Our Hospitals

We live and breathe emergencies, so much so that we don’t even open during the day for regular appointments – we leave that up to GP’s! You’ll work up cases, diagnose and treat patients, and mix with a great team of emergency vets practicing 5 star veterinary medicine.

Our Executive team

Dr Penny Seet

Hospital Director PVE

Just like many vets, Dr Penny Seet decided at a young age that being a veterinarian was exactly what she wanted to do. She was furious her parents wouldn’t let her have a menagerie of baby animals to raise in the middle of suburban Melbourne but that didn’t hold her...

Dr Ellie Leister

Pet ICU Director

Dr Ellie Leister is one of the Veterinary Directors of the Pet Intensive Care Unit at Underwood, Queensland. Growing up in rural NSW, on a beef cattle property, it was here that she developed a desire to work with animals. She was constantly surrounded by a variety of animals from...

Dr Geoffrey Dodds

Hospital Director Jindalee

Geoffrey had a fascination with animals and the natural world ever since he can remember. In 2006, he completed a Bachelor of Science, with a major in zoology. Geoffrey then went on to complete an Honours thesis in marine parasitology, which meant several visits to the Great Barrier Reef, ‘working...

Jodi MacKinnon


Jodi has played a pivotal role in the growth of Animal Emergency Service. As the Business Manager of both Animal Emergency Service and Perth Vet Emergency, Jodi oversees all staff as well as the daily operations of the businesses. Her career in the industry started as a veterinary nurse in...

Dr Rod Meehan

Hospital Director Cararra

Once Rod Meehan graduated from university in 1991 he worked in the United Kingdom for two years. He then partnered in a multi-practice veterinary group on the Gold Coast for 12 years. This was followed with a sabbatical to Japan for 12 months and upon returning, Dr Meehan took a...

Dr Rob Webster

Director & Veterinary Specialist

In 2014 Dr Rob Webster became a specialist in veterinary emergency medicine and critical care. Rob has been working full-time as an emergency vet for 14 years, and his training was conducted from 2006 to 2012. His mentors were both world regarded specialists: Dr Steven Haskins (emergency medicine and critical...

Dr Matt Rosen

Hospital Director Tanawha

Dr Rosen graduated from Veterinary Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2005, after completing two other degrees at the same university. After spending 16 months in a rotating internship at Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre, he worked briefly in general practice. He then serendipitously fell into an after-hours role and...

Dr Gerardo Poli

Hospital Director Underwood

Gerardo completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 2008. He graduated with first class honours and was awarded valedictorian of his year. After graduation, he spent almost three years in a busy bay side small animal practice. In 2010 he changed direction and started working...

Dr Simon Lemin


Dr Simon Lemin graduated from the University of Queensland in 1990 and after seven years in general practice, switched to the challenges and stimulation of emergency practice. He joined forces with Dr Rob Webster to establish Animal Emergency Service in 2005 when the pair purchased the emergency hospital they were...

Dr Alex Hynes

Director and Chief Client Officer

Dr Alex Hynes is a director and senior clinician at Animal Emergency Service. Her passion for helping animals and talent in the field of emergency pet care has led to becoming one of the most well-known veterinarians in the country since taking on the role as one of the new...


We’re an active part of the scientific community, and support our educators and universities alike. These are just some of our programs and university partners.

The Australian Paralysis Tick Advisory Panel, an initiative supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, established clinical guidelines  for the management of tick paralysis  in Australia. Recently, the panel reconvened to review and update the guidelines based on the latest literature. Our very own veterinarians Dr Ellie Leister and Dr Rob Webster sit on this panel to help answer important questions about this life-threatening condition and the parasite that causes it.

  • Paralysis tick distribution: what is expected due to bushfires and climate change?
  • Why are some cases more severe than others: Host, tick, or the environment?
  • Clinical cases studies: how to manage the complex and unexpected.
  • Why do cats present differently?

Hear about the latest research from the Australian Paralysis Tick Advisory Panel that may change the way you practice.

Emergency veterinarians are exposed to a wide gamut of issues, and often the sickest of the sick. Given that specialists are often unavailable at 1 am, it is essential that you have access to the latest Emergency & Critical Care resources available.This is why we’ve built VetApedia. 

VetAPedia is a collection of resources, journal reviews, veterinary blog articles and clinical content, designed specifically for Veterinary professionals.

Our vision is to advance the field of emergency and critical care in order to ensure patients receive the highest level of care. To achieve this, we will share exclusive resources developed in collaboration with the world’s foremost leaders in the industry. Access to VetApedia is completely free and exclusive to veterinary professionals.

Access to VetApedia is for free. Sign up here.

Can’t get enough? Want to discuss the latest in research with fellow peers? Join our journal club on the Sunshine Coast. Our regular gathering of vets is pretty casual, often combined with a cold pint or a delicious mocktail. We discuss scientific papers found in well-renowned research journals, always relevant to the cases seen on the Sunshine Coast. Then, the discussion begins. Attendees ask clarifying questions, inquire about different aspects of the experimental design, critique the methods, and bring a healthy amount of skepticism (or praise) to the results. The ideas found and discussed at the journal club can help expand and balance each vet scientist’s scope of what is happening in the world of research while informing experimental plans and clinical decisions. Sound good? Don’t be shy – request the annual events calendar and we’ll see you soon!