Meet the Team...

Our staff strive to provide amazing care for our clients and their pets. We are all passionate about our job and have lots of love for animals both at work, and in our home lives. When you pop in for a visit, these are some of the friendly faces you will see.

Dr. Julie Handley


Julie trained at the University of Queensland back when dinosaurs walked the earth, in the early ’90s.  Although she started her professional life as a large animal vet in Brisbane’s bayside, seeing horses with colic at 3 am on cold winters nights soon lost its appeal and she now concentrates on the care of small domestic pets.

After a few years locuming in the United Kingdom, she returned to Australia to a position with the RSPCA located in Newcastle and Broken Hill. When living among the Mexican’s became too much, she returned home to Queensland, working in a variety of Southside practices.  Following some time off starting a family, Julie now works Fridays and Saturdays at Algester Vets, a job she enjoys for its opportunities to closely connect with her patients and their owners. When time allows, she loves bushwalking, kayaking or, on those lazy days, immersing herself in a good book.

Dr. Anna Pigott


Anna grew up in South Africa where her love of animals first started by going on trips to all the wildlife parks there. After moving to Australia, she finally followed her passion and completed her studies at the University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Anna has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery, oncology, dentistry and diagnostic imaging.

Over the years Anna has not lost her love of wild animals and does try to visit game parks whenever she can to encounter animals she has not seen before. Although she has a soft spot for the big and furry, she has a special place in her heart for her own fur children, Jasper her cat, usually her shadow around the house, and Penny, her Dalmatian. In her spare time, Anna enjoys doing things she has not done before, getting out into nature, cooking, art and travelling.

Veterinary Nurses

Chris Machalias

Chris decided to pursue a career in Veterinary nursing after working in the fitness industry for 6 years. He was looking to get involved with animals first in a nursing role, then to commence study as a veterinarian. Chris became interested in small animal medicine, specifically canine behaviour, after adopting a 5 year old Bullmastiff x Rhodesian Ridgeback named Siva. His favourite part of being a vet nurse is getting to know people and their pets. Chris' interests include obedience training with his dog Siva, getting outdoors, camping trips, exercising and reading.

Nicole Hutchinson

Nicole began her career as a Vet Nurse in 1998, straight after her first career choice as a graphic artist and has been working in small animal practice in Brisbane since. Nicole has always had a passion to be involved with animals and loves that each day she can make a difference for her furry patients. 

Nicole has a special interest in Canine Behaviour and general management - including owning her own practice for 8 years and now continuing as a practice manager at Algester Vets.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her teenage twin boys, and her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Truffle (retired show dog), and a 3 legged Domestic Medium Hair Cat named Katya.

Mia Downes

Mia joined the Algester Vets team in 2018 as a part-time Vet Nurse. 

She began her career as a Vet Nurse in 2000, straight after high school,  where she trained and worked in Ireland. 

Mia has experience of working in a number of vet clinics including, general practice, referral centre, and emergency veterinary. 

Mia moved to Brisbane in 2014, with her hubby and her then, 14-year-old Tibetan Terrier called Freeway. Freeway has since passed away, so Mia spends her free time picking up after her 2 small kids instead. 

Mia's favourite areas of vet nursing are; the hands-on care of inpatients, client education, running nurse clinics including weight management, and more recently reaching our pet-loving clients through social media. 

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- Vaccinations
- Desexing

- Puppy Preschool
- Surgical procedures
- Dentistry
- Nutrition & parasite control

- Same day blood results

- X-rays



Opening Hours 

Monday - 8.00am - 6.00pm

Tuesday - 8.00am - 6.30pm

Wednesday - 8.00am - 6.00pm

Thursday - 8.00am - 6.30pm

Friday -  8.00am - 6.00pm

Saturday - 8.00am - 2.00pm


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Central Park Shopping Centre
188 Algester Rd

Tel:  (07) 3273 4066

Fax: (07) 3273 8311