Arundel Plaza Veterinary Clinic

07 5594 0533

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Shop 36 “Arundel Plaza” 230-232 Napper Rd,
Arundel QLD 4214. Find us on a Map

Meet our Team

Dr Cary MacDonald

Dr Cary MacDonald BVSc, Principal Veterinarian

Cary graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science with honors in 1999. Cary started out in Mackay, as a mixed animal veterinarian working with many different species, including exotic pets and wildlife. He joined the team at Arundel Plaza in 2004 and since then has become a partner in the business. He enjoys many aspects of veterinary science and in particular being involved in cementing the bond between us and our pets. Cary has many pets, 17 year old Honey a short haired domestic cat, rescued from the cane fields of Mackay, and 4 chickens, Salt, Pepper, Marshmallow, Caramel  

Dr Ben Purtle BVSc, Locum Veterinarian

Dr Ben Purtle joined the staff at Arundel Plaza Veterinary Clinic in April 2010. A Queensland Uni graduate , Ben has worked in Australia and overseas in small animal and mixed animal veterinary clinics. Ben has developed advanced skills in equine reproduction having worked in Ireland and Australia honing these skills. Ben has a certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture and has a special interest in small animal emergency care and preventative animal health. Ben has 2 horses and his Jack Russell Terrier(ist) cross, Merry. In his spare time Ben can be found riding his horse (he is hoping to start some dressage competition), playing soccer, making saddles, tending his vegetable garden or bike riding with his kids.  

Dr Monique Rayfield BVSc, Locum Veterinarian 

Monique joined the team in early 2013. Monique's veterinary experience and well rounded approach to life is a great compliment to the practice. She has been a vet for 25 years, and is still fascinated by the unique furry and feathered friends she gets to meet. Monique has a soft spot for Burmese cats & Golden Retrievers and new friend Tulip the Burmese cat keeps her entertained. When she is not at the clinic, she looks after her 2 sons and enjoys reading classic fiction, walking and a good coffee. 

 
Olivia Gerry

Olivia, Veterinary Nurse Cert IV

Olivia has been in the veterinary industry for 15 years, having started as a volunteer straight after completing high school. She gained her veterinary nurse qualification in 2005 and is also qualified as a zookeeper. Olivia has worked at Currumbin Sanctuary and has a keen interest in birds and wildlife. She was born and bred in Tweed Heads. She and her partner, Mark, share their home with 2 cats: Milo and Chester, and Cookie the galah, who often accompanies Olivia and the team at the clinic.

Sally Lewis

Sally, Veterinary Nurse

Sally has been at Arundel Plaza Veterinary Clinic since we opened our doors in 2001. Sally has played an integral “Bricks and Mortar” role in building Arundel Plaza Veterinary Clinic from the ground up. She completed her studies in Melbourne and is passionate about veterinary nursing. From a very young age it was all she wanted as a career, and 33 years later she is still here, loving it. Sally’s cat Priscilla is a young playful cat, who enjoys lots of cuddles. In the 15 years we have been open Sally has had 2 boys, who keep her on her toes. Sally is passionate about the welfare of our patients and is dedicated to continuing to deliver an excellent experience for your pets.

Meagan, Veterinary Nurse Cert IV

Meagan joined our team part time in 2008 and is passionate in all aspects  of veterinary nursing. Changing careers from Natural Therapies to Veterinary Nursing in 1999 she then went abroad to the UK to work for the Blue Cross (an animal welfare organisation) for 2 years and then onto China to to work with the Moon Bears Rescue and Rehabilitaion for Animals Asia. Upon returning to Australia, Meagan managed "Aquadog" a fitness, physiotherapy and rehabiliation swimming pool for dogs. Meagan has 2 beautiful girls and a beautiful dog - Bindi (Ridgeback X).  

Suzy, Veterinary Nurse Cert IV

Suzy joined our team in February 2009 as a qualified Certificate IV veterinary nurse. Gold Coast born and bred, Suzy had studied Agriculture in Longreach, lived in Ireland for 3 years and travelled extensively in Europe before returning to study veterinary nursing in Perth.
Suzy is now happily settled back on the Gold Coast complete with her four pawed family, a cheeky pug dog named Basil and her gorgeous cat Rhubarb that she hand raised from 2wks of age. Suzy is currently studying full time, working casually and keeping busy being a mum.  

Jennifer VidalJennifer, Practice Manager/Veterinary Nurse Cert IV

Jen moved to Sydney from the UK in 2005, this is when she began her Vet Nursing career.   Jen has always loved animals and particularly loves Australian wildlife.  Jen fell in love with the Gold Coast whilst backpacking back in 2005, 9 years on she has finally made the much awaited move from Sydney and has joined our team here at Arundel Plaza Vet Clinic.  Jennifer along with her husband Will, have a beautiful cat called Snail and are lucky to share their garden with many native species of bird.