At Rockhampton Veterinary Clinic, we aim to provide a comprehensive, professional and compassionate veterinary service. Our dedicated team recognises the significance of your pets and the place they hold in your family. Dr Jessica and Dr April are our experienced Veterinarians and they have special interests in all aspects of small animal practice including exotic pets, dental care and surgery. Our animal health care team are passionate about animal care and will offer education, advice and care to ensure your pet has the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible. Find out more about us by booking a hospital tour or bring your pet to meet our team at anytime.

Meet Our Team
Dr Jessica Ahlers
Lead Vet
  • BVSc

Jessica grew up surrounded by animals on a cattle property in a small town in far North Queensland. She always had a passion for helping animals and thus, decided to study Veterinary Science, graduating from James Cook University in Townsville in 2013.

Jessica moved to Rockhampton and joined our team in September 2014. She has a keen interest in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

In her spare time Jessica enjoys spending time at the beach with her dogs Panda and Fitz.

Dr April Gaskell

April grew up in Rockhampton before leaving for James Cook University in Townsville to study Veterinary Science. April has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and a Bachelor of Science focusing in Zoology.  April returned to her home town, joining our team in 2019. 

She has a keen interest in exotics and wildlife, especially birds. When April isn’t working hard she is with her partner Matt and their two Whippets Rue and Nova, she also has three birds of her own.

Practice Manager/ Vet Nurse
  • BSc
  • BAppSc (Vet Tech)

Trisha has worked as a Veterinary Nurse at Rockhampton Vet Clinic since 2007. She has a degree in Veterinary Technology from University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Science from CQU. 

Trisha loves animals of all kinds and sizes and has two dogs, Zues & Laddy, and a cat named Bobcat.  Trisha and her husband Lance are the proud parents of a gorgeous toddler named Eric and have recently welcomed an addition to their family – Baby Lincoln.

Vet Nurse

Suzi has been working at Rockhampton Vet Clinic since mid 2017 and has since completed her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. She has a special interest in surgical nursing within the clinic. Suzi also runs our wonderful Puppy Preschool.

Suzi has a passion for patient care and likes to learn as much as she can about each and every patient that comes into the clinic. In her spare time Suzi enjoys horse riding, reading and spending time with her special pets which include, a dog, horse and other animals.

Vet Nurse

Tayla’s first job was as a kennel attendant where she got to experience a small snippet of the veterinary industry. After this, she was set on becoming a vet nurse. In September 2019 Tayla was lucky enough to get an internship at a vet clinic in Townsville to study a Certificate II in Animal Studies. After finishing this course, she moved back to CQ to be closer to family and started working at Rockhampton Vet Clinic in January 2021.

Tayla is now studying to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is loving every minute of it. When she is not in the clinic or studying, Tayla likes to binge-watch her favourite shows while cuddling with her two dogs; Wesley and Jett. Tayla also have two cats; Jasper and Evie, as well as chickens and ducks.