Rich knew he wanted to be a vet at the age of 12. This passion is continually inspired by the bond he shares with his own pets. He aims to improve the quality of life for all his patients and make visits to the veterinary clinic relaxed and enjoyable. Dr. Rich has also developed a particular interest in veterinary behaviour and is a member of the Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science. He is also a “fear-free”-certified veterinary practitioner.
Rich studied veterinary science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, moving to the Gold Coast in 2007. In 2015, he decided it was time to branch out and create a clinic with a difference; hence, The Vet Collective was born.
In his spare time, Dr. Rich likes to keep active running and riding his bike.
Dr. Dana became a vet after first studying for a degree in audiology and speech pathology. Her veterinary employment began in a small practice in Ipswich followed by a year-long surgical internship with Dr. Bruce Smith. Dr. Dana then worked in general practice on the Gold Coast for four years.
She is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Science in Emergency and Critical Care.
Dr. Dana loves all aspects of veterinary medicine and is incredibly passionate about maintaining the highest possible standards of care.
In her spare time, Dr. Dana likes to go horse riding and regularly competes with her horses Captain, Bolero, and Artie at equestrian events.
Dr. Seraphina graduated from The University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, First Class Honours. She spent a year in practice at the Animal Welfare League followed by a 12-month Small Animal rotating internship, then a Small Animal Internal Medicine internship with the Veterinary Specialist Services in Carrara.
She joined The Vet Collective team at the beginning of 2019 where she looks forward to expanding her knowledge in general practice and continuing to build on her small animal medicine experience.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her horse Ivy, her dog Pebbles, and the most recent addition Alfie, a stray cat she adopted along the way.
Nicole has been a member of The Vet Collective since May 2017. She has worked as a veterinary nurse since 2011, completing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing and practice management. Nicole has worked in both general practice and emergency, bringing vast experience and knowledge to The Vet Collective team. In her spare time, Nicole can be found at the gym, bushwalking, hiking, or exploring the coast and beyond. She has a cat named Penelope, whom she rescued as a stray kitten.
Jon was a bad-to-the-bone street cat from Chevron Island until one fateful day in 2012. He was hit by a car and presented to Dr. Rich in critical condition. Dr. Rich and his team stabilised Jon, wired his fractured jaw, and treated his numerous wounds. As he recovered, the team fell in love with his larger-than-life personality and he became a permanent fixture in the clinic.
He likes cat food, laying down, and Wilson—in that order.
Wilson was surrendered at only six months of age by an owner who could no longer care for him. Dr. Rich planned on finding him a new home. However, Jon and Wil had other plans. They rapidly became BFFs and Rich couldn’t bring himself to separate them.
He likes shoelaces and Jon.