Your Local Friendly Vet Team
Dr Vanessa Escott DVM
Dr Vanessa has dreamt of being a vet for as far back as she can remember! After she realized this dream in 1999 she developed a new dream – to own her own veterinary practice – a dream which became a reality with the opening of Happy Paws in October 2017!
She loves all aspects of general practice, so much so that even after 20 years in small animal practice she still loves talking about fleas! Her special interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery and fostering the human-animal bond.
She lives in heaven (on the Gold Coast!) with her three non-furry children (Sebastian, Oscar and Darcy) and her furry children (Chicken and Noodle, the cats).
In her free time (ha, what’s that?!) she enjoys reading, watching The Block, pub lunches, and family time. She is looking forward to welcoming you and your fur babies to Happy Paws and getting to know you!
Dr Jessica Norman BVSc(Hons)
Dr Jessica has dreamed of being a vet since the age of four. It was in 2014 when this dream became a reality, graduating with an honours degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland. Since then, Dr Jessica has gone on to hone her skills in small animal vet care on the Gold Coast, before joining the team here at Happy Paws Veterinary Clinic.
The New-Zealand-born vet shares her home with an absolutely spoilt rotten mini house panther called Toothless, Homer Stimson the Stimpson Python and her newest addition, a ‘foster fail’ from Cat Rescue Gold Coast, Flash!
When Dr Jessica is not caring for fur babies, she is out at the gym, participating in Pilates classes, or is out on a long run. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, and can’t wait to get to know you and your loved pets.
Dr Emmalene Nickson BVSc
Ayana was born in Japan and grew up on the Gold Coast. She joined the Happy Paws team in 2020 in the role of practice manager. As a qualified nurse, she will also be taking care of your furry loved ones when she is not in the office.
Ayana and her husband share their household with a mixed bunch of animals; Beanie the Greyhound, Moose the Snowshoe cross, Lily the Children’s Python, Allen the Carpet Python and Trevor the Indian Ringneck.
Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym in the morning, playing Touch Football and taking Beanine to the dog beach. She also loves her downtime on the couch watching her favourite TV shows.
Tay is a Gold Coast local who has spent the past 13 years working within the office of the State’s oldest and largest not-for-profit animal welfare charity, the RSPCA Qld.
There isn’t a moment in Tay’s life where she hasn’t been surrounded by animals and she is so excited to join a team of caring, compassionate and like-minded ‘hoomans’.
When Tay’s not at work falling head over paws in love with your fur babies, you might find her heading out into the rainforest, beach or curled up on the couch with her giant floof, Luna, a German Shepherd x Alaskan Malamute.
Tay looks forward to welcoming you to the clinic with a warm smile and positive energy ready to serve you and your fur babies ensuring the best experience possible.
Jess has been a Veterinary Nurse on the Gold Coast for 14 years and worked in a few local family owned clinics. Because we already have “Dr. Jess”, you might hear us refer to Nurse Jess as “Eddy” to save confusion!
She particularly enjoys looking after your babies while in surgery and has a special interest in all things dental to keep those teeth pearly white for fresh, furry kisses! Eddy also gives Ayana a hand in the office managing the admin side of things.
She is kept busy by her Mini Bulldog “Olive” and three human children (Noah, Rose & Coen). When not at work she likes to be out bike riding with her family, exploring new camping spots or enjoying a relaxing BBQ.
Em began her nursing career 5 years ago in mixed practice out in the Gold Coast hinterland, before making the move to small animals and joining the Happy Paws team in July of 2021.
She has a keen interest in anaesthesia and all things surgery so will likely be the friendly face admitting your baby before their big procedure day. Patient care is also a must so she can often be found snuggling your fur children in recovery at any chance she gets.
When she’s not looking after your fury friend she can be found dancing around a music festival or spending time at the beach with her adorable Labrador x Border Collie pup, Rocky.
Kim has been on the Gold Coast for around 3.5 years, previously living on the North Side of Brisbane. Kim has worked at family owned small and large animal practices since 1997. She has had a passion to care for animals from a young age, bringing home every stray that crossed her path and working at the RSPCA on weekends.
When Kim isn’t caring for your furbabies you can find her singing on stage over the weekends or working out at the gym. Kim is also kept busy with her Jack Russel “Ellie”, 3 human children and 3.5 grandchildren.
Happy Paws Veterinary Clinic
Shops 20-21 Coombabah Plaza,
21 Hansford Road,
Coombabah QLD 4216
Monday to Friday – 8am to 5:30pm
Saturday – 8am to 12 noon
Closed on Sundays