From the very beginning we’ve been committed to quality care for all animals.

Monto Veterinary Group came to fruition in 2011 after Dr Stacey Rae and Mr Mathew Littleton purchased Monto Veterinary Surgery.

Our aim was to build the best veterinary business in the Burnett. The goal was to partner with our clients and use our Veterinary knowledge and skills to help them achieve their livestock business goals as well as provide the best veterinary care possible for their small animals.


To achieve this, we needed a team of passionate, energetic and like-minded colleagues.

Today we are delighted to be able to provide the professional knowledge, skill set and attitude that our team bring to you the client and your pet or livestock’s needs. Each one on our team are an integral part of our business, and we are grateful to have them to provide the best veterinary care to you and your animals.

In the past 10 years we have experienced massive growth.

From a single part time veterinary service in Monto to 2 clinics Monto & Mundubbera, 5.5 full time Veterinarians based in the Burnett region and servicing anywhere from Chinchilla to Duringa and beyond. MVG is built on reliable professional, efficient, cost-effective quality care and we strive to personalise our service and put our client’s pet and livestock needs first and foremost.’

Each year we reflect and adjust the road map for the year ahead, continuing to strive for perfection. We look forward to providing many good years of exceptional veterinary care for our clients.

Thank you – Stace & Skinny.

Our Team

Brooke Fitzgerald

Receptionist

Brooke is our receptionist in our Mundubbera clinic, working Tuesday through to Friday.

Brooke was raised in Roma on a small cattle and horse property and has always had a strong passion for horses and cattle. Since leaving school Brooke has held various roles within the ag industry, working on different places and stations from central Queensland to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Brooke has also held administration roles in banking and local council.

Brooke is based in Mundubbera with her daughter Mylee and partner Dan. Brooke enjoys spending time with family and friends and campdrafting.

 

Laura Maeyke

Receptionist

Laura is Mundubbera local who has recently joined the team as a casual receptionist at our Mundubbera Clinic and comes from a medical nursing background. She originates from Mundubbera, has worked on cattle stations in NW Qld as a governess, and in health care in various communities, but always finds her way back to Mundubbera where she is eagerly involved in her community, being on the local Show committee as the Secretary and volunteering in many other roles.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her beloved and Jack Russell, Maisy, socialising with friends at races or other events, gardening and spending time with family. Laura is keen to learn more about animal health care and is excited to be part of the team!

 

Pippa Harrison

Veterinary Nurse

Pippa is originally from a small farming town in England but has lived in Queensland for many years and has recently relocated to Mundubbera where she works part time doing both receptionist and nursing duties.

Pippa graduated from TAFE Queensland with a certificate IV in Vet Nursing in 2015 and has spent the last 8 years working in a busy mixed small animal practice. Her favourite in clinic days are ones with x-rays, working with orthopaedic and anything new and unusual, but most of all helping take care of animals. She has done some volunteer work with animal welfare groups overseas in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Outside of work Pippa is a part time artist in acrylic painting and 2 pack resin media. Pippa also loves to travel both overseas and around Australia. You will see her out hiking and kayaking as well. She takes her beloved dog Dela along when she can.

 

Dr Sophie Boyle

Veterinarian

Sophie has recently moved to Mundubbera to live with her partner. She originates from Central Queensland and graduated from James Cook University in Townsville with her Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2016. Sophie spent her first year in north west Queensland working in mixed practice before moving to Rockhampton to spend the next couple years improving her veterinary skills in small animal medicine and surgery. Sophie has spent the past two years locuming throughout Queensland in small animal, emergency, mixed and cattle repro practices.

Sophie is based down at our Mundubbera clinic part time. She has a keen interest in small animal surgery and sonography. On her days off she enjoys a social outing with friends, the outdoors or baking something delicious. More often than not though, she finds herself at a woodchop competition or working alongside her partner at home on the cattle property, which she thoroughly enjoys also.

Dr. Bernadette Rowley (BVSc)

Veterinarian

Bernadette Rowley is our small animal veterinarian, practicing from the Mundubbera Clinic on Thursdays and Fridays. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1987 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (First Class Honors).

After a year working in mixed practice in Gatton and Laidley, Bernadette settled on the Sunshine Coast, working in various practices from Caloundra to Noosa. She has enjoyed practice in a variety of locations, including Brisbane and Townsville and now in the beautiful North Burnett.

The absolute standout moments of Bernadette’s work so far with Monto Veterinary Services has been the working dogs she treats. They find crazy ways to hurt themselves daily but are almost always a delight to handle.

Bernadette lives in Gayndah with her husband Michael on their orchard and small crops property. She has three grown sons and two grandsons, as well as three daughters-in-law who have joined the Rowley clan.

In her spare time, Bernadette writes and publishes fantasy romance, with an eleven-book series available in ebook and paperback. She loves to read, swim and hang out with her family as well as help Michael on the farm.

 

Nicola Barrett

Trainee Nurse

Nicola (Nicky) started with Monto Vet Group in July 2023. She grew up on a cattle property in Theodore and has just recently relocated from New Zealand to Monto with her partner George and their two trusty Labs, Dug & Tess. Nicky is a qualified vet tech and for the past 3 years she worked in a veterinary clinic in Geraldine, New Zealand. The clinic was a mixed practice, however she did plenty of work with the dairy farmers and is now ready for a change.

Nicky is loving the variety of animals and cases we have to offer here at MVG. Nicky is going to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with us, while also doing two days of reception work a week.

Lilly Miller 

Kennel Hand

Lilly was born in Longreach, QLD and moved to Monto at the age of four where her family opened ‘Millers Gourmet Meats’. Lilly started working at MVG in May 2022 as a Kennel Hand two afternoons a week. Lilly has a passion for Animals, Motocross and Netball. Lilly’s dedication and passion for netball has helped her secure a spot to represent Monto State High School in several different netball competitions. Lilly will go onto complete her Certificate II in Animal Studies in her senior years of schooling.

Danika Smith

Trainee Nurse

Danika currently resides on a cattle property with her family on the outskirts of Abercorn. Dank is currently still attending Monto State High School. Dank started with MVG in March 2022 as a kennel hand two days a week. Dank has recently signed up for her Certificate II in Animal Studies where she will complete one day per week with us to complete her studies.
In her spare time, Dank enjoys horse riding, camp drafting, & running. Danika is currently studying hard as she would like to pursue a career as a veterinarian when she graduates high school.

Zoe Wallace

Trainee Nurse

Zoe was born and bred in Mount Perry, where her family have their own property running Cattle. Zoe attended her high school years at Gin Gin State High School. Zoe started working with us in March 2022 one day a week as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse to complete her Certificate II in Animal Studies. After completing year 12, she came on board full time to finish her Certificate II and will then go onto completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Zoe enjoys working on her family property, hanging out with her friends, and working with animals.

Team

Lizzie Younger

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Lizzie lives on a property south of Monto with her parents and younger sister where they breed Australian Stock Horses and Brahmans.
Lizzie has always had a love for animals small and large and growing up with them has made them a huge part of her life. She has lived in the North Burnett region her whole life where she is a student at Monto State High School. Lizzie loves working on the farm, mustering with her family as well as competing in cross county and athletics (running) events, where she has represented Monto at State and National level.
In 2020 Lizzie signed up for a traineeship with us where she completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies and has now started her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. Lizzie graduates high school in November 2022 and she is very eager to become full time with MVG.

 
Team

Erin Oppermann

Kennel Hand

Erin was born and raised on her parents cattle property on the outskirts of Binjour. She attends Mundubbera State P-10. Erin has a passion for all animals and hopes to become a vet nurse in the future.


Team

Dr Brittany Zendler

Veterinarian BVSc

Brittany lived in Gatton prior to relocating to Monto, where she studied a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) at UQ.
Brittany has a passion for exercise and fitness. She competed in 5 and 10 km road races during her university years. She secured the win and broke the course record in the Bridge to Brisbane 10km race in 2017.

Brittany loves the diversity of cases encountered working in a mixed-practice veterinary clinic. She has a keen interest in beef cattle medicine and production, as well as bovine and equine reproduction. She hopes to complete her accreditation for Bull Breeding Soundness Exams and National Bovine Pregnancy Diagnosis in the coming years.

Stacey Smith

Practice Manager/ Veterinary Nurse

Stacey was born and raised in South West Queensland (Quilpie) before relocating to Morven, Queensland to a small property where they run cattle, sheep and goats. Whilst at boarding school in Toowoomba, Stacey completed a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology and graduated High School in 2014. She then went on to working as an administration officer at a Pest Control Company in Toowoomba for 2 years and completed a Certificate III in Business Administration while working Full Time.

In February 2017 she was given the opportunity to complete a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing here at the Monto Veterinary Clinic, she moved up to Monto at the end of February to start with us in March. Not long after Stacey started, she quickly slipped into the role of Office Manager when the position became available.
In 2018 Stacey purchased her first home here in Monto, where she has settled in with her trusty sidekick, Georgie the Koolie. Stacey has been slowly renovating her home and is looking forward to the finished result.
Stacey finished her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2020 and is now working towards a Diploma in Leadership and Management.
At the start on 2022 Stacey was promoted to Practice Manager where she has loved challenging herself that little bit extra each day and enjoyed the challenges that have come with the job role.
Stacey looks forward to seeing what her future holds at MVG.


Mathew Littleton

Partner

Mat grew up in the great little town of Crow’s Nest Queensland. Growing up on a cattle property with an incorporated Transport Earthmoving business this exposed Mat to cattle horses and Working dogs. Once completing schooling Mat then attended Emerald Agriculture College. On completion Mat headed to the far Northwest of Queensland and Northern Territory where he then spent the next 6 years contract mustering during this time Mat would return to Crow’s Nest to operate machinery over the wet season. Mat often reflects on this time as some of the best years of his life.
Mat then ventured back to Blackall for the next 2.5 years working as a Real estate Livestock agent for Barron Agencies during this time Mat was exposed to everything from Breeding, Backgrounding, sales, marketing, and processing of Livestock. This gave Mat a very good understand of the livestock chain and how to market Livestock and Property.

Mat then moved to Monto and with partner Dr Stacey Rae purchased the Monto Veterinary Surgery. Mat and Stacey then dedicated years to building and scaling the Monto Veterinary Group to the business it is today. During this time Mat and Stacey also own and operate Earthmoving business and a cattle backgrounding operation. In Mats spare time he has a keen interest in working dogs and when not working can be seen heading to a Campdraft. Mat enjoys all aspects of Business and working with animals.

Dr Stacey Rae

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc).

Stacey is the principal vet and owner of Monto Veterinary Group. Stacey loves her job and believes that being a Veterinarian is one of the best professions in the world.
Stacey grew up on a large sheep and cattle property NW of Quilpie in far South West Queensland and has always had a passion for animals. Upon completion of boarding school in Toowoomba, Stacey adventured into the Kimberley Region of WA where she spent 3 years jillaroo before returning to study Veterinary Science at James Cook University in Townsville, graduating in the inaugural class of Veterinary Students in 2010 and being awarded the Australian Veterinary Association’s Don Kerr Award for academic achievement and exceptional commitment to cattle medicine.

Stacey worked in New Zealand, Mundubbera and across various Veterinary Clinics in Western QLD before settling in Monto with Mat and purchasing the Monto Veterinary Surgery from Dr Ian McInnes in 2012. Stacey and Mat have built the practice from a single vet to five vets, encompassing the two clinics: Monto and Mundubbera, servicing the North Burnett Region of QLD. Stacey’s special interests are beef cattle production and reproduction in both bovine and equine. She is passionate about herd health and preventative medicine, using her veterinary skills and services to increase the profitability of her beef cattle clients. Stacey has her Pregcheck and Bullcheck accreditation, is AAV export accredited and has completed further studies in Equine Dentistry and Equine Reproduction.

She is a proud member of the Australian Veterinary Association and has previously held a QLD board member position. Stacey is currently a member of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians Executive Board and is chair of the ACV Bull Subcommittee. She continues to be actively engaged in Equine Veterinarians Australia, Australian Reproductive Veterinarians and Veterinary Business Management Group.
Outside of work hours Stacey & Mat enjoys working cattle on their property, competing at the local campdrafts and water skiing. Stacey has a faithful Koolie x Collie dog called “Hairy” and is well known amongst the MVG staff for her far to frequent ‘Dad jokes”.

The Monto Difference

  • MVG, greatest culture and team in the veterinary business.
  • We provide an on time professional, reliable, efficient, and cost-effective veterinary service.
  • Clients, Staff, and their families are like our family at MVG.
  • Pets and Livestock are first and foremost at MVG.
  • We always go out of our way to accommodate our client’s needs.
  • No distance is too far, we have cars and will travel.
  • We pride ourselves on follow up calls and clear communication.
  • There is nothing we cannot do, as we are a: “get in and have a go clinic.”
  • The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.