Meet Our Team

Get to know a bit more about our friendly team of vets and support staff!

Nell Petraello

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc, BAppSc)

Since I could remember, I have always wanted to be a vet.  I grew up in South East Queensland and started pursuing my interests in animal studies after high school.

I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science specialising in Veterinary Technology and Animal Production at The University of Queensland, Gatton. 

Having worked as a veterinary nurse in a country town in WA, I had the opportunity to work with all types of animals including camels, llamas, chickens, horses and small animals.  I have travelled and camped throughout Australia and witnessed the magnificent wildlife the Australian outback has to offer. I have also travelled throughout Southern Africa and South America which exposed me to amazing wildlife and motivated my ambition to become a veterinarian.

I began my Veterinary Science studies in Perth WA and finished the degree at James Cook University Townsville.  Upon graduation, I worked for a local Townsville vet clinic and then at JCU Veterinary Hospital both in general practice. I particularly enjoy working with cats and dogs, chickens and avian species as well as small mammals.   

Addicted to the gorgeous weather and outdoor activities that North Queensland has to offer, my husband Shaun and I have settled in Townsville and consider ourselves locals.  I enjoy travelling, figure-skating, mountain biking, snorkelling, fishing and touch football.  I am mum to two young boys plus a ball-crazy Jack Russel named Roaty and a loving cat named Finnius.

Bennett Moncrieff

Veterinarian (BVSc)

I graduated from JCU Vet School in 2014 and started with the team from Vet2urpet in 2019. I am a Townsville local and I have always loved our tropical outdoors lifestyle.

I enjoy most fields in small animal veterinary medicine, but my special interest is soft tissue surgery and chronic pain management. I like most animals but I absolutely love dogs. I have two dogs named Frankie and Dora, a little cat called Poppy and 2.5m python called Psych.

Outside of work I enjoy fishing, gardening and camping. I am NRL mad and support the Cowboys. 

Kayla Apap

Veterinarian (BVSc)

I grew up in Tully on a banana and cane farm along side a variety of different animals. I made the move to Townsville to study veterinary science have have lived in Townsville since. I graduated in 2016 from James Cook University and have been working as a small animal veterinarian since graduating. I started with Vet2urpet at the beginning of 2020. 

I enjoy all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine however in particular internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. The part I love most about my job is being able to be a part of helping your beloved pets live healthy, happy lives. 

I have a cavoodle called Oakley who I adore. In my spare time I enjoy staying active, spending time with family and friends and travelling.

Kayla Spragg

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Growing up in Townsville with a natural curiosity for all things animals, I have wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember.

I graduated from James Cook University and started working in rural mixed practice before returning home to pursue my passion in small animal general practice. I have a special interest in canine and feline internal medicine, for which I received the Australian Small Animal Veterinarians award for small animal medicine upon graduating.

I'm a cat person and have a spoilt ragdoll named Sadie. I love living in the tropics and in my spare time you’ll find me fishing, camping or exploring the great outdoors with my fiancé and friends."

Kay Eccleshare

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (BVSc, MANZCVS (SA Surgery), GCertTertEd)

Please meet our visiting surgeon Dr Kay Eccleshare who is an expert in her field....

Dr Kay holds a membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in small animal surgery, and has over 30 years of interest and experience in surgery. Examples of cases (not exclusive) that Kay commonly performs are:

• Cruciate surgery (DeAngelis or Triple Tibial Osteotomies (TTO) for full or partial cranial cruciate injury)

• Corrective osteotomies for limb deviation

• Patella luxation surgery

• Hip toggles for coxofemoral luxations

• Perineal hernia repairs (including more advanced cases) & anal sacculectomies

• Fractures of pretty much any description

• Ear surgery (lateral or vertical wall resections)

• Entropion

• Carpal and tarsal arthrodesis

• PennHip Radiography

And much more!

On surgery day, we like to provide the best experience and care for your furry-friend, limiting the clinic to only ONE procedure per day so we can focus 100% on your pet.

CALL US if you would like to have a chat to one of our friendly staff about your pet's problems that may be able to get corrected by Dr Kay :)

Dr Ernie

Practice Mascot (Master of Cuddles)

Dr Ernie has been part of our business since the beginning and represents Dr Nell's jack russel terrier. He loves to give cuddles and mentor young children by educating them through our 'Pet Prep' Program at schools and Daycare's throughout Townsville. He has also competed in the annual 106.3FM Mascot Race. We love Dr Ernie! 


Tatiana Stefanos

Practice Manager (Master of all)

My family moved to Townsville many years ago and after falling in love with the lifestyle, decided to make NQ our permanent home.  I completed my education here and started work in the airline industry, before a career shift into healthcare about 10 years ago.   Though not having worked in the veterinary industry, I have had experience in medical and dental practice management.  I see many similarities in these fields, as  after all, we’re still committed to providing the best possible patient care, except now patients are furry, feathered or four legged.

I love animals and am passionate about their health and their importance in the community.  I have seen firsthand how pivotal they are to vulnerable members in our community.  Being responsible for a pet is not only enriching, but it also provides health benefits for the owner too! No wonder they become fur babies!

I value customer service, and compassionate and respectful communication. I’m committed to maintaining a strong team culture focused on providing gold standard care with compassion.  We love what we do and strive to improve.  

Outside of work, we have a hobby farm which is totally self sustained – off the grid 100%.  I have a little black toy poodle, Lulu, who is my constant companion.



Head Nurse (Certificate IV)

I started my Veterinary Nursing career in 2014 at a mixed animal practice in Wagga Wagga, NSW before moving to Townsville in 2015. After spending 2 years in a Townsville small animal and equine specialist centre, I moved to the United Kingdom. Once qualified as a UK Registered Veterinary Nurse, I spent 2 years working as a locum at a clinic in Surrey, England before returning to join the team at Vet2UrPet in 2019. I love all aspects of being a veterinary nurse, no two days are the same which keeps things fun and exciting. At home I have a 6-year-old Staghound x Kelpie named Gabbie and a hand raised Indian Ringneck named Dexter, these 2 are an odd combination but keep us entertained for hours. When I’m not at work, you can find me out enjoying the beautiful weather whether it be scuba diving, hiking through the bush or out walking Gabbie


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV)

I completed my cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 and absolutely love working with animals! I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! I have lived in Townsville all my life and started my vet nursing career at Greencross Vets before deciding it was time for a change to further expand my knowledge and started working for Vet2urpet in April 2019. I absolutely love the team I work with at Vet2urpet and love that we offer both in clinic and at home services to make it easier for clients and less stressful for the animals.

I have a beautiful Border collie named Hershey, and 2 cats, Louie and Archie. When I’m not working I spend my free time with my husband and daughter making the most out of the time we spend together and making memories with our little girl.


Veterinary Nurse (Cert III)

Liz Cummings

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Cert III)

I have lived in Townsville for over a year now.  I immigrated here from the UK to live with my fiance.

I used to work in hospitality, but I always had a passion for animals and always wanted to care for them.  I have been working as a vet nurse for a year now and have almost completed my Cert 3.  I will go on to complete my Cert 4 in the near future. 

I have a huge love for cats and have three boys of my own at home - Whiskey, Archie and Oscar. 

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