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

Senior Clinic 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 dog 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 an indifferent cat 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.

Mikayla Foruria

Veterinarian (BVsc)

Mikayla graduated from James Cook University in 2016. She spent her first year practising as a Veterinarian in Northern NSW. However, she decided to escape the cold and relocate to Cairns this year. In her spare time, Mikayla loves hiking, water-skiing and fishing. When Mikayla isn’t at work or exploring the outdoors, she is spending time with her beautiful 11yr old Golden Retriever, Lucy.


Vicky Turner

Veterinarian (BVSc)

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.

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.

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 two large dogs, (Rocky and Tyson), three homing pigeons, a guinea pig(Oreo), and an assortment of fish. Definitely no cats though.

Jess Riley

Practice Manager (Certificate II in Vet Nursing)

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. Jess then moved into the position of stock control officer and is now our clinics Practice Manger. She spends a lot of her time hidden in the office but still enjoys helping on the floor and seeing our clients and patients at reception. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her Husband Mark and their little boy Hudson. Jess is very excited to be expecting another little boy in August this year. Jess and her family have an extended fury family, their border collies Bella and Zuke and their cats Frankie and Chico.

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 ( 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 finished her Certificate in Vet Nursing in November last year. When not at work or studying, Renee enjoys spending time with her cat Leo and also a Pineapple Conure. She also enjoys hiking on weekends.

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.In her spare time, she is a mother to  Jaxon and spends time with her partner Craig and their two dogs and two cats. Zoe is our vaccine and preventative health reminder nurse.

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


Samm Green

Trainee Nurse

Samm decided that a change of career was in order and has joined us after many years in childcare. She has a gorgeous dachshund called Millie.

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 dogs Prue and Alby and cat Isabelle.

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. She has a cat named Pom Pom and two young dogs, a border collie- Ivy and a chihuahua called Pretzel. Her loves baking, reading, camping and spending time with her daughter Willow and partner Matt. Tamasyn looks after the advertising for the clinic and is also the patient care nurse. She runs the Puppy Preschool classes and Weight Watchers program. She also helps patients with physio after orthopaedic surgerys. 

Zan De Swardt

Trainee Nurse (Cert II in Veterinary Nursing)

Zan has just joined our team after returning home to live in Cairns. She is studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She likes spending time with her partner and two cats, Jigga and Shady. She loves cooking and trying out different resturants. 

Courtney Audas

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Courtney is a Cairns local who loves the outdoors! Bushwalking, travel, beach walks with her best mate, Jack the cattle dog and riding her horse Scooby. She also enjoys spending time with her partner Jesse.

Kelly Van Pelt

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV)

Kelly is a qualified vet nurse who has recently moved back home to Cairns from Brisbane. Kelly enjoys playing futsal and hiking. She has a german Shephard cross dog called Tala, who looks like a black bear!

Jessica Falconer

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV)

Jessica has almost completed her Certificate IV in nursing and recently moved back to Cairns. When not working she spends time with her family and her 2 dogs, Tyson and Patch and her horse Oliver. 

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