Dr Samantha Macuga - Veterinarian
Samantha graduated from the University of Queensland Veterinary School. She has worked at Marsden Veterinary Surgery since graduating in 2004, apart from a six month period of leave to work in small animal veterinary surgeries in London. She is a proud mother of three gorgeous kids and owner of two crazy cats, Louis and Maximara, who are eight years old and are brother and sister from the RSPCA.
Dr James Osman - Veterinarian
James graduated from The University of Queensland and he has since worked in the UK in small animal practice. He returned to Brisbane in 2015. James has a keen interest in exotic animal medicine and surgery as well as other types of small animal surgery. In his spare time James enjoys sea kayaking, fishing, car restoration and any other outdoor activity.
Dr Sebastian Hand - Veterinarian
- BVSc (Hons)
- BPsychSci (Hons)
Sebastian graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 and has been practicing in Brisbane since that time. His interest areas are ophthalmology, internal medicine and pathology. He lives with three cats (Monty, Iggy and Tin Tin) and three rats. The rats and cats get on together very well!
Dr Dion Woodborne - Orthopaedic & Specialised Soft Tissue Surgeon
- MANZCVS (Surgery)
Being born and raised in South Africa, Dion had the kind of introduction into a career in the care of animals that Australian trained vets only get to dream about. As a school leaver, Dion studied Nature Conservation, and worked for 3 years for the Natal Parks Board as a ranger, working amongst the amazing wildlife of Africa on land and at sea. Dion’s exciting experiences include getting up close and personal with Great White Sharks and Seals off the South African Coast, whilst participating in the tagging and monitoring of these magnificent creatures.
Dion completed his Veterinary degree and went on to work in large and small animal practices in South Africa, the UK, and NZ before settling on the Sunshine Coast with his young family. Their home is a menagerie of creatures, with birds and dogs, and a blue tongue lizard, which Dion and his daughters reared after rescuing it from a roadside as an injured baby. Dion is an avid water sportsman; he has solo swum the English Channel and is now a keen kite boarder.
Dion is passionate about surgery, and in 2011, after rigorous written and oral examinations, he gained his Membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons, in Small Animal Surgery.
Christiana - Veterinary Nurse
I was born in Brisbane and I am from a family of 6 children. As a child I had always aspired to work with animals and so straight from Year 12, I worked towards becoming a veterinary nurse. Within a year I was hired by Joe and Tim here at Marsden Veterinary Surgery where I have been happily working along with a bright and upbeat group since. Although I don’t own a farm full of animals I am a happy owner of two Chihuahua X named Nacho and Salsa whom are much loved.
Iliana - Veterinary Nurse
I am originally from El Salvador and moved to Australia with my family when I was a young child. I started studying IT at University before realising that working with animals was where I wanted to build my career. I have always loved animals and was already a client of Marsden Veterinary Surgery before I started working here full-time in 2005. I have completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. In my noisy household there are 4 cats – Mario, Solito, Alfie, Toby, and 2 dogs – Angel and Lucy.
Michelle - Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in Brisbane and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 with a Bachelor of Applied Science: Veterinary Technology and Management. Through my early work years I rescued a noise phobic Shih Tzu and she inspired my passion for animal behaviour. I pursued this in 2010 by completing post graduate studies in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine through the University of Sydney and I enjoy the challenge of taking on our behaviour cases. I have worked at Marsden Veterinary Surgery for many many years but these days you may only see me at the surgery 2-3 days a week. I now have my little humans to take care of as well as our family dog, a rescued Boxer X named Rowdy and our 6 chooks. We also have a Bredli python named Sanchez who is over 6 feet long (no he doesn’t know about the chooks!)
Catherine - Veterinary Nurse
I am originally from a small country town named Theodore, which is west of Rockhampton. I moved to Rockhampton to study a Diploma in Child Care. I then moved to Brisbane to work in a child care centre for 3 years before starting my nursing career in 2006. I completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2009. I have a blue tongue lizard named Blizzard and a shingle-back lizard named Rugo. My newest addition is a baby blotched- blue tongue lizard.
Nadia - Veterinary Nurse
I am originally from Auckland, New Zealand. I lived in the UK for 2 years to travel and work. I have now been living in Brisbane since 2006. I live with my son Lincoln and our rescue cats, Zoey and Tom Tom. Before starting my nursing career, I was a qualified chef. I have always loved animals and wanted to work with them. I have completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Kylie - Veterinary Nurse
I was born and bred in Brisbane and have always had a passion for animals! I graduated from my degree a Bachelor of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology at the University of Queensland in 2009. I enjoy all aspects of small animal health, especially the surgical side. I have worked with Marsden Veterinary Surgery since April 2009 but now work part time due to starting my little family. Our household consist of my husband, my daughter and 3 pets- a Devon Rex named Sterling and 2 Border Collies, Ella and Mac.
Nikita - Veterinary Nurse
Growing up I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm in New Zealand. I moved to Australia when I was 9 and have always wanted to work in the Veterinary industry. Upon graduating high school in 2011, I went on to study my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and began full time work at the Marsden Veterinary Surgery as a certified Veterinary Nurse in late 2012. I currently own 5 dogs and 2 cats. I successfully compete in agility throughout Australia with my smallest dog, a chihuahua x dachshund and my border collies. I love my job and the people I work with and can’t wait to further my career in the animal industry.
Sheree - Veterinary Nurse
I am born and bred Roma girl with 5 years veterinary nursing experience with both small and large animals. I studied a Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Biology) and a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I love to assist the Vets in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries. At home I have my own motley crew of pets including Dudley (Rotti x Dalmatation), Kimba (Border Collie) and Marty the naughty fat cat!
Ash - Veterinary Technician/ Nurse
I have always been passionate about animals and their wellbeing. My very first words were ‘WOOF, WOOF’ and ever since have endeavoured to spend the rest of my life caring for all my furry, feathered and scaled friends. I have completed both a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology, as well a previous degree in Wildlife Biology and Animal Welfare, Behaviour and Control. My role as a Veterinary Technician/ Nurse of the past 5 years excites and challenges me every day. I love working with the Marsden Veterinary team and caring for the lovely pets of our clients.
Aimee - Veterinary Nurse
I am from Brisbane and I started off my tertiary studies in Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy and Certification II in Make-up Services in 2009 which I successfully completed but I always knew my dream job was with animals and at the end of 2010 I knew it was time to pursue that dream. I am now fully qualified with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I have a miniature dachshund named Harry, a doberman named Charlie and two munchkin cats called Neko and Sprout.