Our Staff

Our wonderful staff work on a rotating roster between Maraboon Vet Surgery Blackwater and Maraboon Vet Surgery Emerald to provide as many pets as possible with the best Veterinary care in the Central Highlands. 


Dr. Angela Sutherland


Dr Angi is a Canadian turned Australian who originally graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 2005. After her studies, she worked in a mixed animal practice, followed by 3 years in Florida USA at a specialty small animal referral practice. Following her desire to travel, Dr Angi then spent 1 year in Australia working throughout the country at various practices. She originally joined our team temporarily for the month of May 2010 and then spent 10 weeks instructing final year veterinary students at the James Cook University in Townsville. Dr Angi then rejoined our team as a full time permanent Veterinarian in September 2010, and purchased the practice with her husband in October 2011. Dr Angi's areas of expertise include orthopaedics, dermatology and reproduction. Be sure to look out for Dr Angi's golden retrievers, Cooper and Peach, at the back of the clinic, either keeping an eye on the happenings or more likely - having a snooze.

Dr. Rachel Mallyon


Dr Rachel is a local girl who grew up in Springsure and went on to study Veterinary Science at James Cook University in Townsville. She graduated in December 2012 and has been employed at the Maraboon Vet since January 2013. Dr Rachel is a go-getter and every patient she handles is treated with respect, kindness and high quality medicine. Dr Rachel's favourite part of the job is conducting surgery and she is always looking for ways to expand her veterinary expertise. Dr Rach is also a fantastic role model and mentor for our veterinary nurse team, often supervising and guiding them through their qualifications. At home, Dr Rach has two beautiful sons, an incredible geeko-hunting Jack Russell named Hank, two chickens and a couple of horses.

Dr. Sasha Watene


Sasha joined the MVS team in October 2016. Growing up on a small hobby farm on the Atherton Tablelands, Sasha's love for animals led her to graduating from a Bachelor of Vet Science at JCU, Townsville. After uni, Sasha and her husband moved straight to Emerald. After a few years practicing at a local clinic and two beautiful daughter’s later, Sasha came back to work part-time at MVS. With great skills in surgery and a passion for medicine and orthopaedics, Sasha is a fantastic vet who treats all her patients with kindness and compassion. At home Sasha and her family love spending time with their small clutch of chickens and a gorgeous munchkin kitten named Smokey.

Alliza Marino

Practice Manager

Alliza became part of the MVS family in 2014 after being recruited by Dr Angi. Originally joining the practice as a vet nurse and receptionist, Alliza starting putting her Business degree into effect and was promoted to Practice Manager a few months later. She has since completed further study in frontline and practice management and enjoys working in the challenging and fast-paced vet clinic environment. She has fallen in love with all the wonderful pets that visit the clinic and you'll often find her in the reception area stealing cuddles. At home, Alliza has a husky named Leia and a cute cat named Rudi who get most of her attention!

Annie Fickling


Annie is the newest member to our reception team in 2021. She has prior veterinary reception experience, and has developed excellent customer service skills from many years of retail management experience, which she combines to ensure that all our customers receive the best service possible. Annie enjoys spending quality time with her great dane, Hildy and her Labrador, Lunar.

Georgia Herwin

Veterinary Nurse

Georgia joined our team in 2017 with the commencement of her school-based traineeship. She is one of our superstar nurses who works between all three of our locations; Maraboon Vet Emerald, Maraboon Vet Blackwater and the Maraboon Pet Resort. Georgia loves caring for all animals but has a soft spot for wildlife and Huskies. She particularly enjoys the rare cases that we see in the clinic. When Georgia isn't working, she enjoys travelling, water skiing and hanging out with her family and friends and her Border Collie Kenai.

Alyssa Adams

Veterinary Nurse

Alyssa started her Traineeship in September 2019 after completing her grade 10 work experience with Maraboon Vet in 2018. She is currently in grade 12 at the Emerald State High School and will be graduating at the end of 2020 and we are looking forward to having her work with us full time. Alyssa is always making our day and is always happy to help. As much as she loves all the puppies and kittens that we get to see, she will always have a soft spot for the bigger dogs. Alyssa also works at the Maraboon Pet Resort as one of our amazing Kennel Attendants looking after all your pets when away on holidays. When not working, Alyssa spends most of her time with Beau, her American staffy going on adventures or cuddled up with her cat Cookie.