We are blessed to have 6 wonderful vets who work tirelessly together to ensure the best outcome for each and every animal that enters our hospital
Meet Our Vets
Dr Tonje is one of the most compassionate and empathetic vets we have ever met, and is loved by all the clients who meet her. She is one of the few veterinarians who thrive as much on connecting and helping people as they do from connecting and helping animals. Make sure you remember her name, because she will probably remember yours!
Dr Tonje is a self-declared cat-lover and never hesitates to spend the time to gain their trust in hospital, something which is invaluable when trying to nurse them back to better health. Tonje and JJ have two rescue cats; Jack and Lucia Button, who are characters to say the least.
Loving her live here in Ballina, Tonje spends here weekends at the beach, preferably with a margarita in hand.
Dr Willa’s special interests are soft tissue surgery and medicine although she belongs to a generation of vets who truely can 'do it all'. With an uncanny memory of patients and the details of their medical history (seriously it is scary how much she remembers sometimes), Dr Willa puts her heart into each and every case, living up to our mission to put pets first. Her experience, brainpower and huge heart combine to give her an invaluable intuition when it comes to solving complex medical cases, and she is the one the other vets turn to for help in these situations.
When not working, Willa is a music lover, regularly attending local music festivals, an avid reader, bushwalker, gardener, as well as being a dangerous pool-shark. Willa lives in Pearces Creek with her husband Andy, their 2 teenagers, and a small population of pets.
Born in Sweden, Linn lives with her partner Aaron, their twin boys and Stella, their beautiful energetic staffy. As at home on a surfboard as on her yoga mat, Linn is a loved and valued member of our team.
JJ is a passionate father and you will often see him with his two daughters, Lilly and Indie, in the clinic teaching them about animals or perhaps training them how to surf under Missingham bridge.
Dr Kirsty loves a challenge and has developed skills in a wide range of veterinary medicine from dentistry to surgery to dermatology.
After growing up in Alice Springs, Kirsty loves her coastal lifestyle and spends her weekends with her two cheeky dogs Charlie and Huey.
Dr Helen is currently doing a Masters in Conservation Medicine from Murdoch University and is one of our vets with a passion for wildlife.
Rachelle is passionate about assisting animals recover from injury and helping to manage their chronic musculoskeletal disease. From expediting recovery after a cruciate ligament surgery to managing pain and discomfort in old arthritic animals, Rach's physical therapies have helped countless animals in the Northern Rivers get back on their feet!
Rachelle takes a holistic approach to the body, using elements of complementary medicine, traditional musculoskeletal and neurophysiology, physiotherapy, Bowen therapy and integrative medicine. Over the past years she has been training in hydrotherapy together with our nurse Kate, and the two of them hope to offer the Northern Rivers first hydrotherapy service for dogs soon.
When not at work Rach love to cook and garden, and can be seen cruising South Ballina in her extreme 4WD.
Meet Our Nurses
These are the friendly voices you will hear on the phone when you call us. Our skilled and passionate veterinary nurses ensure all the complexities of our hospital keep running smoothly each and every day. Whilst their brains are highly training in advanced medicine and surgery, the biggest asset of this team is their love and compassion, ensuring every individual animals feels safe and loved whilst in our care.
Tayte's other passion is conservation and wildlife rehabilitation, and she serves as a vital connection between the local rehabilitation groups and the veterinary care these animals often require.
She is a proud mum to her daughter Charlie and her stepson Chris. At the moment she has 5 cats and 1 pug at home but there’s always room for more!
Sharon thoroughly enjoys her job as Racecourse Road’s receptionist. She enjoys spending time with our clients and their pets. She even considers most of them extended family members. When she has spare time Sharon enjoys spending time with her loved ones
Tait has a charismatic smile and clearly loves his interactions with clients, and we are often receiving compliments about his personable service. Her is clearly proud to be caring for the community in which he was raised.
His care for animals, support for his colleagues and drive to ensure the highest quality of care is part of what keeps Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital at the forefront of veterinary medicine.
As comfortable playing rough and tumble with a boisterous young staffy as he is gently nurturing a sick rabbit, Tait is often the first through the door and the last to leave.
Since 2014, Kate has worked in multiple clinics in the area, with a particular interest of hers being emergency medicine. She has continued to study things such as Canine Myofunctional Therapy, canine massage and has almost completed Canine Bowen Therapy and Canine Hydrotherapy. Her desire is to combine these study to be able to help animals, particularly those struggling with the decreasing function and pain associated with ageing and disease .
Kate lives with her partner on property where they have 3 senior rescue dogs, 8 rescue chickens and Louie the peacock.
Saskja is a proud vegan and a true animal advocate, always helping those around her see the world from the animal's perspective and helping teach others about the importance of compassion to the voiceless. Her flame for this cause burns so bright it is contagious and those around her are often kinder to animals as a result. She is actively involved in various rescue groups, as well as being politically active in the areas of animal rights and advocacy.
In her free time she loves to party and support her community.
However, every now and then someone in society gets a serious bird addiction, and Ben is one of these unfortunate victims. When he is not in the hospital caring for the patients and quoting obscure British artists, he can be found hunched in the forest somewhere with a camera waiting to capture a photo of one of natures wonders. Oh, there are two other places that Ben can be found....at the Rails having a pint and at Broken Head catching some waves.
Having worked at several of the vet clinics along the peninsula, Amy has been a wonderful addition to our team, her calm and easy going energy is just what we need during the busy hospital atmosphere. She also has an uncanny ability to constantly supply tea and coffee to the team despite never leaving her post, and we are yet to figure out how she does it.
Amy is also an extremely dedicated mum, and we have been thrilled to see her welcome into the world her second child Annie in 2021. We are all excited about her return from maternity leave as she is currently a sorely missed member of our team.
Hannah has exceptional knowledge about the complex changes that happen in an animal's body when under anaesthesia, making her the ideal person to be monitoring your fury loved one when they are in hospital.
Hannah is also a passionate and skilled cook, and the staff are often challenging her to use us as test subjects for her culinary experiments.