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 - Veterinarian
Julie trained at the University of Queensland back when dinosaurs walked the earth, in the early 90’s. Although she started her professional life as a large animal vet in Brisbane’s bay side, seeing horses with colic at 3am 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 work 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 bush walking, kayaking or, on those lazy days, emersing herself in a good book.
Dr. Anna Pigott - Veterinarian
Anna grew up in South Africa where her love of animals first started by going on trips to all the wild life 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.
Chris Machalias - Veterinary Nurse
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.
Mia Downes - Veterinary Nurse
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.
Mias 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 lovong clients through social media.