Meet our Staff

All of our staff are committed and passionate about providing you and your pets with the  very best care and compassion.

Our team has grown faster than our website can keep up, there are now 15 of us in the Emergency Vets 24/7 family and we’ll be updating our site very soon.

VETS

Dr Kati Kotiranta-Harris

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Originally from Finland, Dr Kati completed her veterinary studies at James Cook University in Townsville. She spent many years in mixed animal practice in Innisfail before deciding to join the Emergency Vets 24/7 team to follow her passion in all things medicine. Kati has a 1 year old cat called Henry who was rescued from a drain in Babinda as a kitten. She also has a 1 year old Great Dane x Bull Arab called Sisu, named after a Finnish word meaning gutsy or brave. When not at work saving animals Kati enjoys spending time with her friends, outdoor activities such as rogaine orienteering or just spending time at home with her hubby and pets on their small acreage.

Dr Marion Brown

Dr Marion Brown is a proud Queenslander, and yearned to be a vet from a very young age. She received her veterinary degree in 1989 and has worked all across NT and Queensland.

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Marion has always been “on call” for after-hours emergencies and for the past 2 years, she has focused solely on this work with the Animal Emergency Service and receives tremendous pleasure being able to alleviate pain and restore acutely unwell patients to their previous happy little selves.

Marion is a mother of 2 adult children, her favourite daughter is a rescue greyhound named Trixie who spends a great deal of time keeping the couch warm and the bed sandy while Marion is at work.

Marion is keen to return to the dynamic tropical environment and is excited to be a part the first 24-hour veterinary emergency and critical care facility in Cairns.

Marion’s full Bio

Dr Richard Page

Dr Richard Page is a Pome, but don’t hold that against him. Originally trained in Cambridge, UK, he moved to warmer climates in 2012, by first living and working in Bermuda, where he lived on a boat and survived a couple of hurricanes. After spending some time exploring Australia in an old 1970s VW camper van he made his way to FNQ where he fell in love with the rainforests.

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He has worked after hours all his career as a GP vet and made his way across to emergency work a couple of years ago. Richard enjoys the variety and challenges of emergency work and is passionate about his patients and clients.

He lives in Kanimbla with his partner, nurse Becky and their dog Eddie, a very silly Rottweiler, who also donates his blood to the clinic. He loves to explore the rainforest and reef when he has time off and is a avid sailer if he gets the chance.

NURSES

Nurse Livvy

Meet Livvy our UK Qualified Nurse, Livvy completed her training in a practice in West Sussex graduating from The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2014. During her studies she was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks shadowing the veterinary team and keepers at London Zoo, where she worked closely with Tigers, Gorillas and Lemurs.

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Shortly after graduating Livvy became a volunteer veterinary nurse for the charity IAPWA (International Aid for Protection & Welfare of Animals) in Borneo, Spending the next 9 months neutering stray dogs & cats throughout KK, Sabah.

Livvy arrived in Australia in March 2015 and has worked as a locum nurse throughout the country and is very excited to join our team and start working for the first emergency clinic here is Cairns

In her spare time Livvy is a qualified scuba diver and grabs every chance to dive as well being a keen horse rider.

 

Nurse Natalie

Cairns local natalie had no clue what she’s wanted to do when she was in high school. She went to a vet clinic for work experience and fell in love with the job. When she was in year 11 a junior position at a small animal surgery became available. After successfully getting that job she worked there on weekends and school holidays until she graduated high school. She then stared there full time and studying a certificate IV in veterinary nursing with Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, completing the course in 2015.
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Natalie enjoys her role as a vet nurse and takes pride in everything she does. She has now been at that same job for 7 years and is looking for a change.

When natalie isn’t working she enjoys going to horse races, rodeos, chilling out and hanging with friends.

Natalie has a dog named Betty who she got from yaps 9 years ago now.

Natalie enjoys leaning new things in the veterinary industry. Her most recent  studies being a course in emergency nursing. She is looking forward to learning hands on and begin working towards a diploma in emergency nursing.

 

Nurse Andrew

Andrew previously worked at James Cook University Vet (JCU Vet), a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital which provides Townsville and North Queensland 24-hour referral and after-hours emergency specialists care. ODIN

When he is not working after-hours in ICU and ECC hospitals, and helping to train Australia’s next generation of leading Veterinarians he is very focused on his fitness.  In an effort to single handedly carry your unwell 50kg dog from the car to the treatment table for emergency first aid, you’ll find him on nights off at the gym power lifting.

And with the magic of a large Red Bull, as he is an experienced graveyard shift nurse.  During the day time (as he is usually sleeping), you can find him on the Golf course.  A environment where he is deadly from 120 meters out from the pin with a 8-iron.

And as he in camera shy, and also does not have any pictures of himself.  Here is a picture of his dog (we’ll catch him soon).  BEHOLD, ODIN THE NORSE GOD KING!