Dr. Briar Ballantyne

Veterinarian/Practice Manager


Dr Briar is our Practice Manager and  Veterinarian.

Graduating with honours from the University of Queensland in 1995, Briar initially worked in rural mixed practice for several years. She then travelled and worked in both the UK and India, spending a year working at Help in Suffering Animal Shelter in Jaipur. Since settling back in Australia in 2002,  Briar has dedicated herself to small animal general practice, and has worked at many clinics across Brisbane. She has a diverse set of skills and expertise in Veterinary medicine and regularly attends conferences and continuing education seminars. Briar has a special interest in internal medicine and dermatology. 


Dr Briar has a Labrador X called Betty, a cat called Rafiki, a small flock of pet chickens, as well as budgies and Guinea Pigs at home. When not at work, she is kept very busy with her family and three children.

Dr. Julie Tolhurst



Since her time at the University of Queensland, Julie has gained over 30 years of veterinary experience in QLD, NSW, and Victoria. She has been at the Capalaba Veterinary Clinic since 1996 and has seen the practice grow and embrace the changes and advancements in veterinary science and technology.

Julie is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association. In 2010, she spent three months in India doing volunteer work as a Veterinary Adviser at the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Animal Shelters and since then volunteered in shelters overseas twice a year.

In her quiet time, Julie enjoys photography, spending time in her garden, and catching up with family. She also enjoys the company of her lovely little Dachshund cross named Daisy (pictured).


Veterinary Nurse


Karen has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is a valued long-standing member of our team, having been with us since 2005. She has seen many pets grow from puppies and kittens through to their senior years, which has allowed her to develop close friendships with many pets and clients. Karen is passionate about wildlife, having completed a Certificate III in Native Animal Rehabilitation as well as volunteering for the Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance and caring for orphaned possums and wallabies.

Cooking is another of Karen’s passions – she loves to attend foodie events! When she is not busy working, you can generally find her in the kitchen preparing delicious dishes for her family and friends.

She has a cheeky Cavoodle called Maisie (pictured) 


Veterinary Nurse


Courtney is one of our full time Veterinary Nurses who joined the team in June 2019. She completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies in 2016 and her IV in Veterinary Nursing in June 2017. Courtney has worked at multiple Veterinary Clinics all over the Redlands. She also runs our Puppy Preschool classes with the help of Ellie our groomer.


In her spare time, she loves spending time with her partner, Jake and their two dogs Luna and Bullet. She also loves watching tv shows and movies whenever she gets a spare second!


Veterinary Nurse


Sarah came to Capalaba Vet Clinic as a student for work placement in 2014 while completing her Certificate III in Animal Studies.

She adopted her cat Toulouse (pictured) when he was brought to the clinic as a stray. Sarah is well known as our resident "crazy cat lady"!

 Sarah is also a groomer, so you may see her beautifying animals at the clinic when our regular groomer Ellie is away.  Sarah can now mostly be seen in the clinic on weekends, since reducing her hours to care for her gorgeous new bubba!

Outside of work Sarah likes spending time with her partner and new bub at the Sunshine Coast, surfing and pottering around in her herb garden.


Dog & Cat Stylist


Ellie has spent the last 10 years working in the animal industry, with a focus on grooming specifically. She has a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, has attended numerous grooming seminars and clinics, and has spent many years working alongside veterinarians and fellow groomers in Brisbane. She is truly passionate about beautifying all dogs & cats that come through our doors for grooming.

In her spare time Ellie is kept very busy surrounded by her beloved fur babies – rescue dogs Flick the Blue Heeler & Morty the Labrador, Cleocatra the cat, two miniature goats Merry & Pippin & a ‘miniature’ pig Hamlet whom she hand raised from 4 days old and now weighs close to 200kg!