Meet Our Team


Wade McAuley

Practice Owner (BVSc)

Wade graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 1993. He worked as a dairy vet in Victoria for 3 years and then did some TB testing in the Kimberleys as he and Helen travelled around Australia. Since buying the clinic in 2000 he has married Helen and had 3 lovely kids. Wade loves all types of surgery including orthopaedic surgery. His interests outside the clinic include fishing - line fishing, barra fishing, spear fishing. Any type of fishing really :)

Helen McAuley

Practice Owner (BVSc)

Helen graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours in 1993. She worked in Victoria for a few years and then travelled and worked around Australia for the next 3 years before buying the clinic with her then fiancé, Wade, in May 2000. Since then she has married Wade, had 3 beautiful kids and accumulated a menagerie of pets. Helen's veterinary interests include medicine, soft tissue surgery and dermatology. Her interests outside the clinic include reading, walking and tennis.


Ellen Liddle

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Ellen has been with Southside since 2008, as she started right after she graduated from the University of Queensland with her Bachelors of Veterinary Science. Her personal veterinary interests include feline medicine and soft tissue surgery. When she isn't working, Ellen enjoys horticulture/propogation, gardening in her amazing yard, cycling, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Much of her love for the outdoors comes from growing up on the Atherton Tablelands. When she does have a quiet moment, she spends it with her partner Dylan, her three cats Pickles, Banksie and Tabitha, and her dogs Ash and Saff.

Sarah Stallard

Veterinarian (BVSc MACVSc)

Sarah joined our clinic in December 2015. She graduated from the University of Bristol in England in 2000. She came to Australia in 2004. Sarah loves ultrasounding cats and dogs and also has a soft spot for elderly Staffies.

Sarah has a bossy little dog and two indifferent cats to keep her busy.

Kim Neilson

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS)

Kim is our newest vet having started in May 2017. She grew up in country Victoria. She has seen a lot of Australia having studied at Murdoch Univerity in Perth. Kim has worked in Darwin and the Cairns region.

Kim has 2 dogs- a Wolfhound x - Angus and Ruby- a kelpie x. She also has a long haired cat called Jet.

Danyell Munro

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Danyell graduated from James Cook University in 2012.She spent her first few years working on the Tablelands before joining the clinic in December 2015.

Danyell enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her feather baby Jasper. As well as keeping active including running her first half marathon in April 2017.

Vicky Turner


Vicky started with us in June 2015. She grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to New Zealand where she received her Bachelors of Veterinary Science from Massey University. After graduating, she practiced in Cairns for a little while before heading over to England for a year to get a new experience. She ultimately decided Cairns was the place to be and doesn't plan on leaving again. Her special interests within the field mostly revolve around internal medicine. In her spare time, she hangs out with her dog Reyla and manages her beehive.

Lee-Anne Kingston

Head Nurse (Certificate IV in Vet Nursing)

Lee-Anne started working at Southside in February 2008 and has never looked back. After finising up her certificates in vet nursing, she gradually took on more of the administrative side of things and now is our head nurse. She has a special interest in wildlife and dedicates much of her spare time to rehabilitating wild birds. When she isn't working with animals, she focuses her attention on her husband, Kelvin, and their two children, Kayla and Liam. Adding to the chaos of their houshold are three large dogs, (Rocky and Tyson), three homing pigeons, two guinea pigs (Milkshake and Oreo), and an assortment of fish. Definitely no cats though.

Jess Riley

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate II in Vet Nursing, Finishing Certificate IV)

Jess is technically our longest employed nurse, having started just before Lee-Anne back in December 2007. She took a brief hiatus to pursue a degree in human nursing but ultimately decided she couldn't leave the animals behind. She is now finishing up her cert IV in vet nursing and is due to finish in less than a year. In her free time, she has just completed building her first home and married her partner Mark in August this year. Together they have two Border Collies named Bella and Zuke, as well as two cats named Frankie and Chico. Jess is currently on maternity leave with her first child, a bouncing baby boy!

Leanne Hogan

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Leanne is a qualified Certificate IV equivalent Nurse who has been working in clinics since the 90's!!  Having nursed in areas of orthapaedics, behaviour and general surgical, her passion these days are in Administration and client education.

Leanne and husband John live with their 4 rescue cats Rufus, BooBoo, Goosie and Poppie.

"I hope to one day be a crazy cat lady."

Heather Ford

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Heather Ford has been a Veterinary Nurse since 2006. After travelling around Australia for 8 years with her husband, Phil. Heather has settled in Cairns where she welcomed her son Billy. She has been working at Southside Vet surgery since 2016. Heather loves spending time with her family and her beloved dog Ella.

Renee De Loryn

Veterinary Nurse (Working on Certificate IV in Vet Nursing)

Renee did a work experience here for one week back in grade 10 and loved it so much she came back as a trainee starting in March 2013! She is currently finishing up her cert IV in vet nursing and is due to be finishing up in less than a year. When not at work or studying, Renee enjoys spending time with her menagerie at home, which includes two dogs, a cat, an Indian Ringneck, and a Pineapple Conure.

Justis Hardy

Trainee Nurse (Certificate II in Vet Nursing)

Justis is currently in year 12 at St. Monica's and is about to finish up her Certificate II in veterinary nursing. She has been working at Southside now since April 2013 and plans to continue working part-time while trying to pursue her ultimate goal of veterinary school. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her parents and her younger brother, as well as their dog Keesha. She recently got her learner's permit and is excited for the next few years.

Zoe Burtt

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate II in Vet Nursing, Finishing Certificate IV)

Zoe joined the team here in November 2014 after taking a break from vet nursing to settle down and have a family. She broadened her love of animals throughout the years by taking in a variety of wildlife from razorback pigs to galahs and hopes to get back into wildlife caring now that she is working with animals again. In her spare time, she is a mother to a rambunctious toddler named Jaxon and spends time with her partner Craig and their two dogs and two cats. 

Asami Kanti-Paul

Groomer (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Asami fell in love with Australia's flora and fauna after moving from Japan in 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science - Zoology  after studying at JCU. She gained experience in wildlife after working as a wildlife keeper.

Asami is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and also a qualified groomer. She has a popular following with furry clientele.

Asami is a mad kite surfer and when not at work is often at the beach


Tamasyn Smith

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Tamasyn has been a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2007, and her passion for animals is still going strong. In early 2015 Tamasyn and her family took a break to travel around Australia and decided that Cairns is the best place to live. She has two cats named Raindrop and Pom Pom and a geriatric Border Collie called Blake. Her loves baking, reading, camping and spending time with her daughter Willow and partner Matt. 

Mystaria Gall

Veterinary Nurse (Working on Certificate IV in Vet Nursing)

Mystaria is currently completing her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. She has been working at Southside now since 2014 and hopes to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse with particular interest in the welfare and raising of puppies, kittens and wildlife. She loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as her dog Prue and cat Isabelle.

Angelique Thorrold

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Vet Nursing)

Ang has recently joined the Southside team after moving up from Toowoomba for the weather. She has been vet nursing for over 8 years and has a special interest in wildlife. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors in beautiful FNQ and at home she divides her attention between her three cats: Miu, Rupert, and Bert.

Whitney Robertson

Veterinary Nurse (Bachelors of Applied Science with a double major in Veterinary Technology)

Whitney is another new addition to the team here. She finished her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009 down in Gatton and then spent some time at Veterinary Specialist Center down in Brisbane before taking a break to pursue other interests. She has gotten back into veterinary nursing now, however, and we are very glad she did. In her spare time she spends time with her fiance Evan and their blue cattle dog, Frosty.

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