About Us
Delivering quality veterinary services in a caring and professional manner!  We promise to provide appropriate and afforable solutions to ease the suffering and enhance the quality of life of any animal that you bring to us.
Our Team

David Thomson BVSc CMAVA

Principal Veterinarian/ Owner

David graduated from the University of Queensland in December 2001 and was employed by Beenleigh Veterinary Hospital where he was exposed to a diverse practice with a focus on small animals and horses. His mentors ensured he carried out many surgical procedures. As he had spent time in Killarney as a Veterinary student he was offered the chance to purchase the business in 2002.  David rose to the challenges that business ownership created for such a recently graduated veterinarian.

David enjoys a diverse range of clinical work from small animal medical cases, orthopedic surgeries to cattle pregnancy diagnosis and equine medical and surgical work.

David has many pursuits outside of the veterinary field and is a member of a number of boards.  He enjoys breeding and riding Quarter Horses and has a property with his wife Jayne in Tannymorel.

Ellie McKenna-Hill BVSc

Associate Veterinarian

Ellie graduated from James Cook University located in Northern Queensland in 2011.  The James Cook veterinary science program was designed and focused for rural students to serve the country areas of Australia.  Having this in mind when she graduated, Ellie decided that a rural mixed practice was what she wanted to focus her career on.

Ellie is passionate about horses and particularly equine reproduction.  However, she enjoys all aspects of mixed practice and the challenge it brings. 

Outside of work, Ellie is a keen and very competitive Endurance rider competing and vetting at many endurance rides around the country including the Tom Quilty.  Aside from this Ellie and her husband Andrew run property with cattle and between this and her horses keeps her well and truly busy outside of work.

Jayne Thomson BVSc BVBiol/BVSc (Hons)

Part-time Veterinarian/Owner

Jayne is a local having grown up in Tannymorel, she graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2012.  She started her career in a busy mixed practice in Bundaberg, which exposed her to a large volume and variety of clinic cases.  In 2016 she moved back to the area after purchasing the family farm.  She worked in Warwick up until the start of 2020 in a busy mixed animal practice.

David and Jayne welcomed a baby girl into the world in March 2020.  Jayne is now in the clinic on a part-time basis doing clinical work and also manages the marketing and some of the accounting in between parenting.

Outside of work Jayne has a passion for horses and when time permits enjoys competing in campdrafts and shows.

Sara Rodes BVSc

Part-time Associate Veterinarian

Sara Graduated from the University of Queensland in 2018 and began her veterinary career in Warwick.  During her time in Warwick she was exposed to both small animal and equine surgery as well as reproduction and medicine work.  Once she had started her career she discovered a passion for small animal surgery which she has developed further at a busy vet practice in Ipswich.  

Kylie Young

Veterinary Nurse

Kylie joined the team of Killarney Vets in March 2017.  Prior to that, she had worked in practice in Kingaroy, where she completed her certificate II in veterinary nursing.  Kylie is passionate about horses and enjoys competing in breakaway roping events on her horse Cadillac.  You can often find Kylie driving all over the countryside on a weekend competing.  

When she is not doing this she is training some younger horses to bring on in the world of rodeo events or helping her husband Matt out on his family farm.  Kylie's fun and easy-going attitude has made her fit right in with the team at KVS. 

Maddison Jackson

Veterinary Nurse

Maddi started off as a school-based Trainee Vet Nurse in 2016 and has now successfully finished her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies. Maddi started working full time as a nurse for the team in December 2018 and is currently studying her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing as well.  Maddi enjoys the challenges that everyday nursing and reception duties bring and has risen to the challenge her role provides.

Leanne Grayson

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Leanne is a part-time nurse with Killarney Vets and has been with the team for many years.  Canadian by birth, Leanne lives two lives and brings international experience to Killarney Vets. Married to an Aussie, Andrew, Leanne spends November to April in Australia on their local property backgrounding steers for the feedlot industry.  For the rest of the year, they then move to Canada to manage a summer grazing cattle ranch at Wolf Lake in Alberta.

Leanne is often found out and about helping the vets wrangle some of the larger animals that they often deal with.  But she is just as apt at dealing with cats and dogs and loves a good smooch from your loving pet.

Grace Buchholz

Veterinary Nurse

Grace graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science.  Prior to joining the team at Killarney, she worked in an Equine Vet Surgery in the Scenic Rim.  Grace has a passion for horses and equine reproduction.  Besides vet nurses outside of work Grace is a qualified equine coach and competes her horses in capdrafting and showhorse.  Originally hailing from Rockhampton Grace has grown up rurally and loves everything to do with animals.  Grace and her partner Lane are excited to be starting a new chapter of their lives in the Killarney area.

Max - RIP

OIC- Journalist- Media Officer- Cat about town

Max entered employment in 2007 after straying in. His black tiger stripes and playful nature encouraged the staff to try to re-home him. However, after some weeks Max had wound his way into the hearts of the staff and they decided he could stay to deter rodents. He quickly made himself at home visiting various main street shops every day and was often seen on the footpath of a morning waiting to greet his many admirers and fans as they went by.


To earn his keep, he kept the mice at bay and wrote a column in our newsletter. He had his own email address and was the first point of contact for the clinic in the electronic media. This spread his fame and he often got emails as well as cards and gifts at Christmas. Sadly Max has now passed away but his position has been filled by his protege Talon, who is proving worthy of the trust and responsibility. The email address has been kept in Maxs' name as a memorial to our much loved Max. 


Maxs Protege - New Kid On The Block - Chief Rodent controller

Talon has been about for a long time now but always stood in the shadow of Max.  Due to Max's untimely passing, Talon has had to step up.  He is now the contributor to the Newsletter with Talons Tale and is endearing himself to the readers.  

When not working away on his blurb, Talon can often be found lounging around out the back, hunting in the horse shed or generally getting about the clinic. He is still young at heart and often causes trouble around the place.

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