Meet Our Team
The quality of care that you and your pets receive is directly linked to the expertise of our vets, nurses and groomers. Our friendly dedicated team consists of 6 highly skilled veterinarians all with their own particular interest areas, along with approximately 10 fully qualified nursing and administration staff. We enjoy sharing our knowledge with our clients to ensure pet ownership is a pleasurable and rewarding experience.
Our vets have been carefully chosen for their experience and high ethical standards, all with a focus on striving to ensure each patient receives the best treatment available. We of course understand how important it is that you receive continuity of care, and so are more than happy to book you in with a specific vet on request.
DR JUDY HARBISON, BVSc
Veterinarian / Practice Manager
Judy is the principal of the practice and has owned Bulimba Veterinary Surgery since September 1994. She has grown the practice from a small one-person clinic down on Oxford Street in Bulimba, to the multi-vet, purpose-designed clinic that you see today. Judy graduated from the University of Queensland in 1990, following in her father’s footsteps to become a vet. Now that Judy is busy with a family of three children, her clinical hours are only part-time, but she aims still to maintain regular contact with her clients and their pets. Her particular veterinary interest is surgery. She shares her home with an energetic Burmese cat named Flower and a boisterous Standard Poodle named Badger. Judy also acts as a Director of a not-for-profit organisation called CVLC, which operates a de-sexing and micro-chipping clinic at the Logan Pound. This allows some contact with shelter medicine, and the re-homing of rescue animals. Judy is passionate about continuing education, and completed an MBA in 2013 with the aim of further understanding the practice and optimising the services we are able to offer for pets, their owners, and our teams.
DR ASTRID LOCH-WILKINSON, BVSc
Veterinarian / Clinical Director
Astrid joined the Bulimba Vet team in October 2017 in the role of Clinic Director. Astrid graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006 with Second Class Honours. After spending a few years in Darwin and Sunshine Coast, Astrid began working as a locum and Lead Vet across various clinics from 2010 to 2017. Astrid enjoys giving people and their pets a great level of care and has a special interest in Dermatology, Surgery, Ultrasound and Palliative Care.
As well as being a vet, Astrid has been to three Winter Olympics Games as the Pilot of the Australian Bobsleigh team and is also Mum to her son Henrik. After retiring from the sport she now spends her energy running after her son, but also loves hiking, travel and fostering rescue dogs!
DR AMBER ASPINALL, BVSc
Amber was born in Brisbane, raised in Newcastle and graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014. During her studies she worked as a veterinary nurse in a referral practice and enjoyed travelling for placements, including working in Cornwall, England training in dairy herd health and reproduction. Following graduation Amber worked for 2 years in mixed animal practice in Coffs Harbour where she thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of treating cats and dogs, horses and cattle. Amber completed a 12 month rotating internship in emergency and critical care, internal medicine and surgery at Queensland Veterinary Specialists in 2017. She has a keen interest in small animal surgery and emergency cases.
In her spare time Amber loves singing, piano and musical theatre, being outdoors hiking and camping, going to the gym, and keeping her Doberman puppy ‘Evie’ out of trouble.
DR DANIELLE HINDMARSH, BVSc
Danielle graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours, while working in both general and emergency practice for eight years as a Veterinary Nurse. Since graduating, Danielle has combined her passion for travel with her work, having worked as a vet in Brisbane, Norway, Nicaragua, North America, Japan and rural Indigenous communities. Her interests lie in anaesthesia, oncology and feline medicine.
She has three rescue cats in Brisbane, and two cows that live on her family property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Danielle enjoys dancing, playing guitar and practising yoga in her spare time.
DR HEIDI, BVSc
Graduating from the University of Queensland in 2009 with honours, Heidi started her career in mixed practice in the Lockyer Valley, giving her a diverse experience base across all disciplines and confirming her passion for small animal surgery.
Heidi started at Bulimba Vet Surgery in 2013. She pursued her interests and undertook further training in small animal surgery, gaining her memberships to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the Small Animal Surgery Chapter in 2016. Heidi and her husband then moved to London for 2 years, where she acquired new surgical skills and built a keen interest in dentistry in between their Overseas adventures.
Heidi returned to the Bulimba Vet team and her well missed furkids – Spike and Jackie in 2019.
Outside of work Heidi loves traveling and the outdoors, be it at the beach or in the mountains; cycling, hiking, or surfing. She also enjoys dancing and has recently dipped back into the art space with painting.
DR DAVID WOOLASTON, BVSc
Graduated in the inaugural JCU class of 2010, David was born and raised in Tamworth, NSW.
Traveled to Europe and lived in Germany for a year before studying in Townsville.
Since graduating David has Worked for 6 years in Emergency and Critical Care in Brisbane and around Australia. He then spent 2 years working in Notting Hill and London before returning to Australia in 2019 to further studies in Diagnostic Imaging in small animals.
Teigan started with Bulimba Vet Surgery as a vet nursing student completing her work placement, as well as working as a junior, helping in the cat accommodation. She then graduated in 2020 and joined our team working as a veterinary nurse and running our puppy preschool! Teigan is a cat lover who loves to paint, walk, and spend time at home with her cats Smokey and Felix, though she can't wait to get a puppy too!
Shelley started nursing back in 2001 and still finds every day at work challenging and rewarding. She spent the first 10 years nursing in a cat only clinic where she cemented her love of the feline family members. You will often find her volunteering to help with the more ‘stubborn and judgmental’ kitties as they are her favourite. Shelley currently only works part time as the rest of her days are spent looking after her young human family, as well as 2 cheeky puppies, 2 cockatiels and a multitude of fish.
Angie has been working with Judy and the Bulimba Vet Surgery for more than 20 years. She started as a work experience student whilst at university when the practice was located on Oxford Street, and has been a valuable member of the practice ever since. Her years of hands-on experience, knowledge of clients and fantastic clinic organisational skills are second-to-none. Angie’s menagerie includes 3 moggies that were abandoned as babies and then rescued through the clinic, and Rosie the red Staffy.
Alex graduated with her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing from WINTEC, New Zealand. She also brings with her 3 years of full time experience in a large mixed animal practice equipped with an equine hospital and a referral orthopaedic surgeon. Alex misses her much loved family dog back in New Zealand and enjoys the daily contact with clients and their individual pets. Her fur family here includes her Oriental cat Maurice, and her miniature poodle cross, Flo.
Tracie joined us initially as a volunteer nurse in 2002. Tracie worked at Bulimba Vet thoughout her time studying for her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing, and has worked in both part-time and full-time roles since then. Tracie has 4 children, and an elderly dog named Baci, who has sometimes accompanied us on school visits for PetPep.
Jayda joined us in 2014 as a work experience student, and is now working full time having completed her certificate IV in vet nursing. Having spent many years studying in a variety of fields, she has now happily focused on her true calling. While she has never owned a dog or cat, she has always enjoyed having guinea pigs and birds as pets. She currently has four spoilt piggies who take up her attention. Jayda welcomes our new puppies via Puppy Preschool.
Maria grew up on a farm in Sweden and from a very young age has loved animals and had many different kinds of pets. Her family at the moment consists of her husband, two children and eight chickens. She is also eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new puppy. For ten years she has moved around the world working as an animal carer, laboratory technician and vet nurse. Currently she is working part time here at Bulimba and has recently completed her certificate IV in vet nursing. In her spare time, Maria can be found either painting her house, being active outdoors, or caring for her son and daughter.
Cassandra has been working as a Groomer or Pet Stylist for approx 4 years professionally. She has worked at several different grooming salons in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This work included bathing, blowdrying, teddy haircuts, specific breed haircuts, Schnauzer, Bischon, Airedale, English Cockerspaniel, American Cockerspaniel, West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terrier and Poodle.
She managed a few of these salons as well as being the Pet Stylist. Cassandra also owned her own grooming business for two and a half years. She takes great pride in the quality of work and strives to achieve any requests from the customer. Above all else, she is in this profession because she loves animals and is especially crazy about dogs. She treats each pet as her own when they come to the grooming salon. You’ll often see her baby Maxi around the salon.
Helen has been a much-welcomed addition to Salon 154 Pet Grooming working in conjunction with Bulimba Vet upstairs. Helen recently made a big move from Townsville to Brisbane in September last year. She has come with ten years of grooming experience in the industry.
Helen lives on a small acreage with her two horses and a lovebird. In her free time, she trains and competes on her horses for endurance riding.
Katy joined us in 2017 as a Bath & Blowdrying assistant.With her skill and many years experience in the industry, she has become an invaluable member of the Salon 154 team. Katy is such a driven and passionate team member, and is an advocate for grooming dogs with love and care.
She has a Staffy named Cairo, who is a senior dog and likes to take him out on his buggy as his legs can’t walk the distance he used to when he was younger. She also has an Alexandrine parrot named Buck, which she spends time with playing and cleaning up after him. She also enjoys paddle boarding and watching movies.
Ellie has spent the last 10 years working in the animal industry, with a focus on grooming specifically. She has a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, has attended numerous grooming seminars and clinics, and has spent many years working alongside veterinarians and fellow groomers in Brisbane. She is truly passionate about beautifying all dogs & cats that come through our doors for grooming.
In her spare time Ellie attends living history & medieval events as a reenactor, where it is not uncommon to see her brandishing a sword!
At home, Ellie is surrounded by her beloved fur babies – rescue dog Flick the Blue Heeler, Cleocatra the cat, and a ‘miniature’ pig Hamlet whom she hand raised from 4 days old and now weighs close to 200kg!
Jack is a familiar face at Bulimba Vet. He came to the clinic well recommended by his mum, Tracie Griffin, who also works at Bulimba Vet as a veterinary nurse. Jack is always eager to help out on weekends doing our hydrobaths or taking care of our boarding patients. He is also to be seen around the clinic working as a nurse assistant.