Dr Max Kadel - Owner/Veterinarian
Dr Max has been a Vet at Hammett Street for many years, but has been full time since the start of 2004. Dr Max completed his Veterinary qualification in 1994 at the University of Queensland, and is also a member of the Unusual and Exotic Pets Chapter of the Australian Veterinary Association. Dr Max happily treats all small animals with a great interest in your more "exotic" pets, especially reptiles.
Dr Cassie Simpson - Veterinarian
Cassie joined the Hammett Street Vet team in March 2015. Cassie is one of the first JCU Veterinary students that graduated in Townsville 2010. Cassie is originally from Ingham and has been working in Toowoomba and Tweed Heads for the last 5 years. Cassie has a special interest in feline medicine and would like to further her studies in it. She has two cats called 'Billy' and 'Oscar' who she adores.
Dr Cay Alles - Veterinarian
Cay joined our team in March 2016. She completed her Veterinary studies in Townsville at JCU in 2013 and had been previously working in Rockhampton. Cay has special interests in orthopaedic surgery and ophthalmic (eye) work. She also has been known to hand raise the odd stray kitten or two. Her own fur babies include 2 dogs called 'Cyrie' (a cattle dog x) & 'Kora' (a teacup cattle dog), and 5 cats 'Frank' (Sinatra), 'Mango Taco', 'Blinky Bill', 'Boris' and the longest term resident 'Pebbles'. Cay will need a farm one day with her all her crew!
Dr Melissa Barbuto - Veterinarian
Melissa graduated from the University of Queensland in 2002. She began working in Townsville before moving to the UK in 2005. While in the UK, she worked as a night Vet/Emergency Vet in a 24hr clinic. Since returning to Australia in 2007, she has worked at different vet clinics in Townsville, joining the Hammett Street team last October. Her interests include; internal medicine, oncology, radiography and ultrasonography, and she is currently studying towards her memberships in Feline Medicine. Melissa kindly shares her house with her husband and son, 2 cats 'Zephyr' and 'Alice', a dog called 'Polar Bear', a lovebird called 'Smeagle' (sometimes 'Gollum'!) and 'Cricket' the Pygmy Bearded Dragon.
Sandra - Owner/Practice Manager
Starting here in 1998, Sandra was a veterinary nurse for the first seven years before becoming the surgery's practice manager. Prior to this clinic, Sandra worked at the Townsville Animal Refuge (now known as the RSPCA Animal Shelter). Outside of work, Sandra dedicates her time to her two sons and her many animals - the latest addition being 'Ronny' the Rottweiler.
Michelle - Vet Nurse
Michelle was born and bred in Townsville and completed year 12 at Townsville State High School. Once she completed school, Michelle went on to complete a Jillaroo traineeship. Michelle worked mainly on cattle stations around North Queensland. Michelle's interests turned into Veterinary care after being introduced to a variety of injuries and illnesses whilst working on the stations.
Michelle then moved to Hunter Valley to pursue a career in the Equine industry. Whilst working around the Thoroughbred studs Michelle's equine knowledge and experience turned into Equine Veterinary nurse studies.
In 2004 she graduated with distinctions and moved back to Townsville, where she completed Certificate IV in Small Animal Veterinary Nursing, and has been working as a qualified senior nurse. In 2014 Michelle completed a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Management.
Chantelle - Vet Nurse
Chantelle has been nursing since 2009, and joined our team in May 2014. She has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology through UQ. She has a Border Collie x Kelpie called 'Vladimir', two cats 'Akasha' and 'Fox', and a carpet python called 'Maiale'. Chantelle enjoys fostering stray kittens until they are ready to go to their new homes. Outside of work she enjoys playing sport, in particular soccer, rugby union and Gridiron.
Lisa - Vet Nurse
Lisa has always dreamed of becoming a Vet Nurse, and is studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Before joining us at the clinic, Lisa worked at the RSPCA for three years as an animal attendant. And in 2011 Lisa worked as a volunteer for three weeks in Africa in an animal refuge, caring for cheetahs, meerkats, foxes, donkeys, birds and any other African wildlife that had to be brought in. At home Lisa spoils her cat 'Pepper', a Maine Coon cross of 9 years and a new addition from the RSPCA, a Boxer cross named 'Willow'.
Bec - Vet Nurse
Bec has been nursing since 2010 and has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is very dedicated in caring and hand raising any orphaned animal that comes into the clinic, and has a special interest in birds. She has a cat named 'Eggs', a green-cheek Conure called 'Taco', a snake called 'Tommy' and a Bull Arab x called 'Lacey'.
Amber - Vet Nurse
Amber joined the Hammett St Vet Clinic team in August 2014. She has been a vet nurse since 2009 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. After completing her studies in Townsville she moved to Darwin for one year and worked again as a nurse, then returned to Townsville. She has two Dalmatians 'Zeke' and 'Lily', a cat called 'Martha' (a Townsville special who was dumped at a vet clinic) and four cockatiels. Amber has a strong interest in birds and will hand raise baby birds if she has time in between her pets, husband, and daughter Aster.
Rhiannan - Vet Nurse
Rhiannan has always wanted to work with animals. She has previously volunteered at the RSPCA and has worked at Beaches Pet Resort. Rhiannan has completed a Certificate II and Certificate III in Animal Studies and is studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a deaf Bull Arab name 'Dougie', who she involves in the group Hear No Evil (a deaf dog group), a Wolfhound called 'Odin', a red collared lorikeet called 'Taj' and an affectionate cat named 'Gavin'.