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Meet Our Team

Welcome to the 'Meet Our Team' section.

We at Proserpine Vets currently employ 4 Veterinarians, 4 Veterinary Nurses, 1 Trainee Nurse and 2 Kennel Hands.

We love to sneak away from the clinic together for our Christmas parties and other events!



 

  

Faye McPherson

Veterinarian (B.V.Sc.)

    Faye is married and has two children whom she thinks the world of.  She has always been a country girl and loves living in a regional community.  Her daughter has a chronic illness called Cystic Fibrosis so she is also passionate about raising awareness about this debilitating disease and hopes to help fast track a cure within her daughter's lifetime. 

    Faye has worked all over Australia since graduating in 1991.  She also has an identical twin sister whom works as a vet and has her own practice in Walkerston near Mackay.   Faye worked in Emerald for a year then went to the United Kingdom for 2 & 1/2 years to work and travel before returning back to Bowen where she stayed for 2 years and realised how beautiful this part of the world is.  She has worked fultime at Bundaberg 4mths, Scone 6 mths, Bunbury 9mths, Kununurra 3 mths, Mt Isa 2 years,and locumed in Gladestone, Mackay, Proserpine, Cannonvale, Moranbah, Longreach, Cairns, Ayr, Nambour, Caloundra. She was waiting to meet Mr Right before settling down as she loves to travel.

    Faye has always loved animals since growing up on the farm and finds being a vet an extremely rewarding career.  What she most loves about working in Proserpine is the mix of clientele...farmers, retirers, tourists and all inbetween. Working with animals is wonderful and never boring. Working in a close knit community is extremely fulfilling, and the Whitsunday environment is the best in the world!! 

 


Jason Mansfield

Veterinarian (B.V.Sc.)

Jason is a 2014 James Cook University, Bachelor of Veterinary Science graduate. He has moved to Proserpine from Sarina where he and his family run a Grey Brahman Stud. 

He enjoys the Large and Small animal fields but is particulary interested in Horses and Cattle. Jason is now a qualified Equine Dental veterinarian and has also completed an Embrio Transfer course for cattle. He never tires of trying to do his best for every patient, and as many of you already know, he is a very likeable bloke. He hopes to help the Primary producers of this region and loves work driving around in this beautiful District. .

Jason has a beautiful Rottweiler at home called Sasha and a fluffy cat called Ringer whom he saved from euthanasia.

His interests include Rugby League, and having a few beers with mates. He may be Spotty's right hand man when it comes to the local newspaper footy tipping which he won last year and expects he will do it again this year!  Go Broncos!


Richelle Butcher

Veterinarian (BSc, DVM)

Shelly is a 2018 graduate from the University of Adelaide. She has made the 3000km drive from her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, to join the amazing team at PVS. 

Shelly enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, especially dentistry and surgery. She has a particular interest in exotic and wildlife medicine and is the proud keeper of 7 red-eyed green tree frogs and a Stimson’s python called Toby. 

During her spare time Shelly can be found hiking, fishing, playing tennis or practicing yoga. She feels very lucky to have the opportunity to start her career in the beautiful Whitsundays! And is keen to hear about any local fishing recommendations. 


Melissa Cavacas

Veterinarian (B.V.Sc.)

Melissa (Mel as we all know her) is a 2014 graduate from James Cook University. She is a local girl who has been practicing in Sarina for the last few years and prior to that was working in Brisbane.

Mel has a strong interest in surgery and small animal ultrasonography, and enjoys the varied challenges presented working with both large and small animals. She is very keen to be practicing in her hometown and can’t wait to foster great relationships with the community and their beloved fur babies.

In her own time Mel enjoys being at home with her 2 dogs Kesha and Kendrick, 2 cats Thor and Sienna, and her stock-horse Bindoc... oh and her husband Paul.
Mel loves to challenge herself with fitness boot-camps and although she is not a keen sportsman she is rooting for Faye’s dog Spotty to win the footy tipping for the Whitsunday Times!!


Elicia Dibben

Veterinary Nurse

Elicia has her life enriched with two beautiful sons.  She loves to live on some acerage where she can enjoy her menagary of animals.

Elicia has been working at the Proserpine Vet Surgery since 2006 and wouldn't be anywhere else.   Elicia has been a farm girl all her life and has excellent experience in handling both small and large animals.  

Elicia loves going home and having a nice cold XXXX Gold after work. She loves keeping busy including riding her horses, some polocrosse, and loves hunting with her dogs.

 


Tegan King

Head Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Tegan has been working in the clinic since 2006, she started a traineeship while still at school but has now finished her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing.

Tegan, whilst performing all the duties required of a vet nurse, is our Head Groomer but is currently training our new groomer Kylie.  She really enjoys this part of the job, especially when the clients rave about the great transformations she performs.  

Tegan is also our Puppy Preschool teacher which she loves, and finds it very rewarding teaching puppies and owners how to train and look after their puppy.

In her spare time you will find her at her farm, or hanging out with her friends. Like fellow nurse Elicia she has a large menagerie of pets including, dogs, cats, 4 poddy cows and heaps of chooks and other poultry. 

She enjoys her job and loves that no day is the same, and there never seems to be a dull moment with the people that she works with.


Georgia Plemenuk

Trainee Nurse (Certificate II in Animal Studies (currently studying Certificate IV))

Georgia started working with us in 2016 through a school based traineeship. During this she completed her certificate II in Animal Studies.

She graduated from year 12 in 2017 and has been an asset to the team ever since. She has also recently started studying for her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

She can be seen on administration welcoming you into the clinic, out the back monitoring anaesthetic or nursing sick patients back to health.

Georgia enjoys spending time with friends, camping, fishing and entering in barrel racing, camp drafting and stock horse challenges with her horses.

Georgia has 3 horses 'Mojo', 'Drifter', 'Ernie Dingo' and her beautiful border-collie dog 'Goose'.


Billye Stevens

'In Memoriam'

Billye was Proserpine Veterinary Surgery's longest serving staff member and had been working as a Veterinary Nurse here for 30 years. She was a proud mother of two sons and three beautiful cats and two dogs..    Billye was born and bred here in ProsVegas, and consequently, had a wealth of knowledge about the conditions and diseases found in this region with respect to small and large animals.     Billye was our Head Veterinary Nurse.

Billye enjoyed the outdoors and loved to have a quiet drink with friends in her spare time.

She is sadly missed by all of us here at Proserpine Vet Surgery.

'Gone but not forgotten' 

 


Charlee Stevens

Kennel Hand (Currently studying Certificate 2 in Animal Studies)

Charlee started with us in 2018 with some after school work. 

Originally, Charlee decided she wanted to study to be a Veterinarian, however after being in a clinic and watching the different roles that take place between a Vet and a Nurse. Charlee decided that perhaps she would like to study Veterinary Nursing instead. 

Dr Faye signed Charlee up for a school-based traineeship where she has just begun studying her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies. 

Charlee is also Billye-Jean's niece. It's so nice seeing her following the footsteps as her awesome late Aunty.

 


Chelsea Hodder

Kennel Hand

Chelsea started with us in 2018 for some after school and holiday work. She aspires to be a Veterinarian so this is a fantastic way for her to get her foot in the door and experience the work life in a Vet Clinic. 

Chelsea has a hobby farm with chickens, cattle, many dogs, horses and one cat named 'Jerry'.

Chelsea likes to spend her spare time riding her horses 'Rocky' and 'Trigger' and reading. 


  
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