PETS’ BEST FRIEND: Springfield vet Dr Jeannet Kessels with Primrose at the Greater Springfield Veterinary Hospital at Brookwater.
PETS’ BEST FRIEND: Springfield vet Dr Jeannet Kessels with Primrose at the Greater Springfield Veterinary Hospital at Brookwater. Kate Czerny

Firm Focus: Caring vet sees pets in best possible hands

IT WAS born out of a vision to provide excellent pet care for the Greater Springfield area.

Dr Jeannet Kessels this past weekend officially opened another long term dream as Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby did the honours in officially opening the Greater Springfield Veterinary Hospital at Brookwater.

Dr Kessels is well known in the community and started from humble beginnings.

"I started out from a small home-based practice in Camira," she said.

"I used to ride my horse through this area when it was bushland.

"I have been here 26 years in the community and made the move of the practice to Springfield in 2006 when I established the first Springfield Hospital on Woodcrest Way.

"I started out by offering sensible service and kindness to creatures great and small.

"It wasn't long before word got out that the original Woodcrest Way Vet Clinic with the bright red truck parked noticeably out the front was one of the most professional and caring in the greater Ipswich area."

Dr Kessels has a long term love of animals and a genuine care for people and through the two facilities she is able to demonstrate this on a daily basis, along with her team of veterinary surgeons and support staff.

"I decided to make the move to establish the second facility because we were bursting at the seams and this is a growing area. Our loyal clients can see us at the Woodcrest Way surgery or now at Technology Drive at Augustine Heights," she said.

The new facility is impressive but also very friendly.

It boasts a range of current technology including X-ray, ultrasound, electrocardiography, endoscopy, Otic videoscopy, blood pressure monitor, blood oxygen measurement, microscopy, haematology, biochemistry and urine analysis.

"We do have a visiting orthopaedic surgeon attending the clinic on a regular basis," Dr Kessels said.

The practice operates a puppy pre-school and also high school.

"This is a great way to train your pet and they can graduate to the high school for more intensive training. It is under professional guidance of a highly trained operator," she said.

The practice has a special parvovirus isolation room, it is very prevalent in the area and this means that the best of care can be provided.

"We even have a special room when pets have to be euthanised and has a private exit into a garden area for the owners to take some time. It is a very emotional time because pets become a significant part of our lives."

The practice is engaged in the community and the red fire truck is a popular addition to the local community seen at fetes, carols by candlelight event each year.

They also support an East Timor scholarship program where they have raised $40,000 and Beyond Blue with $20,000 with funds raised through their sale of their Groodles puppies, a cross between a Golden Retriever and poodle. These puppies are sold around Australia and overseas.

A hallmark of the practice is the aim to provide the best service, professional practice and latest equipment to assist in the care for pets.

From the modern facilities, including a separate sound proofed cat ward, to the genuine care and concern for your pet's well being, Dr Kessels and her team are passionate about their work.

The two locations have a range of pet accessories, food and they also have a pharmacy for any prescription provided for your pet.

All creatures great and small are welcome at Greater Springfield Veterinary. For bookings or more information phone 3288 1574 or visit them at Springfield District Veterinary Clinic 3/ 2-4 Woodcrest Way, Springfield or Greater Springfield Veterinary Hospital Brookwater, Unit 1/ 21 Technology Drive, Augustine Heights. Online at

After hours service is also available.


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