Your Local Friendly Vets
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 husband Dave 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, a recently adopted senior feline resident, Misty, her partner’s family dog, Meeka, a Maltese Shih Tzu, and her newest addition, Homer Stimson, the Stimpson Python!
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.
Ever since Nurse Claire was old enough to walk, she has always been a crazy animal lover. Her
mum on their English street was known as the cat lady, due to Claire adopting all the skinny street
cats in need. After moving to Australia, Claire decided to take her love for fur babies to the next
level and become a Veterinary Nurse, and also spent a few years working at Animal Emergency
Services and Pet Intensive Care Unit based in Brisbane.
Claire has a special interest and love for geriatric patient’s, as they need that extra tender love
and care, and she also has a keen interest in anaesthesia and medicine.
When Claire is not nursing your loved one post anaesthesia, she is on the BOM weather radar and
Storm prediction Centre looking at forming storms, out fishing with her husband Jax, or hanging
out at the beach with her Jug ‘Terror’ and Chihuahua ‘Penny’.
My name is Victoria but I go by Tori. I moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney in July 2019.
I first got into the animal industry at the age of 15 and then worked my way up and have now been a fully qualified veterinary nurse for 10 years and absolutely love what I do!
I have two cats and two dogs so I’m not l biased, I also have an interest in our feathered friends too.
I look forward to meeting your and your fur kids xxx
Jess has been a Veterinary Nurse on the Gold Coast for 12 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 Dr. Vanessa a hand in the office managing the admin side of things.
She is kept busy by her Mini Bulldog “Olive”, Devon Rex cat “Hamish” 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.
Calinda has been in the vet industry since 2003; she has a diverse background and experience in the field. She began her career working in animal shelters and not for profit organisations before moving over to wildlife and exotic species. She has also lived and worked as a vet nurse in New Zealand working with horses and assisting in AI on large animals and production livestock. She has a great love for all animals however since moving into the small animal field is particularly interested in all aspects of surgical procedures, especially pre and post-operative patient care. She has had a few years off here and there to have her children and has accumulated quite a few furry, feathered and even finned babies along the way too!
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