Meet the team

Dr Steve Bliss

Clinic Owner and Veterinarian

Steve is the owner of Gray Street Veterinary Clinic and has been in Emerald since August 2009. He loves his job and thinks it is one of the best professions in the world. Originally hailing from a small beef cattle property near Millmerran on the Darling Downs he has always had an interest in Animals. He completed his Veterinary studies at the University of Queensland in 2005. Since graduation he has worked in Tenterfield, Toowoomba and various parts of the UK.
Special veterinary interests include but not limited to Equine and small animal dentistry, beef cattle herd health improvement, orthopaedic surgery and fracture repair and all small animal surgeries.

Dr Shannon Goodwin


Shannon graduated from James Cook University, Townsville in 2016 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

She worked in a mixed practice clinic in Bundaberg QLD after graduating until June of 2018 when she returned home to Central Queensland and joined our team at Gray Street Vets. Shan is a mixed-animal veterinarian and loves the variety of being in clinic and out in the field. Whether is be doing straight forward desexings, equine dentals, equine castrations or cattle pregnancy testing she has got it covered. She has a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery and anything to do with cattle. In her spare time she loves to hang out with her Springer Spaniel X dog Mia. 

Dr Jack Atkin-smith


Jack Atkin-Smith was offered a job as our newest Mixed-Animal Veterinarian in September 2017 when he came to us for placement. He graduated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Adelaide shortly afterwards and made the big move to Emerald. Jack is a keen learner in both small and large animals, taking every challenge in his stride like an old hand. He is a keen fisherman in his spare time and a highly valued member in our team.

Dr Riley Dennis


Riley graduated from James Cook University, Townsville at the end of last year. Her background is from a cattle station, 180kms north west of Clermont. Riley has always had a keen interest in animals and is very excited to return to Central Queensland to work as part of the Gray Street Vet team! She will be working as a mixed practice veterinarian with keen interests in cattle medicine/health along with dog and cat surgery, medicine and health.

In her spare time Riley loves water skiing and hanging out with her dog Hugo.

Dennice Edwards

Practice Manager

Dennice started at Gray Street as our receptionist in July 2015. At the end of 2017, she became our Practice Manager, bring with her prior management experience. Dennice has a passion for seeing the staff of the clinic grow and succeed in not only their clinic roles, but also outside of work. When Dennice isn’t working (which is rarely), she spends time with her family and cats at home. She comes from a rural background growing up on nearly 70,000 acres in South West Queensland, still assisting on the family farm when possible.

Tess McNamara

Veterinary Nurse

Tess McNamara joined our team in July, 2017 as a Veterinary Nurse for both large and small animals after working for three years previously in this profession at Chinchilla and Maranoa practices. Tess thoroughly enjoys large animal work – horses in particular – as well as small animal surgeries and has just finished her first season in Equine Reproduction at Central Queensland Breeding Centre. On the weekends she spends her time with her three competition horses on the campdraft circuit.

Lauren Farmers

Veterinary Nurse

Lauren moved from Beaudesert, in SE QLD, to join our team in January 2018.  She graduated from The University of Queensland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and for her first 3 years after graduation she worked in a mixed practice vet south of Brisbane.  She has a keen interest in small animal and cattle medicine.  If not at work, Lauren can be found down at the local netball courts where she plays, coaches, captains and umpires for her local club.

Katelyn Read

Veterinary Nurse

Kate joined the team in February of 2015, as a school-based trainee. After graduating grade 12 in 2016, she became a full time nurse at the clinic. She enjoys the wide variety of work in the clinic, but mostly the clinic hospital cases where she shows a keen interest in recovery, rehabilitation and wound management of our patients. When Kate isn’t at work, she can be found at horse shows where she competes in Western Performance events or out target shooting.

Tricia Burdett

Veterinary Nurse

Trish joined our team in early November last year, bringing with her a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing along with extensive knowledge in small animal surgery and wildlife. She has previously worked with the RSPCA and in a specialist centre in the Brisbane area. Tricia’s favourite part of nursing is the surgery preparation, monitoring and recovery of patients, whether it be a straight forward desexing through to orthopaedic and emergency surgeries. 
When she isn’t at work, she loves to hang out and ride her horses/ponies.

Makenzi Sypher

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Makenzi joined us in January 2019 as the newest member of our nursing staff. She is currently studying a Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing. Makenzi is enjoying learning the ropes of the clinic, and learning new things. Makenzi comes from a property outside of Alpha, where she loves doing cattle work, riding her horses and looking after all the poddies and other pets. 

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