Dr Anita Morianos - Senior Veterinarian
Anita graduated from Melbourne University in 2005 and worked in Victoria as both a small and mixed animal veterinarian before taking some time off to have a family. A Cairns local since 2012, Anita picked up her stethoscope again and started at Balaclava Veterinary Surgery in February 2018, now as a mother of four young children including identical twin girls! Anita's combined veterinary and life experience brings a warm and compassionate personality to the team. Her speciality is internal medicine however she is keen to extend her surgery skills and procedures. Anita plans on attending NVC workshops over the next few years to bring another lever of surgical care to patients at Balaclava Vet Surgery.
Anita thrives on the communication aspect of working with pets' owners and families, understanding that without an excellent working relationship with them, optimal quality veterinary care cannot be achieved. Between spending time with her partner and children, she has a very old, one-eyed whippet, a geriatric cat and a new little white bundle of fluff – all integral members of her family. Anita has long-term plans to stay in Cairns, as she loves the rainforest, reef and community that Cairns has to offer.
Dr Akihiro Matsui - Veterinarian
Akihiro joined Balaclava Vet Surgery in May 2016. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, he moved to Gold Coast, Australia when he was 12 years old after meeting with beautiful people and wildlife while he was travelling around Australia with his family. He completed his undergraduate degree in Veterinary Bioscience, and went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Adelaide. By the time of graduation he missed good-old tropical atmosphere which led him to fly back to Queensland.
Akihiro has a golden retriever named Chance and a three-legged cat, who was carried into Balaclava Vet Surgery as a stray cat after getting hit by a car, named Taiga. He is also an exotic animal enthusiast, in which his 3 snakes and over 20 aquarium tanks keeps him busy during his free time.
Marianne Schafer - Practice Manager
Marianne has been employed at the Balaclava Vet Surgery since 1998. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nurse in 2002. Marianne has 3 children and they are entertained by a very happy Bull Terrier named Lottie who is the clown of the house and is very spoilt!
In her spare time Marianne loves to travel and is always planning her next adventure around the world.
Angela Pradal - Veterinary Nurse
Angela joined Balaclava Veterinary Surgery in 2013, previously working as a medical receptionist for 20 years at a doctor’s surgery. Being a Veterinary Nurse was a passion to be achieved for her where age had no barriers. Angela has completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has a keen interest in increasing her knowledge in animal behaviour to help clients to achieve a happy and healthy relationship with their pet. She runs the puppy classes which are fun and provide a wealth of information for the clients.
After work Angela's time is taken up with her menagerie which include two dogs, Matilda and Max, Napoleon the goose, as well as ducks and chickens.
Rae Massey - Veterinary Nurse
Rae started her career in veterinary nursing science on the Sunshine Coast in 2007. Throughout the years, she has attained many of her personal professional working goals, including gaining experience working with small and large animals.'
She joined Balaclava Vet Surgery in November 2017. Rae brings to us a strong commitment to excellence in customer service, as well as her depth of experience in veterinary nursing. Her attention to detail is an attribute to the team.
Rae's interests lay in senior pet health, as these pets need just a little more care compared to younger animals.