Your pet, our passion
Meet the Team at Canungra Vet
Dr Wendy Balmain
Dr Wendy Balmain graduated from University of Queensland almost 30 years ago. During the course of her career, she has worked across most states of Australia and also in the UK.
Wendy’s passion is the variety that mixed practice brings. She enjoys nothing more than treating your pets in the clinic and then hopping in the car to visit horses, sheep or alpacas in the local area. At home, Wendy is kept busy with a huge menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, goats and even guinea fowl.
Dr Lily Betzien
Dr Lily Betzein graduated in 2020 and worked at a rural mixed practice in Mildura for the first 2 years of her career. She moved back home to Queensland and joined us in early 2022.
Lily enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a soft spot for our feline friends.
When she is not at work Lily can be found riding her horses or sitting quietly sewing.
She is owned by her cat Mallee.
Dr Maddy Lansdown
Maddy joined the team as a new graduate in 2023 after graduating from University of Queensland. After growing up in Brisbane and then studying out at Gatton, Maddy pursued her dream of living near the ocean and moved to the Gold Coast. Maddy enjoys the variety of work in general practice, with an equal interest in both surgery and medicine. She predominantly works with small animals, however she won’t turn down an opportunity to work with goats, alpacas, sheep or cattle! Maddy also has an interest in shelter medicine and animal rescues, being an avid foster parent and having a rescue dog, cat and chickens of her own. Prior to working with us, Maddy spent a month in the Cooks Islands volunteering as a vet, and she plans to do many more trips like it in the future.
Outside of her veterinary life, you will find Maddy at the beach, camping or growing veggies in her backyard. To mix it up, Maddy loves all things photography and also owns a videography business with her partner.
Our Support Staff
Head Veterinary Nurse
Kes joined the team in March 2022 as a veterinary nurse. Kes started out as an equine nurse in 2017 and has since worked in a specialist hospital. She has now moved back closer to home working out of our mixed practice clinic in Canungra. At our Canungra clinic she gets the best of both worlds, furthering her passion of working alongside large animals, as well as working with beautiful puppies and kittens. Kes is very passionate about aiming for the highest standards of patient care, ensuring all fur babies in our care are as comfortable and as happy as possible. When not at work you will find Kes out exploring with her beautiful, black Labrador Bowie or out riding a horse or motorbike!
Trainee Vet Nurse
Rosie started working at Canungra Veterinary Surgery in April 2022 after taking 5 years off work to start a family. Before that Rosie worked as an equine nurse for several years. Rosie’s favourite part about working at the Canungra clinic is the daily variety ranging from horses, cows and goats to puppies and kittens. She is passionate about providing a high standard of care, always learning and giving the animals lots of cuddles. When not at work you will find Rosie spending time with her family, out competing her horse or looking after her menagerie of animals.
After 4 years of studying and finishing high-school she went on to work full-time for Canungra Vets.
In 2018 Caitlin became head nurse and stock inventory controller for Canungra, until she went on maternity leave in 2021. Caitlin now works part time between Canungra Vets and training veterinary nursing students. In her spare time, she enjoys baking bread, spending time with her family and caring for all my animals
After finishing up her maternity leave in 2022, Julia started working at our Yarrabilba Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist. She has a background in canine care and behaviour, which she is very passionate about. Julia joined the Canungra team in September 2023.
In her spare time, you will find her cuddling up with dozens of golden retrievers and spending time with her family.
Izzy started with the team at Tamborine Mountain in 2022, after leaving a long career in hospitality management to pursue a new career in vet nursing and animal care. She works on the front desk at Canungra a couple of days a week beside Julia, and is passionate about delivering high quality service to both clients and their fur babies! She is also passionate about animal rescue and wildlife, and spends her spare time with her two rescue dogs, working in her garden, or doing home renovations.