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Our Vet Staff

_img_1506Ian King


Ian has wanted to be a vet since he was 16 years old. He and his wife Gayle purchased Ballina Veterinary Hospital in 1994. He can still remember the excitement of the first day in Ballina at the old site in Tamar Street. The move to the current hospital in River Street was taken in October of 1998.

Fifteen years is a long time to be in practice and he has recently recognized young families of clients who were children themselves when he took over the practice. It is a nice feeling.

Ian graduated from Sydney University in 1977. He has worked as a small animal vet in Sydney but he left the ‘big smoke’ to work as a ‘flying vet’ in North West Queensland.

Eight years of flying to cattle stations in the gulf and down to the Simpson Desert has left Ian with an extensive array of stories to divulge. He still dines out on these memoirs and many clients will hear the odd anecdote during a fun consultation.

He still gets a buzz out of going to work and enjoys the challenges of each day. One nice thing about veterinary practice is that it is never dull. There is always something different to do or someone new to meet.

_img_1483Kirsten Hoskins


Kirsten is a local girl who attended Alstonville High. Following her graduation from the University of Queensland she headed west for two years (1998, 1999) to gain her first experiences in a mixed practice in Dubbo.

Kirsten travelled to Eastern Europe in 2000 before returning to work in a small animal practice at Kirrawee, Sydney. Kirsten spent five years in this very busy practice before returning home to the Northern Rivers. Kirsten has quickly established a local following.

She is a full-time Veterinarian at Ballina Veterinary Hospital. Kirsten lives with her pet cat “Charlotte” and dog “Toby” and pet bird “Emmi”.

Renae Barnes.

Veterinary Nurse

Renae Barnes has been a nurse at Ballina Veterinary Hospital since 1997. She is a Ballina local who went to Ballina High School and started as a trainee after finishing school. She is married to Greg and have recently adopted a beautiful Terrier cross named Gia.

Renae lists animal behaviour at the top of her interests and has been studying Canine Behaviour under renowned trainer Val Bonney. Renae also provides the community with a house and dog sitting service that is proving popular.

She enjoys working at Ballina Veterinary Hospital because the staff are great and the clients (both furry and human) are wonderful.

Renae is entrenched in her current role as Head Nurse. Clients love her bubbly character.

Rebecca Canu

Veterinary Nurse/Dog Groomer

Rebecca is a local girl who grew up in Ballina. She has always loved the company of animals and therefore the decision of where to carry out her first work experience while attending St. John’s College, Woodlawn was easy. She knocked on the door of Ballina Veterinary Hospital. This experience resulted in Rebecca being employed as a kennel cleaner during her senior years at school.

She left school and went on to study Veterinary Nursing qualifying as a Certificate IV Nurse. Rebecca gained practical nursing experience at Albert Street Vet Clinic in Beaudesert before returning to Ballina to start up Pretty Puppies Pet Salon in January 2006. She has Advanced Dog Grooming Qualifications and offers grooming at Ballina Veterinary Hospital on Tuesdays.

Amy Profile picAmy Lally

Veterinary Nurse

Amy started work in our clinic in March 2009, she left Ireland in 2006 to travel around Australia. She completed her Veterinary Nursing Certificate while working at Ballina Veterinary Hospital. Amy has completed further study in Canine Behaviour with renowned dog trainer Val Bonney. She currently teaches our puppy preschool classes and is involved with BARCO dog training. Since settling in the area the family circle has grown to include “Olivia & Indy” two beautiful rescue cats.

HannahHannah Hourigan

Veterinary Nurse

Hannah is a local girl who went to Ballina High School. Hannah has completed her certificate II  in animal studies while still attending high school. She also did some work experience placement in Ballina Vets and this is where she realised that she wanted to work with animals after school. Hannah has now completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and loves working full time with all the cute furry animals. Hannah has extended her passion by starting a pet sitting business and dog walking service.