Ben Poole BVSc, MANZCVS. (Equine Medicine) Veterinarian & Practice Principal
I began my veterinary career in 1990 after graduating from the University of Queensland. After working for a number of years as a general mixed practitioner, I pursued my growing interest in horses. In 1996 I became a partner in the practice and in 2007 became the sole owner. In 2004 I was admitted as a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Equine Medicine. My main interests are equine internal medicine, ultrasonography and reproduction. I enjoy interacting with animals and observing their behavior. From 2012-2019 I was a member of the executive committee of Equine Veterinarians Australia, holding the position of President in 2017/18. I am lucky to have such a professional team of veterinarians and veterinary nurses who share my desire to provide high quality veterinary care. I have tremendous support from my lovely wife Tanya, and 2 beautiful 'grown up' children, Theresa and Nick. My main interests outside of work are my family, farming & recreational aviation.
I graduated from the University of Queensland in 1994. I worked in mixed practice in Allora on the Darling Downs for 2 1/2 years. Moving to the coast allowed me to be closer to my family and to receive the professional support of a larger practice. Even though I continue to see all animal species it became clear that small animal surgery brought me the most enjoyment. A couple of years of study and a set of examinations in 2003 allowed me to a become a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery. Regular visits to specialist centres helps me to bring new surgical techniques back to the practice. I consider myself fortunate to have two wonderful children, a dog, a cat, five chickens and one fish. My hobbies include squash, touch footy, sailing and building / gardening projects around the yard.
I joined the Cooroora family - just before Christmas in 2003 after graduating with from the University of Qld. I initially started at the clinic doing both small and large animals, however demand and my own interest has seen my days filled with my favoured areas. Dentistry of horses is very rewarding due to the rapid improvement in a patients well being and performance which makes for happy owners and riders. In 2012 I was admitted as a member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Equine Dentistry. Lameness and care for performance horses is also an area of particular interest to me. I spend my spare time with my wife, son Ewan and four legged family Diego, Lily, Sunny, Dougie and Angus.
I graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology with Distinction. During my final year at university I spent time working at Cooroora and felt that this would be my dream job, so I was delighted to join our wonderful team in 2017. Over the previous decades I've enjoyed expanding and consolidating my experience working in small animal, equine and mixed practice in Brisbane and in England. I have special interests in emergency, general and preventative medicine and in optimising the health of our pets by addressing underlying causes of chronic ill health. I hold a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine, undertaken over two years of formal study, and I'm excited to be able to offer the additional service of animal naturopathy and veterinary medical herbalism for clients who are seeking this approach. I have a balanced and holistic perspective, and can draw from the strengths of both complimentary and western medical systems of healing. I'm passionate about integrating the best of these to achieve optimal outcomes for my patients. I love living in the Hinterland with my two wonderful boys along with 7 miniature cows, 6 horses, 4 chooks, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 1 snake. We divide our time between caring for our land, horseback adventures in the forests and hills around home, and exploring our spectacular coastline and beaches.
I grew up in Brisbane and graduated from the University of Queensland before working at the WestVets Equine Hospital at Anstead. After 8 years there, I then worked part time in the Northern suburbs of Brisbane before starting fulltime here at Cooroora. I have a passion for horses and enjoy all aspects of equine practice including internal medicine, reproduction, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology and dentistry. I have two horses and a cat. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, rock climbing and anything outdoors!
Theresa Poole B.Bus. Practice Manager
Growing up in a farming family and being a vet’s daughter, I developed a strong love for all animals from a very young age. In fact, I was put in the saddle and on the back of cows before I could walk. Despite having a passion for all things great and small, I decided to pursue a career in Business Management which I studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. After working in Retail Management for 8 years, I was given the opportunity to put my 2 passions; Animals and Management together and join the Cooroora Veterinary Clinic in 2019 as Practice Manager. Outside of work you’ll find me travelling the world, camping up the beach or in the outback, out the backyard with the animals or foraging in the veggie patch, spending time with friends and family, or enjoying a good gin!
Leanne Sutton - B App Sc - Nursing Team Leader
I have always had a strong interest in animals. After Completing a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland, Gatton, I pursued a career in Veterinary Nursing. I started nursing in 2006 and have spent most of my time living and working in the Gympie area before coming to Cooroora in January 2020. I have a lovely family, a few pets and love going for a run.
Kelly Milne - B App Sc. (Vet Tech) - Veterinary Nurse Technician
I joined the Cooroora Team in 2003 after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland. What I love most about this clinic is the passionate and caring team we have and our awesome facilities. There is never a dull moment, I especially love the diverse medical cases, emergencies and aspects of the job that involve design, organisation and cleaning. I was away for a few years while having my two children Jack and Grace. I have grown up with a variety of pets over the years but now only have my dog Mya, a geriatric Mini Fox Terrier.
Shelly Foote - Veterinary Nurse Cert IV
My name is Raechelle and I joined the Cooroora Veterinary Crew in Feb 2010. In my years prior to Vet Nursing I worked in the equine industry for many years and always had a particular interest in animal health. I completed my Cert 4 in Veterinary Nursing in March 2012 and may look to do my Equine nursing Cert in the future. My hobbies are horse riding, fishing, cooking, horticulture and camping At the clinic I have a particular interest in biochemistry/haematology, endocrinology and medical nursing.
Laura Wust - Veterinary Nurse Cert III
Hi, I'm Laura and I'm very excited to be working with the Cooroora Vet Clinic Team. I have been vet nursing for 16 years, I enjoy surgical nursing & reception administrative duties. Living on a small farm. I have an assortment of animals, cattle, 1 horse, dogs, 1 cat and ducks. In my spare time I love bush walking and exploring the hills with the metal detector, still waiting to find that big nugget !
Janina Moorcroft - Veterinary Nurse Cert IV
I completed my cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in early 2017, just before starting at Cooroora. I grew up in South Africa and developed a keen appreciation of all animals. My family and I immigrated to Australia in 2011. I love animals in all shapes and sizes from horses and goats to snakes and birds. The aspects of nursing I enjoy the most are surgery and intensive care. I share my house with two Chihuahuas, one cat, a fish, two cockatiels, a conure, two horses, three geese and too many chickens.
Vicki Jenkins Veterinary Nurse Cert IV
Sayra Harvey - Veterinary Nurse
My name is Sayra and I’m from Scotland. I came to Australia in 2015 and worked predominantly in the equine racing industry for 4 years. I recently began studying a certificate IV in veterinary nursing and this has given me the wonderful opportunity to join the Cooroora Veterinary team as a trainee vet nurse in 2019. I have 3 amazing horses, a cat and a dog that I am lucky to share a beautiful acreage property with along with my partner Ben. I take a particular interest in natural horsemanship and bettering my communication with my horses who know lots of fun tricks such as lying down and smiling on command. I’m very excited to be a part of this team and I look forward to a future of learning from such knowledgeable staff and implementing what I learn to be the best possible vet nurse and progressing in the profession.