Tropical Vet Services

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Meet Our Team


Dr Julia Conole

(BVSc - Senior Veterinarian (Director))

Julia loves veterinary science with an interest in birds, exotics, reptiles, as well as anaesthesia  and surgery in dogs and cats. She joined Lacey and Gough in 1986 and following locums in the UK became a partner/director of Innisfail/Tully Vet Clinic in 1995 which became Tropical Vet Services in 2011. She and Russell married in 1992. She enjoys long walks with her dog “Sassie”, gardening, yoga and travel.

Dr Graham Lauridsen

(BVSc - Senior Veterinarian (Director))

Graham started work in Tully in 1996. Graham enjoys all aspects of Veterinary work in Tropical North Queensland.  He deals with the region's Cassowaries in conjunction with Qld National Parks. He has co-authored a number of articles on this iconic endangered species. Graham lives near Tully with his wife Helen and 2 children. When not at work Graham enjoys golf and bushwalking. Graham is based in Tully but spends time in Mission Beach and Cardwell as the need arises.

Dr Don Strazzeri

(BVSc - Senior Veterinarian (Director))

Don grew up on a dairy farm on the Atherton Tablelands and returned home to North Queensland to work for Tropical Vets in 2007. Don enjoys all the challenges mixed Veterinary Practice presents. Don currently lives in North Shore Townsville with his wife Tracey, their three kids and dog Polly. Don enjoys travelling and spending as much time as possible with his family.

Dr Callan Solari

(BVSc - Senior Veterinarian (Director))

Callan graduated from James Cook University in 2012.  He received the University Medal for his academic achievements.  Callan is a local North Queensland lad having grown up in Ingham.  Callan's interests are mixed and varied but include Beef Cattle.  Callan owns and operates his own herd of purebred Brahman cattle.  Callan is based at our Ingham surgery but will be seen at our Cardwell clinic from time to time.

Dr Kelly Solari

(BVSc - Senior Veterinarian)

Kelly graduated from James Cook University in 2012.  Kelly is originally from Cairns.  Kelly is very interested in working in mixed practice and works with us in Ingham due to the variety of animals that are in the area.  Kelly will occasionally be seen working at our Cardwell clinic.

Dr Renee Currie

Veterinarian (BVSc - Veterinarian)

Renee grew up on remote cattle properties in central and western Queensland before heading to James Cook University in Townsville to study. Since graduation Renee has worked at our Tully clinic for a period of time before spending some time away working in a specialist equine hospital. Renee is excited to be back on the team, and loves talking anything horses all day long, make sure you pop into our Ingham clinic and say HAYYYY!

Dr Zane Squarci

(BVSc - Veterinarian)

Zane is a North Queensland local.  Having grown up in Innisfail he is very used to the humidity and the wet season.  Zane started working for us in our Ingham clinic but has relocated this year to our Innisfail clinic.  Zane has a wide range of interests in Veterinary Science. He enjoys hiking, races both mountain bikes and motorbikes and enjoys exploring what the local region has to offer.  Zane is a mad fisherman and especially enjoys spearfishing, I am quite sure a lot of his spare time will be spent on trips to the reef.  If you want any tips on how to catch a crayfish he is your man.

Dr Patrick Jones

(BVSc - Veterinarian)

Originally from Cairns, Pat graduated from James Cook University in 2015. He works at our Tully and Mission beach clinics and is interested in all aspect of veterinary medicine. Pat volunteers and fundraises for a charity called Community and Veterinary Services for Southern Africa. He spent a lot of time with the charity before he graduated and improved his clinical and surgical skills while working with them. The first solo operation he ever performed was in a caravan in a township in South Africa! Pat enjoys mountain biking, travelling and wildlife photography. 

Dr Katie-Maree Cox

(BVSc - Veterinarian)

Katie was raised on a cattle property just south of Proserpine. From a young age, she was always surrounded by animals big or small! Katie graduated from JCU in 2012. Since then she has worked in various mixed animal clinics along the North Queensland coast. Katie enjoys the variety of case load seen in mixed practice with a particular interest in horses and cattle.

Dr Lauren Zatta

Veterinarian (BVSc - Veterinarian)

After graduating from James Cook University in 2015 and working in South East Queensland for a year, Lauren has returned to work in her home town. She is based in our Ingham clinic and has an interest in both small and large animals. She enjoys horse-riding, yoga and baking in her spare time.

Dr Tobin Stubbs

Veterinarian (BVSc - Veterinarian)

Dr Tobin Stubbs comes to us from the Burdekin where he was born and raised. He grew up on a cane farm and always had many pets, from pigs to dogs as well as a barramundi pond. He has an interest in surgery and is excited to join our North Shore team in Townsville for the opportunity to advance his skills - particularly in orthopaedic surgery.

Dr Alexandra Pentecost

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Alex was born and raised in Cairns and spent her gap year in Tully working on a banana farm. She then went to JCU in Townsville and graduated from Veterinary Sciences in December 2017.  Alex enjoys all aspects of her profession, with particular interest in small animal surgery.  Alex has a sassy cat named Mushka and in her spare time enjoys exploring Mission Beach and catching up with friends and family.

Vet Nurses & Administration


Kristy Mayocchi, Donella Cross, Carolyn Crocker, Donna Furber, Jessica Robertson.


Vicki Fechner, Karen Savy, Sarah Francis, Jan Parker, Maddie Lewis, Tieryn Smith


Alison Ferrero, Kristy Johnson, Brooke Larsen, Jackie Webber, Madelee Visser

North Shore

Caitlin Jones, Penny Murphy, Mercedes Aragon


Ann Mealing, Vicki Fechner


Tracey Strazzeri, Helen Lauridsen, Jenell Mills, Yvette Moule

Mission Beach

Jan Parker, Sarah Francis, Karen Savy


Donella Cross

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