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Dr Vanessa Escott DVM

Principal Veterinarian

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 has become a reality with the opening of Happy Paws!

She loves all aspects of general practice, so much so that even after 18 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 husband Dave her two non-furry children (Sebastian & Oscar) and her furry children (Buster the dog and Chicken and Noodle, the cats).

In her free time (ha, what’s that?!) she enjoys reading, watching The Block and pub lunches. She is looking forward to welcoming you and your fur babies to Happy Paws and getting to know you!

Dr Vanessa Escott

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, a recently adopted senior feline resident, Misty, and her partner’s family dog, Meeka, a Maltese Shih Tzu.

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 Jessica Norman

Louisa Woodgate

Practice Manager/Head Nurse

Having a lifelong passion of animals, the Veterinary industry was the obvious choice for Louisa when deciding to study back in her home town in New Zealand.

Through the various Vet clinics that she’s worked in over the past 12years, both in NZ & here on the Coast, Louisa has gained extensive experience & knowledge, bringing that with her to the ‘Happy Paws’ team.

Outside of the clinic you will find Louisa enjoying time with her family & adopted fur babies (Lexi – Am Staff X & Smit’n – DSH) & friends or painting & creating things.
She looks forward to meeting you & your pets & building our Happy Paws bond.

Louisa Woodgate

Allison Vanderpeet

Veterinary Nurse

Having always been around animals while growing up it was an easy choice for Allison to go into veterinary nursing after she completed year 12 at school. She remains as passionate about her career today as she did when she started and brings 30 years of experience, knowledge and compassion with her to Happy Paws.

When she’s not at work Allison enjoys spending time with her family (husband, 2 nonfurry kids and 2 furry ones). Her German Shepherd, Korah, and her Chihuahua, Andy, currently rule the roost. She is excited to meet you and your furry friend at Happy Paws.