We’re here when you need us, for emergency and critical care. You can rest assured that any animal hospitalised with us, will continue to receive full care and attention throughout the day and night. Walk-ins welcomed.


We understand the bond between pets and their human parents. We’re here to provide both of you with professional, medical advice, services and support. So, if you’re not sure if your pet is OK, then give us a call today.


It’s our staff that make this place the best. Big or small, they all want to help you out. From the moment of first contact, through to treatment, admission and discharge, we’re here to help and we love what we do.


Emergency Vets 24/7 was established by Richard and Becky, a vet and nurse team with many years of emergency experience, gained at various locations around the world. Their team are committed and passionate about providing you and your pets with the very best care and compassion. Our vets have extensive experience in the Emergency and Critical Care field and are always improving and staying at the forefront of their field. Our nurses are Certificate IV qualified or above in veterinary nursing and have undergone further specific emergency and critical care training, with some currently enrolled on diploma courses. Our Kennel assistants are mostly trainee nurses, that work in other clinics. Independently, all staff reported that their favourite part of the job was seeing animals go home. We’re available for walk-ins and referrals and if in doubt, give us a shout on (07) 4015 3459.


Dr Richard Page

Veterinary Surgeon, Director

Founded Emergency Vets 24/7, with nurse Becky Allison, in 2017. Originally from the UK, where he studied and graduated from Vet School, Richard first visited Cairns in 2014. He fell in love with our reef and rainforest, before moving here.

Special Areas of Interest

Emergency surgery and paralysis ticks, as well as constantly updating the hospital to run more smoothly for patients, owners and staff.

Becky Allison

Qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse, Director

Becky founded Emergency Vets 24/7, with senior vet surgeon Richard Page, in 2017. Originally from the UK, Becky is passionate about providing quality animal care and works tirelessly on every patient.

Special Areas of Interest

Other than animals, which is a given, Becky is an adrenaline junkie who loves to travel. Plane, boat, train or preferably in her 1974 VW Kombi Van.

Sandra Spackman

Practice Manager

Sandra has wanted to work with animals her whole life and loves her job at Emergency Vets 24/7. The most rewarding part of her day? The amazing people she works with and seeing the patients go home healthy, after successful treatment and care.

Special Areas of Interest

Providing the best possible administrative support and assistance, to our team and our clients, making their jobs and lives that little bit easier.


Dr Kati Kotiranta-Harris

Veterinary Surgeon

Has been with Emergency Vets 24/7 since day one. Originally from Finland, she moved to Cairns in 2003 with her Cairns born, Australian husband. When not at work, she loves travelling, food and languages from diverse cultures.

Special Areas of Interest

The challenge of difficult medical cases. Putting together the history and the presenting patient, formulating successful treatment outcomes.

Dr Jackie Basford

Veterinary Surgeon

Jackie graduated from JCU Townsville in 2012. Since then Jackie has worked in both small animal and mixed practice all over Australia and in the U.K. She joined the Emergency Vets team in 2020. Outside of work Jackie can be found fishing, riding her horse, or pottering around on her hobby farm with her husband.

Special Areas of Interest

Specific areas of interest are soft tissue surgery and other procedures that provide life-saving relief such as placing chest drains and urinary catheters. Jackie gets a lot of satisfaction providing patients with high-quality care and working with a team that works so well together.

Dr Alice Batty

Veterinary Surgeon

Originally a cairns local, Alice moved home in 2020 to get back to the tropical way of life. She enjoys outside adventuring include camping, hiking up mountains, hanging out at the beach, travelling.

She has a beautiful Collie cross called Luna, who is never far from her side and has travelled everywhere, she is a great running partner, hiking buddy, camping companion, stand up paddle board rider and all round good doggo.

Special Areas of Interest

Alice originally worked as a mixed animal vet in Victoria before deciding to return home to Cairns and develop a special interest in emergency medicine. Her time as a mixed vet has given her a wide range of skills and experience and helps her think outside the box.

Dr Deborah Verri

Veterinary Surgeon

Deborah was inspired to follow a career in animal care, growing up watching ‘A Country Practice’. She’s from Mossman and joined Emergency Vets 24/7 in 2019. When she’s not working, she’s quilting. In fact, she is a longarm quilt professional.

Special Areas of Interest

The most rewarding part of her job is helping an animal in a life or death situation. She has a passion for surgery and is proud to make a real difference.

Dr Annabelle Olsson

Veterinary Surgeon

Annabelle sailed into Cairns 30 years ago and never found a reason to leave. She’s been passionate about working and caring for animals, her whole life and loves nothing more than making sick or injured animals better.

Special Areas of Interest

During daylight hours, she owns and operates Boongarry Veterinary Surgery, a dedicated avian, reptile, exotic pets and wildlife practice. She also provides consultancy services for crocodile farms and local wildlife parks and aquaria.

Dr Sarah Gill

Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah’s well-travelled across Australia. Born in Perth, raised in Canberra, studied in Sydney, worked in the UK for a year and then the Tablelands and Cairns. She joined our team in 2019 and brings a wealth of experience with her.

Special Areas of Interest

Medicine. Parasitology. Wildlife. Grew up loving animals and it’s a passion that has continued throughout her life. Being able to help and heal them, is a joy.


Natalie Mawer

Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Originally from the Atherton Tablelands, Natalie started in the veterinary industry in 1999 and qualified in 2003. She’s been with Emergency Vets 24/7 since 2018. When not at work, her family love boating out on the reef and islands.

Special Areas of Interest

Emergency work. Getting to practice great medicine and see so many interesting cases. Loves surgical nursing and likes to get into theatre whenever possible.

Natasha Day

Registered Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Hailing from New Zealand, Natasha moved to Cairns with her Dad in 2012, she loved it so much, she stayed. Nursing since 2015, she graduated in 2018 and joined Emergency Vets 24/7 in 2019. She loves animals and has lots of pets of her own.

Special Areas of Interest

Loves medical nursing and pathology. She is hoping to further her knowledge in capnography and loves the teamwork of our environment.


Chelsea Brant

Registered Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Growing up on the Tablelands, Chelsea was surrounded by animals and always wanted to work with them. After graduating from veterinary nursing, she joined the Emergency Vets 24/7 team in 2018. She loves animals and is passionate about their care.

Special Areas of Interest

Chelsea loves providing great customer service and is particularly interested in neonatal care, working with wildlife and challenging hospital cases.

Christine Hempel

Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Christine is a Cairns local and loves everything about it. She said the most rewarding part of being a veterinary nurse, was forming a bond with patients. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and started with us in August 2019.

Special Areas of Interest

All aspects of the job in a busy practice. Particular interests in anesthesia, surgical nursing, customer care, education, training and mentoring.

Kat Ladd

Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Kat came to Cairns to work with our team, in August 2018. She has a long history working in emergency care, in Sydney, Melbourne and the UK and brings a wealth of experience to her role. She enjoys living in beautiful Far North Queensland.

Special Areas of Interest

Kat is a huge advocate for animal welfare and pain relief and says the most rewarding part of her job, is keeping pets comfortable while they’re in hospital.

Shari English

Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Shari is a Queenslander, born in Gympie, moved to Hervey Bay and even spent time volunteering in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. She moved to Cairns in 2019 with her husband and started at Emergency Vets 24/7.

Special Areas of Interest

Wildlife. Hospital nursing. Making patients feel comfortable and loved, while they are away from their families. Helping them when they’re at their worst.

Elise Fiorenza

Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Elise is a born and bred local. She has been working in veterinary clinics since she was at school. She’s always loved animals and lives with Gary the cat and her dogs Georgie and Tommy.

Special Areas of Interest

Dealing with people and their pets. Loves being that first point of contact at Reception and providing hands on support for our hospital patients. She also loves exploring the outdoors.

Emily Johnston

Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Born in Osaka, Japan and raised in Australia, she loves the tropics. Emily owns a very naughty cat, Maple, who came to the clinic as a lost stray kitten.

Special Areas of Interest

She is currently working as a Cert IV Vet Nurse and wishes to continue studying to specialise in Emergency Nursing. In her free time she loves to adventure on her motorcycle and cuddle her fur baby.

Katy Gill

Qualified RVN

Originally from Yorkshire, Katy has worked in a verity of emergency referral practices around the UK and even nursed the Royal family’s pets. That wasn’t exciting enough, so she moved to South Africa to work as a nurse on a cheetah breeding project as well as marine wildlife. Katy came to Cairns visiting friends and loved the tropical way of living so much she stayed for good. 

Special Areas of Interest

When Katy’s not at work saving the critters of Cairns you’ll will find her in the ocean, freediving and snorkelling on the reef, riding her motorbike or painting the local wildlife.

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Kennel assistant and Trainee Nurse

Belle has been a skipper on the Great Barrier Reef for years. She decided to make a career change last July into the veterinary world and has nearly finished studying her Certificate 3 in animal studies. She then plans to continue onto her Certificate 4 veterinary nursing and beyond.

Special Areas of Interest

She has two crazy Kelpies at home that keep her active. She’s a lover of the ocean and spends her free hours diving with the exceptional marine life on the Great Barrier Reef.

Peta Travers-Jones

Kennel Assistant and Trainee Nurse

Originally from Dubbo, Peta worked with animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 2013 and completed a Cert III in Captive Animal Management in 2015. Moved to Cairns in 2018 to further her Zoo Keeping career and is now studying for her certificate in veterinary nursing.

Special Areas of Interest

Drawn to native wildlife cases, due to her Zoo Keeping background. Very interested in seeing all aspects of the clinic, its treatment and care.

Mitch Foyle

Kennel assistant

Mitch has spent many happy years working in the veterinary industry and is very interested in exotics and small breed dogs. He is about to embark on his nursing qualifications and is excited to get started.

Special Areas of Interest

Whilst not looking after animals, Mitch is a keen motorist, working on vintage four wheel drive cars and enjoys the challenge of keeping them running.

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