Our Vets

  • Dr Greg Cavanagh

    Area of Interest: Farm Animals

    Greg spent most of his childhood in Toowoomba. He gained his veterinary degree (Hons) in 1992 from the University of Queensland. After spending the first two and a half years of his veterinary career working on the Atherton Tablelands in predominantly dairy practice. Greg moved to Gympie and purchased Gympie Veterinary Service in 1995. Greg works with all aspects of veterinary practice but has a strong interest in farm animal medicine and equine surgery and reproduction. Greg has undertaken further study in Equine Medicine and Dentistry and regularly attends veterinary conferences. He is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association, Australian Cattle Veterinarians and Equine Veterinary Association. Greg has also in the past been an external examiner for the University of Qld Veterinary School, and has guided many students into successful veterinary careers. He has accreditation in the National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme and the Bull Breeding Soundness Scheme.  Outside of work Greg and his family enjoy time at the beach, boating, fishing and sporting pursuits.

    Greg 2 small
  • Dr Shannon Coyne B.V.Sc. Hons

    Shannon graduated in 1998 and prior to joining Gympie Veterinary Services, he previously worked in Gloucester NSW. Shannon has done veterinary work in Dorset and the Midlands UK. Gympie Veterinary Services were fortunate to have Shannon join their team in 2002.

    Shannon's interests include small animal surgery and medicine. He has also completed post graduate courses in ophthalmology and surgery.

    Outside of work Shannon enjoys family time, fishing and diving.

  • Dr Justin Schooth BVSc (Hons), BVSc (Rur Tec), CIV Training & Assessment

    Justin graduated from University of Qld in 2004. Prior to graduation he was employed in Dairy Farming, Beef and Sheep Farming and Feedlot. Starting at Gympie Veterinary Services in 2007, Justin was previously employed on the Darling Downs, Mixed practices and with Feedlot consultancy. His main veterinary interests include cattle production medicine and reproduction, equine reproduction and dentistry. Furthering his interest and education Justin is a BullCheck Accredited Examiner, PregCheck Accredited Examiner, and has studied in Equine Veterinary Dentistry Course and Countdown Advisor Course.  Staying active and fit outside of work hours, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, Surf Lifesaving and Karate.

  • Dr Dan McDougall

    Area of Interest: Companion Animals

    Dr McDougall graduated from University of QLD in 1998 and practiced in Maleny for 1 year. Following Maleny, he worked in a large hospital in Sydney for 3 years. It was then decided it was time to travel, Dan spent 4 years at Essex in England working in a small animal practice. Eventually the English climate encouraged a return to Australia.

    Upon arrival back in Australia in 2005, Dan called in to Gympie Veterinary Services to say hello to a friend and walked out with a positon and he has worked at Gympie Veterinary Services ever since.

    Dan also works at the Pet E.R. on the Sunshine Coast as an emergency and critical care veterinarian working night and weekend shifts. In 2011 he passed his critical care and emergency membership examinations, an additional qualification held by less than 100 veterinarians in the Australasian region. Dan and his wife Cara live at Cooroy with cats, cattle and chooks. His interests include tinkering with wood and his tractor.

  • Dr Anne Alford BVSc (Hons)

    Anne graduated from University of Qld  in 2004. Prior to graduation at as Veterinarian, Anne was employed as a Veterinary Nurse for 4 years.

    Anne's foremost veterinary interest is in small animal medicine and has undertaken further studies in neurology, equine lameness and respiratory emergencies.

    Previously employed at the Samford Valley Vet Hospital, Anne first worked at our clinic in 2005, and was later employed at our clinic in 2008.


    Anne Alford with pony
  • Dr Temika Nooteboom

    Area of Interest: Mixed

    Temika was born in Brisbane but moved to Cloncurry as a young girl. It was in Cloncurry that Temika found her passion for large animals. Temika spent most of her teenage years in Cloncurry before moving to Dalby to finish high school. From Dalby, Temika moved to Gatton to complete her B.V.Sc. at the University of QLD. It was in 2014 when Temika came to Gympie Veterinary Services to complete her final placement. Temika thoroughly enjoyed her time at G.V.S. and quickly became part of the team. After graduating with honours from UQ, Temika returned to join us at G.V.S. Temika enjoys working with large animals and anything surgical. In her own time, Temika enjoys catching up with friends and family, cooking, fishing, swimming and raising her own backyard poultry.

  • Dr Rebecca Ardrey B.V.Sc.

    Rebecca (Bec) completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at University of Queensland before starting with Gympie Veterinary Services in 2015. Prior to working with us, Bec worked in clinics at Biloela and Maryborough. Recently completing a course in equine dentistry, Bec enjoys the variety and challenges involved in working in a mixed animal practice. Out of work hours Bec enjoys nothing more than spending time with family, camping, and fishing.

  • Dr Pearl Symonds BVsc (2b Hons) BVet Biol (Avian Medicine) Member ANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) phD

    Pearl graduated from University of Queensland  in 1992, and has worked at Manly Road Vet Hospital, Chatswood, and Acacia Ridge as well as in a number of locums.  Starting with Gympie Veterinary Services in 2015, Pearl's main veterinary interests include exotics, wildlife and birds, small animal surgery and Microbiology/ mycology. In 1996 Pearl completed a vet tour of Nepal. Other highlights of her career include the presentation of paper at the ISVEE X1 conference , having her phD accepted, and doing volunteer work for Vets Beyond Borders in Ladakh India 2007.

    Outside of work Pearl enjoys sailing, horse riding and gardening.

  • Dr Nicola Burnside


    Nicola Burnside joins us fresh off the plane from England and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and abundant enthusiasm for pet care.
    Graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2000, Dr. Nicola has been working in small animal clinics and has a great interest in Cardiology. 
    Outside of work, and spending time with her family, Nicola loves competing in triathlons and working with her horses.

  • Dr Caitlin Shearman

    Caitlin graduated from University of Queensland in 2012. 

    Worked at Laidley in a mixed animal practice treating both large and small animals. When not at work, our energetic adventurer loves nothing more than pulling on her hiking boots and packing her camera to capture the great outdoors. At home she has a well doted cat called..'Fish', what else!



  • Dr Amy Fury
    Graduating from Charles Stuart University in 2012 ,Dr Amy has worked at the Wagga Wagga Veterinary Hospital in her time since graduating.

    Outside of work, and spending time with her family, Amy loves hitting the road on her bike to stay fit and healthy. 
  • Dr Damien Smith



    Damien graduated from University of Qld at Gatton,with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science as well as a Bachelor of Science.

    Having previously worked in mixed animal practices at Taree (NSW) and Landsborough, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

    Outside of work he enjoys swimming, rugby, kayaking as well spending family time with his wife and young daughter.