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Dr. Garreth van Bart BSc BVSc

Third Avenue Vet Surgery is very pleased to welcome Dr. Garreth van Bart as the latest addition to the TAVS team.

Originally native to Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr Garreth has had a passion for veterinary science since he can remember. This has been a driving force to get him to where he is today.

After qualifying from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in Onderstepoort in 2002, he spent some time at the local RSPCA and did a few locums at other clinics in the area, before starting work at Rant en Dal Animal Hospital.  Here Dr Garreth became a partner and stayed there until 2019, when he moved to Australia with his wife and two sons. He loves it here and the whole family are looking forward to settling in the Brighton/Sandgate area.

With a keen interest in surgery and canine reproduction, as well as small exotics such as reptiles, birds, guinea pigs, rats and mice, Dr Garreth believes he will fit right in.

When not at work he loves spending time with his family or fishing from his kayak out on the bay.

Dr Garreth is looking forward to becoming part of the community and meeting all your furry friends.

Dr Heday Nakayama BVSc

Third Avenue Vet Surgery is very pleased to welcome Dr Heday as the latest addition to the TAVS team.

Originally native Japanese living Down Under, Dr Heday is now a true blue Aussie and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011.

After spending 7 years in different veterinary positions (from animal shelter to rural mixed practice) as well as 3 years of doing locums around Brisbane working in over 10 different practices, Dr Heday has now settled here at Third Avenue Vet Surgery in 2022. He loves all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a keen interest in surgery.

Dr Heday will bring joy and smiles to our clients and their furry friends at every visit.

In his spare time, he will be juggling taking care of a little human boy and two senior cats, together with his lovely wife.

Veterinary Nurses

Maddy Evans

Veterinary Technician

Maddy joined our wonderful staff at Third Avenue Vet Surgery in 2019. Maddy came to us with Veterinary Technician qualifications plus a host of office administration experience.

She has had a love of all animals since a young age and enjoys being involved in soft tissue surgeries.

Maddy has been known to enjoy a lazy glass of red wine now and then, purely for medicinal purposes of course!

Olivia Byrom

Veterinary Assistant

Olivia is a veterinary science student half way through her degree at UQ and has thoroughly enjoyed the clinical experience she has gained whilst nursing. With the mentorship of the TAVS team, Olivia has developed a keen interest in cytology and soft tissue surgery and enjoys assisting with a wide range of procedures, and getting to know all of our lovely patients and clients.

Olivia has a very naughty rascal of a terrier cross called Luca to keep her busy in between work and study. Outside of work Olivia loves to explore new bush walks and hikes.

Krystal Macey

Receptionist / Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Growing up Krystal wanted what most children want, to become a vet. From a very young age she would bring home all the strays she came across (dogs, cats, birds, lizards) and want to help them all!

In 2007 she did work experience in a Veterinary clinic and fell in love with the Vet Nurse roll and this became her dream career.

Krystal loves all animals, big, small, furry, feathery, and scaly, however in 2013 she fell into the Rescue world of cats and dogs, and that became a huge passion of hers. Once her two beautiful children reached school age, Krystal wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a Vet Nurse. She completed her Cert III in 2022 and is looking forward to starting her Cert IV soon.

Krystal shares her home with 2 dogs, 1 cat and has a revolving door for many foster animals.

Outside of work Krystal enjoys rescue life, bush & beach walks with her family and dogs, camping/BBQs with friends, or just relaxing with her kitty at home reading a book.