veterinary Science in 2017 with first class Honours, shortly after commencing work in Laidley in 2019 in a mixed veterinary practice.

Before moving into animal medicine, Gabor also completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2009 through the University of Sydney - and continues to practice in human medicine. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Paramedical Science, Physiology and Pharmacology as well as a Bachelor of Science, Zoology and Biochemistry.

He has a keen interest in mixed animal practice, emergency and critical care, surgery and animal medicine interface. He continues to also assist the University of Queensland’s production animal service.

Dr Elsa Browning Veterinary Surgeon (BVSc)

Dr Elsa Browning

Veterinary Surgeon | (BVSc)

 

Dr Fiona, Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Dr Fiona

Veterinary Surgeon, BVSc

Fiona graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2004.  After many years in private general veterinary practice near Johannesburg, Fiona and her family immigrated to Australia in 2019 and spent the past 4 years on the Gold Coast.  She recently moved to the Toowoomba region, leaving the fast-pace of a large emergency veterinary clinic, looking for a better work-life balance and a closer relationship with her patients and clients.

Fiona has a special interest in surgery and has complete extensive continuing education on the subject.  She is passionate about providing a high standard of patient care and developing close and trusting relationships with patients and their owners.  

Outside of work, she looks forward to exploring the region, spending time with her 2 sons and 3 poodles and re-igniting her enjoyment of baking and gardening. 

Madalyn Eckhoff, Veterinary Technician

Madalyn Eckhoff

Veterinary Technician

Madalyn is a qualified Veterinary Technician who is passionate about working with small animals, with a particular love for cats. She was born and raised in Cambooya but moved to Toowoomba last year with her partner and black and white cat. Outside of work she enjoys baking, spending time in the garden and catching up with family and friends. She wants to extend her knowledge in small animal dentistry and emergency care.  

Courtney, Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Hindmarsh

Veterinary Nurse

Courtney is a Certificate IV qualified nurse who is passionate about working with small animals. She was raised in Canberra where she began her nursing career in a general practice. Then she moved to Toowoomba region just over a year ago to be closer to family. Outside of work Courtney enjoys spending time with friends and family. When she moved, she took some time off from nursing to go and travel New Zealand. Now that’s she’s back she wants to continue her education in medical and surgical nursing.  

Abbey McHardy, Veterinary Nurse

Abbey McHardy

Veterinary Nurse

Abbey has grown up in Toowoomba with a love for small animals which has led her to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Gatton and loving it.

Abbey has a keen interest in small animal reproduction and is training to be a part of the HVS reproduction team. After graduation she is hoping to specialise in small animal reproduction.

In her spare time Abbey works at Toowoomba Philharmonic Society as a conductor and enjoys spending time with her Border Collie Sam. Abbey is very excited to be a part of the team at HVS and looks forward to learning more in the veterinary field.

Sarah Green, Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Green

Veterinary Nurse

Growing up in Toowoomba, Sarah was exposed to a large variety of animals and has always had a love for animals. Sarah gained a Certificate II in both Agricultural and Rural Operations throughout school and worked on a beef cattle property for nearly 8 years whilst also obtaining work experience at a veterinary clinic in Toowoomba.

Additionally, Sarah began training as a dog groomer in 2015 and then became a registered breeder with Dogs QLD in 2019. Her pack consists of her five dogs, four beautiful Samoyeds and one gorgeous sheltie named Pepper, who regularly visit the clinic to entertain the staff and provide fluffy cuddles.

Sarah has a keen interest in Canine Reproduction and is training to become part of our Reproduction team at HVS. Due to her breeding background Sarah brings valuable firsthand experience and wisdom with her.

Kyra Harrison, Veterinary Nurse

Kyra Harrison

Veterinary Nurse

Kyra grew up in the Toowoomba region on her parents property surrounded by many different animals. She is a qualified vet nurse who has been nursing since 2016 in mixed practice clinics. Kyra is known for the amazing work she does hand-raising neonate puppies and kittens who have been orphaned for various reasons. She also has a passion for surgical nursing, small animal dentistry and treating sick and injured wildlife. In her spare time Kyra enjoys camping and exploring with her crazy Labrador, Ginny. 

Dusty Burton, Veterinary Nurse

Dusty Burton

Veterinary Nurse

Dusty was raised in Taroom but moved to Toowoomba a few years ago. He is a Certificate IV qualified nurse who is interested in both small and large animal reproduction. Outside of work he enjoys riding his motorbike and spending time with his three dachshunds. Dusty wants to continue increasing his knowledge in reproduction and client care.  

Carly, Veterinary Nurse

Carly

Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Brisbane, I moved to Toowoomba in early 2019 with my partner, Josh, as we embarked on the journey of homeownership and starting a family.

I'm a proud new mom to Parker, born in February 2023, and I began my veterinary nursing career with a bachelor's degree in veterinary technology from the University of Queensland, Gatton. Currently, I'm wrapping up my studies online while embracing the adventure of motherhood.

With four years of experience, I've had the privilege of working in both general practice and emergency and critical care. My true passion lies in emergency and critical care nursing, where I help our patients on their path to recovery.

Beyond the clinic, I relish moments with my two beloved men, Parker and Josh, and our family dog, Leo, the Australian kelpie. Whether we're camping or gathering with friends and family, life's adventures are meant to be shared.

Tayla Hadzi, Customer Care

Tayla Hadzi

Customer Care

I have always loved animals, growing up visiting my grandparents’ farm in Northern NSW. I completed high school in Toowoomba before moving interstate and then overseas for six years. I had incredible experiences living in the UK and France, where I was training and competing endurance horses. I have been involved in endurance horse riding since 2011 and competed for Australia at the 2017 World Youth Endurance Championships in Italy. Outside of work I am training my young Arabian X Stockhorse Baz. Also spending time with my cat, Patrick and rescue dogs Eila and Cooper. In 2022 I completed my Certificate III in Animal Studies, I have always had a interest in animal health and now want to get more experience with the small animal side. 

 
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Opening hours

Monday - Friday - 7am - 6pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday - Closed
Public Holidays - Closed or TBA

ABN:14 627 874 239

Address22 Highfields Rd, Highfields QLD 4352