Dr SEBASTIAN OLASEK BVSc PhVM
Practice Owner & Clinic Veterinarian
Like any good vet, Sebastian became what he is today because of his love of animals. His decision concerning his chosen career was only enforced when he discovered his passion for horses. It was what made him apply for a bachelor of Veterinary Science.
Sebastian graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 and begun working with both large and small animals. He thoroughly enjoyed his time working in a mixed practice setting, but in the year 2000 he had to make the hard decision whether or not to stick it out with large animals, or become a small animal practice. Choosing the latter, Sebastian resolved to relish his passion of horses on a purely recreational level. He also enjoys the simple pleasure of taking his dogs Hilda, Sparky & Kirri for long walks.
Sebastian is an accomplished surgeon and this is his favourite aspect of being a vet.
Dr ANNABEL SHEPHERD BVSc BAppSc
Practice Owner & Clinic Veterinarian
When Annabel was eleven years old, she decided that she wanted to be a vet. She had spent a great portion of her childhood around animals, and was determine to base her career around her love of them.
She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 and it was in the January of 1988 that she opened the Maud Street veterinary practice in Maroochydore with partner, Sebastian. In 1997 they opened Chancellor Park as a ‘part-time’ clinic and Annabel worked here alone until the year 2000. In that year they sold the Maud Street clinic and moved here full time.
Annabel is a beautiful soul and has a gentle hand with the animals. She has a special interest in behavioural medicine. Her time at the clinic is now restricted to a handful of days a week and the rest of her time is consumed as she juggles the management of the business affairs, veterinary consulting and the raising two boisterous boys .
It is not enough to be surrounded by animals at work; Annabel has a loving family of horses, dogs, chickens and a cockatoo waiting for her at home.
Dr CRAIG STANGHON BVSc
Dr Craig Stanghon joined Chancellor Park Veterinary team at the beginning of February 2013 and has already proved himself a valuable member of our team. What makes Craig such a talented, compassionate and caring vet is his love for animals and the ongoing intellectual demands that comes with being a vet. The challenge of the necessity of being multi-skilled (practicing medicine, doing surgery and dentistry all on the same day) is what gives Craig the drive to be the best possible vet he can be.
Craig originally from South Africa graduated from the University of Netal in 1992 in Biological Science but with his passion for animals and nature Craig always knew he would become a veterinarian.
Craig met his Australian wife Pettina in London while traveling and they moved to Sydney in 2000 where he started his veterinary training at Sydney University. After graduating in 2005 Craig and his family moved to the Sunshine coast where he has been working primarily as a small animal vet.
When Craig is not kept busy with his family, four dogs, one cat and two very cheeky conures Craig loves to cycle either on the road or in the mud.
Dr JULIE KEMP BVSc
When asked why Julie wanted to become the veterinarian she is today she responded;
“I’ve always liked animals and I quite enjoyed science and maths at school. I thought that the black and white aspect of those subjects would apply to the veterinary world. That was before I went to uni and discovered it’s not like that at all; it’s such a gray area.”
Julie graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996. She spent 4 years developing her veterinary skills in a mixed practice with cows, horses, cats and dogs before travelling to the UK. There she worked a further 3 years and absolutely loved it, but it was the promise of sunshine and her horses that brought her home.
More knowledgeable and wiser from the experience, Julie continued her career at another mixed practice before settling down here at Chancellor Park in 2005.
Many of the nurses love working with Julie, not only for her by-the-book attitude to veterinary techniques but also for the level of care she shows to each and every one of her patients. It is all too common to find Julie here bright and early in the morning and to still have her here long after the sun has set. On her rare days at home she enjoys riding her horses, specifically endurance and dressage.
Her home is complete with her five horses, one special dog and partner; Peter.
Dr Samantha Hodgson BVSc
Sam has always had a love for animals, and studied Veterinarian Science at the University of Queensland. She has worked in research roles in molecular biology and stem cell research, as well as Pet Emergency and QVS. Sam has a special interest in small animal medicine, dermatology, and emergency. She loves working with dogs, and when she is not working loves reading, opshopping and be outdoors with her partner and RSPCA rescue Lola, who is a standard poodle x.
Dr Madeline Collins BVSc (Hons)
Madeline is our new graduate vet, graduating from University of Queensland in 2022. Madeline has wanted to be become a vet since kindergarten, and has devoted time to caring for animals, both at home and in clinic. Madeline completed her placement at Chancellor Park Vet Surgery, before becoming fully qualified and now joins the team full time.
When Maddy is not at work she enjoys playing netball, touch football, spending time with friends and family, and visiting the beach.